By L J Shen
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.
Vicious how can I hate him, love him, be devastated for him, want to strangle him and then want him to take me up against his boardroom door like he did with Emilia – I am hot, frustrated and just so emotionally invested in this story.
Firstly, the cover – LOVE IT – that is Vicious – I have not seen a cover that so explicitly depicts the main character as well as this one does – Brilliant!
Vicious is another fantastic story by L J Shen, I did not think I could love another one of her characters they way I loved Sparrow (if you read Vicious and love it – you need to read Sparrow too – I have read that about three times in 2016).
Now back to Vicious, the group of guys, I am thinking as this is #1 we should be seeing another three books – I do hope so – I am dying for Dean’s story as he was an intricate factor in the love/friendship triangle.
My favourite scene was the art showing as we find out what she was painting on Christmas Eve. I was shaking, had tears in my eyes and when Vicious saw and understood the meaning – god to entwine their history into that painting – brilliant – butterflies in the stomach moment right there. Then his reaction to that painting, opening his emotions and laying himself out bare I simply fell in deep love with that man as before I was simply lusting after him.
We get dual POV, the story does jump backwards to them growing up and also Vicious and his family history but it was done at moments that were critical to the story going forward – it was done to perfection. As I was reading this story I was continually highlighting paragraphs of moments in time in their story I did not want to forget. The dynamic of the friendship with the four guys was one of my favourite parts, them growing into men and forming their own company and his friends knowing all along how he felt about Emilia.
The emotion and intensity of Vicious and Emilia’s connections both in the physical and mental sense are inspiring and exhausting but so rewarding – I am left wanting more – I was not prepared to let them go at the end of the story.
Vicious (Sinners of Saint #1)
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