Title:  Vicious (Sinners of Saint #1)
Author: L.J. Shen
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Release Day: December 27th 2016
AMAZON US | AMAZON UK
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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.

4 stars! 

“I loved her when I hated her. And I loved her when I didn’t want anything to do with her. I was so crazy about her, the lines had blurred together. Feelings were mixed, emotions twisted together.”

First book of the year and what an amazing one it was! This is my second book by the author and I love her asshole heroes so far.

Vicious reminded me a lot of Paper Princess, teens running things and acting like grown ups – grown ups too busy to worry about their kids, being grown ups and spending money like it’s Monopoly. I have no problem with things in books being over the top – especially when there’s such wealth mentioned and when it’s done right, and Vicious did it right. Sure, a few plot holes here and there were noticed but the story was that good that it pulled me along with it and they didn’t really bother me.

Vicious, or Baron is a bully with a rough past that finds a play thing in Emilia aka the Help – that’s actually what he calls her and tortures her because that’s what rich boys that have crushes do.

Flash forward Vicious is a millionaire and a lawyer – and very young because success comes early when you think with your dick and never really bother to even attend high school – and he’s in need for Emilia’s help. That part I didn’t really get, it was a bit too much but again, I let it go. I do have a problem with millionaires never really working in books and yet have tons of money but the rules of NA say so and I have no say in the matter.

Vicious as a character won me over at some point, I think male heroes need to stop using their past as a justification of them being assholes to everyone else but Vicious kept being an asshole till the very end with a few moments of non assholeness and I liked that he didn’t magically become a whole new persona just because he found love. Emilia as a character needed more development. There are moments in her past that we don’t get a reason for her actions and those actions affected the present so I would have liked a bit of an explanation.

The book hooked me in and I even enjoyed the little flash backs – which I normally don’t – plus the secondary characters were absolutely amazing, Trent, Jamie, Dean, Melody, everyone was so nicely done that I wanted to read more about them, I never once wanted to stop reading!

Overall this was an amazing way to start my reading year and even if a few things bothered me the story never once let me focus on them, kudos for that

kei

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