Kris Kennedy And DEFIANT

Kris Kennedy is a good friend of mine, and she’s also one of a new crop of historical romance writers that is hugely talented.  And I’m not just saying that because we’re friends – she is that good.  Her last book, The Irish Warrior, was featured in Eloisa James’s column for Barnes and Noble, and was also a Fresh Pick at Fresh Fiction.

Kris and I both have a book coming out in May.  Hers is entitled Defiant, and I was lucky enough to read it in draft form.  It’s fabulous!  It’s got passion, adventure, smart writing, and sexual tension that leaps off the page.  Kris always creates strong, engaging characters, and I particularly love her heroes.  Jamie Lost is definitely swoon-worthy, and I have a feeling that Defiant will bring Kris a lot of new fans.  She deserves every one!

Here’s the blurb from Defiant:

England, 1215, the eve of Magna Carta

Jamie Lost is the king’s most renowned commander, an audacious knight ordered to kidnap an exiled priest before rebel forces close in. The mission is simple–until he comes up against a mysterious woman on a mission, a thief who will first steal his quarry and then his heart.

Eva is also seeking Father Peter, but she intends to protect him from a secret that endangers his life, even if it costs her own.  She is well aware danger lies everywhere, especially in the knight showing too much interest in her activities.  But deep inside, Eva knows the danger lies not in Jamie, but in her, in the desire he awakens in her body and her heart.

When a mysterious band of armed mercenaries upends both their plans and abducts the priest, Jamie and Eva must form an uneasy alliance, and as civil war unfolds around them, they embark on an epic journey that betrays the truth about their identities, their unexpected loyalties, and the dangerous attraction that could seal their fates forever.

Okay, doesn’t that sound great?  You can pre-order Defiant at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Borders, and all other booksellers.  I would really encourage you to do so – it’s a wonderful book!

To celebrate the upcoming release of Defiant, I’ll be giving away a copy of Kris’s last book, The Irish Warrior. Just tell me what’s your favorite period for historical romance.  I’ll announce the winner tomorrow.


16 thoughts on “Kris Kennedy And DEFIANT”

  1. It feels like I’ve been waiting for DEFIANT forever. LOL (No need to put me into the contest, as I already own THE IRISH WARRIOR.) Books from both of you — no wonder I’m excited about May. 🙂

    My fave historical time period has always been the Regency, but I love reading Medievals because it’s so different than I’m used to. The heroes are so strong and hunky too. LOL

  2. I love romances set in medieval times, because there’s nearly no chance of me actually getting to see it. Although I have read Jeannie Lin’s stories recently, and wait anxiously for her next Tang Dynasty novel.

  3. Hm…it’s kind of hard to pick a favorite historical period, but I am intensely interested in the Edwardian era right now after the awesomeness that was Downton Abbey and watching that PBS reality series Manor House. There aren’t too many historical romances written during this era, I don’t think, and I really want to see romance from the servants’ point of view. However, the lives of the servants were so constricting that I doubt there could have been any romance. After all, as a servant you were laid off if there was any hint of relations with another servant; plus they worked 16 hour days. But since it’s romance, it could happen…maybe?

  4. Hi Rosie, I’m a huge fan of Downton Abbey and I agree that we need more Edwardian era romances. I also agree that the restrictions on servants would have certainly made romance difficult for them, but challenges and obstacles make for great stories, don’t they?

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