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Vicious (Sinners of Saint #1)

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  17,620 Ratings  ·  2,422 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, 328 pages
Published December 27th 2016
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Anna It's the first in the series but this story has an ending, no cliffhanger.
Shannon Cole No. He gets the name Vicious as a nickname during high school but they call him Vic for short. His name is Baron Spencer.

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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. He w

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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
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 Sinners of Saints series are stand-alones, but most enjoyed if be read in order:
Book 0.5: Defy
Book 1: Vicious
Book 2: Ruckus

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

Vicious (stand-a
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
Lana ❇✾Dirty Girl 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 addicting, obses
Danielle ❤️ Pretty Mess Reading ❤️
*****5 STARS*****

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Finally! A female writer who was able to truly capture the male asshole mind! None of that cookie cutter shit you often see. None of that – guy gets girl and turns into a pussy shit. Just pure asshole male. Loved it!

Before we get into it....

Can we talk about the fact that Vicious never did that typical rich man, poor girl shit? He didn’t try to take her shopping for new clo
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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....


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 fi
Jennifer Kyle
Dec 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
5 “Ask me what I want” STARS


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’ Spencer.


Vicious is
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.
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 family home (her
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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 move in to the serv
Arabella ~♡AB♡~
★★★★★ 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
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“My Grandma once told me that love and hate are the same feelings experienced under different circumstances.

I didn’t believe her until I met Baron Spencer and he became my nightmare.”

And…you had me in the first paragraph. No really, I was stuck to this story from page one until the late hours of the morning.

Honestly, I was really hesitant to go into this because I didn’t really enjoy Blood to Dust—my first book by this author. But thank you, Grandma. She’s a pretty good grandma; she got me
Jul 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Me to everything LJ Shen writes:

The queen of assholes is back and Vicious is the new reigning king. I didn't think anything or anything could top Troy motherfucking Brennan, but my man Vic did just that.

Vicious ticked all my boxes: enemies to lovers, angsty plot, mean boy hero, and badass slash quirky heroine. LJ Shen is known for her addictive, smart, and sarcastic writing style, and though this was chock full of all of the above, Vicious was just so. much. more.

I love watching these charac
Sep 28, 2017 rated it liked it
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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 a character development and he
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Jan 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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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 lik
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
5+ "Obsessed" Stars

I'm obsessed. Vicious is obsessed. Emilia is obsessed. WE'RE ALL OBSESSED. And I LOVE IT.

LJ Shen is who I want to be when I grow up (Shhh. I know I'm a tad older than her but come on). She seriously continues to blow me away with her words, her wit, her ability to take a story and make me believe it all and her skill as she gets better each and every time she writes a book. This standalone in the Sinners of Saint Series is Ms. Shen's best work yet and I am absolutely droolin
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⭐⭐⭐⭐4 Stars⭐⭐⭐⭐

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"It was always fucking us and you know it”.


We all know that word. We say it for certain things that we find we can’t do without. This all consuming craving that borders on the point of insanity if you can’t get your next fix. This story was ADDICTIVE. These characters were ADDICTIVE. I was ADDICTED and I read this story so fast that my high was a crash and burn that I wasn’t prepared for. That’s what happens when you get Shend!( totally made that word up).

This au
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
Jan 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
"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, rockin
Rachel Reads Ravenously
Jan 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5 perfect a**hole hero stars!

“He’d treated me horribly in the past, but right now…he brought color into my life."

Vicious is the story of Emilia and Vicious. In high school her parents worked for his family, and Vicious made her life a living hell. Now ten years later Emilia is living in New York when Vicious approaches her and offers her a job. She's not stupid, she knows there's more to this offer than he says there is, but Emilia is desperate and needs the money for her and her sister.
Jan 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
VICIOUS by L.J. Shen is my first read from 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!
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4 Pink & Black Stars

He was perfectly imperfect. Flawlessly flawed. Most importantly— he was Vicious.

Yes to all of that!

This is going to be on the shorter side simply because so many wonderful reviews have already said what needs to be said. The writing is superb, the story is well developed and it managed to suck me in from the very beginning. The character development is deftly done and I loved how both their past and present relationship sort of unfolded over the course of the book. The V
Megan✦❋Steamy Reads Blog❋✦

*****5 stars*****

“I love you as certain dark things are to be loved, in secret, between the shadow and the soul.” Pablo Neruda, 100 Love Sonnets.


“Vicious” by L. J. Shen is the first book I have read in 2017 and what a great book to start out the year with. This is actually the first book I have read by this author and after having heard great things about her writing, I’m pleased to say I was not disappointed. I love a great enemy-to-lovers story, the sexual tension, the angst, the anticipati
When all your blog girlfriends are drooling about a book/character and you have no idea what the fuss is all about, you begin to wonder if you are missing something very interesting. So, after weeks of receiving good feedback, I wanted to join the “Vicious Club”. Have no doubt that my girls were absolutely right, this book was so much fun, a total whirlwind of emotions that offered special characters, that were totally out of my comfort zone.

Baron “Vicious” Spencer hated Emilia from the very fir

4 "Vicious and cherry blossom" stars

Baron Spencer Jr. – dubbed Vicious for his cruel, ruthless behavior - was the heir to one of the biggest family owned fortunes in California

And that was just the cover up for the mistreatment and hidden ploys he was faced with but wasn't able to deal with or prove at the time...and she just happened to walk in on one of the encounters Baron was dealing constantly with, and by that she „sealed“ her fate for the rest of her senior year in highschool.

And further
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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L.J. Shen is USA Today and #1 Amazon bestselling author of contemporary romance books. She lives in California with her husband, son and lazy cat.
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Sinners of Saint (4 books)
  • Ruckus (Sinners of Saint, #2)
  • Scandalous (Sinners of Saint, #3)
  • Bane (Sinners of Saint, #4)
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