Vicious

Vicious

EmiliaThey 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...

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Title:Vicious
Author:L.J. Shen
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:328 pages

Vicious Reviews

  • Arianna✦❋SteamyReadsBlog❋✦
    Jan 17, 2017
  • Lana ❇✾Dirty Girl Romance❇✾
    Dec 27, 2016

    It's official. L.J. Shen is a witch. How else could the woman possibly crawl inside my mind and create a story that seriously felt custom written for me?

    Uber angst? Check!

    Hot alphahole hero? Holy hell, CHECK!

    A heroine that's the perfect blend of innocent but with a steel backbone? Check!

    An enemies to lovers story that left me practically salivating? CHECK!

    A sexual chemistry and a burn so good it makes you want to slap yo mama? CHECK!

    An addicting, obses

    It's official. L.J. Shen is a witch. How else could the woman possibly crawl inside my mind and create a story that seriously felt custom written for me?

    Uber angst? Check!

    Hot alphahole hero? Holy hell, CHECK!

    A heroine that's the perfect blend of innocent but with a steel backbone? Check!

    An enemies to lovers story that left me practically salivating? CHECK!

    A sexual chemistry and a burn so good it makes you want to slap yo mama? CHECK!

    An addicting, obsessive read from cover to cover? ABSOLUTELY FREAKING CHECK!!!

    The Four HotHoles rule All Saints High. All the guys want to hang out with them and all the girls want to sleep with them. It doesn't matter that women are more disposable to them than a pair of socks, they'll gladly give up their dignity for a night...or a few hours in their bed. Vicious is the most brutal of the four. He's a coldblooded asshole that practice bubbles over with barely surprised rage. And the target for the brunt of his anger is Emilia, his classmate and daughter of the hired help living at his father's mansion.

    Emilia was a heroine you can't help but like. They say the line is thin between love and hate and that's definitely the case here. She wants to hate Vicious and he surely gives her plenty of reason to...and yet, he's like a magnet drawing her in.

    Shen did a phenomenal job with character development, that you don't just read what they're feeling, you feel it. That couldn't be more true with Emilia. I clicked with her from the very first page. Here's a heroine that's down on her luck, down to her last penny, barely making ends meet working two jobs to support herself and her sick sister, but she still has this undercurrent of strength that you can't help but respect.

    Intersected with flashbacks to their high school years, the story develops in the present. Years after Emilia left All Saints High and Vicious behind. But circumstances soon bring her face to face once more with a man that made her teenage years a living hell.

    Now if you're an angst lover like me, you will gobble up everything about this book and be left begging for more. The sexual tension between Vicious and Emilia crackles with electricity. I loved that added burn of hate lust between them. The woman definitely gave him a run for his money and for all his thinly veiled insults that he throws her way, you can see just how much he craves her underneath it all.

    The writing was absolutely brilliant. Shen simply gets better and better with each book she writes and she truly outdid herself with this one. She gave us four heroes that you not only click with but obsess over. Sure, this book is focused on Vicious and I loved every page of it. But I also loved the three other HotHoles and if the set up for two of them is anything to go by, I already know I need their books.

    As for this book? This is what obsession is made of. This book. These characters. This romance. It was too delicious for words. Simply. Addicting.

  • SueBee★bring me an alpha!★
    Dec 26, 2016

    (stand-a

    (stand-alone) is a slow churning

    between arch nemesis attorney and venture capitalist

    and waitress turned assistant

    From opposite worlds, the daughter of the hired help stirrs something in the son on the estate. While her heart secretly beats for him he

    her. When their paths cross again a decade later he is intent on picking up where they left off.

    Told in alternating POVs, their story will unfold in current and past events shedding light on their rocky relationship and seeking to explain a

    Conflicted emotions confused by sexual tension will set them on a path of no return as Vic is determined to inflict maximum pain in his

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    Hero: ★★★★

    Heroine: ★★★★

    Plot: ★★★★

    Storytelling: ★★★★★

    Sexual tension: ★★★★

    Sex scenes: ★★★★

    Story ending: ★★★★

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  • Anna's Ramblings ☘ ͏͏
    Jan 02, 2017

    Here’s the thing: anybody who knows me well, knows that cold and rude jerks are my thing.

    In

    , of course. In real life though...

    And L.J. Shen creates awesome jerk heroes.

    Because Vicious was....

    VICIOUS

    .

    Cold-hearted, arrogant, mean, rude, with a 'fuck off' vibe and a zero tolerance for anything and anybody. Not one redeeming quality, except for being hot.

    In another word:

    Contrary to some opinions that he did not redeem himself completely, I think he redeemed himself just fi

    Here’s the thing: anybody who knows me well, knows that cold and rude jerks are my thing.

