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Meet the Author:
L.J. Shen is an International #1 best-selling author of Contemporary Romance and New Adult novels. She lives in Northern California with her husband, young son and chubby cat.
Before she’d settled down, L.J. (who thinks referring to herself in the third person is really silly, by the way) traveled the world, and collected friends from all across the globe. Friends who’d be happy to report that she is a rubbish companion, always forgets peoples’ birthdays and never sends Christmas cards.
She enjoys the simple things in life, like spending time with her family and friends, reading, HBO, Netflix and internet-stalking Stephen James. She reads between three to five books a week and firmly believes Crocs shoes and mullets should be outlawed.
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TJ & Co BOOK REVIEW
Published January 31st 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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.
First included in Hot for Teacher Anthology: 19 Stories Filled with Lust and Love.
My name is Melody Greene, and I have a confession to make.
I slept with my student, a senior in high school.
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 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.
I highly recommend this series!
I LOVE this author’s writing style!!!
If you’re a fan of student-teacher romance, like myself, you NEED to read this prequel.
Ever since reading Vicious I have been in love with the HotHoles. Getting my hands on Defy was just the icing on the cake.
When Jamie and Melody were mentioned in Vicious I perked up. A younger student married to his teacher? Call me intrigued!!
Defy was the prequel to Vicious and gave a little more detail and insight into the group’s dynamic. No wonder they were still the best of friends as adults, the great length they went to, to get things done in retaliation was mind boggling.
There were 8 years between Melody and Jamie, but that age gap was inconsequential. Jamie was very mature for his age and had seen and done things in his life that would make grown-up men pee their pants.
I loved the idea of Mel and Jamie together. They were a wonderful couple. They found in each other what was otherwise missing in their life. Even so it was a case of insta-lust, Jamie had his eyes on his teacher ever since the very first day of senior year. They got together a few month before the end of senior year but Mel had been very aware of him from the very beginning. When it finally came to them taking the first step, they both pretty much said “screw it” and enjoyed their time together, ignoring all consequences and possible repercussions.
I adored that about Mel and Jamie. They went after what they wanted wholeheartedly, neither cared much about what others might say or think, and when it came to standing up for the other, they did!!
Now, after reading Defy and Vicious, I can’t wait to read Dean and Trend’s story. I fell in love with this group of privileged high-schoolers that ruled their town with an iron fist. And L.J. Shen has a spot on my very short auto-buy list.
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