Review: Defy by L.J. Shen

Posted February 8, 2017 by Perry in Blog Tours, Reviews / 0 Comments

Review: Defy by L.J. ShenDefy (Sinners of Saint, #0.5) by L.J. Shen
Series: Sinners of Saint #0.5
Published by Self Published on January 31st 2017
Pages: 138

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.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.



I thought Vicious, Book 1 in the Sinners of Saint series, was super entertaining. It was decadent in just the right amounts and I was intrigued about Vicious and the entire HotHoles crew enough that I was left wanting more. So, naturally, I was besides myself when I realized Defy was coming out soon and it would feature Jaime Followhill. He just struck me as such a dreamy guy in Vicious, with his man bun, his sun tanned, blonde good looks and his utter devotion to Melody Greene. Vicious (the book) made it clear that those two hooked up when she was still his teacher back in high school and that something very scandalous must have gone down. I was so intrigued to find out exactly what happened! I’m a sucker for student-teacher romances, and frankly, I’d never read one where the teacher was the heroine and the student was the hero.


This is a short, novella-sized book that loses no time getting right to the action. It’s fast, it’s smutty as all hell and it features Shen’s trademark witty writing, with it’s unadorned, blunt, visceral quality. If you loved Vicious, you’re going to love this one too. And if you have a craving for more of the character itself (meaning Vicious), he appears more than once here in all his assholy glory. This book was more than worth the time invested just to see this jerk, jerking it up again in his trademark style! It was great seeing him and Millie once more and getting more glimpses of life in Todos Santos back when everyone was still in All Saints High.


Melody isn’t your token stiff, boring, literature teacher. She’s only 26 while Jamie is 18 so there isn’t too much of a transgression in that regard. They get together when he’s literally 3 months away from graduation. This should be enough to appease people that may have some qualms with the potential abuse of authority angle. Melody was relatable in that she owned up to her lust for Jamie right away. She wasn’t a predator, she was more of the prey. Who can resist a guy like Jamie? I felt like I wanted to lick him whole. She was in a tough position in life that makes it easy to understand why she would throw caution to the wind and consider an illicit affair with a student.


One thing I LOVED was Jamie’s unwavering devotion to Melody. He may have been so much younger than her, but he had the backbone and loyalty many full grown men could use. He wasn’t just a teenager wanting to bang his teacher to have something to tell his pals over a few drinks. Genuine feelings took root and didn’t let go and transformed this book from just a forbidden fantasy story, to something a lot deeper and meaningul. True romance at its best. It won’t take you more than a couple of hours to read this one, so I highly recommend you pick it up right away.

4.5 stars!! I can’t wait to see who brings the rest of the almighty hotholes to their knees!




“It was sexy and steamy and everything I’ve come to expect from this author.” – Ariana, Steamy Reads Blog.

“Holy Heck this was Hot!! If I wasn’t hooked on this series before I sure am now!! These boys just get dirtier, hotter, off the rails panty wetting hot!!” – Kitty Katz Crazy About Books.

Forbidden romance has never been so well done! And this is a novella!” – Stephanie, Tied Up In Romance.


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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