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(Sinners of Saint #1)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  83,881 ratings  ·  8,194 reviews

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
Kindle Edition, 1st Edition, 339 pages
Published December 27th 2016 by L.J. Shen
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Diane Keller This is the first book in a 4 book series - all good!
All available in Kindle Unlimited.
This is the first book in a 4 book series - all good!
All available in Kindle Unlimited.
Alison♊⚜️✨ No, in the flashbacks, she goes out with Dean and sleeps with him but in the present, the only person Emilia slept with in the novel is Vicious.

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Chantal ❤️

Basically, this was me the entire book..

Well, I will freely admit that I am NOT the intended audience for this one. This is very clear to me now.

To say I mostly hated this book would be putting it mildly.
It was very Young adult with physical abuse, verbal abuse, bullying, humiliation, random sexual hookup, and revenge f*cks on ex-boyfriend bed and blackmailing mom and pop and not to mention threate
Jan 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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5 Stars!!

I’m a big fan of this author and since I’ve read all of her books, let me tell you something – 'Vicious' is her best book to date. Leigh outdid herself with this story of hate, love and obsession. She managed to create such an intriguing, addictive read, blending the sweetness and sexiness perfectly. I was engrossed with this story from the very beginning and I couldn’t put it down for one minute. It was that good! Needless to say, 'Vicious' met all my expectations.

"I got to him

SueBee★bring me an alpha!★

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️! Vicious, (stand-alone) book 1 of X. A dysfunctional hate to love saga between the prodigal son & the hired help’s daughter!

“He was toxic, poison, and he was going to kill everything beautiful in my life if I let him. He was the storm to my cherry blossoms.”

Books in Sinner of Saint series are stand-alones:
Book 0.5: Defy
Book 1: Vicious
Book 2: Ruckus
Book 3: Scandalous
Book 4: Bane

I will write a better review with art after our Shh… reading challenge is over.

Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾

My obsession. My muse. My enemy.

It's official. L.J. Shen is a witch. How else could the woman possibly crawl inside my mind and create a story that seriously felt custom written for me?
Uber angst? Check!
Hot alphahole hero? Holy hell, CHECK!
A heroine that's the perfect blend of innocent but with a steel backbone? Check!
An enemies to lovers story that left me practically salivating? CHECK!
A sexual chemistry and a burn so good it makes you want to slap yo mama? CHECK!
An addictin
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When I first started seeing the fantastic reviews for this book from all of my friends, I have to admit that I was a bit skeptical. After all, I was one of the oddballs that didn't love 'Blood to Dust' like most of my friends did. I wasn't sure if maybe this just wasn't the author for me. Luckily for me, my curiosity won out.

While I may not have fallen in love with 'Blood to Dust', 'Vicious' was a fantastic read for me. This book had one of
Alex ♈
I've been warned.
But I wanted to know what's all this fuss about.
Reading this book is among top 10 things I regret doing in my life.
Worst book ever.
Worst male character ever.
Worst female character ever.

I have my pet peeves, and every one of us has. Tastes are different. They can say it's fine or not, but in this case everything about this story was wrong on many levels.
This book is against many rules of humanity.
If I gave it more than 1 star, I would have a feeling I support bullies, immoral
chan ☆
edit 11/11/19: still fucking fantastic

Ya know, I thought I knew redeemable douchebags but then I met Vicious. And uh... he can get it.


This book is the very reason for my damaged goods shelf.

This started out with a typical NA type flashback to younger high school days where the cold and aloof douchebag is secretly harboring feelings for the sweet girl next door (or in this case out back, in the servant's quarters). And then flashes forward to present day where unique circumstances bring our lov
“I met Baron Spencer and he became my nightmare.”

Okay, you were all 100% correct. Vicious is totally the human equivalent of Cardan Greenbriar and I immediately want to reread this book this very second. Like, the first scene in his room, where he is sitting on the bed? I was waiting for my good dude to sprout a tail, honest to God. But yeah, this was an amazingly sexy read, and I enjoyed every single second of it. I can’t wait to continue on with the rest of this series.

Val ⚓️ Shameless Non-Snowflake ⚓️
3 - 3.5 Stars

This was my second L.J. Shen book and, while I think I rated this one higher than the first book I read, it still didn't quite hit 4 stars for me. Which is annoying, because I really want to like her books more.


I really like Shen's writing and, in both books I have read, she has displayed the ability to write characters with a lot of chemistry and believable push/pull.

She was even able to pull off flashbacks here that didn't make me want to cut a bitch; and those who have followed
4 Stars

Here’s the thing: anybody who knows me well, knows that cold and rude jerks are my thing. In fiction, of course. In real life, though...

