Sunday, May 7, 2017

Laura’s Review of Vicious (Sinners of Saint, #1) by 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. 

What I Loved
        It’s been a long time since I was scared and anxious to start reading a book but that’s exactly how I felt about starting Vicious.  I say scared because after reading Defy, Vicious scared the crap out of me, it’s been a long time since I’ve seen a character so cruel and cold down to their very core.  Yet at the same time he intrigued me because I knew there was more to this man, he was powerful and mean but I wanted to know what made him tick. 

        Emelia is also introduced in Defy, she intrigued me in a whole different way because she stood up to Vicious when no one else had in High School and because of that I instantly loved her.  From the beginning of this book I fell for this girl all over again.  She’s struggling to make ends meet for her and her sister in New York City, cast out of California she just wants to be able to be happy and live.  Emelia’s a strong-willed woman whose fiercely loyal to her family and is crazy talented as an artist but can’t explore that side of her dreams because of financial reasons. 

        In walks her enemy, Vicious aka Baron Spencer Jr. who sees his old high school prey and pounces once again! Soon it’s easy to feel the attraction between them and the boiling anger and frustration as well.  Vicious might be an adult now but he still plays games and has no problem playing with Emelia, little does he realize how hard he is falling for her at the same time.  The back and forth between them pulls you in and makes you addicted to this story, there were so many times where I was scared for Emelia but happy for her at the same time.  Vicious is truly a scary character but when all those walls melt away you are hypnotized by his aura and personality. 

Not So Much
        I have no complaints about this story at all.  I loved every second of it, and the details for me were right on point.  I’m a fan of when authors can paint a complete picture of each scene and I got that from the beginning to end.

To Sum It All Up!
        Overall this was another amazing book by L.J. Shen, that I was addicted to from the start.  Vicious scared the crap out of me in Defy and I truly scared to see what he would be like in his own story.  I liked that the book went from past to present because it left you wondering what happened between Vicious and Emelia all those years ago and kept you wondering for quite some time. 

        I love characters that have many layers to them because it not only adds to depth to the plot it’s a sign of a good author to me.  Vicious in so many way is a complicated character; he is someone so cruel capable of creating major damage but once you make it past his many walls he is caring and capable of love.  I loved how Emelia never put up with his shit, and no matter how loud he yelled she never cowered like so many others.  I loved her unique style and spunk, she always stood out in a crowd and never really cared what people thought of her.  She loved her sister so much she was willing to sacrifice a lot for her and took care of her every single day. 

The chemistry between Vicious and Emelia was unmistakable no matter how much they fought it.  I loved seeing the power Emelia had over Vicious because no one else in his life could influence him the way she could.  The scenes between them always left me wanting more and I couldn’t wait for them to rip each other’s clothes off! This was truly a captivating story and I can’t wait to see what comes next for the HotHoles because it’s guaranteed to be awesome!!

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