SCANDALOUS – L.J. Shen
SCANDALOUS – L.J. Shen
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Meet the Author:
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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DOUBLE BOOK REVIEW
by L.J. Shen
They call him The Mute for a reason.
Hard, cold and calculated, he rarely speaks.
When he does, it’s with disdain.
When he does, his words aren’t meant for me.
When he does, my stomach flips and my world tilts on its axis.
He is thirty-three.
I am eighteen.
He’s a single dad and my father’s business partner.
I’m just a kid to him and his enemy’s daughter.
He’s emotionally unavailable.
And I am…feeling. Feeling things I shouldn’t feel for him.
Trent Rexroth is going to break my heart. The writing isn’t just on the wall, it’s inked on my soul.
And yet, I can’t stay away.
A scandal is the last thing my family needs. But a scandal is what we’re going to give them.
And oh, what a beautiful chaos it will be.
“Oh, God. He was such a sociopath. And I was in so much trouble.”
How the hell does she do it?? Every single time. Every single book. They keep getting better and better!!
Scandalous is complex, emotionally riveting, and an intricately plotted work of art. It’s thought-provoking and guaranteed to steal your heart. I was in tears at the end. #BestEpilogueAward. I always expect the unexpected with the Hotholes and Trent did not disappoint.
It was a completely different experience. My reaction was more visceral and cerebral. Days later and I’m still thinking about the story—still thinking about the sacrifices these characters were willing to make for those they love. It’s LJ’s best writing to date. She had me all up in my feelings!
“I always enjoyed the broken in the fairy tales better. The apple always looked shinier because I knew it could destroy me.”
What stands out most in this installment of the series, are the main characters. They’re all broken. They yearn for something and those yearnings became my own. Any reader can relate to wanting the things they desire. Another standout were the relationships between various characters. They’re all unconventional… perfectly imperfect. Folks, this isn’t a cookie cutter, everyone is perfect, let’s go skipping through a field of daisies type of romance. It’s like real life… messy, unfiltered, and beautiful. The characters aren’t average or typically and neither is their love. I don’t comment on the age or race difference because the relationship is as it should be, in my opinion. Love doesn’t discriminate.
“And I will never love anyone else the way I do you, because it’s not about my age. It’s about my heart.”
Now for the shocker…Evie is my favorite main character. I can identify with Trent– his experiences, past, love for his family, pretty much everything (except being a dude)! However, Evie stole my heart. She’s strong and resilient, mature beyond her years, and determined woman. Loved her!
So, to sum up this long ass rambling review…I really enjoyed Scandalous and highly recommend it to everyone. It’s a page-turner that is guaranteed to entertain fans of the series and new readers alike.
OMG this book was RAW and EMOTIONAL and gutted me!!! I was falling fast and deep for Trent – and he might just be my newest obsession.
But besides having one gorgeous hunk of a man, SCANDALOUS really lived up to its name!!
It was SCANDALOUS, TANTALIZING and PANTY DROPPING HOT, in the most exhilarating way. I was so not prepared for Trent and Edie. There was no way I could have imagined how explosive this couple would be. From the very first moment they met the world stopped existing, faded away to leave Trent and Edie on an emotional and life altering roller coster ride.
I must say Trent was an amazing and deeply enigmatic character. He was the quiet but dangerous sort of hero. The way he manipulated everyone around him was incredibly appealing. The quiet personalities often turn out to be the most interesting of all characters. And Trent was a perfect example. He had me glued to the pages. I was fascinated by every step he took, every word he spoke, and his thought process made me all hot and bothered – he was delectable.
He checked all of my jerk boxes. Crude, straighforward, blunt, uncompromisingly himself. His barely checked attitude towards everyone that wasn’t his daughter or the rest of the HotHoles had me salivating for more. I’m so strange. 😀
I adored how he slowly revealed parts of himself. On random occasions he threw bits and pieces at Edie, almost like a plea to not give up on him. And every single time Edie turned into a gooey mess. Me too!!!!
Trent was FANFLIPPINGTASTIC!!!
Now, Edie was a touch cookie herself. I was impressed and amazed by her determination and loyalty. Her situation broke my heart, but her steely resolve and willpower made her a fierce character and a perfect partner for Trent. She was as broken and flawed as Trent. But even though Edie was much younger, she was his equal in many ways. Because when it came down to just Trent and Edie, she matched him in every way that counted. Her ferocious loyalty and fierce protective sense, her passionate and sexual appetite, her no-nonsense and take-no-shit attitude all struck a chord with Trent. Two broken souls finding their match. It was a love-story of scandalous proportions.
Leigh Shen gave Trent the PERFECT woman to fall in love with. No other women could have touched his heart and awoken such fundamentally changing feelings in him. It seems like he was waiting for Edie his entire life. From the very first moment they met, he felt that he would never be the same again. And in a strange way he accepted it – and that was one of the things I LOVED the most about him.
I could go on and on about this book.
I’ll end this review by saying that this book ROCKED my world. I never thought that Leigh could top VICIOUS but SCANDALOUS was as fascinating as it was emotionally gripping. It was a MASTERPIECE!!!
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SCANDALOUS – L.J. Shen