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Not too many of those in historical romances! The book is rich in historical detail. I couldn't put it down. And those dogs! You'll fall in love with the Melton family's mastiffs, Boden and Brigantia. He avoids women. But he cannot turn a blind eye to the abuse Devona suffers at the hands of her husband, even at the risk of angering his King. If you enjoy the richness of Ken Follett, you'll love Anna Markland's books.

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All fictional characters in this book have no existence outside the imagination of the author and have no relation whatsoever to anyone bearing the same name or names. They are not even distantly inspired by any individual known or unknown to the author and all incidents are pure invention. He hoped Antoine had not noticed, but suspected his brother was aware the tremor had plagued him since the eve of the Battle of Hastings. That fateful October night, his elder brother, Rambaud, had sensed his turmoil. The important thing is not to allow the fear to control you.

Bravery is born of fear. Now, three months later, riding the frost-rutted route to Domfort, Hugh recalled his outburst the night after the horror of the battle. Why is it the thing a man feels most compelled to do after courting death is lie with a woman? The survivors in my brigade are hobbling round with tree trunks at their groins. His confession had caused his brothers to shift nervously on their camp stools. The three were gazing into the dying embers of a fire they had hoped would dispel the October chill and warm their hearts after the sickening slaughter.

He knew their discomfort was not caused by embarrassment at the uncharacteristic remark from their baby brother, but because they understood. When Hugh looked back on events since they had received news in England of the pestilence in Normandie that had scythed down their father, he could scarcely believe how far they had travelled in a short time.

Hugh glanced at his brother. Antoine nodded his agreement. Antoine chuckled, his thoughts evidently on the same events. If Ram failed to show up at Westminster, he would probably lose his promised earldom, but he was willing to risk it to bind Mabelle to him, Hugh replied. In his heart, Hugh doubted he would ever find his soul mate.

Indeed he knew he would not because he had resolved never to look. Hastings had changed him forever. The happy-go-lucky Hugh was gone, ground into the blood, muck and gore. Antoine nodded. I hope our elder brother comes to appreciate Mabelle more. Antoine chattered on, pulling his cloak more tightly around him in the chilly air. He certainly deserves the earldom granted as a reward for the building of our fleet for the invasion, but he and Mabelle will have their work cut out for them in Ellesmere.

Antoine frowned. What happened to the talkative baby brother I used to know? Antoine shook his head and sighed. The horror will always be with me, but I will not allow it to ruin my life. We were lucky all three of us survived and we should celebrate that. They rode in silence for a long while before Antoine spoke again. It will just take a while to get over Hastings. It was certain that Ram had kept a mistress before he met Mabelle, though he had been discreet about Joleyne. But Hugh had never pursued women, never felt the same rush of need he often felt now.

It was dangerous. If violence aroused him, he might kill a woman in the throes of passion. The Steward had been summoned, and Antoine sensed a confrontation was about to take place. I want to meet with the tenant farmers.

I want to know why. Hugh rose from his chair and folded his arms across his chest. Do you have any opinions in this matter? Hugh stroked his chin. Hugh smirked, nodded and sat down. Make sure the stable master has Velox saddled. But the men-at-arms may still sup in the Great Hall. Have the meal served there as usual. Antoine had said nothing during this exchange, but now his worry for his brother intensified. When the steward left, he looked intently at Hugh. Why do you plan to eat alone? But supping in the Hall with the men and the people of the castle is a way to get to know them, for them to get to know you, to inspire their loyalty.

Antoine exhaled, frustrated. Go with God, little brother. He strode out, reluctant to leave his troubled brother alone, but not knowing what else to do. Lady Devona Melton had never known greater fear in all her seven and ten years. She could scarcely believe the brutish Norman soldiers had not killed her grandfather after his challenge to their menacing, pock-faced captain, Torod.

In the months since the Norman invasion, they had heard rumors of many other Saxon families being evicted from estates the length and breadth of Sussex. So far they had escaped attention, isolated on their rocky promontory overlooking the sea. Life had not been easy, but Melton Manor allowed them to be self-sufficient, as the bleak winter of the year of Our Lord One Thousand and Sixty-Seven ground on.

Her grandfather had coolly stood his ground, the normally gentle Boden and Brigantia growling at his side. Incredibly, Torod had backed down and the gang had ridden off, the massive dogs on their heels. Sir Gerwint Melton spat as he strode back into the house. Norman scum! You can come out now. Devona and her two younger sisters emerged, shivering, from their hiding place in the false wall behind the larder. Gerwint stroked her hair. Perhaps yes, perhaps no.

They seem to want to harass us because King Harold himself was our overlord. The only thing keeping him going now seemed to be the fate of his granddaughters. Anger oozed from him after his encounter with the Normans. This manor is your birthright since none of the sons your parents sired survived past their fifth birthday.

