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VICIOUS (Sinners of Saint #1) by L.J. SHEN :: REVIEW

Standalone anti hero romance

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SYNOPSIS

Emilia

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.

Vicious

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.

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Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

“My Grandmama once told me that love and hate are the same feelings experienced under different circumstances. The passion is the same. The pain is the same. That weird thing that bubbles in your chest? Same. I didn’t believe her until I met Baron Spencer and he became my nightmare. Then my nightmare became my reality.’

If there’s one thing we’ve learnt about L.J. Shen it’s that she is a master at writing an antihero. She takes us to the brink, really to the brink, wondering if there is any way her character can redeem himself whilst making us fall head over heels in love with a cold, arrogant and vindictive bastard. Although he may seem otherwise, we always know that underneath the ruthlessness lays a heart that’s open for love, beating beneath a callous prickly exterior!

‘This is what he did to me, Vicious. He broke me. Again and again and again.’

It happened in Sparrow and now it’s happened in Vicious! We fell head over heels for bully turned tyrant, Baron Spencer aka Vicious Spencer, who lived up to his nickname, because he was one heartless cock with a dirty, snarky mouth who hit all the right spots! What does that say about us?

‘He was made to be painted. A masterpiece of nature.’

At 17 and in her senior year, Emilia (Millie) LeBlanc moves into the Spencer family mansion with her sister Rose when her parents are hired as cleaners/caretakers for the sprawling Spencer property and Vicious never lets her forget she is the ‘help’ and not welcome in his circle of rich, entitled friends. The story opens in present day when Millie and Vicious are 27 and their paths cross again after Millie was forced to flee the Spencer estate when she turned 18. Why did she leave and what did Vicious have to do with it? And just what is his story?

‘He was a toxic, poison, and he was going to kill everything beautiful in my life if I let him.’

Millie was down to earth, an eclectic artist who didn’t conform to anyone’s standards, she was her own woman, but one man could shatter her resolve and that man was Vicious!  No matter how many cruel barbs he threw at her, she took them and most times gave back as good as she got but he got under her skin in other ways!

Vicious Spencer was rich through his family but also a self-made wealthy man thanks to a company he stared with his friends, Dean, Trent and Jaime. The four of them gods at All Saints High School, and known as the Four HotHoles, the most popular guys in school, a popularity they took into adulthood making their company very successful.

Millie is down on her luck, struggling to look after her sick sister, Rose and so Vicious makes her an offer she can’t refuse, asking her to come and work for him while he’s in New York but Vicious has other motives for wanting Millie around. Motives that suit himself.

“Ask me what I want again,” he snapped
“No.”
“Ask.”
“What do you want?”
“I want to fuck you and watch your face while I do. To see how you drown in me as I hurt you as much as it hurts me to have to see your goddam face every day.”

There are past/present switches which are written with fluidity, the hate between these two was palpable and at times very witty! The chemistry positively crackled! There’s no denying Vicious was an emotionally void and cunning man, but with one line, four words, he redeemed himself and brought us to our knees. We couldn’t wait for Vicious’ story to be uncovered and the majority of the time we were so incredibly invested, but there moments when the push/pull became a little repetitive losing us somewhat along the way, at times wondering what it was that constituted these two having such intense feelings for each other when

Vicious clearly ostracized her and made her life hell. We couldn’t feel an emotional connection other than physical until quite late in the story. What transpired then was something we would have loved to have been privy to in earlier flashbacks because we felt it came a little late in the story. However, in saying that, we could not put this book down and when the moment did transpire….wow! We felt it and it was beautiful, the epilogue served to be a perfect ending to this story of hate, revenge, love and forgiveness.   And the relevance to this hot cover was fabulous!

4 Stars

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THE SINNER OF SAINTS SERIES 

DEFY BOOK #0.5

                    

VICIOUS  – BOOK ONE

                    

RUCKUS  – BOOK THREE

                    

SCANDALOUS – BOOK FOUR 
Release Date TBA


Also check out Sparrow (Standalone) by LJ Shen
A TBB 2016 5 Star Top Read

‘I was in love with a murderer who didn’t love me back. It wasn’t fine, wasn’t okay, but it was the ugly, embarrassing, uncomfortable truth. He gave me lies, and I ate them from the palm of his hand. He gave me lies, and for him, I closed my eyes.’

