Review: Vicious by L.J. Shen

Vicious by L.J. Shen
Sinners of Saints, #1
Kindle Edition, 328 pages
Published December 27th, 2016

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.

My thoughts…

The story starts ten years prior when Emilia LeBlanc and her family move in to the servant’s quarters of the Spencer’s mansion. Vicious is a spoiled and neglected rich son living in the mansion. From their very first meeting, Vicious makes it a point to make Emilia's life a living hell. Emilia quickly realizes that Vicious can’t stand her and does everything in his power to make her life miserable, he bullies her relentlessly, even as he is somewhat protective and possessive. She is his to torment and he makes it known.

Vicious is used to being in control of everyone and everything around him and when Emilia begins dating one of his closest friends, Dean, he is outraged and steps up his torment by making Emilia leave town, away from her school and family. Intersected with flashbacks to their high school years, the story develops in the present when circumstances soon bring her face to face once more with a man that made her teenage years a living hell.

Emilia was a character you can't help but love, she is the strongest and kindness heroine. I absolutely loved her inner-strength and her self-awareness when it came to her weakness for Vicious. She didn't deserve his cruel treatment, but she endured it incredibly well. Emilia is no pushover and she's been at the losing end of his games one too many times. She wants to hate Vicious and he surely gives her plenty of reason to...and yet, he's like a magnet drawing her in. Vicious went from wanting to destroy Emilia, to lusting after her, to learning how to love her.

The line between love and hate is a thin one, and that's the case here. I loved the back and forth relationship between Vicious and Emilia and I’m very much looking forward to seeing where the rest of this series will go. Vicious is the first book in the Sinners of Saint series, it can be read as a standalone.

Happy Reading!


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