We shall fight to the death to keep it for you, Devona. Devona shook her head. But who will I marry now? Most of the gallant young knights of England were cut down or maimed by the Conqueror at Hastings with our good King Harold, or at Dover, Canterbury or Wallingford. It seemed that in the blink of an eye the coming of the Normans had changed the future she had thought was predestined. Her doting parents would have found a suitable Saxon noble for her to wed and she would have lived happily ever after. Gerwint took her hand. It will be my last duty to you. Then you must take care of your sisters—and your mother.

Lady Wilona Melton had not risen from her bed since the news had come from Stamford Bridge, had not spoken, just stared blankly at the wall or ceiling. They had lost so much since the arrival of the hated Normans.

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Fear seemed their constant companion, their future insecure. If the Normans put them out they had nowhere to go and would likely starve or freeze to death. A sennight later the Normans came again, this time so swiftly Sir Gerwint Melton did not have time to conceal his granddaughters.

Now a swarthy, bearded knight led them, Torod at his side. Gerwint motioned the girls to stay behind him at the door of the manor. Boden ambled up to stand by his master, his massive head raised, body poised. The knight reined his snorting steed to a halt. There is more to this manor than we first thought.

Well done, Torod. You were right. This wily old Saxon has been hiding something. Continuing in the Montbryce Series, Defiance met all of my expectations and more for the two Montbryce brothers, Hugh and Antoine It is an in-depth story that pulls you into a spectacular journey. I thoroughly enjoyed it! I believe you will to.

It can be read also as standalone, but I have read the previous book as well. Take a chance on the Montbryce family saga for a fully enthralling addition to your library. This is the story of Hugh and Antoine de Montbryce, the two younger brothers of the C Continuing in the Montbryce Series, Defiance met all of my expectations and more for the two Montbryce brothers, Hugh and Antoine It is an in-depth story that pulls you into a spectacular journey.


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They are knights from a legendary Norman Family with rich history. All three of the brothers had served the King at the battle of Hastings. All have been affected one way or another. Both brothers have their own issues to deal with while trying to help each other. They each meet women who will participate and form their life journeys. Meet Devona and Sybilla who have had rough dealings themselves.

A great combined story, which came together very nicely. It flowed flawlessly. This author has taken us on a phenomenal journey! I loved all three Montbryce stories so far and I look forward to the next one! I hope it comes out soon. This was a great epic. Two of the brothers, after the battle of Hastings, are trying hard to settle their lives.

Hugh developed a shake in his hand and the nightmares of him hurting a woman, He can't bear it. Neither of these brothers is married. Hugh is given ten manor houses, by his brother, Ram , that he gets to oversee. As does his brother, Antoine gets ten and Ram is keeping thirteen for himself. It is an intricate tale of two of the three brothers of Montbryce, who have faced some horrible This was a great epic.

It is an intricate tale of two of the three brothers of Montbryce, who have faced some horrible times, Unfortunately, they have more changes coming. I really loved this story, it is exciting, it also has battles and traitors and some very nice people. The characters are detailed and full of life.

Hugh goes to one of his manors and finds a very abused young woman that is supposed to be this man's wife but he treats her awful along with her family. The author has done a great job with this story, it is interesting, keeps your attention and you want more. I received this ARC and voluntarily reviewed it. If Anna Markland is not the queen of medieval tales then she is at least a princess. Her stories are rich in the history of the era. She certainly does her homework to bring authenticity to her storylines. Defiance is the second in the Montbryce Legacy series, which lays the foundation of this family that continues through many generations.

Defiance is Hugh and Antoine Montbryce's story, how they survived Hastings though not without residual issues PTSD in today's world and how they found love If Anna Markland is not the queen of medieval tales then she is at least a princess. Defiance is Hugh and Antoine Montbryce's story, how they survived Hastings though not without residual issues PTSD in today's world and how they found love.

That love did not come easy, but for both was filled with issues that could have cost them dearly. As with other Anna Maryland's books this is a very worthwhile read. If the medieval genre is to your taste then I highly recommend Defiance. I received this eBook from the author for an honest review, these are my opinions. This is a captivating, romantic, suspenseful and thrilling story.

Hugh is such a sweet, charming and honorable man. Devona is strong, determined, vulnerable and brave. Antoine is kind, generous and responsible.

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Sybilla is brave, strong and sweet. The storyline grabs you from the first and keeps you turning the pages to see what will happen, who will get in trouble, what the King will do and what kind of person is Ranouf really is. There drama and suspense in every story in the book. And a few su This is a captivating, romantic, suspenseful and thrilling story.

