Thursday, November 16, 2017

Release Blitz & Review - Defiant Attraction - V.K. Torston


About the Book

Title: Defiant Attraction
Author: V.K. Torston
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Erotic Romance
Release Date: November 16th


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.



My Review

Defiant Attraction was an interesting novella. It was a nice quick read that felt finished by the end of it. I felt the book was relatable, as I feel I know someone who might have lead a similar life. This book has lots of heat within it. It also touches on child and domestic abuse.

The plot of this story is much more than the blurb makes it out to be. This is a step brother romance, but not in the traditional sense. These two are not actually step siblings by marriage. They also didn’t grow up together or anything. I liked the way the author did not hold anything back when discussing the family life of these two characters. It isn’t all roses and sunshine, which I feel made it realer than anything I have read.

Sophia is an interesting character. She is described as the good girl student. I liked her character overall. I liked how she worked hard, but didn’t let that define her entirely. I also liked Dan’s character. He was mysterious and funny. While I liked him overall, I did not like some of his decisions. I don’t want to say much more, but I was irritated with his character at times.

The heat in this book was amazing. These two have such a chemistry with each other. I am always skeptical of step brother romances because sometimes it comes off creepy. This book did not do this. I felt I could invest in the characters without feeling like anyone was taken advantage of or they were too familial. 

The writing style of this book was good. I wish we had a dual point of view, but the single point of view was written well. I love that this book was set in Michigan as I am from Michigan and felt it made me relate to the book more. The only problem I had with this book is the ending. It is a good ending, just not what I would have hoped for. With that being said, the book felt complete and the ending was actually very realistic.

Overall, this was a good short read. I really enjoyed reading and learning about these characters. I liked that the author discussed some sensitive topics in a way that felt real. I feel the author did them justice. I would read more books by this author in the future. I would also recommend this book to others.

Star Ratings:
Plot: 5/5
Characters: 5/5
Heat: 5/5
Writing Style: 5/5
Overall: 5/5

About the Author


V.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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Twitter: @VKTorston
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