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Emilia

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.

Vicious

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 deal.

She better get used to me.

©2016 L.J. Shen (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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  • CAROLYN
  • Newark, New Jersey, United States
  • 06-04-17

THE PERFECT BLEND OF EVERYTHING I LOVE

This is a new Author to me.. and, after this shockingly awesome book, I intend to download many more based on her amazing abilities which were showcased throughout this compelling story. Because LJS has taken an old 'enemies-to-lovers' theme, spun it on its axis, and very skilfully given it a fresh new approach, a fresh new vibe and a fresh new voice.. and that takes serious talent. There's no wonder LJS is a No.1 Best selling Author in the contemporary romance genre.. bravo Ms. Shen.. bravo.

The All Saints High School's wild and wicked Four HotHoles are privileged notorious womanizing bad boys.. and one of them is the handsome hot 18 yr old Party-boy Vicious who first comes across as an arrogant, indulged, rude, fearless a$$hole with a careless f off vibe persona - and YES, that's him.. but there's an angry little boy with a heartbreaking tortured tale waiting to be told beneath this teenager's cool facade of indifference. But it's going to take someone very special to unlock the truths, penetrate his mask and melt those icy walls around his now dormant heart.

Emilia's much loved parents have worked for Vicious' absentee Father for years as the Estate's live-in hired help so Emilia has seen and heard all the wild parties, the sizzling sex scenes, the crazy antics and the fun filled frivolity that goes on at the house.. but, when Emilia least expects it, she comes face-to-face with the maestro of the mayhem - Vicious - the most handsome boy she'd ever seen. However, when he snarled through gritted teeth and spewed hate, Vicious lived up to his name by stomping all over her with his nasty words, he backed it up with months of disrespect, disinterest and verbal abuse making her life a living hell and finally he forced Emilia away. And it would be ten long years before these enemies would randomly meet each other again which would relight smouldering embers, reawaken feelings both good and bad.. and would give Vicious an idea for closure.. an idea that was going to beautifully backfire on him. When they finally stopped denying and fighting against the animal attraction, combustible chemistry and lust, they touched each other's souls and reached heaven.. but also hell when someone inevitably f'ed up.

Vicious the Lawyer was such a full-bodied multi-layered character.. a villainous damaged charming hero you can't help but like - and his nemesis the Artist/PA Emilia was a loving and kind woman with a quirky fashion sense and a strong kick-ass backbone that bent but never broke under the stress of all things Vicious. Their complicated push/pull dynamics and rollercoaster relationship made it an 'edge of your seat' thrilling ride and I liked that LJS wasn't tempted into changing Vicious' outlandish 'loveable rouge' character.. instead he kept most of his traits and made room in his life for all things Emilia. LJS also blended the sweet and the sexy, the light and the dark and the humorous and the heavy perfectly to give a storyline that was totally addictive, one hundred percent enjoyable, absolutely gripping and this well written dual POV dysfunctional hate-love tale is dripping with everything I love and it delivered far more than I ever expected. It probably was a great book to read.. but the awesome narration brought everything to life and gave it the WOW factor that makes a book both unforgettable and also on the re-listen list. Told in present and then with flashbacks to the past.

Worth a credit? YES.. don't hesitate it's a high charge listen that left me on a literary high - and I've already got book 0.5 Defy in the Sinners of Saint series downloaded so now I'm impatiently waiting for books 2 and 3. Although these are all standalone books there is an undeniable flow and build up of partnerships from one to another in the series.

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Can't get enough of Vicious!

Read the book months ago and I just had to get the audiobook. Loved Vicious and Millie's story. Once you read an LJ Shen creation, you can't put it down. Defy next, and then, of course, Ruckus!

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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A Highly Addictive Story with Phenomenal Narration!!!

OMG!! Best Book EVER!!!
I could not stop listening once I started!
Christian Rummel is AMAZING as Vicious!!
He had such a deep alpha way with his voice that comes off just the way I'd imagine Vicious sounding. There's so much depth and emotion in his voice and he totally owned the part.
I could listen to him all day every day and never tire of his storytelling.
Vicious is ruthless and detached but has such a huge heart hiding underneath. I felt for him on so many levels and sympathized with his pain. A broken boy who carries his pain with him all his life. Now a lost man just searching for his happiness and revenge.

Savannah Peachwood was also the perfect narrator for Amelia. She has that sweet innocent southern drawl. I loved everything about her character.

