May 7, 2019

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Pretty Reckless, an all-new standalone high school, bully romance from USA Today bestselling author L.J. Shen, is available now!


We were supposed to be best friends
But turned out to be worst enemies…
They say revenge is a dish best served cold.
I’d had four years to stew on what Daria Followhill did to me, and now my heart is completely iced.
I took her first kiss.
She took the only thing I loved.
I was poor.
She was rich.
The good thing about circumstances? They can change. Fast.
Now, I’m her parents’ latest shiny project.
Her housemate. Her tormentor. The captain of the rival football team she hates so much.
Yeah, baby girl, say it—I’m your foster brother.
There’s a price to pay for ruining the only good thing in my life, and she’s about to shell out some serious tears.
Daria Followhill thinks she is THE queen. I’m about to prove to her that she’s nothing but a spoiled princess.
Everyone loves a good-old, unapologetic punk.
But being a bitch? Oh, you get slammed for every snarky comment, cynical eye roll, and foot you put in your adversaries’ way.
The thing about stiletto heels is that they make a hell of a dent when you walk all over the people who try to hurt you.
In Penn Scully’s case, I pierced his heart until he bled out, then left it in a trash can on a bright summer day.
Four years ago, he asked me to save all of my firsts for him.
Now he lives across the hall, and there’s nothing I want more than to be his last everything.
His parting words when he gave me his heart were that nothing in this world is free.
Now? Now he is making me pay.


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Love is so contaminated. It tarnishes all that is beautiful and corrupts the soul. Love is so much uglier than hate because when you hate, you’re not confused. When you’re in love, you’re dumb.  
Slay our Queen! Slay! This is just angst-fest like no other and you just made me love you even more! Poor heart of mine, I felt like having a heart attack with how you throw in those punches! Whoooop! Best.Book.Of.2019!

I don't think I need to say more about this book, but I am trying my luck here. ;)
So here goes...

Pretty Reckless is one of my highly anticipated reads of 2019. I adore Leigh Shen so much because her writing style is impeccable and it always gets to me. In additon, I just love how she was able to play  with my emotions and my system as if I was on crack looking for my next fix. She just had that power over me, every fucking time! So reading this book was so much more than a treat. It was a drug in my system.  Days after, I was still in Daria and Penn bubble. I just couldn't get enough of them.

Daria, oh Daria... what a heroine in all her glory! I  just love her! Call me whatever you want to call me, but I dig her. If I keep on calling dibs to Leigh's hero, this time I am calling dibs to Daria too! This woman's head was just one of a kind, I am obsessed with everything about her. Her inner self and her outer layers were just imperfectly perfect! Flaws and all, I just want to be her. And let's admit this fact, at some point in our lives, WE ARE DARIA FOLLOWHILL too, through and through. And that "Hulk" within her? We totally have that, in different ways with different reasons but "Hulk" all the same. 

Now let's talk about Penn Scully - this man, I can't even with! That first time they met? He totally got me. Definitely not a Tothole, but with a Tothole persona! Just perfect right? I have no words to describe him but this I can say, I broke for him. This man... *SMH

Him and Daria are a force to be reckoned with. They are extremes to the extremes. Their chemistry wasn't just sizzling but totally off the charts hot! I love thier push and pull! The angst with every turn of the pages as I go on with their journey tear me apart. But man, it was so good I can still feel it deep in my bones. I live for it! I am dying for it! I even craved for them more. Because their impefections? Just brilliantly written and just what made this book engaging. Start to finish, they grabbed me into their world of heartache, pain, life struggles, family and of course - love. 

Skull Eyes...  ---- I just love how it's depicted in this story. When I hear, read or come across Pretty Reckless, this is always what comes to my mind. I can't commend you enough fior this L.J Shen! I totally did not expect it. WOW! Totally freaking WOW! 

Overall, I love this book. This is fiction I know, but I appreciated the realness Leigh brought into this story. Angst and drama filled, I know you will love it too. Writing wise, I can't say enough because, as always, Leigh did great. Her writing awas always brilliant that's why I can't recommend her books enough. Much more, Pretty Reckless.

 Gah! This is just the perfect book to start this series! I can't wait for the next book!


“I don’t want you transferring into my school,” I hiss out. Melody would gladly file a transfer request, and Principal Prichard would salivate over the chance to snatch him up for our football team.
“That won’t be a problem. You guys suck so much ass, you have shit-breath.”
“Still smells better than poverty. You’re poor, right? Your sister was just bullshitting about being rich.”
When someone hits me with a stick, I run over them with a tank. I’m so mean to him I want to throw up. I hate this part of being me. The striking harder at all costs part.
“Just to make things clear.” I put the brush down, batting my lashes. “You’re not my step-sibling, foster brother, or a part of the family. You’re a stray dog. Last of the litter, most unlikely to be adopted, and a charity case.”
Penn takes a step toward me, and my heart is fighting its way out of my ribcage. The closer he gets, the more I realize that my heart might succeed. Penn’s eyes remind me of a snake’s. Mesmerizing, but inhuman altogether. They weren’t like that before.
His scent messes with my head. I want to reach out and caress his face. Kiss his wounds better. Beg for forgiveness. Curse him. Push him away. Cry on his shoulder for what we’ve done. For how it ended. For what we became afterwards, because I’m full of crap and he is totally empty.
We ruined ourselves the day of our first kiss.
Penn looks down at me. Time stops. It feels like the world is losing gravity, falling into a bottomless depth in space when he clasps my chin with his thumb and finger, lifting my head up. I can’t breathe. I’m not sure I want to, either. My towel drops to the floor with a thud, even though I secured it over my chest. I realize that he tugged at it intentionally. I’m naked. My body, my soul, my heart. All my walls are down. Somewhere in my head, a red alarm blasts and my inhibitions are getting armed, ready to fight back. I’m trying to decode his expression. He is amused, irritated, and…playful? The mixture of emotions doesn’t make any sense.
“Mess with me, Followhill, and I will ruin you.”
“Not if I ruin you first.”

About LJ 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.

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