Review – Defiant Attraction by V.K. Torston

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Review – Defiant Attraction by V.K. Torston

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.

Title: Defiant Attraction
Author: V.K. Torston
Published by Self
Source: Author
Published: November 17, 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Pages: 124
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Stars: three-stars
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Is this the first book from this author? I don’t think I’ve read or heard of her before. Hmmmmm, I digress… For a first timer, I enjoyed this book. I’m always a little skeptical when reading about a “stepbrother” situation, but lets face it. This isn’t really one of those books. In fact, I didn’t see anything wrong with the way the whole thing went down. But whatevs.

Sophia is a senior in high school. She’s the upcoming Valedictorian and is an amazing cellist. Her mom has been dating and living with her boyfriend for a couple of years now, but things aren’t so “happy”, if you know what I mean. Add in the fact that the boyfriend has an older son who’s a badass and totally hot, and I’m sure you can put the pieces together, right?

Dan is the badass “stepbrother”, not stepbrother. Ever since his mother died, he’s lived and experienced many things. But now he’s living in the basement, paying rent and finding himself being a rock for Sophia when the parents can’t get along. But he finds himself becoming more than the rock when things become serious really quick. Like super quick. So now what?

The overall story line was good and pulled me in enough to keep me interested. However, I felt like there were some sequences that didn’t quite fit for me. Keeping the relationship secret from the parents is one thing, but I didn’t quite understand why the secret from friends. Throw in a disgruntled ex-boyfriend who really didn’t have much of a role other than toward the end, and it got a little discombobulated for me at times. But like I mentioned, the author was able to keep me interested enough to stick with it. So that’s saying something.

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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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About the Author

vkheadshotV.K. Torston is a millennial and ‘cool aunt’ to a brood of nieces and nephews. She was born and raised in San Francisco, attended university in New York City, and aspires to one day live in London. A veteran of the independent music scene, she began writing nonfiction in her late teens. Then she realized that making up stories was way more fun than coming up with endless synonyms for ‘frenetic’ and ‘danceable.’ Her hobbies include drinking too much coffee, making up stupid songs, and ranting about current events. Defiant Attraction is her first novel.

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