Tuesday, April 30, 2019

BLOG TOUR with BOOK REVIEW and BOOK EXCERPT - PRETTY RECKLESS (All Saints High #1) is now available!

"This book. This is the one to read to get your binge read on."
- Craves the Angst

TITLE: Pretty Reckless
SERIES: All Saints High #1
AGE GROUP: New Adult
GENRE: Romance
RELEASE DATE: April 28, 2019
PAGES: Approx. 338

RATING: 5 Stars!

We were supposed to be best friends
But turned out to be worst enemies…

They say revenge is a dish best served cold.
I’d had four years to stew on what Daria Followhill did to me, and now my heart is completely iced.
I took her first kiss.
She took the only thing I loved.
I was poor.
She was rich.
The good thing about circumstances? They can change. Fast.
Now, I’m her parents’ latest shiny project.
Her housemate. Her tormentor. The captain of the rival football team she hates so much.
Yeah, baby girl, say it—I’m your foster brother.
There’s a price to pay for ruining the only good thing in my life, and she’s about to shell out some serious tears.
Daria Followhill thinks she is THE queen. I’m about to prove to her that she’s nothing but a spoiled princess.


Everyone loves a good-old, unapologetic punk.
But being a bitch? Oh, you get slammed for every snarky comment, cynical eye roll, and foot you put in your adversaries’ way.
The thing about stiletto heels is that they make a hell of a dent when you walk all over the people who try to hurt you.
In Penn Scully’s case, I pierced his heart until he bled out, then left it in a trash can on a bright summer day.
Four years ago, he asked me to save all of my firsts for him.
Now he lives across the hall, and there’s nothing I want more than to be his last everything.
His parting words when he gave me his heart were that nothing in this world is free.
Now? Now he is making me pay.

REVIEWER'S NOTE: I received an eARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.

5 Stars!
Binge Read Alert!!

The Review: 
Oh my “Marx”! This book... WOW. Just wow!

You want feels? It’s here. You want angsts? It’s here!

You want a book you can sink into and only be pried out by the threat of a zombie apocalypse... and even then it’s questionable? (Let them get eaten!) IT’S HERE! This book. This is the one to read to get your binge read on.

Remember the original HotHoles from the “Sinners of Saint” series? Yeah? I mean, who could forget them, right? That’s where I fell in love with this author and her fabulous alpha-holes. This series features their offspring. And this book? Is about Daria Followhill, daughter of Jaime and Melody from “Defy”.

You think Daria Followhill has everything. Beauty. Security. Popularity. And dance. She has a fabulous life. An envious life. She’s spoiled. She’s bratty. And she’s jealous. Under that perfect exterior, there are depths to her secrets and looks are the most deceiving thing of all.

Penn Scully is tough. His life is a mess. He doesn’t have the family. The money. The privilege. His life is beyond complicated.

Daria and Penn meet for the first time when she’s fourteen. She thinks her life is spiraling out of control, so he does her a favor. She repays him with a kiss. That one act irrevocable act changed everything for both of them.

Four years later, Penn is back and he has vengeance in mind. Daria has redemption.

There’s angsts. Oh, the angsts!
There are complications. Que the rollercoaster ride of emotions.
There is hate. There is lust. There is a fine line to be crossed.
There is fiery chemistry! Shew... 

This story is intense. It’s stressful. It’s painful.

It’s phenomenal!

I loved it. From beginning to end, it was one thing after another and the author does a beautiful job of immersing the reader into their chaotic world, but also guiding us through so that each twist and turn is breath-stealing and breath-taking.

I wanted to hate Daria. But I couldn’t. Not really. Once all her layers were peeled back, once her mask was removed ... there was a lot going on and the author did an amazing job showing this reader her depth.

I loved Penn from the start. L.J. Shen knows how to write an alpha-hole you can’t help but love and adore. Penn was that kind of characters. Tough. Conflicted. Layered. And hot!

The Wrap Up... 
This is definitely an enemies-to-lovers read you’ll binge. I couldn’t put it down and I’m so freaking excited for the next tale in this series!

❤ Download your copy today for the special release week price of ONLY $2.99 or read FREE in Kindle Unlimited! ❤

Book Excerpt for PRETTY RECKLESS by LJ Shen
“I don’t want you transferring into my school,” I hiss out. Melody would gladly file a transfer request, and Principal Prichard would salivate over the chance to snatch him up for our football team. 

“That won’t be a problem. You guys suck so much ass, you have shit-breath.” 

“Still smells better than poverty. You’re poor, right? Your sister was just bullshitting about being rich.” 

When someone hits me with a stick, I run over them with a tank. I’m so mean to him I want to throw up. I hate this part of being me. The striking harder at all costs part.

“Just to make things clear.” I put the brush down, batting my lashes. “You’re not my step-sibling, foster brother, or a part of the family. You’re a stray dog. Last of the litter, most unlikely to be adopted, and a charity case.”

Penn takes a step toward me, and my heart is fighting its way out of my ribcage. The closer he gets, the more I realize that my heart might succeed. Penn’s eyes remind me of a snake’s. Mesmerizing, but inhuman altogether. They weren’t like that before. 

His scent messes with my head. I want to reach out and caress his face. Kiss his wounds better. Beg for forgiveness. Curse him. Push him away. Cry on his shoulder for what we’ve done. For how it ended. For what we became afterwards, because I’m full of crap and he is totally empty. 

We ruined ourselves the day of our first kiss.

Penn looks down at me. Time stops. It feels like the world is losing gravity, falling into a bottomless depth in space when he clasps my chin with his thumb and finger, lifting my head up. I can’t breathe. I’m not sure I want to, either. My towel drops to the floor with a thud, even though I secured it over my chest. I realize that he tugged at it intentionally. I’m naked. My body, my soul, my heart. All my walls are down. Somewhere in my head, a red alarm blasts and my inhibitions are getting armed, ready to fight back. 

I’m trying to decode his expression. He is amused, irritated, and…playful? 

The mixture of emotions doesn’t make any sense. 

“Mess with me, Followhill, and I will ruin you.”

“Not if I ruin you first.” 


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 people's’ 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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