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Book Review: Vicious (Sinners of Saint #1) – L.J. Shen

Rating: 2/5 🌟🌟

Genre: Contemporary Romance (contains Explicit Content)


First off, I should point out that L.J. Shen’s a new author for me and I really liked her book, Scandalous. The writing was raw and the forbidden romance well done in Scandalous. Sadly, Vicious was a bit of a letdown.

Meet Rich Guy – Vicious. I really wanted to like him. He was so good to Trent in Scandalous but he was too hateful. He was such a jerk. The only times I really liked him was when I found out his secrets. I loathed how he treated Emilia. I get it that he lived through a horrible situation but the horrors that we suffer through should not give us the license to treat people like crap and to do as we please. Fine, Vicious was loaded but the way he treated Emilia was sick. Indeed, he was absolutely vicious.

Meet Poor Girl – Emilia. I get it that Vicious put her in a tight spot but at times, she was so self-absorbed she missed things happening around her that were so obvious it was super annoying. Plus, I hated how no matter how badly Vicious treated her, she still fell for him. How can a few good actions wipe away all the bad? I just couldn’t accept that.

This was Vicious and Emilia’s story and their denial to accept their feelings dragged other people in their mess and ruined not just their lives but the lives of those people as well. Sure they got their happy ever after in the end but they were just really toxic for each other and I’m sorry to say this book wasn’t for me.

Synopsis: —Emilia – 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. —Vicious – 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.


I'm a die-hard Book Dragon and also an advanced introvert. My blog's about books, books and more books. (yep, that was easy) I might, from time to time, write about life and its vagaries. I like taking pictures of books and doing origami and cross-stitch.

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