Series: Sinners of Saint #1
Author: L.J. Shen
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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.
This is my first read by this author and is the first book in the Sinners of Saint series (which threw me as it sounded like an MC series but it wasn’t!) I would say this is a youngish new adult/contemporary enemies to lovers and opposites romance.
The storyline covers over ten years with flashbacks and forwards to the past and present, told in dual POV. The characters were hard to love but still got to the heart of you.
Vicious is an entitled knob (and that is putting it kindly) He is the son of the powerfully rich Spencer’s family and the ring leader of the ‘hotholes’ who are a group of hot super babe magnets who are also best friends. The girls just fall at their feet and do as demanded.
Emilia LeBlanc lives in the servant’s quarters of the Spencer’s mansion. Her parents run the household which Emilia hates. There is little love lost between Vicious and Emilia who he finds an easy target to manipulate and humiliate at every occasion. The strange thing is that besides all the messed up things that happen both have a secret unknown draw to the other.
Flash forward ten years and they meet again in a bar where Emilia is working in New York. Vic is now a high flying lawyer and business executive for his company he set up with the other ‘hotholes’. Seeing that she is down on her luck, Vic takes advantage and entices her to go and work for him. Emilia feels she has little choice to refuse when she needs the money to support her sick sister.
This was one of those books that in the one moment you want to throw your kindle at the wall and think why am I reading this but in the next moment you can’t put it down. Vicious was downright despicable and at times very immature but for the life of me I cannot fathom how this horrid man just pulled on my heart strings. There was something so deep inside of him that was damaged and sucked the light out of him. But then Emilia brought the light back.
There were lots of chemistry, passion and intensity in this read that it was scorching hot. At times (especially the flashbacks) it did come across as a little immature for my usual personal reading taste but there was just something that held me to ransom and read!
Overall it was an emotive read, full of angst, frustration and darkness but then outshone by the banter, the sex and the heat! I may check out some other books by this author. She turned my thought process on its head! Four stars.
*ARC kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review
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