The story line was so catchy and unique. The characters were both strong and lovable.
Amelia aka Help, stood her ground with Vicious and I LOVED the back and forth play for power between the two.

LJ Shen is such a talented author and her books always leave me in such a hangover.
Her writing is flawless and fierce. Her way with words, sensational. I become so engrossed in her characters and their story, never wanting to come up for air, yearning and needing more!!!


This book will definitely stay with me!!
So glad I was able to listen to this on audio!
Top read of 2017 and quite possibly my top read ever!! That's how phenomenal this book is!!! A MUST READ!!!!!


Highly Recommend!!!!

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This was so good!

Shen's writing gets better with each book and this one is pure perfection. She creates these characters that you fall in love with no matter how VICIOUS they are. She draws you in and MAKES you love them. BELIEVE THE HYPE! This book deserves all of the 5 stars and the praise that it has been getting. I'm so excited to see what L.J. Shen has in store for the rest of the HotHoles.

I already loved this story but listening to the Audible was great! Both narrators did an amazing job of bringing the characters personality to life! Vicious with his nonchalant attitude and Emilia's loving nature. I never go back to a book once I've read it because I just don't like repeats but I was so excited to see how the narrators would bring these characters to life. They get an A++ because I was so deep into the performances that It was like the first time all over again! I Loved everything about it! This is not a audible that you want to miss out on!

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Awesome Story!!

All reviews were spot on! Every emotion and great hot stuff too! I'm very picky but this story had me listen to every single word. Sometimes you will forward on extras but Vicious and Emilia's story was amazing! If you've been stumped looking for a great read you'll love this one! Narrators were spot on!!

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This book sends the wrong message

The female character in this book needed some kind of therapy. Vicious was cruel to her and yet she made excuses for his behavior and continued to tolerate his verbal and emotional abuse. I understand that it's a book and not reality but I'm a firm believer that these kinds of messages are not harmless to women, especially young ones. I can't believe how good the ratings are for this book. The best thing about it is that the narration was good. I am disappointed. This was my first and last book from this author.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Loved every minute of this book!

Narration was complete and utter perfection! These narrators brought this incredible story to life ! Vicious and Emelia's story was amazing.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Intriguingly complex and sexy 💋

Vicious is so brutally cruel and cold to Emilia in the beginning of this book I found his character hard to like.
This possessive pompous ass was so self absorbed he often referred to Emilia as "the help".
With Emilia being made to feel hated and insignificant I couldn't understand why she would love Vicious at all.
But once I got into the book and understood the circumstances behind the bad attitude this complicated relationship finally made sense.
Eventually Vicious redeems himself and turns the listener in his favor making him more likeable.
The one thing these two characters had no lack of was the passionate sexual tension between them.
The sex scenes are Scorching Hot!!
And with the narration being completely perfect... I will definitely be listening again.
I'm so glad I took a chance and spent the credit for this one that
I've already pre-ordered the next one.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Victorious Vicious

Lets just say this was an AWSOME listen! I don't know if it was hate or love at first site. Vicious was your perfect troubled broody teenage boy. Millie was your sweet southern girl next door. The book goes back and fourth from them as teenagers to them as adults. I want to go back for a second listen...the book is that good. Well worth the credit, I have also listened to all of the other books in this series who are just as good.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Slow but worth it

This started out really strange and slow. It picks up a little, but it's really well written and has near perfect narration. Overall I was pleasantly surprised. I would recommend this to anyone that likes romance.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Helen Williams (All Booked Out)
  • 09-01-17

Characters you hate but love....

Vicious!!!
Listend on audible...

I was expecting him to be a reformed bad boy.. you know. HA!! He is a total pr!ck and I love it.

Great listen full of characters that you hate but love to read about.

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  • Mrs Rogerson
  • 08-02-17

Good book

Well this book was unbelievable at first I didn't like it , vicious was an arrogant pig then I settled down an new there was a reason for his bad behaviour, glad they both got there happy ever after.

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  • Garden girl
  • 07-07-17

Engrossing reading and listening.

Great audio of a fantastic story. Definitely will be listening to this again! One click now!

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  • Yvonne
  • 06-24-17

Loved this book

Another great listen from L.J. Shen , enjoyed the narration also ,Baron (Vicsious)and Emilia (help)was addictive ,him a total arse her sweet and innocent a worthy listen

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  • Lara
  • 11-17-17

Dnf

I couldn’t get into this. Got about half way before deciding to return. Cruelty for cruelty sake over long span of time just not for me, even if ‘love’ is the reason in the end.