Defy the Stars by Sophie Mckenzie

Defy the Stars

Written by Sophie Mckenzie

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January 2014 Book of the Month Passion burns as brightly as ever in Sophie McKenzie’s latest fizzing addition to the powerful love story of River and Flynn. Over a year has passed and River is sure she’s over her relationship with the magnetic but troubled Flynn. Working hard for her A levels and living with her Dad and Gemma on the commune she is enjoying life. But her path crosses again with Flynn and the old flames flare up. Can River resist especially as she can see Flynn needs her help? Sophie McKenzie brilliantly captures the tortuous thrill of this troubled but gripping romance.


Defy the Stars by Sophie Mckenzie

The fourth and final title in this romance series, charting the ups and downs of River’s first love with unpredictable Flynn. Through the series so far we’ve seen the couple face plenty of challenges, and at the end of previous book, Casting Shadows, they parted on bad terms. An absolutely gripping finale filled with Sophie’s trademark thriller writing and plenty of tension.

After months apart, everyone thinks that River is successfully building a future without Flynn. Indeed, she has almost convinced herself that she is moving on. And then, one day, Flynn is back, bringing with him tales of his glamorous new life. River suspects his lucrative new work involves some form of criminal activity, but will she let herself be drawn back into Flynn's world?

Or is this, finally, the end of the line for them both?

There are four books in this romance series from Sophie McKenzie...follow the links to download an extract of each.

Burning Bright
Casting Shadows
Defy the Stars


“Sophie McKenzie’s story is very true to life; teenagers and adults alike will no doubt be able to relate to River and Flynn’s teenage problems. A superb read from McKenzie.”
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About the Author

Sophie Mckenzie

Sophie McKenzie was born and brought up in London, where she still lives with her teenage son.

She worked as a journalist and magazine editor until she was made redundant, at which point she seized the opportunity to pursue her ambition to become a writer and enrolled in a creative writing course.

Her debut was the multi-award winning Girl, Missing (2006), and she is also the author of Blood Ties and sequel, Blood Ransom, The Medusa Project series, Luke and Eve trilogy and most recent novels, the thrilling Split Second and Every Second Counts. She has clocked up numerous national and regional book awards, including the Red House Children’s Book Award, has been a featured World Book Day author twice and has twice been longlisted for the Carnegie Medal.

Her first book for adults, Close My Eyes, sold almost 100,000 copies, received rave reviews and was a Richard and Judy Book Club choice.

You can see Sophie giving her writing tips in a video - click here.

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272 pages
Interest Age: From 11


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Simon & Schuster Childrens Books an imprint of Simon & Schuster Ltd

Publication date

2nd January 2014




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