Blog Tour with Double Review: The End Zone by L. J. Shen

April 6, 2018


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

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.
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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

I read this book originally as part of the Team Player anthology and regardless of the time, my thoughts forThe End Zone was still the same... plus MORE because there's a lot more you'll get to read!

Original Review: 

Holy Hell! Am I really reading a novella? Goodness! The book was packed with all things delicious! I tell you what, I have never been so happy I read LJ Shen's works. This woman and her writing is just FANTASTIC! End Zone is a friend's to lover's story that had me from the beginning. I love it so much I might have wished I have "Sage" in my life. Good Lordy! This is this moment I wished too that this book is a full length one. Jollie and Sage definitely is a winner for me.Instant connection? Check. Chemistry? Check. Passion and Lust? Check. Humor and drama? Check. Hot Sizzling Sex leaving you with female blue balls? Definitely Check. And what's more? It's Leigh's awesome writing. All these and her penchant for all things hot alpha a-hole hero and her strong heroine plus definitely more and you'll get to have a winner novella. For the love of all those holy, why can't it be a full length book? Ahhhh Leigh, you made me still in awe!

And the MORE I mentioned...

With the extended epilogue plus a bonus epilogue of Vicious, gahd! This just keeps getting better and better. I was more than captivated. I breathed the book and was hoping there's still more to it because I can't get enough of Leigh's words and her characters. It's nostalgic. I can still feel them lurking in my system ready to pounce anytime. It may be quite some time since I read these characters but the feels that hit me the moment I read this book, was priceless. Proof enough of how I much I missed them and how much am I so into them. Plus, because Leigh is one hell of a tease, she left me wanting for another MORE! If only I can crawl into that beautiful head of your's Leigh. I really will. ;)

Great job! I know there's a reason why I am rooting for your works, goodness Leigh Shen, you are one of the best!


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Excerpt from the Vicious extended epilogue:
“Kneel.” There’s menace in this voice, and I grew to love the man who carries it like a loaded weapon. Every word is a sharp edge of a knife, sinking into my skin. Kneel. Sit. Open your mouth. Touch yourself. Repeat after me: Vicious, I’m yours. Most married couples fall into a blissful, albeit drowsy domestic routine of laundry, family dinners, and Netflix. Most married couples are not Vicious and me. We were different from the beginning. A yin and a yang, fighting over which color took more space, black or pink. We started out as enemies, and I think that, although we are still crazy in love, we will always be rivals on some level. We will always be passionate, and angry, and desperate. We will always be us. “I’m sorry, I don’t take orders from people who aren’t my boss,” I say coolly, dropping my funky, colorful bag at the door and erasing the distance between us in wide, confident steps. He is standing in front of me, his Armani suit impeccable, his raven hair slicked back, his icicle blue eyes devouring me in ways that make being eaten alive worth it. He scans the length of me, a slight sneer on his face. I’m still me, even so many years later. The tips of my light brown hair are still cherry-blossom pink. The soles of my shoes are yellow, for Christ’s sake. “That could be arranged, if you continue your sass.” “How is that going to work, Vicious? Are you going to re-employ me against my will?” For the past eighteen years, I’ve been managing my own gallery in L.A. A gallery he bought for me shortly before our engagement. I have a career, an income of my own. Truth is, he gave me a push, but the entire journey to where I am today was made by me, and only me, and he knows it. He cups my cheek, yanks me by the hem of my funky powder blue blouse with little suns into his body and leans down for a kiss. Our lips brush briefly, promising scattered clothes and ragged breaths, just as the door swings open and our son walks in. He slams the door behind him, his eyes still intently glued to his phone. Vaughn is a spitting image of his dad. So much so, that sometimes it scares me. At sixteen, he has the walk, talk, and air of Vicious when the latter was a senior in high school. Rangy, strong body, thick-fringed blue eyes, skin so fair he looks like he defies the sun, and cheekbones you could use as a sharp weapon. More than anything, he has that uniquely-pissed facial expression that tells you that he just doesn’t care. Not about your problems. Not about your feelings. And certainly not about what you think about him.  

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
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  1. Fabulous review 's ladies!!! I enjoyed them alot!! Shared on all my socials!!

    1. Thank you very much, Kat!! ❤ We move L.J. Shen so much! 😍