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


Scandalous by LJ Shen

Publishing Date: September 29th, 2017

Genre: Contemporary Romance

They call him The Mute for a reason.
Hard, cold and calculated, he rarely speaks.
When he does, it’s with disdain.
When he does, his words aren’t meant for me.
When he does, my stomach flips and my world tilts on its axis.
He is thirty-three.
I am eighteen.
He’s a single dad and my father’s business partner.
I’m just a kid to him and his enemy’s daughter.
He’s emotionally unavailable.
And I am…feeling. Feeling things I shouldn’t feel for him.
Trent Rexroth is going to break my heart. The writing isn’t just on the wall, it’s inked on my soul.
And yet, I can’t stay away.
A scandal is the last thing my family needs. But a scandal is what we’re going to give them.
And oh, what a beautiful chaos it will be.

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This isn't easy to say ... Trent Rexroth is my favorite hothole! I love all of these guys, so this wasn't something I'm just sayin' on a whim. Damn, The Mute is all that I thought he'd be. Pure alpha, protective and ruthless. And the tension and intense emotions between Trent and Edie was electrifying. Loved every delicious moment of this. Could not put it down!

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

"Anything that could drive you mad cannot be all bad, right?"

Where to begin? Because fuck Hot damn this book! I think there's always a recurrent with LJ Shen's book: they leave me speechless, I never know how to begin and I'm sure once I'll start I'm going to ramble like my grandmother when she was telling me stories -> hint: with so many details you get lost.
Yep because the tricky part with Scandalous is how certain aspects I want to tell can be a spoiler and I most certainly don't want to give anything away.

If you've read about the HotHole before you already know Trent is alone with his four year's old little girl and his sole concern is to make her happy. Not everything is perfect, he's definitely lost not knowing what to do when Luna stays mute but he is everything when he keeps trying to be a good father.

Edie is an eighteen years old girl hating all things that are shinny and gold. Her life is some kind of a mess and her family is most definitely the reason for it, or should I say her father is the reason for it. Believe me you'll hate Jordan on sight!

“I should warn you, Edie. I’m not the prince in this fairy tale. I’m the villain. The poisonous apple, the flame-breathing monster.”

As usual LJ Shen just manages to write THE BEST enemy to lovers books! Scandalous is not different than the others, there's a lot of hostility, lots of denial, lots of fighting, lots of angst but trust me in the end all this is so worth it!

I think Trent & Edie's story was the one that gives me panic attack the most. I didn't know for the life of me how this would end! I wanted to jump to the last page to reassure my poor heart that everything is going to be okay and that all the suffering was meant to be because these two can't have it any other way!

“One last warning,” ...“I fuck rough.” ... “Deep-throating is a requirement, not an option... “and I’m about to fucking ruin you for any other man. So when the time comes and no one else can compare to me, just remember—you asked for it.”

Edie plays a dangerous game and if her opponent is Trent Rexroth, she might end up losing!
What I loved the most about their fucked up relation was how they are honest with each other. They know what's at stake and they know this might end badly for both of them, still they can't deny what's happening when they are in the same room. It was a page turner seeing theminteract and wondering who's going to win the next round.

Trent was a character full of surprise. Once again you think you know but you don't. He might seem the quiet one but he's anything but.... You're in for a treat with him if you think you have him figured it out.

It's been two days since I finished reading the book and I'm trying to see which HotHole I loved the most. To be honest, I can't answer the question. I loved them all. They are imperfectly perfect. All of them Each have something special and they are most definitely unique.

I'm so sad this is the last book! I will never get enough of these men and their ladies! But I can't wait to see what LJ has in store for us!

 if you want to be strong—be.”

~I voluntary read a copy of this book provided by the author ~


Trent’s gaze cut to mine and stopped when his grays met my blues. The fading noise of Vicious barking at people to move along, and my father finally letting go of my arm to move toward Jaime and Dean—probably trying to gain both allies and sympathy—died down. “I don’t like you,” Rexroth whispered under his breath, his voice harsh. “I never asked you to.” I shrugged. “You won’t be working here.” His arm brushed my shoulder, but I didn’t think it was by accident. I let loose a sugary smile, scanning his face and torso for no other reason other than to taunt him. “Good, you’ll be doing me a favor. My father is the one forcing me to work here. He’s pissed I turned down five Ivy League colleges. Remind me, Mr. Rexroth—which top tier university did you attend for your degree?” The low blow was supposed to retrieve some of my lost dignity, but bile burned my throat, shotgunned from my stomach. Trent Rexroth was known in Todos Santos as an exhilarating success story, rising from the gutters of San Diego. He went to a shitty state college that accepted even the illiterate, working as a janitor on campus after hours. Those were given facts he’d recited himself in an interview for Forbes. Had I really just tried to make him feel less worthy because he wasn’t born with a silver spoon in his mouth? It made me sicker than wearing my mother’s designer garbs. Trent smiled, leaning into my body, into my soul. His smirk was more frightening than any scowl, frown, or grimace I’d ever seen. It threatened to tear me apart and sew me back together however he pleased. “Edie.” His lips were dangerously close to my ear. A delicious shiver moved down my spine. Something warm rolled inside of me, begging to unknot and flower into an orgasm. What was happening, and why the hell was it happening? “If you know what’s best for you, you will turn around and leave right now.” I elevated my head to meet his gaze and showed him my version of a grin. I was born and raised in a world of intimidating rich men, and I’d be damned if I go down like my mother—addicted to xanax, Gucci, and a man who paraded her on his arm for a short, glorious decade before keeping her solely for public appearances. “I think I’m going to go find my desk now. I’d wish you a good day, Mr. Rexroth, but I think that ship has sailed. You’re a miserable man. Oh, and one for the road.” I fished for a Nature Valley bar in my mother’s purse and plastered it to his hard, muscled chest. My heart slammed into my neck, fluttering like a caged bird. I hurried after my father as he glided down the vast, golden-hued hallway, not daring to look back. Knowing I’d started a war and arrived unequipped. But I also knew something else that gave me a surfer’s rush—if I could slam the final nail in my employment coffin and make Rexroth vote against me, I’d be off the hook. I had just the plan for it. All I had to do was act like a brat. Game on.


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About LJ Shen:

L.J. Shen is an International #1 best-selling author of Contemporary Romance and New Adult novels. She lives in Northern California with her husband, young son and chubby cat. Before she’d settled down, L.J. (who thinks referring to herself in the third person is really silly, by the way) traveled the world, and collected friends from all across the globe. Friends who’d be happy to report that she is a rubbish companion, always forgets peoples’ birthdays and never sends Christmas cards. She enjoys the simple things in life, like spending time with her family and friends, reading, HBO, Netflix and internet-stalking Stephen James. She reads between three to five books a week and firmly believes Crocs shoes and mullets should be outlawed.

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