on November 16th 2017
Genres: New Adult, Erotica
Pages: 124 Pages
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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.
Defiant Attraction is V.K. Torston’s debut book and I must say it surprised and impressed. Although it can be classified as a taboo read of love between step-siblings, you shouldn’t dismiss it so easily because it’s SO much more.
You wouldn’t think that good girl and valedictorian Sophia Ramos would have anything in common with bad-boy and high school drop-out Daniel Cole but turns out they do. After being rivals for years Sophia and Dan find themselves in an unlikely alliance against their respective parents. Dan’s father and Sophia’s mother are equally broke, equally drunk and in an unhappy, violent and abusive relationship with each other where communication comes in the form of nasty slurs screamed at the other.
To escape the abusiveness and screaming matches Dan and Sophia turn to each other and often and play Xbox together in Dan’s room. But a late night playing Xbox turns into an accidental sleepover and an awkward morning waking up in each other’s arms. And then everything changes.
To me this story wasn’t just a forbidden love read but a story of self-discovery and two lonely teenagers who have no one. No loving and safe home and certainly no parents to take care of and provide for them. So they turn to each other for friendship and comfort. Of course they face a lot of sh*t for being ‘step-siblings’ but no matter what happens they have each other – and that to me was the beautify of this story.
“Maybe this is stupid or crazy. But we did this together, so right now you’re the only person in the world who feels how I feel. I’m not losing that.”
Sometimes life sucks. And sometimes you’re stuck in an awful situation that seems to have no solution and with no one to turn to. But out of the blue an unlikely savior can appear and become a confidant, a friend or even become your family.
This well told story of the strength of love, coupled with the hot sex scenes between the two main characters means that I’ll definitely be on the lookout for more from V.K. Thorston, which is why Defiant Attraction gets 4 stars.