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Defy or Defend

A Delightfully Deadly Novel
Narrated by: Emma Newman
Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
Categories: Romance, Paranormal
4.7 out of 5 stars (3 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author Gail Carriger brings you a charming story of love, espionage, and Gothic makeovers set in her popular Parasolverse.

Narrated by the wonderful Emma Newman.

Spy...

Dimity Plumleigh-Teignmott, code name Honey Bee, is the War Office's best and most decorative fixer. She's sweet and chipper, but oddly stealthy, and surprisingly effective given the right incentives.

Versus knight...

Sir Crispin Bontwee was knighted for his military service, but instead of retiring, he secretly went to work for the War Office. Mostly he enjoys his job, except when he must safeguard the Honey Bee. Neither of them are vampire experts, but when Nottingham Hive goes badly Goth, only Dimity can stop their darkness from turning bloody. And only Crispin can stop an enthusiastic Dimity from death by vampire.

In a battle for survival (and wallpaper), Dimity must learn that not all that sparkles is good, while Cris discovers he likes honey a lot more than he thought. 

Spinning off from the Finishing School series, featuring deadly ladies of quality, this story stands alone but chronologically follows Poison or Protect. It's Cold Comfort Farm meets Queer Eye meets What We Do In the Shadows from the author of the Parasol Protectorate books, perfect for fans of Julia Quinn, Jodi Taylor, or Meljean Brook.

Delicate sensibilities? Contains fraternizing vampires and one very curious young lady, who asks about it, sometimes in detail, but mostly in retrospect. May also involve excessive use of velvet, melodramatic poetry, and the strategic application of interpretive ballet.

©2020 Gail Carriger LLC (P)2020 Gail Carriger LLC

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pirouettes and velvet

so love this wonderful tale. so happy to have a story harking back to the parasol quartets funny laugh out loud moments. enjoy

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  • 11-06-2020

Delightful indeed!

The first Carriger books I actually read were the Finishing School series, and Dimity was my favorite character, so I was very excited to see that hers was the second Delightfully Deadly novella! And it really is as delightful as I would expect from a novella with Dimity as the heroine! It's nice to see her as an adult and how she's grown and changed, and stayed the same as well. I also adore her moniker- it suits her so well! Crispin is very sweet and so very repressed, and I for one spent the novel supporting Dimity's determination to climb him like a tree. I also really loved the way Justice was handled as a character, and of course seeing little cameos of Lord Maccon and Pillover, and mentions of Sophronia and Soap, Sidheag, and Agatha! The narrator did very well, but sometimes her voice changes were a little subtle for me to catch which character was speaking, and there were a few places where she said the wrong character's name in a scene or seemed to stumble over a word, but nothing major and it didn't really pull me out of the story.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-07-2020

I'm a fan, but this one is skippable fluff

The best Parasolverse books pull off a rare balancing act: they're both broad satires of a genre and stirring examples of the genre. You care about the characters and get caught up in their adventures and romances, even while the humor pushes the limits of the ridiculous. Not "Defy or Defend," alas. It's all fluff, all arch whimsy, all Parasol and no Protectorate. It's harmless and occasionally fun, but a bit tiresome and utterly forgettable--which is fitting for a book focused on Dimity, who may be the most forgettable major Carriger character.

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  • MariaCrafts
  • 13-10-2020

Another winner from Gail Carriger!

What a lovely story. As always I am impressed by Carriger’s treatment of LGBTQ characters.

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  • Geldari
  • 05-10-2020

Delightful frilly perfection

Everything about this book is uplifting and humorous. It’s a feel good ode to the true joy of finding and fulfilling a true calling after years of just doing a job. Dimity is sublime. Justice is a vision. And The Baroness made me giggle hard enough to startle my coworker. (So good I listened at work!)

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  • Maya
  • 12-09-2020

Love Gail Carrigers books!

