Scandalous, the highly anticipated next standalone in the Sinners of Saint Series by LJ Shen is LIVE!
Scandalous by LJ Shen
Series: Saints of Sinner #3
Publishing Date: September 29th, 2017
Genre: 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.
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Five Scandalously Merited Stars
Reviewed by Sharon Thérèse
Shen writes a mean story and Scandalous is of no exception! Ooh my, the addictive tension created flowing at a fast pace, heightened the emotional stakes for two protagonists whose unwavering conflict seemed to have no let up… and I blinkin’ loved it! Result; their miscues provoked me to flip the pages faster than fast since I was dying to find out what the next manoeuvre would be. But well before reaching the end which I have to say, blew my mind away, seeds of doubt were sown in such a way, making me truly wonder whether either of them were capable of coming out unscathed. I have to mention the cover. Bare torsos have been trending for a long while and I can’t say I’m a huge fan; however, not only is this guy seriously cut, but you’ll also appreciate why Shen has chosen this model as you get into the story.
Edie and Trent’s game isn’t cat and mouse, it’s soooo much more than this. In a complex plot, their battle of wits causes friction and even more confusion. Of course, forgetting an important factor, the HotHoles, was a crime in itself and didn’t help matters. If you’ve read previous Sinners of Saint books, you’ll know they always have each other’s back. So why then, did I make this careless error? Theirs is such an all-consuming story that I felt as if I were there alongside this unlikely couple. The HotHoles took second place until of course, they popped up at just the right moment.
For me, Edie owned this story. I loved her dress sense, the way she shirked the norm. She was also the culprit of my many conundrums. She’d had to grow up quickly, she’s beyond her years and not for the want, but for harsh circumstances no young person should have to experience. With the world weighing on her shoulders, her only escape was a pastime frowned upon by a tyrant who really got my hackles up and uncomfortably close to home for my liking. No names here folks ‘cause I’d hate to spoil the story! Although what she was forced to do horrified me, I found myself constantly rooting for her. And her feelings regarding the well-being of certain family members is nothing less than heart-melting; but that being said, some scenes left me sniffling.
Trent. The mute. The self-made man. Blinkin’ heck! I found it difficult to put my thoughts together because, whilst he came across as standoffish, uncompromising and a his mannerisms a tad aggressive, behind his tough facade, lies a beautiful man. And drop-dead gorgeous, too! There were times I thought his actions were wrong, then again, they shouted louder than words, words he had trouble expressing. Trent was dealt a bad hand in the past and he doesn’t want to be bitten again. Not all is forgotten though and him fighting for what he wants in the present takes up a good part of the story. Him playing with fire didn’t scandalise me, either. He’s well aware what he’s doing and despite trying to reason with himself, he can’t stop. On the other hand, the card he played was bloody marvellous, yet it seemed he had everything to lose and prepared for the worst. Yep, the ace he has up his sleeve simply wowed me! And swooning over his adoration for Luna… Trent’s life revolves around her, showing me he was a real softy at heart.
It wasn’t an easy read for me in the respect that in all its rawness, emotions I didn’t think I had in me were brought out tenfold. If Shen’s character development was off the charts, nailing the chemistry between Trent and Edie was sublimely well done. The author’s message to the reader is you don’t need to have a luxurious lifestyle to find happiness. And however selfish, devious or cruel third parties are, love and the pillars of solid friendship rules. Narrated from a dual point of view gave Trent and Edie a distinctly different perspective, their banter incredibly well-thought-out. I truly couldn’t fault Scandalous. Bravo Shen!
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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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