Blog Tour & Review: Defy (Sinners of Saint, #0.5) by L.J. Shen

Title: Defy
Series: Sinners of Saints #0.5
Author: L.J Shen
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: February 3, 2017

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.
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.

“It was sexy and steamy and everything I’ve come to expect from this author.” – Ariana, Steamy Reads Blog.

“Holy Heck this was Hot!! If I wasn’t hooked on this series before I sure am now!! These boys just get dirtier, hotter, off the rails panty wetting hot!!” – Kitty Katz Crazy About Books.

Forbidden romance has never been so well done! And this is a novella!” – Stephanie, Tied Up In Romance.

I actually really enjoyed Defy ! It was so passionate and intense and HOT! This story was about a forbidden love involving an age difference. It was about a student and teacher falling head-over-heels in love. The teacher was female and there was an 8 year age gap between the two characters. I liked Melody and Jamie and the way their relationship developed. I was also glad that Vicious made an appearance as well!!

It was wrong, and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t like how wrong it felt. Whether I was corrupting or being corrupted…I loved how it made me feel. ~ Melody

Defy had everything I love in a book … the illicit thrill of the affair, amazing chemistry and hot scenes. There was some angst and drama, but it was balanced nicely with humorous banter and some memorable characters. The stress of whether or not Melody and Jamie would get caught was killing me. I certainly was rooting for them. Melody and Jamie made the perfect couple. I absolutely loved their chemistry. In the end, they got their happily ever after. And I couldn’t be happier about how their story ended.

The author’s narrative was fun, witty and touching. The character development, the back stories, the relationships, the love, the sex, it all just spoke to me. This was a wonderful story of two people who didn’t want to find love but love found them. Anyone who loves a good romance with a lot of steam … this is a book for you to read. Funny and hard to put down once you start.

In short:
Hero 4/5 | Heroine 4/5 | Plot (Point, Originality) 4/5 | Writing Style 4/5 | Steam 4/5 | Romance 4/5 | Angst-Suspense 4/5 | Darkness 0/5 | Humor 4/5 | Secondary Characters 4/5 | Drama-Conflict 4/5 | Mystery 0/5 | Twists 4/5 | Pacing Steady | Action 3/5

ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

L.J. Shen resides in sunny California with her husband, son, chubby cat and wild, wild dreams.
Her passion is to write badass stories, sushi, UFC and her awesome family and friends (not in this order, though. Obviously, sushi comes before writing. Oh, and also the family part.)
She spend the first half of her twenties traveling the world and is now paying all the fun with extra shifts in front of her MacBook. Feel free to contact her on her Facebook page. She loves to hear from her readers.
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