Defiance of the Heart by Monica James ~ Sarah A’s Review

For never was there a story of more woe than that of Holland Brooks and her Romeo…

For as long as I can remember, London Sinclair was the boy who was forbidden. It didn’t matter that he made my heart skip a beat. Our surnames fated us to be sworn enemies. But when the truth was finally revealed, my life changed forever.

Lies have shaped our past, leaving London and me to pick up the pieces. But through the chaos, one thing is certain—I love London, and he loves me, and we won’t allow anyone to tear us apart again.

However, life has a funny way of proving us wrong.

As we attempt to make amends for the past ten years, we soon discover that the ghosts of our past will do anything to drive us apart. We are once again surrounded by deceit and betrayal, testing us in ways we never imagined.

When I’m faced with a proposition to end this heartache once and for all, I blindly agree. That decision changes everything, and I soon learn that those who act in haste create their own destruction.

Does love really triumph all? Or will London and I succumb to what was always written in the stars?

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After reading a few books that I just didn’t connect with I was afraid I was broken.  In fact, I’d loved Absinthe of the Heart so much I was reluctant to start Defiance for fear that I would have a hard time getting into it, too.  I should have known better, Defiance of the Heart was everything I hoped it would be and pulled me right out of the rut I’d dug myself into.

Defiance of the Heart was just as much of an emotional roller coaster as Absinthe was but in an entirely different way.  The insanity of dealing with all the outside influences that had affected Holland and London’s relationship in the past and were still attempting to sabotage their love and happiness was more than any two people should have to overcome.  I loved that, even when they were dealing with all the awful things being thrown at them, I never felt like their love faltered.  It was bigger than anything that could be used against them, and it was beautiful to see.

The plot of Defiance of the Heart was absolutely compelling.  I was so engrossed with London and Holland’s journey to normalcy and happiness I could barely put the book down to deal with real life.  I was so enraptured with their fight against everyone who should have loved and supported them that I almost felt like I was right there in the trenches with them, choosing the love they’d denied for years over the pressures of their parent’s pasts.

I’ve read over a hundred books since I had read Absinthe of the Heart and was a little worried that I’d have time recalling all the intricacies of the story, but Ms. James did a fabulous job of subtly reminding me of all the important things I needed to remember.  It was a lovely courtesy, and I doubt anyone who was reading the books back to back would even realize that little trail of breadcrumbs of the past was even included.

Defiance of the Heart is the second book in Monica James’ Sins of the Heart series.  These books are not standalones but a duet chronicling one couple’s love story and the lengths they have to go to to find their happily ever after.  Defiance of the Heart is written in first-person perspective, narrated by Holland.

Absinthe Of The Heart by Monica James is the first book in the Sins of the Heart series. 

Two households, unlike in dignity, in the City of Angels is where we lay our scene…

London Sinclair was the boy my mother warned me about for as long as I can remember. His name alone has brought my family nothing but shame and suffering, so it’s no surprise we’ve been sworn enemies since the first moment we met.

With his bedroom eyes and cocky smile, he has all the girls under his spell. I have one more year of school left, and then I’m home free because I’m guarding a secret, one I’m ashamed to keep.

The boy who is completely off-limits is the one who drives me, Holland Brooks, wild. I want London, and I think…he wants me, too.

Some may compare it to a Shakespearian tragedy, as our surnames have fated our future, but when a single night changes my life forever, I can’t leave the City of Angels fast enough.

Ten years later, I have atoned for my sins and return to Los Angeles a changed woman. I’ve come home to get married. But the moment London walks back into my life, one thing is clear. Ten years can’t undo that night—that single, sinful night when I gave into temptation—because I want to do it again.

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Monica James spent her youth devouring the works of Anne Rice, William Shakespeare, and Emily Dickinson.

When she is not writing, Monica is busy running her own business, but she always finds a balance between the two. She enjoys writing honest, heartfelt, and turbulent stories, hoping to leave an imprint on her readers. She draws her inspiration from life.

She is a bestselling author in the U.S., Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Israel, and the U.K.
Monica James resides in Melbourne, Australia, with her wonderful family, and menagerie of animals. She is slightly obsessed with cats, chucks, and lip gloss, and secretly wishes she was a ninja on the weekends.

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