And a few surprising twists at the end. I can't wait to read the next book in this series.


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I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author. This is my honest and voluntary opinion of it. This book contains actually 2 brothers of the Montbryce's, Hugh and Antonine. Hugh was always the shy one until war changed him.

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Antonine, well manhore. Devona lived with her grandfather, mother and 2 sisters. A brute who claims he fought in the wars and has a claim to her home. Forces her to wed and her family slaves. He is a very brutal and sadistical man. Thank God for Hugh. Antoine seized a castle held by Sancerre and kills the warrior who runs it.

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But he finds a surprise when he sees t This book contains actually 2 brothers of the Montbryce's, Hugh and Antonine. But he finds a surprise when he sees the mans youn wife. There are a lot of twists and turns in this book, but with the brothers family always comes first. For me I love these kind of books and would recommend to Anna Markland's fans. Received this book for an honest review. I love the Montbryce Brothers!!! This is a legendary series, the Montbryce brothers are everything a knight should be valiant brave and courageous. Both men fought in the war serving king and country and both find the perfect women -Davina and Sybilla- that help them navigate their journey of their own life and happiness.

As always I love the way that Anna Markland combines historical facts and blends it into her descriptive highly intense story! I highly recommend this book for readers that love I love the Montbryce Brothers!!! I highly recommend this book for readers that love medieval romance! I was received a complimentary copy from the author for my honest unbiased opinion. Fantastic read! Norman's and Saxons create such intriguing stories and Ms. Markland has a way with history that brings this era to life. The characters are impressive, engaging and interesting.

The storyline was intriguing and compelling. Filled with danger, a tyrant, suspense, mystery, romance and sensual attraction, held me in utter fascination. A very compelling story! Another must read from the amazing Anna Markland! Fans of Medieval romance, the battle between the Saxons and Normans, and gre Fantastic read! Mar 05, Monika P. I like this second book of The Montbryce Legacy much better than the first one. It contains the story of Ram's two brothers. There are a lot of twists and turns that make for intense reading.

The pace is fast with plenty of tension that keeps you turning the pages in anticipation. It also gives another inside into the history of this era. I enjoyed reading the book and recommend it to all lovers of historical romance. I purchased this when it first came out and it was fantastic then, this is the Anniversary issue which has had a reworking and is still just as good, so if you didn't buy it then or even if, like me, you did, this will be a bonus addition to your collection. I received a complimentary copy and I am voluntarily leaving my own honest opinion.

Wow Deep Subjects This book dealt with the unmerciful abuse women of this time endured. Lots of twists and turns, with lots of steamy love. It includes the love of an imperfect infant not popular at all during this time period either. This also makes this family all the more companionate. A wonderful intense riveting story full of history action and romance. Defiance Love to relax reading stories about men we wish we knew. The women too are interesting. Thank you for helping me relax with a fast and easy read.

Another epic story by Anna Markland. Defiance is book 2 in the Montbryce Legacy Anniversary Edition. I received an advance copy for an honest review. Hugh Montbryce falls in love with Devona, a married lady at one of his holdings. Her husband is cruel and abusive. It is a roller coaster ride adventure to get to their happily ever after. Well worth the read. I highly recommend this book. What a great story! Markland does a great job of mixing her story line and her historical information.

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I received an ARC of this book. I enjoyed it very much and though it covered both brothers and their romances I don't feel that it was rushed. Well done Anna! Since it appears that most of Anna's books are interconnected, I have decided to read them in chronological order, which I have posted below: Year If Love Dares Enough by Anna Markland is a sequel to Conquering Passion and finds both Hugh and Antoine Montbryce struck dumb by love! Jul 15, Lily rated it it was amazing. This third book in The Montbryce legacy series was my favorite so far.

The plot was more uplifting and centered more around romance and passion and featured less brutality, war and politics. Although one of the main characters, Hugh, is effected by his experience with war. There is an ongoing theme of the characters experiencing traumatic events and dealing with the aftereffects of it. I love how the This third book in The Montbryce legacy series was my favorite so far. I love how the Montbryce family help each other and bond together to get past tough situations. They are a caring and honorable family.

I am eager to read book four, the final one of the series. Apr 23, Kay Bolton rated it it was amazing Shelves: 5-star. Although this book is way outside my usual time period, I have to admit that I loved it. In fact it's fair to say that I couldn't actually put it down. Fabulous well paced story, with characters that you could invest in and a believable villain. I paid nothing for this and feel blessed to be introduced to this author, and can't wait to read more. If you read anything this year, have a go at this series of books. In case Although this book is way outside my usual time period, I have to admit that I loved it.

Nov 20, Blondie rated it it was amazing Shelves: medieval , historical-romance. I am so excied about discovering this terrific author.