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.
The book isn´t the problem. I AM THE PROBLEM.
No. I don´t even see myself as the problem. It´s the type of story that didn´t do it for me.
And what makes this review extra painful is: I bought the book because of the gorgeous cover image. Dear heaven´s above… The cover is something beautiful. But that´s where the beauty ends for me.
Even the tagline is fantabulous.
He´s bad news wrapped in a good suit…
`Vicious`( Sinners of Saint #1 ) by L. J. Shen is one of those romances where the Hero terrorizes the Heroine without a logical reason. The idea of romanticizing over a vicious asshole is not my idea of a romance.
It goes without saying that I felt no sympathy for the story or the main characters what – so – ever. And the main reason for that is because I´m not interested in romances where the Hero is a fucktard and the Heroine has no backbone.
It´s not my goal to put this book down. It´s not even my goal to hate on the characters, either. But what choice do I have if I found absolutely nothing remotely great about this book?
Vicious, a.k.a. Baron Spencer, also known briefly as Vic, has every negative quality a fictional character can possess. I´m going to gingerly ignore the fact that Vicious is drop dead gorgeous. They always are, so there´s no point in putting it out there. What bothered me was that I encountered yet another filthy rich asshat who had it all and much more. His only fault is that he´s an exaggerated vicious prick and he´s specially cruel to the girl he has a crush on / has had a crush on since the teenage years. How flattering.
Fast forward 10 years and we see the crush, Emilia, working herself tired in New York and she bumps into Vicious. He offers her a job with a great salary and VOILA! She accepts.
By all that´s pink and fluffy… I can´t stand a Heroine who doesn´t have a backbone. It´s actually painful to know how airheaded a character can be, even in 2016 ( when the book was published ).
The couple´s romance was built on nothing. The romance progressed into something weird. I couldn´t wrap my head around the idea of this book being anything romantic.
The Hero lovingly nicknamed the Heroine Help. No man would be able to walk anymore after calling me that.
I was annoyed and frustrated and slightly pissed off becauseI let the cover distract me from checking out reviews before buying this book.
The only good thing this book had going was the writing. Meeh. But that doesn´t make up for the rest.
I think it´s safe to say that I won´t be continuing the series.
Would I recommend this book? No. I wouldn´t.
Would I reread this book? Uugh, no.
The Cover – 5 stars: Beautiful cover.
The Story – 2 stars: No.
The Characters – 1 star: A definite no.
My emotional state after finishing this read: Annoyed in the worst way.
Should you still feel the need to buy this book then I won´t be holding anyone back. Just click here and order your copy.