Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Release Day Historical Review: DEFIANT by Pamela Clare

DEFIANT by Pamela Clare
Series: MacKinnon's Rangers #3
Format: ARC
Genre: Historical Romance
Length: 384 pages
Publisher: Berkley (July 3, 2012)

Major Connor MacKinnon despises his commander, Lord William Wentworth, beyond all other men. Ordered to rescue Wentworth's niece after the Shawnee take her captive, he expects Lady Sarah Woodville to be every bit as contemptible as her uncle. Instead, he finds a brave and beautiful lass in desperate peril. But the only way to free Sarah is for Connor to defeat the Shawnee warrior who kidnapped her—and claim her himself.

Torn by tragedy from her sheltered life in London, Lady Sarah is unprepared for the harshness of the frontier-or for the attraction she feels toward Connor. When they reach civilization, however, it is she who must protect him. For if her uncle knew all that Connor had done to save her, he would surely kill him.

But the flames of passion, once kindled, are difficult to deny. As desire transforms into love, Connor will have to defy an empire to keep Sarah at his side.
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Confession: I haven't gotten around to reading the first 2 MacKinnon's Rangers books *ducks head and waits for tomahawks to be brandished...only hears crickets* but Connor's book was Ah-Maze-Ing. Where do I even begin?

Top 7 Reasons to Read Defiant:
  1. You've been waiting what seems like FOREVER to find out what happens to the youngest MacKinnon brother. This is the stunning, heart wrenching, totally jaw dropping conclusion to this trilogy. You don't want to miss it!
  2. Connor MacKinnon is one headstrong, fierce, loyal and totally fearless man. He not only gets the best lines but he's willing to bring back Wentworth's niece even if he hates Wenthworth. Plus, after Pamela's uber sexy pictures from the trailer shoot, I can only imagine Connor as THAT guy in the pictures. *sigh*
  3. Sarah Woodville is such an amazing character. She's been cast out of London by her parents due to a horrific, totally untrue scandal, sent to live with a governor who doesn't give one whit about her, tries to make her way to see her uncle Wentworth only to watch her companions die and almost forced to become the wife to a cruel Indian (Katakwa) and ends up getting rescued by Connor only to give up her virtue. If that description there doesn't make you want to see how she copes with all this, then I don't know what will.
  4. Wentworth is such a totally hateable character (yup, just made that word up) yet his niece's plight shows a side of him that readers have never seen before. He actually has a heart and cares enough to send his best man--even if he doesn't like him--to rescue her. Wentworth's behavior in the end just sent me over the edge. Your jaw will drop. Seriously.
  5. Joseph is Connor's brother from another mother. He sometimes acts as Connor's conscience and at times made me laugh with some quotable lines. Dear Pamela Clare, could Joseph please have a novella of his own? Please oh please?
  6. The live action book trailer. I am a very shallow girl. It is simply awesome and I just cannot even begin to express into words how much I love it. I've watched it at least 20 times before the publishing of this review.
  7. This: "She, Lady Sarah Woodville, great-grandaughter of His Majesty King George II, was in love with Connor McKinnon, colonial Ranger and son of Jacobites." *dies*
Favorite Quote:
Connor glared at Joseph. "We were attacked! What would you have me tell the Abenaki? 'I cannae fight just now. I'm makin' candy. Would you like a wee taste?'"
Overall: Oh Pamela Clare, you've done me in. I need to find time to read Iain and Morgan's books. Defiant had me running through the emotional spectrum. I laughed so hard at some of Connor's lines that I startled myself. I teared up when Sarah saw the Indians sewing her traveling companion's scalps to a wooden hoop. My heart broke for Sarah and Connor as they struggled to get away from the Mequachake Shawnee Indians even going as far as having to consummate their marriage in front of a tribe member so it would be legit. Defiant is utterly devastating, simply stunning, heartbreaking and absolutely jaw dropping. It will move you like no other romance and open you up to the real horrors of the Colonial frontier. Pamela Clare has done her research and it definitely shows. For all MacKinnon's Rangers fans, this is the conclusion you have been waiting for and you won't be disappointed. You might throw your book at the wall a few times but in the end, Ms. Clare deserves a standing ovation. Oh and Hollywood? I would love it if you made this series into a movie or miniseries. It's worthy of major screen time. Heck, you can even cast the guys from the book trailer to be two of your leads.

***Review copy provided by author. Pre-ordered a copy.***

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