    In

    , of course. In real life though...

    And L.J. Shen creates awesome jerk heroes.

    Because Vicious was....

    VICIOUS

    .

    Cold-hearted, arrogant, mean, rude, with a 'fuck off' vibe and a zero tolerance for anything and anybody. Not one redeeming quality, except for being hot.

    In another word:

    Contrary to some opinions that he did not redeem himself completely, I think he redeemed himself just fine.

    You see, a jerk is a

    . He is who he is. Period.

    You know that saying...

    Because frankly, books where a cold and ruthless hero suddenly becomes smitten with the heroine turning the good book into the complete

    cheese fest annoy me as hell.

    Thankfully, that didn’t happen here. For me, there was just enough grovel without going over the top. Therefore, five stars for The Asshole.

    Now the heroine...

    I don’t have much to say about her. I wasn’t too impressed to tell you the truth.

    She was likable, I guess. She had some great traits (artistic nature, quirky sense of fashion, sassy mouth) but her thoughts and actions sometimes drove me nuts. In my opinion, her character lacks some complexity and depth.

    The book kept me interested, though one thing put me off giving this novel a five-star rating: the plot.

    It was a bit 'shaky'. The whole

    with “Yoko Ono” thrown into the middle seemed kind of ridiculous.

    Let just say that I’m not too crazy about the books where teenagers think, talk and behave like grown-ups and where adults practically do not exist.

    (Besides, the story reminded me of two other YA books with the similar elements.)

    And then, there's this whole revenge thing and the heroine's role in it that had me scratching my head...

    Anyway, all issues with the plot aside, I really enjoyed both

    and Vicious and I can’t wait for other books in the series.

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  • Jennifer Kyle
    Dec 30, 2016

    Coming in just under the wire by just finishing this book on December 30th, this story is a last minute add to my favorite of the year’s list: VICIOUS!!! This book was fantastically written, intriguing, and sexy. This author NAILED the hate aspect and catapults this book with the likes of

    and

    yet she went the step further getting the full 5 Stars from me. The perfection was all in the manner in which she wrote the hero Baron ‘Vicious’ Spencer.

    Vicious is

    Coming in just under the wire by just finishing this book on December 30th, this story is a last minute add to my favorite of the year’s list: VICIOUS!!! This book was fantastically written, intriguing, and sexy. This author NAILED the hate aspect and catapults this book with the likes of

    and

    yet she went the step further getting the full 5 Stars from me. The perfection was all in the manner in which she wrote the hero Baron ‘Vicious’ Spencer.

    Vicious is broken, angry, hateful, and perhaps even redeemable?

    The story starts ten years prior when Emilia LeBlanc and her family move in to the servant’s quarters of the Spencer’s mansion. Emilia quickly realizes that the hot son Vicious can’t stand her and does everything in his power to make her life miserable here in Todos Santos. The attraction between Vicious and Emilia is powerful as is the hate that he constantly throws at her. He’s completely brutal towards her and even goes as far as to blackmail her into leaving town!

    The flashbacks were terrific as was the interaction between Vicious an Emilia then and now ten years later. The chemistry, the dialogue, Vicious’ backstory, Dean, everything was spot on and had me inhaling every word.

    I adored how this story played out nothing came easy and it was a well done journey. Vicious went from wanting to destroy Emilia, to lusting after her, to learning how to love her. The scene with the credit card at the tattoo shop…OMG!

    Emilia and Vicious’ story is so good and doesn’t end with a cliffhanger as this will be a series with Vicious’ best friends all getting their own books! The lessons learned, the love that was always there and the writing…

    If you are a fan of angst, love to hate stories, hot chemistry, and fantastic writing you shouldn’t pass this book up. I’m eagerly looking forward to more in this series.

  • Arabella ~♡AB♡~
    Dec 24, 2016

    ★★★★★

    ★★★★★

    It's no secret that I love to read about the super mean boys, and so when I realised that this book was about a hero with the nickname 'Vicious', I had high hopes that LJ Shen would deliver a fantastic enemies-to-lovers read that would tick all the boxes in what has to be one of my top themes.

    For me, this one had it all, it starts off at High School, and finishes years later when they are both adults. Emilia is the daughter of the hired help, and Baron ‘Vicious’ Spencer is the

    ★★★★★

    ★★★★★

    It's no secret that I love to read about the super mean boys, and so when I realised that this book was about a hero with the nickname 'Vicious', I had high hopes that LJ Shen would deliver a fantastic enemies-to-lovers read that would tick all the boxes in what has to be one of my top themes.