Sparrow

SYNOPSIS

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.

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SPARROW by L.J. SHEN

Standalone mob themed gritty anti hero romance

‘The son of a dead mobster. The heartthrob with steel blue eyes….Oh and my new husband.’

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sparrow 8th March

SYNOPSIS

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.

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Sparrow

Reviewed by Gitte and Jenny

5 addictive stars!

‘My Father had sinned but I was to be punished.’

We didn’t really know what to expect when we began reading Sparrow as this is a new Author to us, all we knew was; it was mob related and the synopsis grabbed us. Upon starting we were immediately swept up in this dark and raw passionate story and hated having to stop reading for real life interruptions.

“If I can’t eat it, fuck it or kill it I have no interest in it.” – Troy Brennan

‘Troy Brennan was Boston’s master manipulator, pulling strings like we were all his puppets. He decided who lived and who died, who disappeared and who made a comeback.’

Now, if you want to read about an antihero in the truest sense of the word – then Troy Brennan – the son of Irish mobster Cillian Brennan, is the ONE for you. We hated that we loved him to begin with, but love him we did, from start to finish. He is definitely a firm favourite.

‘I was in love with a murderer who didn’t love me back. It wasn’t fine, wasn’t okay, but it was the ugly, embarrassing, uncomfortable truth. He gave me lies, and I ate them from the palm of his hand. He gave me lies, and for him, I closed my eyes.’

The development of the story and characters was absolutely spot on which meant we believed every single word and behaviour in this fucked up ride of vengeful romance. This is how it’s done and we applaud the Author for staying true to her characters and making us devour Sparrow as we shuddered, commiserated, laughed and loved with our hearts in our mouths one minute followed by them melting into puddles the next.

“Dear future wife…” He smirked in a way that made me want to beg for mercy. “If you think you’re going to give me trouble, think again. I invented trouble. I stir it, I mix it, I fucking fix it. Don’t try my patience, because you’ll discover I have absolutely none.”

Everything begins with vengeance and lies. A list. Death and deceit by force. It certainly got our attention and we were dying to find out the truth behind everyone and everything playing out before our eyes. Love and hate two sides of the same coin being flipped between the fingers of Troy ‘The Fixer’ Brennan.

‘She had a dark little soul, just like mine.’

‘She might be innocent, but she wasn’t stupid. Hardened by her circumstances and toughened by our neighbourhood – Red was no pushover.’

What began as fulfilling promises on the violent and soul-searing quest for a name became so much more as Troy got more than he bargained for in, Sparrow our heroine. She gave as good as she got with her strength and humour, slowly but surely. As we met them they progressed, never changing who they fundamentally were, rather they grew and traits and quirks came to light as familiarity enhanced. Well played, L J Shen. We bloody loved it every step of the way.

‘I was feeding myself even more lies. Because I told myself I didn’t care. While slowly, he crept under my skin. Piercing through layers. Clawing his way deeper into me. And I knew it was only a matter of time before he reached the most dangerous place in my body. My heart.’

As we get both POV’s we truly get the chance to get inside both Troy and Sparrow’s heads, which helped during the more dark, confusing and distressing moments. In fact, we felt the passion and hatred – the frustrations and dejection and the betrayal and compassion. We felt their resolve and what drove them.

‘I hated liking her. In a sense, it was like handing her the keys to the pit of my soul while she was tanked as hell and telling her to drive carefully. No one fucking promised me that she would.’

‘I wanted to kill and kiss the shit out of her in the same breath. It pissed me off and delighted me all at the same time.’

We honestly devoured this book and highly recommend it to readers who love their antiheroes, their strong and sassy heroines. To readers who love a bit of dark humour and thrilling passion in a story with a heavy mob feel. A story that’s brilliantly written and addictive. A story of an unlikely romance rising out of the darkness of Boston’s underworld. If you love these types of books we know you’ll fall in love with Sparrow!

‘Is it possible to feel your heart breaking, even when you’re falling in love?’

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SPARROW by L.J. SHEN
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