SCANDALOUS, an all-new sexy, standalone contemporary romance in the Sinners of Saint series by USA Today bestselling author L.J. Shen, is AVAILABLE NOW on Amazon & Kindle Unlimited!
Cover Designer: Letitia Hasser, R.B.A. Designs
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Sinners of Saint #3
Author: L.J. Shen
Release Date: September 26, 2017
They call him The Mute for a reason.
Hard, cold and calculated, he rarely speaks.
When he does, it’s with disdain.
When he does, his words aren’t meant for me.
When he does, my stomach flips and my world tilts on its axis.
He is thirty-three.
I am eighteen.
He’s a single dad and my father’s business partner.
I’m just a kid to him and his enemy’s daughter.
He’s emotionally unavailable.
And I am…feeling. Feeling things I shouldn’t feel for him.
Trent Rexroth is going to break my heart. The writing isn’t just on the wall, it’s inked on my soul.
And yet, I can’t stay away.
A scandal is the last thing my family needs. But a scandal is what we’re going to give them.
And oh, what a beautiful chaos it will be.
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Scandalous was freaking AMAZING and I absolutely LOVED Trent and Edie’s story! L.J. Shen is definitely the Queen of contemporary romance and writing dark, sexy, and swoon-worthy a**hole heroes that you hate to love, but ultimately fall head over heels in love with all the same. I am such a huge fan of her writing style and the amazing and addicting storylines and characters she creates, and I am so happy that I discovered her books earlier this year. I have completely fallen in love with the entire Sinners of Saint series, and Scandalous has been my favorite installment so far!
Trent and Edie were amazing and I was immediately sucked into their story from the very beginning. They had me captivated from page one and I honestly couldn’t get enough of them and their story. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time and was constantly surprised by everything that happened, especially towards the end. Trent and Edie were flawed and broken characters, but I absolutely loved them. I loved their personalities and chemistry together, and how their story and relationship progressed throughout. They were definitely enemies-to-lovers and I enjoyed every minute of it. I loved reading the book from both Trent and Edie’s POV, and I immensely enjoyed their banter and interactions with each other. Their story was everything I could have hoped for and more, and although there were plenty of frustrating and up and down moments throughout, every single thing was completely worth it in the end. Trent and Edie’s relationship was a bit scandalous since there was a fifteen year age difference between them, but it didn’t bother me at all. In fact, I love to read forbidden romances and this was one of my favorites. Trent was 33 and Edie was 18, but he wasn’t a pervert and she was very mature for her age. They were a perfect match for each other and I was rooting for them from the start. The last few chapters of Scandalous, especially the epilogue, were my absolute favorite and I couldn’t have been more ecstatic with the conclusion to Trent and Edie’s story.
Most of the secondary characters were amazing, with the exception of two (you’ll know who they are when you read it). I loved that all of the HotHoles and their significant others made a few appearances, although I would have loved to have seen even more of them. I also loved the addition of Luna and Theo to the story. They were awesome and I enjoyed them both very much. I have fallen in love with Vicious, Jaime, and Dean, but Tent is by far my absolute favorite HotHole.
Scandalous was sexy, swoon-worthy, intriguing, and one of my TOP FAVORITE reads of the year! I absolutely loved the storyline and characters L.J. Shen created and was extremely happy with the conclusion to Trent and Edie’s story. L.J. Shen is a freaking literary genius and I am completely addicted to her writing style and books. If you haven’t read any of them yet, especially the Sinners of Saint series, you need to do so ASAP!
ARC received in exchange for an honest review.
FIVE “Trent & Edie” STARS!
Trent’s gaze cut to mine and stopped when his grays met my blues. The fading noise of Vicious barking at people to move along, and my father finally letting go of my arm to move toward Jaime and Dean—probably trying to gain both allies and sympathy—died down.
“I don’t like you,” Rexroth whispered under his breath, his voice harsh.
“I never asked you to.” I shrugged.
“You won’t be working here.” His arm brushed my shoulder, but I didn’t think it was by accident. I let loose a sugary smile, scanning his face and torso for no other reason other than to taunt him. “Good, you’ll be doing me a favor. My father is the one forcing me to work here. He’s pissed I turned down five Ivy League colleges. Remind me, Mr. Rexroth—which top tier university did you attend for your degree?”
The low blow was supposed to retrieve some of my lost dignity, but bile burned my throat, shotgunned from my stomach. Trent Rexroth was known in Todos Santos as an exhilarating success story, rising from the gutters of San Diego. He went to a shitty state college that accepted even the illiterate, working as a janitor on campus after hours. Those were given facts he’d recited himself in an interview for Forbes.
Had I really just tried to make him feel less worthy because he wasn’t born with a silver spoon in his mouth? It made me sicker than wearing my mother’s designer garbs.
Trent smiled, leaning into my body, into my soul. His smirk was more frightening than any scowl, frown, or grimace I’d ever seen. It threatened to tear me apart and sew me back together however he pleased.
“Edie.” His lips were dangerously close to my ear. A delicious shiver moved down my spine. Something warm rolled inside of me, begging to unknot and flower into an orgasm. What was happening, and why the hell was it happening? “If you know what’s best for you, you will turn around and leave right now.”
I elevated my head to meet his gaze and showed him my version of a grin. I was born and raised in a world of intimidating rich men, and I’d be damned if I go down like my mother—addicted to xanax, Gucci, and a man who paraded her on his arm for a short, glorious decade before keeping her solely for public appearances.
“I think I’m going to go find my desk now. I’d wish you a good day, Mr. Rexroth, but I think that ship has sailed. You’re a miserable man. Oh, and one for the road.” I fished for a Nature Valley bar in my mother’s purse and plastered it to his hard, muscled chest. My heart slammed into my neck, fluttering like a caged bird.
I hurried after my father as he glided down the vast, golden-hued hallway, not daring to look back. Knowing I’d started a war and arrived unequipped. But I also knew something else that gave me a surfer’s rush—if I could slam the final nail in my employment coffin and make Rexroth vote against me, I’d be off the hook.
I had just the plan for it. All I had to do was act like a brat. Game on.
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About the Author
L.J. Shen is an International #1 best-selling author of Contemporary Romance and New Adult novels. She lives in Northern California with her husband, young son and chubby cat.
Before she’d settled down, L.J. (who thinks referring to herself in the third person is really silly, by the way) traveled the world, and collected friends from all across the globe. Friends who’d be happy to report that she is a rubbish companion, always forgets peoples’ birthdays and never sends Christmas cards.
She enjoys the simple things in life, like spending time with her family and friends, reading, HBO, Netflix and internet-stalking Stephen James. She reads between three to five books a week and firmly believes Crocs shoes and mullets should be outlawed.