Tuesday, January 17, 2017

REVIEW: Vicious by LJ Shen

Title: Vicious
Series: Sinners of Saint #1
Author: L.J. Shen
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date:  January 1, 2017 On Sale $1.99 through January 13, 2017


Shel: These two should not work. They shouldn't. Vicious is an asshole...like the hugest asshole... and Emilia is so giving; but like oil and vinegar, when you blend them together they can work to make something quite good. And let me tell you, these two together were good--explosive, really; their chemistry and all the tension that simmered just below the surface when they shared the page made for a read that got me all sorts of antsy and eager to see what, exactly, would happen next between them. We got to see their antagonistic relationship start in their senior year and fast forward ten years later, no less antagonistic than how they left things when they were in their teens. They both had their reasons for their behavior and I loved that LJ Shen had them needling each other to the very end. Vicious may have been the one instigating the hell in Emilia's life but she gave it back--I loved how she always gave him attitude and didn't back down; I love a good sassy heroine and Emilia had that in spades. And as mentioned, Vicious was an asshole extraordinaire but sometimes the bigger the asshole, the greater the fall- and his was pretty epic, in the best possible way. I don't know how I missed LJ Shen's previous works but while I'm waiting for the next one in this series, I'll definitely be reading her older works. 

Court: Um, so yeah. I didn't really know what to expect with this one...but I can say that I got so much more than I ever thought possible. It is all of my favorite things...teen angst in high school, with a messed up boy who doesn't know what to do with all of the privilege he's been given, and a girl that really sets his life on fire. I think the two of them really needed this story to be set up exactly as the way it is because they needed a lonnnnng time to get to be mature enough to handle what goes down. I really loved the writing, and I second what Shelley said when she mentions that we are going to get down with L.J. Shen immediately because I am dying...dying I tell you...for the next book in this series. We've already bought them. Haha! Anyways, back to this book..Vicious...I mean a guy really has to back it up to get a nickname like that, and I had my doubts about him for...forever! Emilia is passionate, and artistic and definitely gives him a run for his money in trying to be a control freak. I devoured...devoured this book, I tell you! And cannot stop thinking about it! I CAN'T STOP, and WON'T STOP! So, read it now...because I said so. Thanks! 

They say love and hate are the same feelings experienced under different circumstances, and it’s true. 
The man who comes to me in my dreams also haunts me in my nightmares. 
He is a brilliant lawyer. 
A skilled criminal. 
A beautiful liar. 
A bully and a savior, a monster and a lover. 
Ten years ago, he made me run away from the small town where we lived. Now, he came for me in New York, and he isn’t leaving until he takes me with him. 
She is a starving artist. 
Pretty and evasive like cherry blossom. 
Ten years ago, she barged into my life unannounced and turned everything upside down. 
She paid the price. 
Emilia LeBlanc is completely off-limits, my best friend’s ex-girlfriend. The woman who knows my darkest secret, and the daughter of the cheap Help we hired to take care of our estate. 
That should deter me from chasing her, but it doesn’t. 
So she hates me. Big fucking deal. 
She better get used to me.
“If you're looking for a book that's a little bit dark, a little bit twisted, with a character driven story that leaves you panting more than once, Vicious is it.” - 5 Obsessed Stars - Reader Review
“Absolutely amazing book! You will never find another guy like Vicious and you will never find another book like this ever.”- Tongan Book Lover 5 Stars
“Christ. Just Christ. The naughty bits are hot and steamy, the love story is unique for sure, and the writing is fucking epic because LJ Shen.” - Mells View 5 Stars

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“You’re pissing me off,” she said quietly, her eyes still searching my face.

“And that’s turning me on,” I retorted, my voice flat. “So you might wanna tone down the hate glares if you don’t wanna find yourself being fucked on this desk with the blinds still open.” 

I was still staring at my screen, working on the merger deal I was eager to get signed before Christmas, but I could see from my peripheral that she had paled. I liked how—once again—I’d gotten under her skin. Quickly.

“You’re disgusting,” she muttered, still staring at me—but not in a way that suggested she was appalled. 

I cracked my neck, opening my browser and checking the stocks on the screen, skimming through the greens and the reds. “That may well be, but I’m balls deep in your fucking head, Help, and there’s nothing you can do about it.”

Her eyes glittered with rage, and fuck, I was so hard, and fuck, she was so beautiful. This was so on. I was going to fuck Dean’s ex-girlfriend, use her for my personal needs, and toss her away when I was done.

And after choosing the wrong guy, there was no doubt in my mind, she deserved it too. 

“You just gave Floyd a lecture about the inter-office fraternization policy. No mixing business and pleasure.” She leaned forward. Her elbow touched my finger accidentally, and she jerked it away. 

I met her halfway, erasing the space between us across the desk. “Correction—guys like Floyd won’t give you pleasure. Men like me would. Besides, the man likes Arrow,” I drawled, as if this alone was a reason to fire him. 

To me, it was.

“You know what your problem is, Vicious? You still haven’t decided if you hate me or like me. That’s why you act like this every time I’m around other men.” There wasn’t a trace of embarrassment in her voice. She owned up to this. 

What she didn’t know was that I knew exactly how I felt about her.

I hated her, but was attracted to her. It was really that simple.

“You know what I feel right now, Ms. LeBlanc? I feel like you need to pack a fucking bag and start making the necessary arrangements. You’re coming with me to California, whether you like it or not.”
L.J. Shen resides in sunny California with her husband, son, chubby cat and wild, wild dreams.
Her passion is to write badass stories, sushi, UFC and her awesome family and friends (not in this order, though. Obviously, sushi comes before writing. Oh, and also the family part.)

She spend the first half of her twenties traveling the world and is now paying all the fun with extra shifts in front of her MacBook. Feel free to contact her on her Facebook page. She loves to hear from her readers.
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