And L.J. Shen creates awesome jerk heroes. Because Vicious was....visicoulicious.

Cold-hearted, arrogant, mean, rude, with a 'fuck off' vibe and a zero tolerance for anything and anybody. Not one redeeming quality, except for being hot.

In another word:

Contrary to some opinions that he did not redeem himself completely, I think he redeemed himself just
Jennifer Kyle
Dec 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
5 “Ask me what I want” STARS

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Coming in just under the wire by just finishing this book on December 30th, this story is a last minute add to my favorite of the year’s list: VICIOUS!!! This book was fantastically written, intriguing, and sexy. This author NAILED the hate aspect and catapults this book with the likes of Bully and Corrupt yet she went the step further getting the full 5 Stars from me. The perfection was all in the manner in which she wrote the hero Baron ‘Vicious’ Spenc
I am really speechless here....I found myself repelled by the very immoral Vic...So here we have this guy with an innate disrespect for women and his self-indulged perception of himself. You can see that in the opening pages of him "practicing" his demoralized treatment of the heroine and his one-night stands: the disdain that he showed towards his casual pick-up and humiliation only reinforced the idea that "THIS WAS A PLOT DEVICE DESIGNED TO WIDEN MARGINALIZATION OF WOMEN AND UNDERMINE THEIR H ...more
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When her parents took a job working for the Spencer family, Emilia LeBlanc was forced to live on the same premises as one of the rudest, over-privileged hot assholes at her new high school, Baron Spencer a.k.a. Vicious. In fact, he along with 3 of his best friends were known as the HotHoles of All Saints High. They were attractive, arrogant jerks that every girl wanted and every guy wanted to be. That made it all the more difficult for Emilia to find friends her senior year. Vicious didn’t
Maria✦❋Steamy Reads Blog❋✦

➦This is me logging in on GR to write up a review:

I got HOW many books to review??? I know, so dramatic.

➦But seriously, my "currently reading" folder should be renamed to "review me already, slowpoke"

➦I digress. All I'm gonna say about this book is that it's awesome and the hero is portrayed really well. He wears the douchebag badge with honor and almost until the very end.

➦Perhaps, in many ways he still remains a douche bag and that, in itself, is amazing to me because I still lurve him hard.
Sophia Triad
Call me shallow, but I could not say no to this book cover.

Vicious. They are some people who are so dark inside, that sometimes you feel that they absorb all the light when they enter the room. Like black holes. They transform everything warm and sunny into something that resembles their misery.

Our main male character is like that. He has been torturing the love of his life, his favorite woman, his obsession and his savior since they were in high school.

Until the very end, I was not sure whethe
V. A Court of Wings and Ruin is NEW ADULT/EROTICA but Goodreads editors won't tell you to include it in the choice awards

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For anyone who doesn't mind OW and OM this one is very hot right now on Kindle Unlimited go for it! I'll pass but a lot of my friends have LOVED this book!:

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Dilek VT
5, 10 or more stars!

This is such an amazing book but it is not for everyone.
And Vicious... this heartless and hateful bastard... he is not a hero for everyone...

How can I warn you... how can I explain?
Well, think of an as*hole character you have read in romance books.
Now multiply it with 10...
That’s him! That’s Baron Spenser, aka Vicious (a very well earned nickname). He can easily win this year's biggest as*hole award...

He will drive you crazy with what he does and thanks to dual point of v
Jul 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars!!!

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“This is not a relationship. It’s two people fucking the obsession out of each other.”

For those of you that love a good enemies to lovers story, this book is pure gold. Vicious is the best kind of asshole. He and Emilia meet when they’re teenagers and they have a… complicated relationship.

Barron ‘Vicious’ Spencer runs All Saints High, along with his three best friends known as the HotHoles. He’s the most ruthless of them all. When Emilia LeBlanc moves into his fami
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VICIOUS: This is the first book I've read by this author, but by God the feels that come at you full throttle once you open that first page and inhale that first chapter are indescribable. This is Spoken in 'Dual Perspectives' and flashes from 'Past to Present' effectively.

Rich boy, Poor girl (The help)

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(Aged Seventeen - PAST) A coming of age novel which kicks starts off in the past, ten years prior when Emilia LeBlanc’s family
Bye bye 19th amendment. You will be missed.
I am truly not enough of a masochist for this shit.

What the f was this? No seriously. I am mad as hell right now. I dnf-ed this book but someone convinced me to finish this. Obviously i am not impressed.

