Sara Cate’s Defiant is an angsty enemies to lovers’ romance that leaves you wanting more! I could not put this book down, that seems to happen with Sara Cate’s books!
I loved reading about Rafe, who keeps his circle ridiculously small. I can so relate to that!!! Rafe’s background is dark and because of it, he is denied love. Throughout the book, you question whether his denied love is because of his history or is it self-imposed. Rafe’s only outlet is fighting, sometimes in shady matches, and as a police officer you see the struggle within, especially what illegal activity he is willing to overlook. Rafe’s dedication to keeping the town of Wicked safe from drugs and dealers is commendable, even though the way Rafe goes about it is questionable.
Shelby’s character is just as fascinating. You can sense her feelings for Rafe, when she sees him for the first time in ten years, laying in front of his apartment after a fight. This woman is loyal to a fault to her twin brother and their history with Rafe is hard to let go. Shelby is a hospice nurse and I absolutely love how Cate explains why Shelby decided to work in hospice care. It is a hard job, however extremely rewarding and a true calling.
Rafe and Shelby together is a time bomb waiting to explode or a passionate lust filled haze of old and new desires. They each cannot decide internally whether they’d like to destroy each other again, or let the past remain and start healing. The angst in this book will billow off the pages and hover around your reading space as you immerse yourself into their world.
I did not have the opportunity to read the two previous books in this series, even though they each can be read as a standalone, I want to read them all in order now. I want to learn more about the people and town of Wicked. What I did learn from Rafe and Shelby, is never stop fighting for what you want because the hard work you put into training will always pay off!!
This book may contain triggers for certain readers.
Add to your TBR—–> https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/54282995-defiant
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