I’ve seen so many people raving about L. J. Shen’s books online, my favorite bloggers and favorite authors. I decided to just dive into her entire library while I have a little extra time on my hands. So many readers have made amazing edits of the Sinners of Saint and the All Saints High series – Sinners of Saint is the first series and the All Saints High is a spin-off about the children. Start at the beginning right? (Wrong, I started with Vicious, but chronologically, Defy comes first.)
Emilia LeBlanc and Baron “Vicious” Spencer have had a fraught relationship ever since they met during their senior year of high school. In an attempt to salvage any kind of friendship between the two, Emilia starts to work for Vicious, despite him being the reason she disappeared for ten years.
I have been really into audiobooks the last few months. I love being able to listen to something during my commute and while I’m sitting at my desk at work. I started this one at the start of my commute and finished it by the end of the same day – I loved it that much.
The books in this series center around the Four Hotholes of All Saints High. None of these men are saints by any stretch, and Vicious is without a doubt the worst of them. I do enjoy reading about alpha males in romance but I’ve never been into alpha assholes – until this book. He’s not a perfect character and that endeared me to him.
The books in this series center around the Four Hotholes of All Saints High. None of these men are saints by any stretch, and Vicious is without a doubt the worst of them. I do enjoy reading about alpha males in romance but I’ve never been into alpha assholes – until this book. He’s not a perfect character and that endeared me to him. And Emilia (Millie) is such a sweet character. She works hard and really cares for those she loves. But seeing her interactions with Vicious is so fascinating because she has this different side to her and it gives her a little more depth. There are layers to her and I thought L. J. Shen did a really good job portraying that.
Vicious, the book, has a few flashbacks and I really loved seeing the origin of Vicious and Millie’s relationship. It gives more meaning to their actions in the present and really shows some character growth. Like readers are definitely led to believe the worst about Vicious because he bullied Millie when they were in high school and even within the Four Hotholes, he betrayed his friends and sabotaged one of their relationships. But as Millie and Vicious get closer, you learn that there are actual reasons for what Vicious does. I don’t quite know how to put it – Vicious’s reasons, they’re not the most romantic gestures but the more you learn about Vicious, it’s apparent that he loves in a different way and he does really love Millie.
My favorite part of this book was really learning about Vicious’s character. Like I said he is not a perfect character and being reminded that real people aren’t perfect creatures and that they have true flaws, like jealousy, pettiness, vindictiveness makes the story and the characters more believable. And the chemistry between Millie and Vicious was seriously super hot. There were some steamy scenes. There was a lot to unpack in this book, and from the beginning, the plot was super interesting and just took me for a ride.
I truly loved reading this one, and I’m really glad I decided to give this L. J. Shen a shot. A five star read for me!