Sparrow by L.J. Shen

Sparrow is a standalone, full-length novel. It contains graphic violence and adult situations some may find offensive.

Sparrow – L.J. Shen


Sparrow – L.J. Shen



by L.J. Shen

Kindle Edition, 302 pages
Published March 8th 2016


Sparrow – L.J. Shen


Sparrow – L.J. Shen



Because of being in a  bit of a reading slump last week, I decided to reread Sparrow. In the hope that a beloved favorite of mine would get me out of my funk.

In this case it’s with great pleasure that I can report that Sparrow was as entertaining and fascinating this time around as it was when I read it two years ago. While it’s amazing to find a novel that truly worked for me, it’s even more satisfying if a reread is as good the second, third or fourth time as it was the first time around.

I love the mob and mafia trope.

I love it when the hero fits the image of a mobster in not only reputation but also character. If I read about mobsters I need the characters to act accordingly. Troy Brennan had no trouble getting his hands dirty. He might not have been a hitman, but he had the balls and guts to get things done when needed. He ruled with an iron fist and had the attitude to back it up.

Sparrow was feisty. She teased, spoke back, disagreed and gave Troy hell when needed. She stood up to him, and surprisingly the more she and Troy spent time together the more Troy saw himself in her. In all honesty, Sparrow was the perfect woman for Troy. She didn’t care about his money, but she also didn’t nag him about toeing the line in regards to his work, especially the outside the box coloring Troy did. All she cared about was honesty, which of course didn’t come easy to a man like Troy.

I absolutely loved above all, how Troy and Sparrow’s relationship changed over time. How from hate and disregard, their mutual feeling grew to respect and a deeper understanding about who they were to each other.

This story is the opposite of insta-lust/love.

Real relationships are hard work and don’t happen overnight, and that’s what I loved about SPARROW the most. SPARROW definitely fit the mold of forced proximity makes for explosive times, and the forced marriage trope worked wonders for this mafia focused novel.


Sparrow – L.J. Shen


Troy Brennan

Every southie in Boston knows that name. The son of a dead mobster. The heart throb with steel blue eyes. “The Fixer” who can make or break you in this city.

Oh, and my new husband.

Sparrow Raynes

That’s me. No one seemed to remember my name up until he barged into my life.
But then he caged me.
Kidnapped me.
And killed every chance I had to runaway from the place where we grew up.
Put simply, Troy Brennan clipped my wings.

I have dreams, big ones, but I doubt he’d ever let me chase them. I have no idea why he’d decided to take me as his wife. But I do know this: pissing off this man will not do me any good. At all.

Sparrow is a standalone, full-length novel. It contains graphic violence and adult situations some may find offensive.

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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.

Bane (Sinners of Saint #4)

SCANDALOUS (Sinners of Saint #3)

Ruckus (Sinners of Saint #2)

Vicious (Sinners of Saint #1)

Defy (Sinners of Saint 0.5)

Dirty Headlines

Midnight Blue

Sparrow – L.J. Shen

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10 thoughts on “Sparrow by L.J. Shen

    1. I definitely think she has matured since writing Sparrow. I personally can’t read any of her older books, everything before Sparrow. I can see how you might not have LOVED it!! She has definitely come into herself as a kick ass writer.

    1. oooh I’m so glad you got it already. It was my first book by her and my opinion of it hasn’t changed yet – which is a great indicator. I hope you’ll enjoy it. 😀

    1. ooooh – it’s one of my favorite books by her. I think he was her first Alpha Ashhole – lol. The ORIGINAL so to speak.

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