Review: Vicious by L.J. Shen

Posted April 10, 2017 by Francesca in Reviews / 8 Comments

Review: Vicious by L.J. Shen
Vicious
by L J Shen

3.5 Stars

BOOK INFO


Released: December 27, 2016
Series: Sinners of Saint #1
Published by Self Published
Pages: 326
Format: eBook
 

“VICIOUS is maddeningly addictive.  I just. couldn’t. look. away.”
~ Under the Covers

This book is a hard one to rate and review because I was seriously turned off by this hero’s jerkish behavior.  So you won’t be hearing me talk about book boyfriends here and I foresee that’s not what this whole series will be about.  Lets all make it clear that I tend to enjoy jerks in my books.  I often end up loving them in spite of that.  Not so much with this one.

I probably would’ve looked right past this book had it not been recommended to me by someone I trust.    The train wreck that was described seemed like something I would enjoy and honestly, I love testing my jerk limits.  L.J. Shen doesn’t pull any punches.  This dude is ruthless and uncaring… and well… vicious.  The name is so fitting that I honestly wanted to constantly slap him.  A lot of that vicious behavior is towards the heroine from the very first time they meet when they are just teenagers and she comes to live in his mansion when her mom takes on a job as “the help”.  This senior year of high school in which they live under the same roof (basically) and go to the same school is rough at best.  She’s a bit infatuated with him and he’s … a dick.  A possessive dick.  He wants to treat her like trash, but he always wants her to be his.

We get a bit of the backstory of when they met and slowly see those circumstances unfold while we see their present relationship ten years later where they’ve had no contact until he runs into her working as a waitress in NYC.  This girl always seems to be down on her luck and he just loves stepping on her.

This is such a toxic relationship that somehow turns around in the end.  I really didn’t think it could happen, and honestly I didn’t quite believe the execution either, but had it been done just slightly differently I might’ve been more on board with it.  One thing is for certain.  VICIOUS is maddeningly addictive.  I just. couldn’t. look. away.  Even as my blood was boiling.

The overall story and plot I think could’ve been developed better but I think the way the author manages to keep me glued to the pages after I just wanted to tear this guys’ throat out says something for her writing style.  However, in the end, although I wanted to love this guy… I never really got there.  This was definitely a fun experiment but I’m not sure if I’ll continue the series.  We’ll see when the second book comes out how I feel.  We do know who the couple is and I have mixed feelings seeing the sick sister of this heroine getting shit on by one of the Four HotHoles.

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About L J Shen

L.J. Shen is a 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 all over 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 peoples’ birthdays and never sends Christmas cards.

She enjoys the simple things in life, like chocolate, wine, reading, HBO, spending time with her girlfriends and internet-stalking Chris Hemsworth. She reads between three to five books a week and firmly believes Crocs shoes and mullets should be outlawed.

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I’m a 30 something sun lover living in the Big Apple (read New York).I’m a book and coffee addict and lover of all things elephants.

I get easily distracted by pictures of sexy guys and have tons of book boyfriends.I keep all my alpha males chained to my basement and guard them fiercely.*Back off bitches*I like to see Jason Momoa as a lot of those boyfriends, because ….. mmmmmmm JASON.MOMOA!

I’m a part time graphic designer (yes, everything you see on UTC has been done by me), run my husband's business from home and on a good day I’m a self appointed superwoman (she who can do it all).I love blogging with my girls and I couldn’t do it any other way!My first love is everything paranormal, but in the past few years I’ve re-learned to love contemporary romance.Every once in a while I like to mix things up with a historical romance, a steampunk or an LGBT book.Because I need variety to avoid book slumps.I don’t always need an HEA although I prefer one, and I love authors that can rip my heart out and make me ugly cry.
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Oh man, I am actually not such a fan of jerk heroes. I like bad boys that are really teddy bears, but real assholes – well, I think I will have to pass on this one.

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LOL then yeah maybe this isn’t quite the right one then. I know what you mean, and this guy was demeaning and mean.

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I can’t read about jerks, so I’ll pass. Thanks for the heads-up.

Amy R
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Amy R

Thanks for the review, I’ll pass.

Kathleen Bylsma
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Kathleen Bylsma

Thanks for the head’s up. I’ll pass, too. Not my cuppa.

Kathy Valentine
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Kathy Valentine

Great review,love this cover so sexy!!! Shared on all my socials!!!

Timitra
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Timitra

I agree he really is such a dick but I just couldn’t stop reading it

Miz Val
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Miz Val

I wish she would have chosen a different tittle for the book .Reminds me too much of JR Ward’s character in her book Lover Unleashed .I might give this book a peek.