Dan might be the enemy of my enemy, but I’m not sure that makes him my friend. He’s definitely not my ‘step brother’, no matter what everyone at school says. Honestly, I don’t know what he’s supposed to be to me. Or what he’s becoming…
Fact: for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.
In the yearbook, I’ll be Sophia Ramos: Valedictorian. Years of honor roll certificates, AP classes, and lugging around an obnoxiously large cello case are about to finally pay off. If everything goes according to plan, I’ll escape these decaying suburbs for a top university across the country.
The problem? A few years ago, my mom met someone just as broke, just as drunk, and just as impulsive as she is. Approximately five seconds into their relationship, they decided it would be an excellent idea for him—and his son, Dan—to move in with us. (Spoiler alert: it wasn’t).
Now I share a house with none other than Daniel Cole. Even though Dan dropped out two years ago, he’s still the tattooed, bad boy, heartthrob, legend of St. Anthony’s Academy. He and I aren’t supposed to have anything in common.
Living together means war. First, Dan and I were at war with each other. Now, our rivalry is giving way to an unlikely alliance—two opposing sides teaming up against a common enemy: our respective parents.
Which is to say, we’ve been hanging out.
Question: What happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object?
Here’s the thing: My brain is a complex organ. One hundred billion neurons, each with an average of seven thousand synaptic connections to other neurons. My brain is my ticket out of here.
My heart, by contrast, is a pump. It moves blood around.
I know Dan is off-limits. I know I shouldn’t do something I’ll regret. And I know how much is at stake (my family, my future).
So why can’t I stop thinking about him? Those inscrutable jade eyes. The smile that can say a thousand different things at once. That tattoo curving across his abs…
Even though I know better, I feel that pounding in my chest. And it’s getting harder to ignore.
But if I follow my heart, I can never go back.
Answer: There is no such thing as an immovable object.
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Defiant Attraction is the debut new adult romance novel by author V.K. Torston. It is a full-length standalone with an HEA that is told from the heroine’s (Sophia) point-of-view.
Okay! That all aside! I had no clue who V.K. Torston was. Never heard of the gal until I was going through a back log of emails and I found a review request. Well, the request was from months ago, and the book had already come out. I checked out the synopsis and was like, “Sure, why not!” I decided to just jump right in with this one.
I was not disappointed! I can’t say it was insta-love for me, but I can say it was slow grow love. The characters are solid and well written. They have depth to them and a sturdy foundation to stand on. The background of the story is set up so it is easy to follow.
Dan, our hero, really intrigued me, I want to know more about him. Sophia, (goes by Sophie) almost seemed naive at times but others more like an old soul. I also loved that the other characters had just enough depth to them that they were present, that you knew who they were, without them stealing the spotlight in the book. You didn’t need a ton of information on them to form thougths, and some of it could actually be influenced by Sophie’s thoughts and how she sees things.
One thing that stuck out to me is the different format style in this book. You have chapters, sort of, but it also reads like a time line with thoughts thrown in. It was different, and that made it appealing once I figured that out.
I mentioned before about the synopsis and while it drew me in, it also almost made me run due to the length of it. Summarizing a book is never easy, and I almost think it’s harder to do that then write the actual book. (I’ve heard many authors say it.) Overall, after having read the book, I’m glad for the length of it. It really did help set that book foundation without giving spoilers.
I fought myself a wee bit on the rating for this one. On one hand I said 3.5, and then went to 4. Reflecting on it, I’m still going to say a 4. I actually didn’t put the book down, I read it straight through, so the 4 sticks.
I would really like to see more of these characters. Where the book ends, I think could be spun off, or you could leave it as their HEA. 😀