When I requested Defending Taylor I didn’t realize that it was the same series as Catching Jordan. I’m not sure why I didn’t realize it, since the covers for the books are all very similar. It’s a good though I didn’t realize it, though. I wouldn’t have requested Defending Taylor if I had known, because I wasn’t impressed with Catching Jordan. The not knowing meant I could read this one without the negative expectations that the first book would have given me.
I enjoyed this one, thankfully. I actually didn’t hate the main character, Tee. I felt for her situation and thought the world, particularly her family, was too hard on her. Maybe she made a bad decision, but her intentions were noble and I thought it was really crappy that her compassion wasn’t even mentioned. I also liked how Ezra and Tee didn’t have some ridiculous over the top angsty relationship. Once they chose to put the past behind them, they moved forward without regret or second guessing. I actually liked Tee’s father too. Despite everything on his plate, and his occasionally being distant, he seemed to really love his family.
Defending Taylor wasn’t perfect, by any means. The characters could have been more realistic, and well rounded. As much as I liked the core of Ezra’s and Tee’s relationship, the characters themselves felt very one dimensional. I also felt like not much was resolved with Taylor and Nicole. I don’t like when everything is wrapped up nicely in a story, but it was one area where I’d hoped to get some closure, especially knowing that so much of the political aspects wouldn’t be resolved.
Overall, not bad. 3.5 stars.
Thank you to Sourcebooks Fire via Netgalley for providing an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Rating: = C
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