Thursday, October 5, 2017

Blog Tour & Review: Scandalous - L.J. Shen

Scandalous by LJ ShenPublishing Date: September 29th, 2017Genre: Contemporary Romance
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.


Review5 Stars
I love anything L.J. Shen writes, she creates characters and stories that are so easy to connect with, especially with the men of the Sinners of Saint series. They're best friends, they're hot, they're rich, heck they're nicknamed the Hotholes, but what they aren't is the typical male readers are used to in romance series. Shen has managed to create men that are handsome assholes, all a bit alpha, but all with feelings and hearts and souls hidden deep behind their tough exteriors. Even better, though, is how different they all are and how different each book is. I easily get bored of series when the women and men are all the same, but Shen continues to characters who are unique and gives each a story that stands out. 

"The intimacy stripped me bare from the snark I usually carried like a cloak to keep the world at bay."

Take Trent Rexroth for example, our hero in Scandalous, he's never had a real relationship, he worked his way from the bottom to the top, and he is desperate for his daughter's happiness. Are you in love yet? I am. Mix in a bit of wild youth and compassion in the form of his business partner's daughter and you have one heck of an affair of the heart story. Edie Van Der Zee is off-limits in every way and yet she and Trent are drawn to one another, like moths to a flame. I knew I was in for it with every teaser and excerpt I read from Scandalous in advance of its release, but nothing prepared me for this book, nothing. It is hands down, no questions asked, my favorite book from L.J. Shen. This book has so much chemistry between Trent and Edie that I started to feel like I was falling in love too. Their attraction is purely based on looks and lust, but there's a child involved and a greedy father that should make them stay far apart and yet it draws them together. We're treated to Edie being more than adorable with Luna, Trent's daughter, we see her caring for her family despite how hard it is, and we see Trent throw caution to the wind as he finds more reasons to spend time with Edie. It's obvious they are doomed from the start and yet they still embark in...something.

"Please come closer.
Please stay away."

I didn't know how much I wanted this book until I had it in my hands and thank goodness I had a free afternoon, because I couldn't stop reading. The push and pull in Scandalous is my FAVORITE in a book. I love when characters are developed enough to actually thing with their heads and hearts, it feels so authentic. Trent and Edie consider everything else before each other, in a way that truly mirrors real life they consider the consequences of everything and how it will impact their future. They both have things in their lives that could be taken away from them, things they're fighting for, and yet they push the boundaries. Scandalous is so fleshed out, the entire book is layered with complexities and that makes it absolutely one of the best romance storylines I've ever read. I got angry, excited, sad, and I will admit I even cried at one point while reading. 

"She was starting to feel a lot like an addiction."

If you like your romance featuring alpha men, sassy heroines, and with all sorts of angst and lusty passion, Scandalous is for you. And if you like a whole lot of that, then you need to read the entire Sinners of Saint series. Trent my be my new favorite, but Vicious, Jamie, and Dean make up the rest of the Hotholes and their stories are true to their nickname.

"It wasn't casual. It had never been casual."

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About LJ Shen:
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.

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