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Imogen Hardy hit the dirt hard and often when in the presence of Kane Jessop, not because she was so besotted with him and clumsy that she fell at his feet, but because he put her there. Usually with a hard shove or a swift swipe of her ankles.

He was a vicious and unruly child; then a boy, now a man. He is in every bad memory Immy has ever had. He consumes her thoughts, her nightmares, and reluctantly, her dreams; even now, years after she fled.

She hoped she could stay gone, but life hands out jokers sometimes disguised as aces. The ace being her grandmother is dead, good times. The old hag can rot, but not before Immy makes the journey back to Faceless, Texas, to give a eulogy fit for no child’s ears. Releasing years’ worth of weight from her chest. A much-needed release.

The joker being…this brings her straight back to her hometown, straight back to him.

And unfortunately for her, he is waiting.

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©2020 A. E. Murphy (P)2020 A. E. Murphy

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Amazing...


5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

A.E. Murphy you did it again! You truly are an amazing writing. I thought I was blown away with Naked or Dead but Vicious takes that to a higher level. I was so engrossed in this book that I didn’t move for hours/days…

If anyone has read my reviews, they know that I LOVE a strong FMC and Imogen was that and so much more. I seriously loved her, probably more then Kane! hehe😉 Imogen could definitely hold her own. When I first started the book I was on the fence because I was unsure if she was going to have a backbone, but then she proved to me she did. The LOVE-HATE that her and Kane had for years was so entertaining that I kinda was upset when they finally hooked up, but my god when that happened that was just as good!
Kane had me at…..

“You tell anyone about me, Imogen Hardy and I’ll tell your grandpa you showed me your panties.”

I knew I was a goner. The things Kane said were so damn hot! 🔥🔥
I swear I wanted to show him my panties!

Kane might have bullied and said some f$@-up sh*t to Imogen, but Imogen had her own kind of crazy going on herself. She was a firecracker that wanted to be light and that is exactly what Kane did for her. Their relationship was like gasoline and fire…you can say it was a bit toxic, but in a good kind of way if that makes sense. Even though they both despised each other and there were moments where you thought they’d kill each other, you will see what they share is something deep that only soulmates experiences.

I did cringe on the things that Imogen endure with her Mee-maw. I have to be honest to....I was praying 🙏🏼 for just one slap from Immy. That crazy b*@# was a piece of work. Also their are no words for what her twin Matthew did to her.. absolutely none....I was so disappointed on how that turned out.
Anyhow, I won’t say anymore just that you NEED to read this book! This beautiful story will have your emotions all over the place, so be prepared to laugh, cry, scream, because Vicious will definitely be pulling them all out…


Audiobook review: Lilly Drake definitely deserves a 5 star. She did an incredible Job!

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A great book with excellent narration ❤

I was totally entertained by this book. It made me laugh, cry and angry. It breaks your heart then puts it back together. I am definitely a new fan of this author. I absolutely recommend this book

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One of my absolute favorites!!

Both book AND audible were PERFECTION!! First of this book was a TOP READ of 2020 for me but HANDS DOWN a top read ever! I’m also SUPERRRR picky about Audibles because if the voices don’t match with who I imagine the character then it just turns me off. ESPECIALLY if the book is narrated by just one person, they tend to never do the other gender justice. This is THE FIRST audible where I’ve heard the woman do the man’s voice justice!! She did AMAZING! This will for sure not only be a reread, but I will absolutely listen to this again and again! Her accent was pure perfection and acting was SPOT ON! Well done!!!

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Amazing listen!!!

I absolutely loved everything about this audio book. The narrator did an exceptiona job. She was perfect with a young voice, a teenager, an older woman and the male voices. This is one of the best books that I have ever read and this audio book made it even better. I can't recommend the read/listen enough!! It is just perfect!!!!

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It’s A.E. Murphy

Seriously I have read all of her books and have listened to all her audio books and they just keep getting better and better. The speaker in this audio book made all the characters come to life and really gave them depth. I was never wondering who was speaking. A must have and a must listen.

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  • 02-19-21

The perfect title, loved it! Great narration too

AE Murphy certainly knows how to write a powerful, gripping story, full of angst, emotion and twists with complicated flawed characters. Vicious was a second chance, from childhood enemies to lovers bully romance with the perfect title.

I'm not normally that keen on bully romances to be honest as I struggle to fathom how someone can fall in love with someone who is that cruel and mean to them. However, this story was so much more than the childhood bully element. Hate and love can sit on such a fine line and I couldn't stop listening to this book as I had no idea how these two could get through the pain and make it work.

Told mostly from Immys pov, the present was interspersed with flashbacks to the past. We saw how their relationship developed from the ages of 8 - 17, how anger, angst, pain and hate twists to their own take on love. There were times I hated Kane, he was vicious and cruel, but the other side of him was possesive, protective and caring in his own way. A little boy who thought he didn't deserve love, but the more I learned of him the more I understood him, even if I couldn’t ever condone some of his actions.  What Imogen (Immy) goes through is shocking and horrific. How her own flesh and blood treated her was heartbreaking. Immy was messed up and broken but as she grew up she learnt to fight for herself and together these two were pure fire and explosive chemistry, even as young as they were!  Kane and Immy somehow created this binding connection that was both toxic and healing.

I listened to the audio version and the narrator was excellent, very expressive and I'm excited to read more from this author as she knows how to grab you and reel you in.
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  • Charlotte
  • 12-16-20

Perfection

I loved this book when I first read it and I love it even more now. Lilly Drake done such a beautiful job of reading Imogen I felt every emotion. By far one of my favourite audio books. I could easily go straight in for a second listen. Beautiful in every way.