Blog Tour + Review: Vicious by L.J. Shen

Title: Vicious
Series: Sinners of Saint #1
Author: L.J. Shen
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date:  January 1, 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.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
5 " Ask me what I want" stars

I'm completely speechless and in awe of LJ Shen's ability to write such stories. By now I know to expect incredible stories full of twist I won't see coming. It happened this year with Blood to Dust and it happened yet again with Vicious.

Before starting reading this I read Defy and I had a little glimpse of who was Vicious in High School. I also knew he gave shit to Emilia for nothing else other than he hated her. But I had a suspicion there was more to it than it seems. And I was right!

Told both in the present in the past, you'll learn everything you need to know about Vicious and Emilia. You'll know what happened between them and what made them who they are now, why they can't seem to stay away from each other even if they wanted. Especially when it comes to Vicious.

He certainly doesn't want to recognize what he has with Emilia ever since he knows her. He can be seen as a terrible asshole but there's way more to him than his blunt ways. Behind hide a guy who has a heart and a good one. Oh don't mistake the fact he still is a terrible jerk but he had, has his reasons for being the way he is. And you'll need to read to find out who the real Vicious is.

"We’ve waited a long time for this. I want the real thing. Not the watered-down version. And the real thing is not only the beautiful. It is also ugly. I want your truth”

I devoured once again a book in almost one seating. This is practically unputdownable. Once you start, the slow burn will keep you captive. Emilia was a character who fights back and that was certainly one of the things that keep Vicious' interest all along. She wasn't one to eat in his hand like others did.


As in all good books I like to read, there was a sexual edge all along, Vicious was very much in lust with Emilia even if he hated her guts at the same time. Some quotes were down right naughty and when the real action happened between our MC it was pure bliss.

“Patience can go fuck itself. Wherever we’re stopping, it better be comfortable because I’m tasting you there”

Vicious is the first book in the Sinners of Saint series and I'm really eager to find out what L.J has in store for Trent and Dean! 2 out of the Four HotHoles are tight, who's gonna be next?

~ ARC provided by the author in exchange of an honest review ~

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“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.

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