Series: Sinners of Saint #1
Author: L.J. Shen
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 1, 2017
On Sale $0.99 through January 13, 2017
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.
“If you’re looking for a book that’s a little bit dark, a little bit twisted, with a character driven story that leaves you panting more than once, Vicious is it.” – 5 Obsessed Stars – Reader Review
“Absolutely amazing book! You will never find another guy like Vicious and you will never find another book like this ever.”– Tongan Book Lover 5 Stars
“Christ. Just Christ. The naughty bits are hot and steamy, the love story is unique for sure, and the writing is fucking epic because LJ Shen.” – Mells View 5 Stars
“You’re pissing me off,” she said quietly, her eyes still searching my face.
“And that’s turning me on,” I retorted, my voice flat. “So you might wanna tone down the hate glares if you don’t wanna find yourself being fucked on this desk with the blinds still open.”
I was still staring at my screen, working on the merger deal I was eager to get signed before Christmas, but I could see from my peripheral that she had paled. I liked how—once again—I’d gotten under her skin. Quickly.
“You’re disgusting,” she muttered, still staring at me—but not in a way that suggested she was appalled.
I cracked my neck, opening my browser and checking the stocks on the screen, skimming through the greens and the reds. “That may well be, but I’m balls deep in your fucking head, Help, and there’s nothing you can do about it.”
Her eyes glittered with rage, and fuck, I was so hard, and fuck, she was so beautiful. This was so on. I was going to fuck Dean’s ex-girlfriend, use her for my personal needs, and toss her away when I was done.
And after choosing the wrong guy, there was no doubt in my mind, she deserved it too.
“You just gave Floyd a lecture about the inter-office fraternization policy. No mixing business and pleasure.” She leaned forward. Her elbow touched my finger accidentally, and she jerked it away.
I met her halfway, erasing the space between us across the desk. “Correction—guys like Floyd won’t give you pleasure. Men like me would. Besides, the man likes Arrow,” I drawled, as if this alone was a reason to fire him.
To me, it was.
“You know what your problem is, Vicious? You still haven’t decided if you hate me or like me. That’s why you act like this every time I’m around other men.” There wasn’t a trace of embarrassment in her voice. She owned up to this.
What she didn’t know was that I knew exactly how I felt about her.
I hated her, but was attracted to her. It was really that simple.
“You know what I feel right now, Ms. LeBlanc? I feel like you need to pack a fucking bag and start making the necessary arrangements. You’re coming with me to California, whether you like it or not.”
L.J. Shen resides in sunny California with her husband, son, chubby cat and wild, wild dreams.
Her passion is to write badass stories, sushi, UFC and her awesome family and friends (not in this order, though. Obviously, sushi comes before writing. Oh, and also the family part.)
She spend the first half of her twenties traveling the world and is now paying all the fun with extra shifts in front of her MacBook. Feel free to contact her on her Facebook page. She loves to hear from her readers.
There’s a thin line between love and hate. When you read Vicious it totally makes sense.
You want some angsty, brutal and cruel story with a hint of romance? Read this book. Emotionally charged and with a male character that you’re gonna love to hate.
Baron aka Vicious, oh my … I don’t know where I’m gonna start. He is the devil, not in disguise but in a suit. Someone you love to hate and to crave. I was slowly drown into the sea of this tormented and twisted soul. He is not your usual hero, far from it. He has all the things that I could despite in a character but the author wrote about him in such a way that I was addicted.
Emilia just won me over. She is such a force of nature, strong, independent, fierce and not abiding to Vicious’ laws. So different from her looks but also by her lifestyle. Shining when Vicious was drowning. The light to his dark. When you can think these two were definitely not compatible, the fire in her was attracting Vicious like a moth to a flame. This girl with rainbow hair was his undoing, the one that could make him weak.
There was this constant tension throughout the story, increasing, like a bomb ready to explode. Because between them, it was freaking explosive, enthralling and fascinating.
I was constantly on alert, waiting for the next move. Vicious was a man in a mission and no one and nothing comes in between, especially not Emilia, but each time, it was a lost cause.
Calculated, cold-hearted, he was empty, with his constant rage and violence burning inside that consumed slowly and deeply all his soul. The only one who could soothe the pain was Emilia, invading his mind like no one else.
Their relationship was a constant battle, when no one was the winner. I was mesmerized by their duality, fights and destroying everything in their paths. They made my heart race, I felt the pain. Damn it was at times brutal and so vicious. Each time the thin line between love and hate seemed to be blurred.
This intense pull and passion, whirlwin and overwhelming romance. Nothing is simple in love. Emilia and Vicious were the perfect example. The thing I loved the most? They were real, constantly pushing each other, accepting each other, flaws and all. They weren’t perfect. They might have a twisted way to show how they really felt, but I was already sold.
I devoured this book, literally consumed and speechless. I was in awe of L.J. Shen’s words and ability to make the reader feel, to put at times a bit of brightness in their world of heavies, very poetic and incredibly romantic. Sensual, sexy and sinfully hot!
It was the first book I read from this brilliant author and it won’t be the last. I fell in love with the sinner. The kind of love that make this book special to me. A story that can shatter your heart into pieces and to make you whole again.