4 Star Review – Defiant Attraction by V.K. Torston

4 Star 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.














Defiant Attraction is a beautifully written story of love and heartache and betrayal that while short will have you totally immersed in the characters’ lives and what they have to endure to find that sometimes the one for you is the person standing right in front of you.  

I will fully admit that I’m not a big fan of the step brother/almost step brother genre, but there was just something about this book that called to me and I’m so glad I gave it a chance because otherwise I would have missed reading the love story of Dan and Sophie.

Dan and Sophie are the type of characters that stay with you long after you turn the page. Not only because their story was a great read, but because I keep thinking about what they have to go through to not only survive each day but what they have to deal with when the truth of their relationship comes out, the nastiness of revenge porn and the consequences and fall out that the perpetrators rarely consider. I adored how they dealt with it and the epilogue had me feeling all the warm and fuzzies.  

This is a book that surprised me. I didn’t expect to accidentally inhale it. I didn’t go into it thinking it was going to be as good as it was.  I went into it ready for anything and I can honestly say that this is a book I will be re-reading for sure.

Fans of angsty, hot quick reads that give you a quick shot to the feels, do not pass up this offering. That is all.








































































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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