⊱✿⊰ REVIEW ⊱✿⊰ Vicious (Sinners of Saint #1) 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.
VICIOUS: This is the first book I've read by this author, but by God the feels that come at you full throttle once you open that first page and inhale that first chapter are indescribable. This is Spoken in 'Dual Perspectives' and flashes from 'Past to Present' effectively.
Rich boy, Poor girl (The help)
My obsession...My muse...My enemy
(Aged Seventeen - PAST) A coming of age novel which kicks starts off in the past, ten years prior when Emilia LeBlanc’s family move in to the servant’s quarters of the Spencer’s luxurious mansion acting as their cook/housekeeper and gardener/handyman.
Right from the get go Baron Spencer a.k.a Vicious was a prick, a term invented just for him, he may be hot but he goes out of his way to make life unbearable for Emilia, he thought she knew his secret. A conversation he thinks she overheard which ultimately cost her, her whole senior year and ripped away from her family because of it when she was eighteen. Him and his four best friends had succeeded in driving her out of Todos Santos. #The Four HotHoles ( Trent, Jamie, Dean and Vicious) who ruled the school, they were invincible, nobody touched them, everyone bowed down to them.
I hated vicious. He was hard, heartless, and hateful, it was too bad my hate for him was dipped in a thin shell of something that felt like love. But I promised myself I’d crack it, break it, and unleash pure hatred in its place before he got to me.
As different from each other as light and day.
We were so different it was borderline comical. Me with my custom suit, expensive coat, and rich asshole air about me and her with her burgundy-wine sweater, beanie, Christmas leggings, and army boots.
PRESENT (Aged Twenty-Seven): Having to support her sick sister who suffers from cystic fibrosis and a day that goes from bad to worse from losing one her jobs, to being mugged to the reappearance of Vicious has Emilia accepting a job offer from him weeks later. Like a wrecking ball he came back in her life with a vengeance and like a domino effect she fell.
I’d always been the servant. Me, my parents. Vicious was right in calling me HELP. Not that it wasn’t rude, but it was the truth nonetheless.
A fully furnished apartment An around the clock nurse for her sister Rosie And a good pay check to boot was an offer Emilia could not resist since they were one eviction notice away from rock bottom.
His proposition was almost to good to be true.
When he walked into the room, no matter how dingy and small, you could feel the wealth, the status, the power.
OMG The angst!! The feels!! The emotional pull on all my senses, The love/hate relationship I had with this book was indescribable, The frustration, The unseen twists and turns this took me on, like a roller coaster out of control. I can't even describe how much I loved this book, I was hooked as soon as I read the first chapter until I inhaled, breathed the last words and can not wait for the next in this series.
I enjoyed the past glimpses we got of these two, the evil Vicious dished out, the lengths he went to, the hatred, the uncontrollable lust.
He was perfectly imperfect. Flawlessly flawed. Most importantly-he was Vicious.