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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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Yuck

I’m not a prude and have read the worst of men in every genre. However the tiresome, constant crude conversation and Vicious’ nasty nature got old real quick and wore me down very early in the book. This is not a bad boy. This is a slug who comes across as a worthless human being. His three buddies are equally empty. Too much to make it intriguing and worth reading more. Add to that a hopeless girl...

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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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If you like abusive “romance”...

... then this is for you. I have zero respect and even less tolerance for women who are hot for and “in love” with men who consistently treatthem like $hit.

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Rough road to the HEA

Yeah, I gotta say this was a long, difficult path for the Heroine. The Hero was a tortured soul that did a lot of cruel things to the Heroine, before seeing the error of his way. I think this part of the book lasted a bit too long and the resolution seemed a bit rushed. Overall, however, it’s a worthy listen with outstanding narration.
-V from Kansas

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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!

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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.

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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!

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While I enjoyed Vicious & Millie's story I have to say I didn't love Vicious. He was just a little too hard for me. I love an asshole who shows a little of his softer side and redeems himself in the end but he was more asshole than I think was necessary. I liked how they had a past even if it was a rough one and maybe a little unnecessarily full of drama that could have been handled with a discussion but I get it, the book needs some sort of drama. I liked Millie and her relationship with her family. I think my favorite thing about this book was the way they come together, it was the softer side I needed. Even if I had a hard time with his attitude, I couldn't wait for book 2!

The narration was good. Both Savannah Peachwood and Christian Rummel were well cast in this book and are both good narrators!

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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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  • 06-10-19

Perfect narration for Vicious.

I absolutely loved Vicious from the moment the book. This audiobook has really brought the characters to life! So damn good for a “reread” of one of the stories I’ll always remember.
Leigh writes magic with her witty one liners. Her story telling us unlike any other, to make the sweetest girl fall so completely in love with a first class bully, her tormentor... and absolute must read!
And highly recommend this audiobook.
The narration is pure perfection!

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  • Mrs D
  • 05-09-18

Vicious and Emilia 💔💖

A fantastic narration of an addictive story. I could listen to this book every day.

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  • Josephine P.
  • 01-23-21

yes!

yes to the story, yes to the narrators. A brilliant 1st, full length, book to the series. I read the kids books first and came back to the parents. Just makes me love them more

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  • mrs aj lawrence
  • 01-01-19

What a sexy guy

Omg I am in love! I love vicious so much. It's funny sad and the characters are great together. This man is a complete b*****d but so loveable

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-21-21

Female narrator is terrible

Book it self is good. Not really spicy but okay. But sadly the female narrator is a veiny like 16 years old school girl😩 really terrible to listen. This is perfect Exempel how good book can be destroyed by narrator. It’s better to read it paper back

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  • Ameera
  • 12-18-18

Vicious

In not sure how to rate this book, at first I was going to stop listening when it was only part way then I decided that I would listen to the rest,I was pleasantly surprised to hear that it just got more interesting,I recommend this book as it will make you scowl and smile it turned out to be a really good read. The story was interesting and far fetched but sadly all to true in many ways.

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  • Skinfull
  • 08-17-21

Horrendous romanticism of abuse

First the male character was the worst. Abusive, cruel, torturous, and annoying as hell. Total prick.
Second the female was in love with him regardless of how she was treated, spoiler alert, she was treated like a piece of shit.
It was frustrating to read. I rolled my eyes. I scoffed and eventually gave up. It was not fun at all. Avoid.

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  • mrs v norris
  • 08-16-21

Good

Enjoyed this book good story great narration will listen to other books written by this author

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  • EAG
  • 08-09-21

Abusive relationship in its finest

it could not be stomach it. what a weak so called pure heroine.. and what an abusive murderer hero . honestly both deserve each other in a very twisted way

I really hope this is not a trend in story telling...

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  • janice
  • 08-09-21

gritty, listen

Vicious and Amilial should never work but they are destined to be together. The story was a gritty violent at times sexy story of unspoken love and attraction. between A very rich boy and a very poor girl Excellent writing by Ms Shen yet again xx

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  • Janette J Ryan
  • 12-14-21

Baron and Emilia

The viciousness and nastiness of Baron was difficult to comprehend throughout the book, until I found out why.
The book was cleverly written, and I thoroughly enjoyed the story.
Emilia was his victim, because she lived close and she was nice and came from a loving, caring family.
All the things he didn’t have.
Vicious lacked a moral compass. He had no one since his mother’s death at age nine. He had secrets he couldn’t reveal, and lived his life like any abused child, acting out in a predictable fashion - protecting himself from more pain and hurt.

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  • J Sab
  • 08-01-21

Good, but not the best.

this book jumps between past and present so much, that I found myself tuning out a little bit, then having to go back and relisten to some chapters so I could understand where things may of happened or what went on.
twists, turns, dark and moody, with a brilliant unexpected happier ending.
these two narrators worked well together,

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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.

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  • lindy
  • 09-27-21

Couldn’t stop listening

How are these series of books not a tv series!
Binged this book, loved Amelia character

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  • Cassie Fox
  • 03-21-21

Awww this was cute

I enjoyed this book. I came here after reading the Boston Belles series by the same author after learning that this series was some of the earlier works that garnered fans.
For those reading this review, the books by L.J Shen fit the genre that they are in. Of course they are nothing groundbreaking but they are certainly an easy listen whilst performing other tasks like driving or cleaning and I found myself churning through each book in a little over a day.
The main character in this book certainly has flaws and I can see why on the surface others are not drawn to him or feel it romanticises abusive behaviour etc
But I think the author does a decent job at peeling back the surface layers to reveal a character that whilst deeply flawed, is more than just what he appears. I also think this is a genuine and accurate reflection on the real world reality of human beings. Everyone has demons and we are all mostly more than what we appear to be on the surface.
As for Emilia, I don’t think she a pushover by any stretch and whilst she did cop a lot of crap on the chin from Vicious, it was in part due to her nature. We also witnessed her find her voice and develop into a woman who was much more sure of herself and what she wanted.
I guess that’s as deep as it goes, the rest of it including the typical HEA are probably less likely to be a reflection of the real world realities of human relationships but they suit the purpose of the books in creating an escape for the audience tethered with some complications that are relatable to many.
Although I’m bound to forget the book and the characters just as quickly as I read about them, I enjoyed this and would recommend it to anyone who is a fan of this genre.

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  • GBBEAUTY
  • 07-08-22

I like the story

Amelia seem too nice and she was dealing with such an arsehole I hated the male narrator I just couldn't get into his accent I love her narrating was nice story my best friend loves his character so I had to listen to this book she's been raving on about it for a long time.

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  • Rebecca
  • 06-18-22

Capturing Cinderella story

Decent story some things could have been left out and others expanded but all in all a good book to listen to.
Loved the narrators together.

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  • Lauren
  • 05-23-22

V for Vicious

Was this a literary masterpiece? No. But it was entertaining and the spicy scenes were great. The main female character was clever for once and the main male character while a total prick was somehow still likeable. Overall a great read

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-22-22

My first LJ Shen novel

Ive read and listen to many stories. This is my first LJ Shen novel.
Fabulous story line.
Excellent narration
Highly recommended

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  • karen grave
  • 05-14-22

hmmm

normally I don't read this author as she writes her characters too young for me. but this book sounded interesting. wow, she can certainly write mean characters. I did not connect with viscious at all. he was not redeemable in my opinion.
the rudeness and nastiness went on for too long. I was just about eye rolling as we ventured into the back end of the book.
he had serious issues but it took forever to come around and for self realisation...for both of them.
not my cup of tea.