Wednesday, January 25, 2017

NEW REVIEW! VICIOUS (Sinners of Saint #1) by L.J. Shen:

"This is going into my reread over and over again pile! It’s that spectacular!"
- Craves the Angst

TITLE: Vicious
SERIES: Sinners of Saint
GENRE: Romance
RELEASE DATE: December 27, 2016
PUBLISHER: Self-Published
PAGES: Approx. 326

RATING: 5 Stars!

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.

5 “Ask Me What I Want” Stars!
Sexy, Edgy, Intense, Addicting. ABSOLUTE PERFECTION! 

The Review: 
WOW! What. An. EPIC. Read!

The minute this story ended, I wanted to go back to the first page and start it all over again. That has only happened a handful of times in my reading life and this read is at the top of that list. 

Vicious was a gritty, powerful and steamy enemies-to-lovers story with amazing and complex characters I won't let go of for a long time to come. It was filled with fantastic writing displaying an emotional, sexy journey that consumed me.

In short, this book was brilliant.

This story takes place in two time lines, told in alternating POV’s. Ten years before with some amazing flashbacks, and present day with a riveting plot of revenge and lust. 

In the past, this read starts with Emilia LaBlanc moving into the servant quarters of the Spencer estate after her mother and father take jobs there. On her first day living in her new home, she has an unpleasant run in with Baron “Vicious” Spencer, the only son of the Spencer family and quickly realizes that this first meet sets the tone for her journey with Vicious when he thinks she knows more than she does.

After a torturous senior year in high school being bullied and ostracized and eventually run out of town at the hands of Vicious, the story moves forward to tens years later when Emilia is living in New York with her ailing younger sister, who she has assumed sole responsibility for. She’s put her own dreams of being an artist on hold so she can work two jobs to support herself and her sister. But she’s struggling in a huge way.

Enter Vicious, who she hasn’t seen in years, and things heat up quickly, in more ways than one.

I couldn’t get enough of Vicious! He was beautifully broken and he pulled at your heartstrings from the moment you meet him, because you just know his perfect life is anything but. Emilia was incredibly loving, optimistic, full of light and her goodness was a complete contrast to Vicious's vileness. 

But you soon learn there is more to the story then just a rude rich kid with a dirty mouth taking advantage of the help. Vicious has reasons for the pain he’s in. He’s angry at the world and feels like love and goodness don't really exist. Emilia confuses him with her sweet, unsuspecting innocence and with all those feelings he’s holding inside, he can’t separate the love from the hate. 

Their relationship is filled with a delicious sexual tension that brought the chest pangs and butterflies as they explore their feelings and what they could mean to one another as adults. I loved every steamy interaction, every witty dialogue scene (because a grown up Emilia isn’t taking his crap anymore!), and every moment Vicious lets his guard down.

It was clear the author took time to suss out the motivations and feelings of these characters. There was love for them in every chapter because you could feel their pain and excitement through the exquisite writing. You experienced everything right along with them and the author totally nailed all those wonderful “feels” in each captivating word. 

The Wrap Up: 
This is going into my reread over and over again pile! It’s that spectacular!
This was also my first read by this author and I can tell you I’m hooked. She definitely has a new fan and I’m excited to read her other books.

Purchase at Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU

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