Indie Flutters: Defy by L.J. Shen

Defy (Sinners of Saint 0.5)

  • By L.J. Shen
  • Editions: ebook, paperback
  • Published: October 18th 2016
  • Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
  • Source: own copy
  • In a Flutter: Filthily taboo!!!
  • rating-system5

    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.

    ~ Goodreads


    Fluttering Thoughts:

    Worldbuilding: This story takes place at All Saints High School in Todos Santos, California.
    Characters: The main characters in this novel are Melody Greene and Jaime Followhill. Melody isn’t the world’s best teacher but she’s trying. Even though she doesn’t love teaching she at least needs this job to keep afloat. Unfortunately, keeping her students in line is easier said than done and keeping her eyes off of her student, Jamie Followhill, is damn near impossible. After a little car accident, Jamie sweeps in and saves the day and shocks the hell out of Melody by taking the blame and blatantly flirting with her. As the weeks and months go by the flirting evolves into much more and they start down a daring and dangerous path. Can Melody and Jamie keep their secret affair under wraps until graduation? Or will their clandestine love affair be discovered in the worst way possible?
    Plot: This is a taboo student/teacher romance between Melody and Jamie. It is also about two broken people finding and healing each other.
    Writing: This novel is written in first person point of view of Melody. It is the prequal to the Sinners of Saint series but I read it as the second novel in the series and it worked just fine.
    Curb Appeal: I like the cover but I wish it would have featured a classic hot teacher scene instead of a football helmet, just so it connected better with the story. The blurb gives a great rundown on what the story is about and leaves a mystery of how they came to be together.
    Ultimately: This was a dangerous and filthy taboo story that I just loved!!! I loved Melody and Jaime’s characters and even though the story was naughty it didn’t come off as disturbing or gross. All in all, if you are in the mood for a heroine who knows it’s wrong but it feels oh so good, and a hero who knows age is just a number then come check out Defy!!!!



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