Her Defiant Heart by Monica Murphy
Series: Damaged Hearts, #1
Published by Indie on March 29, 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Life can feel like a cruel joke. I grew up poor and motherless, with a father who never got over his wife’s abandonment. But now he’s gone too, and I’m dead set on finding the woman who so carelessly tossed me aside when I was a baby.
I want revenge. And I’m going to get back at my mother any way that I can.
I change my name. Start my new life in college, and just happen to cross paths with the gorgeous, ultra-rich Rhett Montgomery. He’s immediately interested in me, not that I’m surprised.
You see, I planned it that way. I meant for him to find me. He’s the one connection to my mother, and I’m using him, so I can destroy her. But I didn’t plan on Rhett being so charming. Sweet. Sexy.
And I definitely didn’t plan on falling for him either…
“Your friends are calling you,” I finally say.
He glances over his shoulder, then returns his attention to me. “They can wait.”
I’m surprised he’s putting talking to me above wanting to spend time with his friends. “Well, my homework can’t.” I gesture to the open textbook by my laptop. “Nice to see you again.”
“Nice to see you again? That’s all I get?” He slides into the booth seat across from mine, leaning across the table like he wants to get closer to me. “I bet you don’t even remember my name.”
“I bet you don’t remember mine either,” I toss back at him, tacking on an annoying giggle after I say it.
He makes a face, like he knows I’m fake as hell. “Jensen.”
His smile is back, wider than ever. “You should come sit with us.”
“No, thank you.” My voice is prim, like a snotty rich girl’s would be. Wouldn’t they find it hilarious to know that I spent my teenage years living in a mobile-home-slash-trailer park, in the decrepit old fifth-wheel my dad called our new home right before I started eighth grade.
One brow lifts. “My friends would love to meet you.”
“I doubt that.”
“It’s true.” He glances over his shoulder again, and they call out to him, a couple of choice words ringing in the air. The waitress glares, stomping over to their table to give them a lecture I suppose, and Rhett whirls around so he’s facing me once more, his expression full of amusement. “Or maybe not.”
“Go hang out with your friends,” I tell him gently, wanting to give the impression that I am the perfectly understanding girlfriend. He might not have those types of serious thoughts about me—yet—but my good behavior can enter his subconscious, right?
“Jensen. I want to see you again.” He reaches across the table and touches the top of my right hand, his warm fingers practically burning my skin. I snatch my hand away from his, my fingers trembling as I clutch my hands together in my lap.
One casual touch from him and I feel like I’m going to erupt in flames.
Her Defiant Heart is a revenge story that will consume you from the start. From the moment I met Jensen and heard her background story, I was pulling for her. Oddly, I wasn’t put off by her plan and supported it. A wounded and shattered heart will can make some of the greatest revenge plans.
Jensen’s plan is to go after Rhett. He’s her mother’s stepson. The mother that abandon her years ago and has raised another family without her. Everything she’s done at college is to make sure that Rhett notices her. Falls for her. The one flaw in her plan? She didn’t expect him to stir the feelings in her like he has. Now she has to decide how to move forward.
I think that Murphy set up the storyline nicely. This is book one in the series and it does end in a cliffhanger and I’m totally OK with that. I was left wanting more and the entire time I was reading it, I just wanted to know what was going to happen between Rhett and Jensen.
Rhett is shaping out to be the perfect gentleman. Gah, he’s so sweet and so caring. He generally cares for Jensen and wants to make sure she feels comfortable and protected. I found myself falling for him just like she did.
I would like to find out how Jensen really is. We get a glimpse into how she is calculated is and what she is doing to captivate Rhett but I don’t really know who she is yet.
Overall, I enjoyed Her Defiant Heart and I look forward to the next books in the series. If you are looking for a revenge story that just might backfire, then this is the book for you!
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