Title:  Defy (Sinners of Saint #0.5)
Author: L.J. Shen
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Release Day: January 31st, 2017
ARC was kindly provided from Enticing Journey Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

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.

4 stars! 

“Because that was the problem with society. It cared too much about who you fell in love with but never about why. The why matters.”

YES! Defy went right to my feels. I never wanted it to end to be honest! The story is about Melody and Jamie – we met Jamie in Vicious as part of the gang and in the book it was casually implied that he had a relationship with his teacher, Melody.

Melody is a ballerina who got injured so now she’s teaching the rebellious teens at All Saints High and the four Hotlholes, who all treat her poorly due to her poor status.

Jamie is the principle’s son who had his eye on his teacher for a while and a car accident, barely a bump, brings them together. The two don’t deny their mutual attraction which I imagine was due to page shortage but I liked that Melody embraced it and Jamie didn’t really give a shit about anyone finding out. The remains an affair but of course more people around them find out eventually.

“I think I like you,” I muttered, pressing my face to his muscled torso in a hug. I felt his heartbeat under my ear.
“I think I like you back.”

The story developes in between the gaps in Vicious so you have to read that one first in order to understand what is happening in the general picture of the series.

Defy was more than a teacher-student romance, Jamie and Melody are explosive together and the story despite it being less than 100 pages was enough to hook me in and make me love these two. I could read an entire series about them, honestly; Shen’s writing keeps getting better and I enjoyed these two characters more than the previous. Read Vicious and then dive into Melody and Jamie!

other books in the series

about the author

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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