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26 June 2022

Book Review: A Defiant Maiden’s Knight by Melissa Oliver *AD Gifted

I was provided with a free ebook of A Defiant Maiden’s Knight by Melissa Oliver ahead of the blog tour.

It's been a while since I read any books by Melissa Oliver so I was eager to jump right in to A Defiant Maiden's Knight. And it fully lived up to my expectations, I loved it.


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A knight’s protection…

That she doesn’t want… Or need?

Joan Lovent may be losing her sight but she refuses to lose her independence too.

So when Sir Warin de Talmont tells her it’s too perilous to be out alone in the city, she doesn’t pay him any heed.

But with threats surrounding them, she begins to value his protection and helps with his dangerous work in return.

If only the powerful connection between them wasn’t so impossible to ignore!

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Source: Blog Tour | Review Copy 

5 Word Review: Family, love, loyalty, generosity, intrigue.


Excuse me while I grab some crusty bread and a glass of wine - it's time for more historical romance and I know from past books that this author will have me craving certain snacks.

Joan is very much the defiant maiden of the title - she is so strong willed and independent even as her condition rallies against her. Her encroaching blindness isn't the end of her world, and she strives to make it a better world for those less fortunate, her generosity with the Church was amazing. She has such a strong spirit.

Warin is the very definition of a knight. He's brave and driven and chivalrous and loyal, and I love that it was this that brought him and Joan together.

I loved the slow growing attraction between them, the way they both fought against it at first. Their attraction grows from getting to know each other, and I love relationships that build that way. The banter between them is excellent.

The story isn't just romance - I loved the threads of intrigue and mystery that went along with Warin's position in the Knights Fortitude.

The writing in this book is beautiful, a real pleasure to read. The setting is brought to life so vividly that I felt like I was there in the market streets from the very first page - and I was hungry. Get yourself some crusty bread and a juicy apple for this book because you will need snacks.

I can't wait to see what Melissa Oliver comes up with next.
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Melissa Oliver is from south-west London where she writes historical romance novels. She lives with her lovely husband and daughters, who share her passion for decrepit, old castles, palaces and all things historical.

Melissa is the WINNER of The Romantic Novelist Association’s Joan Hessayon Award for new writers 2020 for her debut, The Rebel Heiress and the Knight. 

When she's not writing she loves to travel for inspiration, paint, and visit museums & art galleries.


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