Vicious – 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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Vicious – L.J. Shen
DOUBLE BOOK REVIEW
Vicious – L.J. Shen
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.
This was my first read from L. J. Shen. It will not be my last!
This book was unbelievable…like seriously!! Some of the shit this guy says blew my mind! I went from laughing out loud to gasping in horror at his outlandish behavior. However, I was thoroughly entertained. It’s as though Leigh Shen read the everyday ordinary definition of a romance hero, took it all in, flipped both middle fingers up, while saying screw that!!! She proceeded to create the exact opposite.
Baron “Vicious” Spencer is rude, shrewd, and lewd in all the best ways possible. He’s damaged goods and makes no excuses for his behavior. Granted he has reasons for being that way, but he takes alpha-hole to a whole new level. A level I totally got off on. He’s over the top entertaining.
“Spending time with my staff reminded me why humans were my least favorite creatures.”
He ruins Emilia’s life with seemingly no regret.
“I smirked arrogantly and tilted my head to one side. “Doesn’t it feel like we’ve come full circle? The daughter of the help becomes…” I dragged my tongue across my lower lip. “The help?”
But don’t feel bad for Emilia, she not only withstood his torment, but at times gave as good as she got. I really enjoyed her feisty moments.
“Do you know how to use an iPad?” I asked slowly. “Do you know how to talk to people without inspiring their gag reflex?” she responded, mimicking my tone and cocking her head.”
Eventually, these two move beyond their issues and give in to the love and affection that has been lurking under the surface since the day they met.
If you love sexy, alpha-holes, in suits grab your copy today.
This book was an unexpected treat. Vicious is one of the best anti-heroes I’ve ever read! The shock value alone, was worth the price of admission. I’m ready for more!
July 2017 Re-read/Audiobook Review – I listened to the audiobook of this title and really want to update my rating! I enjoyed it the first time around and really LOVED it this time! The shock value alone is worth the price of the audiobook! It’s narrated by Savannah Peachwood , Christian Rummel. They both do a good job bringing the characters to life, but I definitely preferred the chapters performed by Christian. Highly recommended.
YAY, I’m in love!!!!
Anything by L.J. Shen and I’m hooked. She knows how to write a jerk. Her characters are always superb. Especially her male heroes. I just love ASSHOLES.
Baron Spencer Jr., known as Vicious, grew up with a silver spoon in his mouth. His father and stepmother owned a huge mansion, more money they could ever spent and had NO time for their son. Vic compensated by surrounding himself with his three best friends, together they were known as the Four HotHoles. All of them good looking, arrogant, and not above going the extra mile if it gets them what they want.
They ruled their school, and screwed their way through the entire female school population.
When Emilia LeBlanc’s parents started a new job, working for Vic’s parents, she was thrust into Vic’s path. One fateful incident and her life was changed forever.
From that moment on Vic bullied and pushed her around, even went so far and treated Emilia like a servant. Fortunately Emilia had a backbone. She didn’t care about his money or about his popularity. She came from humble upbringings and hardworking parents. She was kind, and a genuinely good person. And always believed in the good of people. Including Vicious.
She was attracted to him from the very beginning, and vice versa. Emilia never had any disillusions about it and Vicious fought his attraction with every step. Eventually he succeeded in driving her out of town. It took 10 years until they met again.
In a run-down bar in NY, they crossed paths again. Neither ever stopped thinking about the other. And now, nothing stood in the way anymore for Emilia and Vic to act on their feelings. Without any expectations or commitment they finally allowed themselves to be honest about their emotions.
The only question remained, how far would Vic go to finally claim her.
Dean got up from his chair and leaned into my face. “How far are you willing to go for this girl, Vic?” I ran a hand through my hair, tugging hard at the roots. “Well, I think I’m about to find the fuck out.”
I LOVED Vic. He was blunt, crude, ruthless, and a jerk. And I still loved him. It’s such a turn on to see a guy that did whatever he wanted being turned inside out by a girl. Even better, Vic didn’t turn into a wimp but stayed true to his-assholy-self. I loved how Emilia accepted that.
“I want to be with you,” she confirmed without hesitation, and fuck, it just got a whole lot warmer. “I know that they damaged you, and I still want you. I don’t even want to fix you. I just want you as you are. Broken. Misunderstood. Jerk. I want the real version, the dark version, the one who made me the saddest I’ve ever been in my life, but also the happiest.”
I loved L.J. Shen’s writing. She has a real skill writing awesome characters. Strong males and equally strong females. I fell in love with her writing while reading Sparrow, and I was extremely pleased to receive an ARC for Vicious. Of course, now I can’t wait to read the next book in this series. I wonder if it’s going to be Rose and Dean. Can I hope????
P. S. and how awesome is that cover?????
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Vicious – L.J. Shen