- Title: A Dream Defiant
- Author: Susanna Fraser
- Series: N/A
- Genre(s): Historical (Regency)
- Publisher: Carina Press, July 2013
- Source: NetGalley
- Length: ~85 pages
- Trope(s): Forbidden Love, War Heroes and Widows, Family Matters
- Quick blurb: Black soldier delivers spoils of war to new widow and marries her for her protection
- Quick review: Too much story for the short format.
- Grade: B
He caught her hand. “Wait.” He slid his hands to the back of her neck, fumbling for the necklace’s clasp. He undid it and held the chain of rubies up, red and gold in the flickering candlelight. “No shackles for us,” he said, “no matter how rich.”
Loved the characters and premise, and Fraser managed to get a lot of emotion into less than 100 pages. But this story deserves more than a novella to avoid the rushed romance and resolution.