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Review: Vicious by L.J. Shen


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.

Lord knows I love me a lovable and redeemable jerk but I honestly couldn't stand Vicious for majority of this story! After his mother dies while he was young, his life is forever changed. What he went through was horrible but taking his anger out on Emilia when he got older wasn't cool. He was treated her like trash and called her "help" because her parents were live in staff at his parents mansion. 

Ten years go by and he is still the same a-hole and Emilia is struggling to take care of her and her sick sister, Rosie. I was annoyed because after all these years he still referred to her as "help" which showed he had no respect for her still!! Emilia had no backbone when it came to him and let him do whatever he wanted!! Girl. You aren't a teenager anymore! Stand up and tell him to go blank himself but does she do this? Nope, because after all these years he makes her shake and quiver blah,blah,blah....I prefer my women characters to be sassy and strong so it was hard for me to connect with her at first. 

As the story progresses we get to see another side of Vicious and he's still an ass but he does have some redeemable qualities. He really struggled with the guilt of his mother's death and his feelings with Emilia. At times he could be so sweet and caring then he would do a jerk move and I was like here we go again….

"This time, you don’t get to make the rules. This time, Vicious, you lose.”

Yes!!! Emilia finally gets the backbone I knew she had and let's Vicious know enough is enough!! Some stuff went down and I honestly don't blame her for her reaction. It was nice that she finally fought him and stopped being a doormat!! You go girl!! 

Side note: The tattoo shop scene was hella sexy and hot!! 

This was my first time reading anything by this author and I was thoroughly impressed. I loved the dual point of views and the flashback from past to present. This story was full of so many emotions. Love, hate, deceit, revenge, lust and you can't help but get sucked in! You have found a new fan in me L.J. Shen. 

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