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Summary

Rafe 

Hate is easy. A hell of a lot easier than the alternative.

It’s my job to keep Wicked safe, which means getting my hands a little dirty sometimes. After I lost my best friend, I’m not pulling my punches anymore. So it’s hate that helps me win every fight and close every case. 

But now the past is coming back to haunt me, and I refuse to be cornered. As for the girl who just moved in next door, hate is my only option, and I won’t go down without a fight. 

Shelby 

Ten years ago, he ruined my life. Now, it’s my turn to ruin his.

I didn’t plan to move in next door to Rafe Nolan - especially after what he did to me and my brother. But now I have the opportunity to make his life as miserable as he made mine. 

And for a man who is so tortured, this should be easy. 

But there is a dark secret behind all that pain of his that draws me in. He’s trying to hold his power over me, but I can see him losing control. 

I can use his secrets against him, but as I start falling for him, I know this is one fight I am going to lose. 

Welcome to Wicked Beach....

Defiant is a stand-alone, enemies-to-lovers romance. It has a love-to-hate alpha a-hole and feisty heroine with no cliff-hanger and a guaranteed HEA.

©2020 Sara Cate (P)2020 Sara Cate

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Loved this audiobook

This was my first book/audiobook my this author and I loved it.

The narrators were prefect for this story, I loved their voices and the way they told the story.

The story kept me hocked from start to finish. My heart went out to Rafe and I loved his development through the story.

I highly recommend this.

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This is my first read by Sara and first in this series. This was ok for me because I felt things were glossed over or super rushed. I wanted more enemies to lovers tone to the book and there definitely wasn't enough. I felt a tiny bit lost in the beginning as there wasn't enough background/past info. I'll try more books from Sara.

Narrators Aiden Snow was good, Kelley Huston I have to get used to.

I received this audiobook and book at my request and have voluntarily left this unbiased review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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  • 08-05-22

Great Listen

This was great enemies-to-lovers romance, there should have been a tissue warning for this as heartbreaking and emotional at times.

I can't wait to listen to the rest of the series.

“I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.”

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Emotionally immersive and absolutely brilliant.

This story is heartbreaking, thought provoking but absolutely brilliant. There should be a special punishment for adults who hurt children, but a extra special one for parents that do it. OMG! The terrible abuse Rafe endured from his parents is utterly disgusting, devastating, traumatic and life altering. Despite all the trauma and years self loathing, he was able to find redemption through love. Very emotionally immersive, I feel like I'm there in wicked. The narrator captures the thought and feelings of the characters brilliantly. I read this story before but re-reading the audio version makes it even more potent and unforgettable.

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Another great enemies to lovers story from Sara Cate perfectly narrated by Kelley Huston & Aiden Snow.

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Defiant

Wow I loved this book. Rafe is dealing with so much trauma from his childhood. Just to be touched is torture for him. When the girl that got away from his past appears back into his life. At first they come together out of revenge. They are exactly what the other needed to reach their fullest potential. Kelley Huston and Aiden Snow were both phenomenal to listen to.

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True enemies to lovers

I've not come across a true enemies to lovers story in a while and boy howdy did this check that mark. Shelby and Rafe have a history, they grew up together but were torn apart. The chemistry between them was off the charts but because of that history and the issues Rafe has they fight it for a while. I REALLY enjoyed this. And the audio was smoking hot. Will for sure be looking at the rest of this series.

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Fast-paced, heartfelt, steamy

DEFIANT by Sara Cate was an unexpected surprise for me. Fast-paced, intense and steamy with a hero that stole my heart with his dark, tormented soul and a heroine with an incredible huge heart. A broken cop and a sweet hospice nurse and their second chance. A heartfelt story about broken trust, overcoming past trauma, healing and love. A second chance enemies to lovers romance that hits the mark.

