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#REVIEW – Defy (Sinners of Saint 0.5) by LJ Shen

Defy is a short novella. It is a prequel to Vicious (Sinners of Saint #1) and can be read as a complete standalone. Now an international bestseller.

My name is Melody Greene, and I have a confession to make.
I slept with my student, a senior in high school.
Multiple times.
I had multiple orgasms.
In multiple positions.
I slept with my student and I enjoyed it.
I slept with my student and I’d do it all over again if I could turn back time.
My name is Melody Greene, and I got kicked out of my position as a teacher and did my walk of shame a la Cersei Lannister from the principal’s office, minutes after said principal threatened to call the cops on me.
My name is Melody Greene, and I did something bad because it made me feel good.
Here is why it was totally worth it.

Twinsie Jo’s Review:
So I read this book after reading Vicious and while it didn’t make a huge difference, I did get some spoilers. So I highly suggest reading this one first. I believe this little book was written for an anthology and holy moly was it ever hot.
Jaime. Dude, where the heck did you come from???? And what an impact you made!
Melody is a teacher. Correction, Melody is Jaime’s teacher and the insane chemistry they have is off the charts. I do love me some age gap romances and this one definitely raises the bar.
Defy is HOT. DELICIOUS. And oh so sinful.
LJ sure knows how to write some yummy sex scenes. 😉
I also enjoyed that we got to see more of Vicious and his douchey ways and also the rest of the guys. I do wish I would have read this first but oh well. Live and learn.
The only thing I wish was that it was longer. But that’s just me being greedy.

#REVIEW – Vicious (Sinners of Saint Book 1) by L.J. Shen

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 fucking deal.
She better get used to me.

Vicious a complete standalone and a part of the Sinners of Saint series

Twinsie Jo’s Review:

So I had seen this book floating around for awhile now. And then LJ blew up with the rest of the series and now the kid’s books. Well, I actually picked up the first book to the kid’s and stopped reading cause it made me twitch that I wasn’t starting with the parents. So I went all the way back to the beginning. The OG of the characters. The first HotHole. And…uh…wow. So I’m all for grumpy, brooding men but Vicious or Baron (which I really like that name by the way) took it to a whole other level. I was chatting with an author friend about her grumpiest hero and she said that Vicious reminded me of her character who I absolutely adore. That’s when I knew I would love this book.

First off…Vicious is mean. He’s outright cruel to Millie but as the book goes on, you begin to understand why. Not that it makes it any more right but he atones for his sins. Eventually.

Vicious is one of the HotHoles. Which is four rich guys, or kids rather, who run All Saints High. They run the school, the town, basically everyone around them. They party, play football, have this game called Defy that sounds pretty brutal if you ask me. And did I mention they party? Where were these kids when I was in school?

The book also jumps from the past to the present in the beginning of the book but as you learn about how Millie and Vicious meet, it ends up sticking with the present situation. Ten years later and Vicious is on a mission. To get his girl and avenge a loved one.

I really enjoyed this book. Also, this cover. Now that I read the book, the cover makes complete sense.

#REVIEW – The Kiss Thief by L.J. Shen

They say your first kiss should be earned.

Mine was stolen by a devil in a masquerade mask under the black Chicago sky.

They say the vows you take on your wedding day are sacred.

Mine were broken before we left church.

They say your heart only beats for one man.

Mine split and bled for two rivals who fought for it until the bitter end.

I was promised to Angelo Bandini, the heir to one of the most powerful families in the Chicago Outfit.

Then taken by Senator Wolfe Keaton, who held my father’s sins over his head to force me into marriage.

They say that all great love stories have a happy ending.

I, Francesca Rossi, found myself erasing and rewriting mine until the very last chapter.

One kiss.
Two men.
Three lives.
Entwined together.

And somewhere between these two men, I had to find my forever.

Twinsie Jo’s Review

This is my first book by LJ Shen and I have to say that it won’t be my last. I’m a fan of anti-heroes because I’m a firm believer that there’s good in everyone. Maybe that’s naive of me, but I still believe it to be the case. This is also my first arranged marriage type story as well. Oh and mafia. I’ve tackled like 3 tropes by reading this book.

Francesca Rossi is the daughter of a man who destroyed Wolfe Keaton’s life. Unfortunately for her, she ends up being the victim in all of this as Wolfe “buys” her to get back at Rossi and bring him down.

Wolfe Keaton. Tragic backstory. Broken man with a billion walls up. And did I mention that he’s kind of a dick? Well he is. A big one actually. But a part of me held onto that hope that he could actually be kind.

You start seeing it slowly. But without giving too much away, lets just say, they have a difficult road of being together.

Side note: The parts where I wasn’t sure if someone was cheating on someone, I felt a little sick. Nothing usually phases me while reading but those moments in this book made me nauseous. So kudos to the author for that!