    For me, this one had it all, it starts off at High School, and finishes years later when they are both adults. Emilia is the daughter of the hired help, and Baron ‘Vicious’ Spencer is the boy who, whilst his uninterested parents are not often around, rules both the large mansion they live in, and the local school where he and his friends 'The Four Hotholes' roam free.

    He hates Emilia on sight, and isn't shy about showing it. However, they are both hugely attracted to each other, and there lies the story.

    Vicious is entitled, and angry, and troubled, but is he redeemable? Well, whilst his character stayed very true throughout the book, I'd definitely say that he was. In addition, Emilia was a great heroine, she had a backbone (mostly), and a personality that made her stand out from other leading ladies that feature in many love/hate themed books.

    In summary, the chemistry was off the charts, the character development was perfect, and pacing was fast enough to keep me turning the pages, and the hero was just the right amount of bastard that I love.

    Whilst I technically read this in the last week of December, I am putting this straight on my Top 10 of 2017 shelf.

    Huge Winner!

  • Candace
    Jan 06, 2017

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    When I first started seeing the fantastic reviews for this book from all of my friends, I have to admit that I was a bit skeptical. After all, I was one of the oddballs that didn't love 'Blood to Dust' like most of my friends did. I wasn't sure if maybe this just wasn't the author for me. Luckily for me, my curiosity won out.

    While I may not have fallen in love with 'Blood to Dust', 'Vicious' was a fantastic read for me. This book had one of

    Check out more of my reviews at

    When I first started seeing the fantastic reviews for this book from all of my friends, I have to admit that I was a bit skeptical. After all, I was one of the oddballs that didn't love 'Blood to Dust' like most of my friends did. I wasn't sure if maybe this just wasn't the author for me. Luckily for me, my curiosity won out.

    While I may not have fallen in love with 'Blood to Dust', 'Vicious' was a fantastic read for me. This book had one of the biggest a**holes ever to grace the pages of a romance novel...and I couldn't get enough! I could not believe the stuff that this guy did!

    On the other hand, Emilia, was one of the kindest and strongest heroines that I've ever encountered. 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's parents take a job working for Vicious' parents when she is in high school. He is the spoiled, but neglected, rich kid. As he frequently points out, she is the "Help".

    From their very first meeting, Vicious makes it a point to make Emilia's life a living hell. He bullies her relentlessly, even as he is somewhat protective and possessive. She is his to torment and he makes it known.

    When Emilia begins dating one of his closest friends, Vicious steps it up a notch. He is outraged at the defiance of Emilia and Dean, used to being in control of everyone and everything around him. Emilia is essentially ran out of town by Vicious and doesn't see him again until their paths cross again a decade later.

    From the start, I was intrigued by the relationship between Emilia and Vicious. There was a constant push and pull between the two of them, and a playfulness underlying their adversarial actions. Vicious, in particular, left me feeling confounded.

    This story is a slow-burn and the history between the main characters is well-developed. I appreciated the thoroughly thought out back-story and the slow build-up of anticipation. I loved the pace that this story moved at.

    As Vicious' past comes to light, I grew to understand his actions a little better. Don't get me wrong, he did some inexcusable things. However, it was hard to view him as a monster after everything he'd endured.

    When Vicious screws things up - and he does, of course - Emilia makes him really work for forgiveness. You know how I feel about the necessity of groveling, and grovel he does! Emilia is no pushover and she's been at the losing end of his games one too many times.

    The only thing that I could've lived without was the whole pen-pal connection. It felt a little too similar to 'Punk 57' for me, especially when combined with the high school bullying theme, and I didn't think it added much to the story. Both of these books were released so close together, that they were probably being written during the same period of time. However, the similarities were noticeable. They probably stand out to me more than usual since I read 'Punk 57' fairly recently.

    All things considered, this was a "win" for me. This book was so much better than I expected and I'm so glad that I picked it up. I loved the angsty, back and forth relationship between Vicious and Emilia. I'm looking forward to seeing where the rest of this series will go.

  • Danielle ❤️ Pretty Mess Reading ❤️
    Jan 09, 2017

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    Finally! A female writer who was able to truly capture the male asshole mind! None of that cookie cutter shit you often see. None of that – guy gets girl and turns into a pussy shit. Just pure asshole male. Loved it!

    Before we get into it....

    Can we talk about the fact that Vicious never did that typical rich man, poor girl shit? He didn’t try to take her shopping for new clot

    For the stuff I couldn't share on Goodreads, check it out here...

    Finally! A female writer who was able to truly capture the male asshole mind! None of that cookie cutter shit you often see. None of that – guy gets girl and turns into a pussy shit. Just pure asshole male. Loved it!

    Before we get into it....

