Release Blitz with Review: The End Zone by L. J. Shen

April 4, 2018


The End Zone, a sexy friends to lovers romance from L.J. Shen is available LIVE!

Jolie Louis is a smart girl.
She knows that her best friend, Sage Poirier, is a bad idea.
He’s a walking, talking cliché. The Adonis quarterback with the bulging biceps and harem of fangirls trailing behind him on campus like a stench you can’t get rid of.
Sadly, it is also the very reason she can’t seem to stay away from him.
No, wait. That’s not fair. They’re also roommates, at least until May, when they graduate from college.
Jolie is already straddling the line between friendship and more when Sage comes to her with an offer she cannot refuse: be his fake girlfriend and live for free for the rest of the semester.
She tells herself that she can handle it.
He’s just the boy she saved ten years ago, right?
Wrong. So very wrong.
He is a man now, and she is his captive
Heart, body, and soul…

** THE END ZONE is now available with an extended epilogue and surprise bonus content that will blow fans of L. J. Shen away! **

I first read The End Zone by L.J. Shen when it was previously released in the sports romance anthology, Team Player. I wrote a review for it at that time. Before I say anything else, I'm going to include it here. It was my first impression after all. 

Full disclosure, L. J. Shen is like a unicorn to me. I love her work, and I'm convinced she has magical powers that allow her to write the most perfect asshole heroes in romance. Therefore, I began reading this novella thinking I was going to find a grade A asshole inside, but that's not what I got at all. I was rather suprised to find out that Sage may be somewhat of an douche to other people sometimes, but he is nothing but sweet to Jolie. 

Did I love her sweet hero as much I've loved her heroes from other books? Yes! Yes, I did! Sage is swoonworthy! Definite book boyfriend material! I adored the way he was with Jolie, and I believed in their love 100 percent. With this being a novella, that gets bonus points from me! It can be hard for me to become invested in a couple over so few pages, but that wasn't a problem here at all. I do wish I had more time with these characters, but that's just because I enjoyed them so much! The End Zone is beautifully written and captivating! In my opinion, it's worth the price of the whole anthology! 

Okay, now you know what I thought of it initially, but what do I think about this new version? More importantly, why should you buy it if you've already read it before? 

One, it has a brand new extended epilogue that gives us a glimpse into Jolie and Sage's future. The one thing past me wanted was more of these characters. This newly released version gave me that. It was absolutely adorable and on top of that, pretty damn hot, too. 

Two, the cover is gorgeous! I mean look at those eyes! Those abs! If you're a cover whore like myself, that by itself is reason enough. Lol

Three, L. J. is the most incredible woman in the entire world, and she has given us an extended epilogue to Vicious. If you know me at all, you know that Vicious is one of my favorite books of all time. Baron Spencer is my favorite asshole hero of all time, too. No one compares to him. No. One. 

When I found out I was getting more Vicious, I started breathing erratically. I had heart palpitations, people! I haven't been that excited about reading anything in a very long time. 

I don't really know what my expectations were when it came to this new little addition to one of the best romance novels ever written, but they were exceeded! The epilogue is everything I wanted and more. I think I smiled like a lunatic the whole time I read. When I reached the final words, I almost had a heart attack! I mean, I straight up freaked the fuck out, y'all. Happy does not begin to describe the feelings I had when I closed this book! 

Do I recommend The End Zone? Hell yes! Fans of the author shouldn't hesitate for a second, and Vicious lovers like myself should buy it for the epilogue alone. Even if you've never read this author before, if you love short, sweet, sexy romances with the friends to lovers trope, this one's for you! 


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About L.J. Shen:
L.J. Shen is an International #1 best-selling author of Contemporary Romance and New Adult novels. She lives in Northern California with her husband, young son and chubby cat. Before she’d settled down, L.J. (who thinks referring to herself in the third person is really silly, by the way) traveled the world, and collected friends from all across the globe. Friends who’d be happy to report that she is a rubbish companion, always forgets people’s birthdays and never sends Christmas cards. She enjoys the simple things in life, like spending time with her family and friends, reading, HBO, Netflix and internet-stalking Stephen James. She reads between three to five books a week and firmly believes Crocs shoes and mullets should be outlawed. LJShen.jpg
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  1. Fabulous review jessica!! On my tbr gr list!! Shared on all my socials!

  2. Thank you so much, Kat!! ❤ I loved it, and that Vicious epilogue was amazing!! 💋💋