Series: Sinners of Saint #1
Author: L.J. Shen
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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.
Holy wow, this book is a hot mess from start to finish, and I mean in the best way possible. I shook my head so much reading this book I might need a neck brace. This was my first L.J. Shen read and she's just gained one more fan after this book. I'm hoping the rest of the HotHoles stories' will be of the same caliber as this one.
For a good majority of this book, my feelings for Vicious vacillated between disdain and disgust for his actions towards Emilia, both in high school and to an extent his behavior as an adult. I'm not excusing his behavior, but there is a good reason why he is the way he is. His attitude and demeanor is bad boy going through 'roid rage, and his nickname definitely fits.
Emilia is the quirky artist who unfortunately finds herself in Vicious' path of hatred and destruction almost from day 1. She's the type of person who would rather focus on seeing the good in people, even while knowing about the not-so-nice aspects of a person. She's doing what she can for her family, especially her younger sister Rosie who suffers from cystic fibrosis. Despite her better judgment, she has no choice but to accept Vicious' offer of employment due to financial issues. But she knows there's a catch to his offer, and once she learns the truth, she has a big decision to make. There's another big bombshell dropped on Emilia that left me wondering how things would work out between her and Vicious, because for a while it got even uglier, if that's possible.
There is so much push and pull with these two you feel like the rope in a game of tug of war. Vicious is an asshole of epic proportions, but at least he owns it. But we do see little glimpses of him being nice...ish (like what he did for Emilia's parents). But ultimately the name of the game for Vicious is revenge, and for a very good reason.
“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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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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