Author: L.J. Shen
Series: Sinners of Saint #0.5
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: 02-03-2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance, Young Adult Romance, YA/NA Romance
Page Count: 138
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
Defy is a smutty, insta-love, insta-lust short novella. It is a prequel to Vicious (Sinners of Saint #1) and can be read as a complete standalone with a HEA.Now an international bestseller.
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.
3.5 stars- Sexy short
Defy had an interesting premise. I typically wouldn’t pick up a teacher/student romance, but because I bought the first book of the series- Vicious- I wanted to read the prequel. Maybe I’m too much of a prude, but I never quite got past the student/teacher angle. Or rather, I never felt enough chemistry to compel me to dismiss the taboo element. I wanted the author to convince me waiting until after graduation to pursue the relationship didn’t make sense. That said this was more of an ethical taboo, because the hero was of legal age. The romance and sex scenes were certainly hot, so I think if student/teacher romances are a favorite of a reader, this novella won’t disappoint.
The story focuses on a whirlwind romance between a young teacher, Melanie, and her senior student. I thought both characters had promise, but never found myself interested enough to care about their relationship. Though I won’t complain about the heat this couple generates, I wished there was less lust and more chemistry. Similarly, I was intrigued by some of the secondary characters and the hero’s relationships with them, but never got as much detail as I wanted. I think this is a case of the short story forcing the pace to be too rapid for the plot and characters to fully develop. I did like the conclusion. The flash forward in the epilogue left me satisfied with getting a little more insight into how the couple connected outside of the bedroom.
As a prequel, Defy works well. I found the group of “Hotholes” a bit different and interesting, particularly the mystery behind their motivations and their close bonds to one another. So while I wanted a bit more from this couple, and wasn’t loving the taboo element of the relationship, I am eager to read a full length novel about one of the secondary characters.