My Review: Vicious by L. J. Shen

My Review:  Vicious by L. J. ShenVicious by L. J. Shen
Series: Sinners of Saint
Publication Date: January 1, 2017
Genres: anti-hero, Contemporary, hate-to-love, Romance
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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.

My Review

Vicious by L. J. Shen is the first full-length novel in the Sinners of Saint series. It is an anti-hero story that will make you plead for more.

My obsession. My muse. My enemy.

Vicious has always been exactly that, vicious. Destroy and conquer, take no prisoners, show no emotions, intimately connect with no one. When they were young, Emilia was on his radar. He goaded her and embarrassed her, but all for selfish reasons that were never known. Now, Emilia loathes Vicious. To her he is heartless, unfeeling, and better left in the past. But, he has a new game to play. And this time they might both come out winners.

My grandma one told me that love and hate are the same feelings experienced under different circumstances. The passion is the same. The pain is the same.

I previously read Defy, a prequel novella in this series that was featured in the Hot For Teacher Anthology. I was dying to get more of this series. By the opening chapters of this novel, I just knew that I was a goner. It was a dislike to strongly detest to hate to love story. And you know what that means?!? Angst, angst, and more angst. Vicious was a total egotistical player of the highest order. But, I craved him. He had depth and layers. Peeling them away was like discovering a buried treasure and hoping it wasn’t booby-trapped. He was addictive; it was because he was broken and needed redemption. I knew Emilia was exactly the spirited young lady to disarm him and bring out his fiery side all at the same time. I loved that Emilia refused to give an inch, making him work for every millimeter of progress they made toward a superb ending.

Vicious was an addictive, non-stop, oh-my-gosh-I-need-more-of-this-series novel. An escape that SHOULD NOT be missed.

“I want the real thing. Not the watered-down version. And the real thing is not only beautiful. It is also ugly. I want your truth.”

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.”

About L. J. Shen

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.

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