Also by this author: Team Player, Midnight Blue
on May 30th 2017 / December 27th 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Narrator: Savannah Peachwood, Christian Rummel
Cliffhanger: 10 hrs and 4 mins
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.
by L.J. Shen
I’m gonna be honest with you. After MIDNIGHT BLUE I expected to love VICIOUS. I’m not opposed to asswipes. I love a good douchebag story but I was a little disappointed in this one. OK let me rephrase, because I actually enjoyed LJ Shen’s first hothole despite the major niggles I had.
My issues lay with Emilia. I understood Vic, and despite him being such a major asshole I never understood why Emilia loved him. She did when she was a teenager, and she had feelings for him when they reunited eight years later. I just didn’t get it, not even after I knew why she supposedly fell in love with him I understood. She didn’t know why Vicious was the way he was. So why would you have feelings for somebody who made your life hell for a year? I admit she had sass and eventually made him work for her. Although I didn’t get that dragged out make-him-grovel part either. Two and a half months? Really? Even though she got annoyed when she thought he’d given up and found out that he was just for his grovel session she didn’t give him the 5 minutes he wanted to explain. Ugh.
For Vic, who went through hell the way how bad his “family” betrayed him, I felt more sorry, more sad…simply more…than for Emilia. It made perfect sense why he was attracted to her, why he wanted her, why he fell in love with her. She was a good person and sweet as hell and he needed that in his life, but his default setting was being a jerk, twisting things into something ugly and maybe, maybe he just didn’t want to taint her with his own ugly. Look, I’m not trying to make excuses for him – he was a prick from sunrise to sunset but he had a plausible reason to be.
I listened to the audiobook of VICIOUS and Christian Rummel did a fabulous job narrating Vic. I have to say that Savannah Peachwood has this breathy narrating style that I find annoying but she did perform well as Emilia.
VICIOUS is weirdly entertaining and addictive, despite the main characters being in a toxic non-relationship and don’t make much sense to me as a couple. They certainly don’t serve as a good, healthy example for young women. But will I read the next book? Hell, yeah.