Story Rating: 3 out of 5 paddles
Sting Factor (kink): 0 out of 5
I was really disappointed that I couldn’t give this book for any points for the sting factor because there were just so many opportunities for some awesome kink to take place. Even though there wasn’t any kink taking place, there were some really nice sex scenes going on.
The book opens up in modern times with Sorcha, who is a witch and also the outcast of her family for not being able to do anything quite right. The reader finds her in a museum on an old ship practicing her magic like always, but today, something didn’t exactly go as planned. She finds herself in the middle of an ocean and not only there, but back in time as well.
Next, we find ourselves in a Roman coliseum where Queen Larina of the Amazons has been spending the day fighting for her life, getting ready to face the champion of Rome. During her battle with the champion of Rome, Brennus, decides he doesn’t want to kill her, but help her escape. Both of them are able to escape the guards of the coliseum, but not before Brennus can save his sister from the slaver that holds her. They both swim out to a ship hoping for safety and this is when they meet Sorcha. Out of panic to avoid being captured once again by the Romans, Sorcha uses her magic to get them out of harm’s way. Instead of moving them to another location, she’s moved them forward a few years.
Brennus is still hellbent on freeing his sister so he and Larina make their way back to land to find out about his sister. They find out from an old friend of Brennus that his sister has passed during the years and had a son, who is now the champion of Rome. Even though his sister can no longer be saved, Brennus will not rest until he is able to save his nephew. During their time on land, the passion and attraction between Brennus and Larina that started on the ship starts to grow and flourish, even against Larina’s will. With that passion come some very steamy scenes between the two, leaving the reader wanting for more to happen between these two characters.
The Defiant Ones was a very quick read, which did leave me a bit disappointed because I was really left wanting to hear more of the story of Brennus and Larina and even more about Sorcha. I am looking forward to hearing more about the couple in future works.
Reviewed by Tequila Rose