Monday, March 3, 2014

Defiance by Stephanie Tyler [Review]
Defiance (Defiance #1) by Stephanie Tyler
Format: ebook
Source: purchased
Date read: December 16, 2013

1. Defiance - Kindle
2. Redemption

Stephanie Tyler
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Synopsis (Goodreads):
Rebelling against her legacy as the MC's princess, Tru Tennyson escaped the ruthless, male-dominated culture of the Defiance motorcycle club. Three years later, her newfound freedom is ripped away, thanks to a massive hybrid storm that killed millions. Now, in the post-Chaos world of semi-darkness and near-total anarchy where gangs rule, she discovers the dangerous world of Defiance may be the one thing that can keep her safe.

Tru is at the MC's mercy when she's dragged back to her former home … and to the only man she's ever pictured a future with. Caspar is the bastard son of the club's leader, her safe haven when life got rough — and her onetime lover the night she left. When Tru refuses to trade sex for power and be claimed by a rival club leader, she also dares to announce she wants Caspar instead, throwing the MC into turmoil.

Tru's brazen revolt could start a gang war and destroy the club from within. Now both Tru and the MC must wait for Caspar's response … and the inevitable fallout.
Thoughts on Defiance: As a long time lover of books with fantastically broken societies, this series looks like it's going to hit the spot with me. The Defiance men aren't soft and it's that very hardness that has allowed them to carve out a place for themselves since the world fell apart.

I love the brotherhood among Caspar and his men. I like that he goes with his gut and doesn't blindly follow orders. The fact that he has an agenda and has been steadily working toward his endgame for ages is a bonus.

Now, I did like Tru and Caspar together. But... I had a tough time connecting the dots as to why they were angry at one another in the beginning. While I do get that Tru had to make a choice and shift her way of thinking, Cas's weirdness with her confuzzled me. He was an integral part of her original escape and he knew why she was running. Being angry at her for returning when she didn't have a lot of other choices took a while for me to wrap my head around. Honestly, I'm still trying to figure it out.

The setup for the future has been laid out nicely and I'm SUPER excited to see Matthias and Bishop getting their own books. I REALLY liked those two and want to see them find special lady friends to spend time with.

All in all, this was a solid foundation for a dark, brutal world where the ones who thrive are the ones who are willing to fight the hardest.

PS. This book fulfilled my desire for tattooed, pierced men quite satisfactorily. *slow thumbs up*

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