Loved it! Listened to the whole thing in one day. Cute and funny yet a bit sexy as always with Carrigers books. The fact that there are so many books within the parasol universe makes you feel like an intellegencer yourself, because you know so much about the characters. Some characters like lord akeldama is in every single book. It makes the world interesting since there is always another connection to make between the different characters.

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  • gracychelse
  • 12-09-2020

A sweet and satisfying romance

Another great novella in the series, this has lots of sweetness and joy with a a few satisfying nods to the other books.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-09-2020

Good communication between the lead characters.

I love when the love match is communicating with each other. There's still drama, I do hate when people don't speak frankly.

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  • Whovian
  • 06-09-2020

Gail's books never disappoint!

I have been a fan from her 1st book. Loved them all. Can't wait for the next.

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  • Kailee Bruce
  • 27-08-2020

Amazing as always

A warm cup of tea for the soul, served in a sparkly cup and with a nice side of vampires “gone to goth”. The satire and the love story both thrill.

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  • Brandy
  • 17-07-2020

nice follow up book to a favorite series

I love the finishing school series, so it was fun to have an epilogue for the characters. however I was disappointed by the reader not getting the names correct... other than that it was a fun listen

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  • Roberta Reads
  • 10-09-2020

Full of beautiful and humorous writing

Another truly excellent book from Gail Carriger, Defy or Defend is Dimity’s story. It is full of all the beautiful and humorous writing that characterises the author’s writing. As it is Dimity’s story, it is also full of sparkles. I chuckled lots (both at the witty words, and the story itself), and enjoyed the whole book immensely. All the characters are well written - they all have their own personalities and motivations, and seem real. Emma Newman does an excellent job of narrating this audiobook (as she always does). The reading is clear and easy to listen to. The expression is excellent, bringing all the characters and their various emotions to life, and highlighting the brilliant and subtle humour of the writing. I’d definitely recommend this to anyone, really. Obviously, you get extra enjoyment if you’ve read Gail’s other books, as a few characters pop in to say hello.

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  • Amanita
  • 13-08-2020

Simply wonderful!

As usual GC delivers! A delightful follow up from the Finishing School series, it's so lovely to meet the characters again and catch up with their lives. I loved Presheas book and loved Dimities just as much! Will there be more? I really hope so! Highly recommended!

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  • Linda
  • 02-08-2020

Thoroughly enjoyed!

As always, Gail Carriger has hit the spot again. An extremely engaging, entertaining book with much humour. You do not need to have read Gail's other books to listen to this, but I would recommend doing so, or check out her website to understand the world she writes about if you, as I do, like to have background. I can't think of a single one of Gail's books which I have not enjoyed - although to be honest I prefer reading about the characters from the Finishing School series as adults. Emma Newman does a very good job of narrating too. If you like the quirkier side of vampires and steam punk then this may be for you.

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  • Lauren
  • 18-06-2020

Thank you Miss Gail ❤️

Just what I needed - to spend more time with Dimity (and her sparkles) and in Gail's inclusive, positive, witty world ✨ Really enjoyed the story - laughed out loud so many times - and the performance by Emma Newman. Thank you Miss Gail!

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  • London Lass
  • 14-06-2020

Enjoyable fun

Delightfully quirky, very entertaining. Good story, fun characters. I always enjoy Gail Carriger's work immensely.

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  • Victoria Brown
  • 08-06-2020

excellent addition to the parasolverse

I have loved all the books based in this universe but ive always had a soft spot for Dimity and I'm so glad she got her own book, it's a little more straight in there with the romance than some of the others, both characters tell you they like each other pretty much the second you meet them, but you dont get frustrated waiting for them to get together as there is so much else going on. Would reccomend reading the finishing school series first to get to know Dimity, however its not strictly necessary, this book could be read without reading any of Gail's other books.

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  • Anne H
  • 06-06-2020

Delightful and just a little silly

This is wonderful, lighthearted, kind, and just a little silly - like Dimity herself. It’s a story of intrigue and occasional peril, where bustles save the day. And best of all, it features Pillover!