Book Review: Defy by LJ Shen

Title:  Defy

Author:  L. J. Shen

Genre:  Romance

Series:  Sinners of Saint #0.5

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◄◄ Goodreads Blurb ►►

Defy is a smutty, insta-love, insta-lust short novella. Defy is a prequel to Vicious (Sinners of Saint #1). It is recommended, but unnecessary, to read Defy before reading Vicious. My name is Melody Greene, and I have a confession to make. I slept with my student, a senior in high school. Multiple times. I had multiple orgasms. In multiple positions. I slept with my student and I enjoyed it. I slept with my student and I’d do it all over again if I could turn back time. My name is Melody Greene, and I got kicked out of my position as a teacher and did my walk of shame a la Cersei Lannister from the principal’s office, minutes after said principal threatened to call the cops on me. My name is Melody Greene, and I did something bad because it made me feel good. Here is why it was totally worth it.

◄◄ My Thoughts ►►

Defy managed to defy my expectations!  It’s beyond great.

The blurb sums the book up well.  It’s a short, sexy, insta-love novella that’s also a bit taboo.  Novellas aren’t typically my thing.  I’m so greedy, I always crave more.  However, this one really hit the spot.  Defy works well within the constraints of the length.  It definitely served its purpose well and made me crave more of these characters.

Here’s the breakdown:  26-year-old Melody Greene has a difficult job teaching wealthy privileged high school seniors.  She had to give up her dream of becoming a ballerina after an unfortunate accident.  She hates her job and her boss. 18 year old Jaime Followhill is one of her students.  He pursues a romantic relationship with her.  She tries, unsuccessfully to deny his advances, but the heart wants what the heart wants.


Here’s what I absolutely loved:  I’m so totally head over heels in love with Jaime.  Do I really believe an 18-year man-child could possibly be this sexy?  Probably not, but what do I know.  Ultimately, that didn’t matter because I LOVE him.  He’s caring, possessive, and made his feelings transparent.  That’s total BBF material for me.

Vicious – Yep, totally loved seeing him from Mel’s perspective.  Any glimpse of him is worth the price of admission!  LOL

The story – For a novella, this book is fleshed out well.  The relationship development and insight into what motivates Melody and Jaime was impressive.  Did I want more?  Absolutely.  See above note about my greedy tendencies.  However, I’m very impressed that I was able to see some relationship development between Jaime and Mel.

My inspiration for Jaime


I highly recommend this series!

***ARC graciously provided by the author***

I rate it:5 stars

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