ARC Review: Scandalous by L.J. Shen

Posted September 26, 2017 by Francesca in Reviews / 4 Comments

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ARC Review: Scandalous by L.J. Shen
by L J Shen

3.5 Stars


Released: September 21 2017
Series: Sinners of Saint #3
Published by Self Published
Pages: 315
Format: eARC

“Lots of sexiness?  Check.”
~ Under the Covers

I was giddy with anticipation to read the story about the last HOT-Hole.  At the end of the previous book we know that Trent is now left raising his young daughter after her stripper mother up and disappeared.  He’s also the only HotHole left that’s still interested in digging in and working on their company while the rest want more time at home with their families.  So when Scandalous opens up and we meet the partner they’ve brought in, things quickly start coming together.  Especially when Trent meets his new partner’s daughter, Edie.

There are things I expect from this series and I think this book delivered on those.  Jerk heroes, a little bit on the ruthless and sometimes uncaring side?  Check.  Lots of sexiness?  Check.  Friendship?  Check.  So as you can see, I did enjoy this book because it gave me what I was expecting.  But there were some things that kept me from fully enjoying this and kept popping up in my head.

One was the age difference.  Now, it’s not a huuuuuge age difference but it’s the fact that the heroine is so young.  In my eyes, and although she’s had to mature and grow up way faster than her years, she’s still a kid.  I feel like Trent’s transition from “I can’t act on my attraction” to “let’s push those panties aside” was a bit sudden.  One moment he’s thinking to keep her at arms length, the next he’s getting physical without much remorse about it.  I wish there was a bit more of a struggle there.  And on second point, the chemistry for me was missing a little something I couldn’t quite put my finger on.  I wasn’t as invested in these two together as the previous couples, or even as much as I liked the characters individually.

That being said, I found Edie to be a very relatable character.  My heart went out to her for what she’s had to deal with, and the fact that she’s come out a stronger, fighting woman on the other side.  Trent’s resilient and there was something very sexy about his determination, especially his ruthlessness when it came to business.

While this story didn’t have the emotional impact on me that the previous book had, I still liked the way it weaved some more serious topics that are part of life.  Relationships and prejudice.  And of course, I have a soft spot for Trent’s daughter Luna who was such a sweety without saying a word.

I’m definitely curious to see what Ms. Shen will write next.  We’ve finished with the Hotholes so will we see this series continue or move on to something else?  I’ll be following.spacer



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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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Amy R

Thanks for the review, I have this on my TBR pile.


Trina sounds like a good character.

Kathy Valentine
Kathy Valentine

Good review Francesca! Shared on my day!!


This book is on my Kindle and I’m looking forward to reading it. Thanks for sharing your thoughts Francesca