Jamie Lost is a knight in service to King John, and his most recent orders are to abduct a rebellious priest and bring him to the king. It’s not a difficult job for a knight of Jamie’s caliber, but he finds his plans thwarted by Eva, a sensual young woman with a mysterious background. Eva has been on the run with Father Peter and a young man named Roger for several years, and Jamie quickly finds himself attracted to this self-sufficient woman who is willing to risk her life to protect those she loves. Their goals seem to be at odds, but the passion they feel for each other is undeniable.
The main characters in Defiant have so many secrets that it’s difficult to figure out who they are or what motivates them. When all is revealed, there’s so much double-crossing and so many runaway heirs that it’s still a bit confusing. The relationship between Jamie and Eva develops very quickly, and their respective secrets, when revealed, don’t add much tension. The secondary characters are the high point, particularly Angus, a gruff Scotsman who owes Jamie a debt, and Ry, a Jew who has spent his life fighting against prejudice. Both of these characters would make fine heroes for future novels.