Series: Sinners of Saint #1
Author: L.J. Shen
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 1, 2017
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.
“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
I'm obsessed. Vicious is obsessed. Emilia is obsessed. WE'RE ALL OBSESSED. And I LOVE IT.
LJ Shen is who I want to be when I grow up (Shhh. I know I'm a tad older than her but come on). She seriously continues to blow me away with her words, her wit, her ability to take a story and make me believe it all and her skill as she gets better each and every time she writes a book. This standalone in the Sinners of Saint Series is Ms. Shen's best work yet and I am absolutely drooling for more.
Vicious is everything a romance bookworm like craves. Cover: you better believe it. Just lick...I mean look. AlphaHole: Baron Spencer is the epitome of broken and bruised and so very unredeemable in a way that completely works with the characters and the plot. Strong heroine: Yes, Yes, Yes! Emilia LeBlanc is the kind of girl that readers look at and just know she's being exactly who she should be. Strong and quiet and the perfect counterpoint to Vicious. And, finally, a strong cast of secondary characters: HotHoles FTW. This group of 4 rich, entitled and deviously dark best friends are creating a series that I know I won't get enough of.
Vicious lives a life a privilege that only 3 other people have any real inside knowledge of. That is until Emilia moves onto his family's property. She's The Help. Her parents work for Vicious' parents and she attends the elite local high school with Vicious and his friends because of it. But Vicious H.A.T.E.S her and while the feeling is mutual, Emilia has no real ability to hurt him yet he makes it his lifes mission to ruin her hers. 10 years later and even though Emilia is out from under Vicious' bruising thumb, she has no idea that he has come for her and there's not much she can do about it. Because for all of Vicious's bluster and distain for her, he is drawn to her and she to him. They fight the pull but in it seems they're inevitable. While the reality of their pasts haunt them, their futures are just a bleak unless Vicious can finally pull Emilia in.
I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. Having read Defy, I had some idea of their background and to say I was anxious to find out what really transpired all those years ago and why he needed her so desperately 10 years later is a understatement. As the story unfolded and Vicious went from super jerk to super villain, I could not for the life of me not like him. Watching him and Emilia go head to head was one of my literary highlights this year.
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. So you could say I'm a fan and you should be too.
“And that’s turning me on,” I retorted, my voice flat. “So you might wanna tone down the hate glares if you don’t wanna find yourself being fucked on this desk with the blinds still open.”
I was still staring at my screen, working on the merger deal I was eager to get signed before Christmas, but I could see from my peripheral that she had paled. I liked how—once again—I’d gotten under her skin. Quickly.
“You’re disgusting,” she muttered, still staring at me—but not in a way that suggested she was appalled.
I cracked my neck, opening my browser and checking the stocks on the screen, skimming through the greens and the reds. “That may well be, but I’m balls deep in your fucking head, Help, and there’s nothing you can do about it.”
Her eyes glittered with rage, and fuck, I was so hard, and fuck, she was so beautiful. This was so on. I was going to fuck Dean’s ex-girlfriend, use her for my personal needs, and toss her away when I was done.
And after choosing the wrong guy, there was no doubt in my mind, she deserved it too.
“You just gave Floyd a lecture about the inter-office fraternization policy. No mixing business and pleasure.” She leaned forward. Her elbow touched my finger accidentally, and she jerked it away.
I met her halfway, erasing the space between us across the desk. “Correction—guys like Floyd won’t give you pleasure. Men like me would. Besides, the man likes Arrow,” I drawled, as if this alone was a reason to fire him.
To me, it was.
“You know what your problem is, Vicious? You still haven’t decided if you hate me or like me. That’s why you act like this every time I’m around other men.” There wasn’t a trace of embarrassment in her voice. She owned up to this.
What she didn’t know was that I knew exactly how I felt about her.
I hated her, but was attracted to her. It was really that simple.
“You know what I feel right now, Ms. LeBlanc? I feel like you need to pack a fucking bag and start making the necessary arrangements. You’re coming with me to California, whether you like it or not.”
L.J. Shen resides in sunny California with her husband, son, chubby cat and wild, wild dreams.
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.
Head over to LJ's Facebook Page for multiple giveaways