Review – Defy by L.J. Shen


Defy (Sinners of Saint #0.5) by L.J Shen


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.

  • Contemporary Romance
  • Teacher/High School Student (18)
  • Prequel Novella to Vicious
  • Heat Level 2

It’s no secret that I LOVED Vicious. It was a fantastic book with amazing characters (read my review here). I was so jazzed up when I saw that Defy was Jamie and Melody’s story. I just can’t get enough of the HotHoles and their crazy antics.

Defy is the best kind of novella. It read like a full length book and the story never felt rushed. Ms. Shen did a great job of managing the timeline and developing a believable, heartfelt love story, even with the taboo subject of an 18 year old student and his high school teacher. It was a perfectly crafted story that never felt wrong. Jamie is mature and responsible. There is nothing childish about him or his feelings for Melody. I loved this novella.

I can’t wait for the next character’s book in this series. I need more Vicious and the HotHoles. Defy showed us a little bit more of Vicious and why his nickname is so fitting. I’m not sure he can do any wrong in my eyes, even if he is a huge jerk. I unapologetically love him. Check this series out! It’s addictive.

-My Rating-




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About L.J. Shen

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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