Book: Defiant Attraction
Author: VK Torston
Series: a standalone
Release date: 16 November 2017
Main characters: Sophia Ramos, a ‘good girl’ who’s determined to rise above her situation, Daniel Cole, a mystery and so-called ‘badboy’ and unlikely comrade.
Plot: Sophia Ramos has one thing going for her. Her brain and her academic record is going to get her far away from her toxic home life. Things weren’t so bad before her mum decided to let her boyfriend and his son move into the house.
Daniel Cole is a drifter who sticks around a house where he’s barely tolerated. At first, he and Sophia were thrust together and took delight in annoying the hell out of each other. Lately, they’ve been more like allies against their parents’ vices.
When like turns to more, the pair are forced to keep it secret. But a fierce and undeniable attraction such as theirs is bound to devastate anything in its past…
Why you should read it: This is a first novel by VK Torston and I was so flattered when she asked me to review it. I didn’t know what to expect, but I got a lot of chemistry, family angst, a lesson in the language of flowers and a truly absorbing story. Sophia has toed the line her whole life and has her eye on the prize in order to get the hell out of her oppressive home. Her dynamic with Dan was steeped in realism and I felt badly for the pair. Everyone basically turns a blind eye to their situation and they fail to take responsibility.
What you may not like: The last third of the book seemed like a race to the finish. The author starts at a steady pace up until the final crisis of the story, then races to the conclusion. I like a succinct story normally, but would’ve enjoyed more Sophia and Dan time!
Rating: 4/5 for a thoughtful and impressive debut. I look forward to reading more from VK Torston!
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.