Review ♥ Vicious by L.J. Shen

December 24, 2017 Angela Enemies to Lovers, Reviews, Romance

Review ♥ Vicious by L.J. ShenVicious (Sinners of Saint, #1) by L.J. Shen
Series: Sinners of Saint #1
Published by Self-Published on December 27th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 326




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.

Vicious a complete standalone and a part of the Sinners of Saint series

So many people have told me how wonderful L.J. Shen’s writing is. I finally decided to see for myself, and Vicious seemed like a good place to start. After chapter one, I was completely mesmerized.

Vicious is the leader of The Four HotHoles, four stunning young men of privilege who are as far from gentlemen as you can get. Vicious is arrogant, ridiculously wealthy, and ruthless. He’s the type of alpha male you love to hate, and his cruelty makes it so easy to hate him. Then there’s poor Emelia—vulnerable and gentle, with a huge backbone and an even bigger heart. Predator, meet prey.

This story has a little of everything: family secrets, revenge, survival, loyalty, and love. The plot unfolds piece by piece at a perfectly patient pace. As a reader, I like to be kept on my toes, and I hate it when too much of the story is given away quickly. There seems to be something new to discover in each chapter of this book, and I found myself constantly questioning Vicious’s thoughts and next moves.

Emelia is a selfless and artistic soul. I admired her strength and resilience, even when faced with the most difficult and humiliating challenges. Her devotion to her family is also endearing. There are so many complicated layers to Vicious you’d need an entire excavating team and staff of psychologists to fully unearth and understand him. I enjoy a good challenge.

I’m just going to say it. Vicious and Amelia’s relationship is screwed up. There’s an intoxicating dynamic between the two of them that’s brutal at times, beautiful sometimes, and always fascinating. The tension between them is off the charts.

Now I can officially concur that L.J. Shen is a master storyteller. Vicious is a standalone. The Sinners of Saint series continues, however, by focusing on a different member of The Four Hot Holes. Their friendships seem complex and rather twisted. I’m eager to learn more about each man.

Recommended for fans of:
Revenge plots


About L.J. Shen

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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 peoples’ 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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