Vicious by L.J. Shen is my first read of 2017 and what a set of fireworks this book set off. This is my first L.J. Shen read and she freaking blew my mind with how she perfectly wrote a character that every bone in my body tells me I should despise.
Baron "Vicious" Spencer has always been king in his small town, his nickname perfectly fits him because he can toss around people and women as if they are trash. He has felt this authority since he was young. Ten years later, he is now one of the best lawyers in his business, he leaves behind secrets and takes with him the longing he has always had for the girl he called " Help" her parents worked for his as the housekeeper and landscaper to their estate. Baron made her life miserable she was also his best friend's girlfriend, which he would do everything in his power to destroy. Will Vicious push to far to the point that he may never have a chance of having her in his life?
Emilia LeBlanc captured my heart from the beginning, she is strong-willed and loves her family more than anything. She is strong enough to put up with the bullies in her new school and even the biggest of the bullies who she can't help feel attracted to even though her boyfriend is his best friend. Vicious will go to lengths to break them apart even if he has to destroy her. Ten years later, after being run out of her small town, Emilia is now a starving artist in New York supporting her sick younger sister with two jobs. Life hasn't been easy for her but she has done the best she can. Vicious is now back in her life with a job offer he is not willing to let her walk away from, is the price of having the man that has consumed her dreams and destroyed her heart once to high of a price to pay?
This story was more than I expected and everything I wanted in a exciting read. The male characters had me hating them, yet wanting more from them. Vicious is a man I had a love/hate relationship with, he may be up there with the top 5 bad boys in my opinion. The chemistry between Vicious and Emilia is off the top "Inferno" hot. L.J. Shen had me sitting on the edge of my seat and not wanting to will myself to put this story down. 5 Star lasting impression of a read. I with a twisted mind and a devious smile on my face recommend this read.
“If you're looking for a book that's a little bit dark, a little bit twisted, with a character driven story that leaves you panting more than once, Vicious is it.” - 5 Obsessed Stars - Reader Review
“Absolutely amazing book! You will never find another guy like Vicious and you will never find another book like this ever.”- Tongan Book Lover 5 Stars
“Christ. Just Christ. The naughty bits are hot and steamy, the love story is unique for sure, and the writing is fucking epic because LJ Shen.” - Mells View 5 Stars
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