Release Blitz: Defiant by Bella J.

Title: Defiant
Series: American Street Kings #2
Author: Bella J.
Genre: Dark Romantic Suspense/MC
Release Date: August 28, 2019


Infatuation is a dangerous thing.

It devours you. Manipulates you. Owns you.

You can try to ignore it, try to move past it. But it’s more powerful than you. It won’t let go.

The day I first saw him, infatuation dug its claws into my soul. I couldn’t stop it. Everything faded. Except him.

My infatuation blinded me. Made me see what it wanted me to see. Now I’m lost within the lie. Caged by the beast.

In the end, he will have me.

Until then…I fight. 

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A tear slipped down my cheek. It was amazing how he could trigger these emotions in me merely by being close. He didn’t have to say a word. He didn’t have to touch me. He simply had to stand there and breathe.
I wiped at my cheek with the back of my hand. “Granite, please leave.” My voice was louder this time, sorrow slowly building my strength.
Nothing. Not a word.
I clutched my stomach tighter, heartache spreading everywhere, filling every crack, threatening to shatter me into a million pieces. I didn’t want to break in front of him. Not again. But I couldn’t stop it. This man managed to engrave himself on my soul, penetrating every part of my being, consuming me to a point where breaking was the only way to get a little relief from constantly trying to fight it. To fight him.
“Please,” I whispered as a tear rolled over my lips and I could taste my own sadness. “It hurts too much to be close to you.”
Pain built its way through every bone in my body until it finally erupted. I shot up.
“Please leave!” My voice slammed against the walls, anger echoing from my words. I turned around, ready to lash at him, only to find he wasn’t there. He was gone.

3.5 stars

When I first started Defiant, I was so excited to read what was going to happen next. I'll admit, I had high expectations for this one, only because I did enjoy book one. In saying that, I kinda feel let down by this one. Yes, it was good and I was intrigued by the story. However, I could not connect with Alyx this time. 

I really wanted her to become stronger, like she claimed, but she showed me more than once that it just wasn't going to happen. I was frustrated with her throughout most of the book, and even the ending didn't change my mind about her. I thought some character development would've happened, since book one, but honestly, Alyx was stuck to me. I really don't know if she'll grow into the person she should be. It would make sense if she did. 

Granite at times frustrated me too. I got the feeling more than once that he held Alyx back, as he 'tried' to protect her. But with him, I saw a side I didn't expect and it was interesting to see him in a new light. I thought I had him figured out, but I'm happy to say he did surprise me a few times. 

I would've given this one a 4 star rating, but I found this one to be a bit too predictable. Book one was shocking and mind blowing, but I knew what was going to happen in this one. I did enjoy the book nevertheless, but I really wanted that wow factor. I really like Bella J's writing style and I am curious to see how the other books in this series go. 

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All the way from Cape Town, South Africa, Bella J lives for the days when she’s able to retreat to her writer’s cave where she can get lost in her little pretend world of romance, love, and insanely hot bad boys.

Bella J is a Hybrid Author with both Self-Published and Traditional Published work. Even though her novels range from drama, to comedy, to suspense, it's the dark, twisted side of romance she loves the most.

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