Aiden Snow is perfect for Rafe’s wounded character with his growly voice that I love so much. Kelley Huston was new to me. She conveyed Shelby’s emotion beautifully, the only slight critique I have is that I wished the characters’ different voices were a bit more distinguishable.

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Fabulous!

Loved this. Great story, really good narration by both actors and an HEA that is completely satisfying! 💖💖💖💖💖

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I AM IN LUST! SUCH A HOT GREAT AUDIO!!! I LOVED EVERY SECOND OF THIS

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  • Heather T
  • 19-11-20

A pleasant surprise

I was gifted a copy of this book and I wasn’t sure what to expect as I had not heard of the author or listened to the narrators before. I was pleasantly surprised with a nice, easy listen. It has enough of a story to be intrigued without being overly angsty. It also has some steam to it. Although it’s a standalone I would recommend reading the prior books to have the full cast experience.

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  • Jocelyne
  • 21-08-21

I love this Series!

This is the third book in the Wicked Hearts Series, a standalone romance in an interconnected series. I like this series. Rafe and Shelby's story is entertaining, and captivating. Rafe is handsome, wounded, and enigmatic. Shelby is strong, caring, supportive, and determined. They are perfect together! The storyline is well written, and intriguing. I loved to see again the characters from the first books in the series. Aiden Snow and Kelley Huston did an amazing job with the narration. I enjoyed it.

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  • Michelle
  • 29-11-20

Second Chances

We all have things in our past we regret. Some regrets are bigger than others, but I love a good redemption story. Coming back from those retreats and getting a second chance to mend relationships melts my heart. This wasn’t just a story of a man and woman re-finding each other. This is a story of two people re-finding themselves and those they consider family.

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  • B.McGrath
  • 20-11-20

second chance??

I didn't like shelby and didn't connect with her. She wanted revenge for a crime her brother committed???? She's a hospice nurse so she should have compassion and empathy and a better understanding of right and wrong. Her brother was very wrong and got what he deserved . Where's her sense of honor and integrity. Too little too late imo. I voluntarily listened to a free copy of this and am giving an honest review. The duet narration was great.

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  • KLW
  • 01-08-22

Enjoyable listen

Rafe and Shelby's story is entertaining, and well told. Rafe is wounded and somewhat mysterious. Shelby is strong female character, I enjoyed listening to this story.. Aiden Snow and Kelley Huston's narration was well done and elevated the story in the audio form.

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  • Vida._.Loca
  • 24-07-22

Second Chances

I enjoyed defiant as enemies to lovers is my favorite trope. However, I felt it needed a bit more of the enemies than lovers. Rafe and Shelby alluded to their shared past, but it took a while to learn what happened that set them on the course to become enemies, and then they quickly brushed it aside on the road to becoming lovers. However, there was some pretty good banter between the two that you knew would combust when they got together.

Aiden Snow & Kelley Huston (new to me narrator) did a great job narrating.

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  • Amarilys Santiago
  • 23-06-22

Enemies to Lovers one of my favorites

Enemies to Lovers one of my favorites tropes. This book was pretty great. Rafe and Shelby really are enemies for so long, but the change to lovers made everything so good. I really enjoy this story. The audiobook was pretty great too. Excellent performance from the narrators.

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  • Dawn
  • 23-05-22

Second chance at a first love

This book is all about a decision made 10 years ago. After tens years of not seeing each Shelby and Rafe are now living next door to each other. Will they be able to rekindle what they once had or will that one decision be the end.

Book as well written and duration absolutely fabulous would definitely recommend this book

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  • Christi S
  • 13-04-22

A steamy listen

This a good listen entertaining story I enjoyed the narrators and the way the story deleveoped.
it is a stand alone but do recommend to read The other's in series. to get the back story for the other characters

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  • Sara K.
  • 13-04-22

She does it again!

I absolutely love Sara Cate and this is another winner! Enemies to Lovers is one of my favorite tropes, and Aiden and Kelley brings this story to life. I didn't listen to the first two in this series, but will definitely go back for more. :)