Defy by LJ Shen ~ Review & Giveaway

Defy by LJ Shen ~ Review & GiveawayAlso by this author: Vicious (Sinners of Saint, #1)
Defy (Sinners of Saint Book 2) by L.J. Shen
Series: Sinners Of Saint
on January 31st, 2017
Genres: Romance
Pages: 97
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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.

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.

“Because that was the problem with society. It cared too much about  who you fell in love with but never about the why. The why matters. The who is irrelevant (but the band was great, so there’s that.).”



When is a novella more than a novella? When it’s this one. These are usually hard for me to like unless it’s a follow-up to a full size book that’s about the same couple. I don’t like insta love and that’s what they usually are if they are their own story. LJ Shen somehow made this one so good that the insta love didn’t bother me at all.

I read Vicious before I read this one so some of this was kinda sorta ruined for me but I didn’t mind that much. I still really enjoyed this regardless of knowing what happens in the next book.

The student-teacher part of this book was different but I think it worked and ended up not bothering me as much as I thought it would. Their chemistry was hot and I liked Jamie a lot more after reading this then I did after reading Vicious. The humor and one liners I liked in Vicious were also in Defy. The author has a real talent for that and it’s one of my favorite parts of these books.

I can’t wait to continue the series and I’m so ready for book two!


Reading Order (so far):

Defy (book 0.5)

Vicious (book 1)




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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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