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.
"It was always fucking us and you know it”.
We all know that word. We say it for certain things that we find we can’t do without. This all consuming craving that borders on the point of insanity if you can’t get your next fix. This story was ADDICTIVE. These characters were ADDICTIVE. I was ADDICTED and I read this story so fast that my high was a crash and burn that I wasn’t prepared for. That’s what happens when you get Shend!( totally made that word up).
This author takes you on the illusive journey of some of the most effed up male characters I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading about and you think to yourself: Can I really love this a**hole at the end of it? My answer to you is YES. YES YOU CAN!
Baron Spencer a.k.a Vicious had the world at his feet ever since he took his first breath. Knowing you hold that kind of power would make anyone a entitled SOB who thinks he’s God gift to everything. Being one of the hot holes of his crew that consists of his three best friends, these guys are not only untouchable, they’re also feared. But there’s more to Viscous than you think and what you find will not only surprise you, it will leave you with just a touch of fear that only he can evoke.
“Lawyers had the potential to make the best criminals. That was a fact. The only that separated me from being an outlaw was opportunity. I had plenty of those within the law”.
Emilia LeBlanc has always been a fighter and after being around the “Hotholes”, you can’t really expect nothing less. But the number one pain in her rear has been and always will be Vicious Spencer. His arrogance is a turn on, his charm is all consuming, but his hatred? It’s down right suffocating. Crossing paths with him ten years later, Emilia is about to learn the cold hard truth with just how deep someone’s vengence can go. So when Vicious throws in an offer that Emilia can’t refuse, her battle between lust and hatred will go into an all out war. But who will win?
“Why are you doing this to me? I hissed out, searching his blank, stony face.
“Because I can”.
I loved that this was a slow burn story. Everything had a meticulous point and when the grand finale was approaching, you sat up and took notice because there was no way you was going to miss anything. Vicious and Emilia started out with bad blood that festered on for a decade but when those two got together? Cold showers became your friend! Their banter was foreplay, the sexual tension was downright sizzling, but their connection to each other was what made everything so pure and untainted.
But you know what made this read more special to me? Th e past flashbacks. It was FLAWLESS! Every single character had a voice that was screaming to be heard and I couldn’t help but picture their own stories and what mess they were going to get into. And you know what? I know they’re all getting their own books. One word. DEAN! Can someone give him his own reality show please?! I will NOT be so patiently waiting for his story Ms. Shen so you need to hurry up!
If you love a hot arrogant jerk with a feisty heroine that takes no bull, then this one is for you.
When her parents took a job working for the Spencer family, Emilia LeBlanc was forced to live on the same premises as one of the rudest, over-privileged hot assholes at her new high school, Baron Spencer a.k.a. Vicious. In fact, he along with 3 of his best friends were known as the HotHoles of All Saints High. They were attractive, arrogant jerks that every girl wanted and every guy wanted to be. That made it all the more difficult for Emilia to find friends her senior year. Vicious didn’t like her so that meant almost no one else gave her a chance either. He went out of his way to make her life miserable and to make sure she knew how much he disliked her. Never understanding what she did to inspire such hatred, Emilia did her best to stay out of his way until it was time for her to leave for college. That became impossible when she began dating one of his friends which not only inserted her more into his life, but also exponentially increased the cruelty he directed her way.
Years later, Vicious and Emilia meet again. They both need something from each other. To acquire it, they will have to spend lots of time together. What happens when they are forced to face each other and the root of their feelings after all of these years?
I read Sparrow in October of last year and fell in love with it. Consequently, going into this book my expectations were extremely high, and I could have easily been setting myself up for disappointment because of that. Fortunately, that wasn’t the case. Vicious far exceeded my expectations in every way!
They say there is a thin line between love and hate, and Vicious and Emilia walked that line like a tightrope. Vicious’ touch made Emilia shiver with both repulsion and delight. When she challenged him, it pissed him off and turned him on with equal measure. Their heated glances contained both longing and disgust, and their verbal exchanges were laced with frustration, anger, and lust. All of these conflicting emotions made for some amazing sexual tension. Not only that, it kept me interested to see why Vicious felt the way he did, what was going to happen now that they had to confront what was going on between them then and now, and how it all would end.
L. J. Shen firmly planted herself on my list of favorite authors with this book. The woman can write a complicated hero like no other. Vicious Spencer is broken, tortured, and cruel, and somehow she was able to endear him to me. Maybe it was the way behaved as if nothing mattered to him, but deep down everything did. Maybe it was that he never allowed himself to be truly vulnerable except when he was with Emilia. I don’t know. All I know is that she did it with absolute perfection. His redemption was flawless. He changed and groveled just enough for you to fully love him without changing who he was completely and unrealistically.
Emilia was a heroine that was easy to love. She was kind, caring, selfless, quirky, creative, hardworking, playful, and beautiful. Watching her put her dreams on hold to care for her sister was truly touching. The way she endured so much hardship, but never let that keep her down was inspiring. Her complete acceptance and enduring love for Vicious despite his many flaws was moving.
Vicious frustrated me, thrilled me, captivated me, and entertained me from beginning to end. It was a little bit of a slow burn, but I didn’t mind in the least. When Emilia and Vicious were together, it was hot no matter what they were doing. The plot was perfectly paced and brilliantly executed, the writing was impeccable, and the characters were expertly crafted. If asshole heroes are your thing, take my word for it, this is not be missed!
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.)
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