    Can we talk about the fact that Vicious never did that typical rich man, poor girl shit? He didn’t try to take her shopping for new clothes to match his fly. He didn’t mind her cotton panties and cheap shoes. Did he talk shit about it? Yes. Did he try to fix her style to match his rich man clothes? Nope. I loved that.

    But don’t let that behavior make you think he was a sweet and loving man because he wasn’t.

    It’s true that Emilia and Vicious both hated each but it crystal clear that they loved each other as well. There’s a thin line between love and hate and they were really, really close to that line.

    Emilia on the other hand was the sweetest thing ever! I absolutely adored her. At first I thought she was going to be an annoying, but she wasn’t at all. She was the cutest!

    She knew what was important in love – love and family. She felt horrible for Vicious because he didn’t have those things. There was no family love in Vicious life since his mom passed when he was a kid.

    Vicious once asked Emilia what the difference between lust and love...

    That was the thing about Emilia, she was always thinking about how to make those she loved happy.

    But did Vicious

    her love?... Maybe yes. Maybe no.

    For Emilia, that’s when she had to take a step back and realize her self-worth. And damn if that wasn’t one of the reason why I feel in love with the chick myself. No matter how much she may have wanted to be with Vicious, she wasn't so desperate to put up with any bullshit.

    That's what I'm talking about!!!! Yasssssss! Know what you deserve!!!!!

    Anyways, all’s well that ends well and this one ends very well.

    I got my HEA, I got my HEA, I got my HEA. Yassss, bitch, yassss!

    Thank you L. J. Shen…

    I'm done for now. Thanks for reading! xoxo

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  • Chantal ❤️
    Dec 28, 2016

    NO IT DID NOT WORK FOR ME!

    Basically, this was me the entire book..

    Well, I will freely admit that I am NOT the intended audience for this one. This is very clear to me now.

    To say I mostly hated this book would be putting it mildly.

    It was very Young adult with physical abuse, verbal abuse, bullying, humiliation, random sexual hookup, and revenge f*cks on ex-boyfriend bed and blackmailing mom and pop and not to mention threate

    NO IT DID NOT WORK FOR ME!

    Basically, this was me the entire book..

    Well, I will freely admit that I am NOT the intended audience for this one. This is very clear to me now.

    To say I mostly hated this book would be putting it mildly.

    It was very Young adult with physical abuse, verbal abuse, bullying, humiliation, random sexual hookup, and revenge f*cks on ex-boyfriend bed and blackmailing mom and pop and not to mention threatening the very existence of her sick sister.

    Honestly, this book had all the crazy coming out to play. With these characters having grown up together, and now this story which is taking place 10 years later but don't worry we do get flashbacks. (Which I personally hate).

    The storyline might have really worked for me here if the hero had not been such a giant DICK!

    And this was all in the name of messed up love/hate or whatever the f*ck you call what that was!

    Click the spoiler below to find out more.

    Now these are just my views and they are of the very unpopular variety, so take it or leave it.

    This is just how the book made me feel.

    The writing was well done and the story captivating but not enough to win a 5 star review in my very modest opinion.

    Safety: not safe. She has sex with his friend and he has sex with everything else, lol. Also, the hero kisses her sister and he makes out with another woman after they are together.

    Also, forgot to give a shout out to everyone (you know who you are) who sent me messages encouraging me to continue reading and Dilek for the book recommendation. It didn't work for me this time but it might the next.

    And a special Thanks to Carvanz for my second buddy read of 2017. It's nice to find someone who sees things the way you do....oh and who can read at my speed.

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  • Maria✦❋Steamy Reads Blog❋✦
    Feb 02, 2017

    ➦This is me logging in on GR to write up a review:

    I got HOW many books to review??? I know, so dramatic.

    ➦But seriously, my "currently reading" folder should be renamed to "review me already, slowpoke"

    ➦I digress. All I'm gonna say about this book is that it's awesome and the hero is portrayed really well. He wears the douchebag badge with honor and almost until the very end.

    ➦Perhaps, in many ways he still remains a douche bag and that, in itself, is amazing to me because I still lurve him hard.

    ➦This is me logging in on GR to write up a review:

    I got HOW many books to review??? I know, so dramatic.

    ➦But seriously, my "currently reading" folder should be renamed to "review me already, slowpoke"

    ➦I digress. All I'm gonna say about this book is that it's awesome and the hero is portrayed really well. He wears the douchebag badge with honor and almost until the very end.

    ➦Perhaps, in many ways he still remains a douche bag and that, in itself, is amazing to me because I still lurve him hard. And I don't think I've ever given out so many of these before:

    ➦Be sure to check out this

    written by Arianna in which she moans in oh so many different ways about the deliciousness of Vicious.

    ➦This book made it into top 6 of our January reads and is highly recommended!