To say that i "hated" this is an understatement. This book has everything you could dream of!!!!!!!
Mental abuse. Verbal abuse. Bullying. Blackmailing. Humiliation. Random sexual hook ups. F*cking on best friend's bed because dammit the boy wants rev
Chelsea Humphrey
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Chelsea by: Shannon
This was INCREDIBLE. Why have I waited so long to read L.J. Shen? Excuse my while I binge her entire back list.
★★★★★ 5 Stars ★★★★★

It's no secret that I love to read about the super mean boys, and so when I realised that this book was about a hero with the nickname 'Vicious', I had high hopes that LJ Shen would deliver a fantastic enemies-to-lovers read that would tick all the boxes in what has to be one of my top themes.

For me, this one had it all, it starts off at High School, and finishes years later when they are both adults. Emilia is the daughter of the hired help, and Baron ‘Vicious’ Spencer is the

What is it about L.J Shen's writing that makes me fall for these asshole Heroes? I honestly don't have an answer for it but whatever it is, I love it! I'm a sucker for an asshole Hero but Ms. Shen takes her jerks to a whole new level and somehow still makes me adore them. And the best part is that she doesn't change them throughout the story.

They start out as jerks and they stay jerks, and I know that may sound really strange but I love it. Vicious definitely had
May 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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5-stars to the angstiest romance I think I’ve ever read!

One word sums up the majority of the relationships in this book—dysfunctional. The two main characters in this book went to high school together and have a strong history of conflict. Both are fairly complex too. Vicious, the main male character, is a huge bully; he’s flat-out crude, not caring for a single second who he hurts or what people think about him. Although he’s nearly impossible to tolerate through much of the book, he has a past
Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
2 Nope, not for me stars

Sorry, I just didn't like this book. I loved Sparrow, and I was hoping I would like this book that much or more, but I couldn't stand Vicious. I love a sexy Asshole as much as the next girl, but said Asshole is suppose to have some kind of redeeming qualities. Something that makes you soften to him and fall in love with him. Not Vicious. He was just a straight up asshole. At no point in the read did I think "wow I can totally see why Millie loves him.". At no point di
Yeasmin Alo
Updated Review : 31 December, 2020 🖤🌸🖤
{Yup I chose this day deliberately}

I want to memorize this book so bad...
I want to know every symbol, every letter, every word, every sentence, every quote by heart
I wanna permanently engrave this book in my mind, soul, heart, body,
my blood and every cell of my existence
I can't get enough, I just can't....

My History with Vicious
I will just come out and say I am an emotional f**k
So this book was on my radar for the last two yea
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Jun 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Recommended to Chelsea by: Melanie
This book was perfectly fine but I kinda struggled with suspending my disbelief. I think I have learned that I'm just not ever going to be a huge fan of dark romances and I am hecka bummed because THEY ALL SOUND SO GREAT. I can just never buy into the actual execution. Womp x10000 ...more
Jan 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
VICIOUS by L.J. Shen is my first read by this author AND my first read of the year! And what a read!!! This ennemies-to-lovers story gave me one hell of a book hangover and I could not put it down. Emilia and Baron’s love story is anything but a normal or ordinary one. You will love it or hate it, because there is nothing in between and at times it could be very unpleasant for some readers who do not take cold jerk hero lightly...:D Personally I was hooked from the very first page!
Shabby  -BookBistroBlog
Sep 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Holy mother of Hotness.


Baron Vicious Spencer.. say Barrrrron. Its a clit-throbber of a name. And is he steaming hot...
And an Asshole . Like not the redeemable kinds. No sirreee.. he's a Bona-fide," take your heart and crush it under his foot " "Ruin your life" badass. He puts all the other Bad Boys to shame. His gang of Hot Holes jesse, Trent and Dean are cohorts too. .and their target --- sweet , peacock eyed Wispy blonde girl , Emilia LeBlanc. She'
✰ Liz ✰
"I wanted to melt into him, but knew better than to give in to that temptation."

Vicious is the first of the Sinners of Saint Series, and he is one bad boy that certainly lives up to his name. This explosive contemporary romance is a dream for twisted romance fans! With the over the top plot and extreme circumstances of the characters, Vicious will keep you guessing the entire read.

"It happened. I fell under."
Vicious is a gorgeous boy living the life many people dream of. Fast friends, ro
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L.J. Shen is USA Today and Washington Post bestselling author of contemporary romance books. She lives in California with her husband, son and lazy cat.
When she's not writing, she enjoys reading a good book with a glass of wine and catching up on her favorite HBO and Netflix shows.

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