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 was in my veins. But I’d managed to crawl under his skin.”
Everyone in All Saints High knows who are ‘The Four HotHoles’ and everyone knows who Vicious is – the most brutal, cold and ruthless of the four. He’s heartless and hateful, a real a$$hole who doesn’t give a sh*t about anything or anyone and treats everyone like crap. The one who is the most bullied by him is Emilia, one of his classmates and the daughter of the hired help living at his father’s mansion.
Vicious makes Emilia’s life a living hell with every opportunity. Every single one of his words and every single one of his actions makes Emilia believe that he hates her like no other. He’s brutal towards her, his hateful behavior making her feel small and insignificant. However, Emilia can’t help but be attracted to her tormentor. She doesn’t want to crave her bully, she doesn’t want to fall in lust with the one who makes her life miserable, but as much as she wants, she can’t deny the strong feelings she feels towards him.
“I wanted to dissolve into smoke, to crawl into him and never leave. It was crazy, but that was how much I craved this man.”
Emilia’s life changes completely, her feelings for Vicious becoming so very complicated when he runs her out of town.
Ten years later, Vicious and Emilia meet again. Both of them have changed, but in so many ways they remained the same. What happens when certain circumstances make them work together, spending lots of time together?
“I was her black. And she was my pink.”
This story was so very well written, so intriguing and so very gripping. ‘Vicious’ was without a doubt my favorite book Leigh has written so far. Everything was perfection and I, honestly, loved every aspect of the story. The enthralling story-line kept me at the edge of my seat from start to finish and with every chapter I wanted to know how the crazy dynamic between the two main characters will progress. The writing was simply brilliant and the plot was perfectly paced and so well done.
“I wanted to take a bite of the forbidden fruit I’d convinced myself was poisonous. He gave me pain, but ironically, this pain gave me life.”
If you are like me and you love a$$hole heroes, then look no further, because L.J. Shen’s hero here is exactly that and so much more. Vicious’ character was fantastically written, so damn well developed, so infuriating, but so fascinating at the same time. He was broken, complicated, cruel, angry and tortured, but underneath all his layers of a$$holeness, he’s really a good, sweet…interesting guy. From the very beginning, he made me feel so much and, like Emilia, I had so many mixed feelings towards him. So, I have to admit – there were times when I wanted to punch him in the face, to somehow make him pay for his cruelty. He infuriated me at times. Needless to say, he wasn’t a very easy to like. But don’t worry he’s a redeemable character that eventually will win you over and maybe, just maybe, warm your heart a little. Leigh did a wonderful job with his redemption. I loved the process and “new” Vicious.
Emilia was a heroine I liked from the beginning. I really sympathize with her and my heart broke every time Vicious made her life a living hell with his words and actions. She was kind, selfless, loyal, strong and the way she put her dreams on hold to care for her sister was simply heartwarming. And the way she endured Vicious’s treatment was simply admirable.
“Ask me what I want,”
“What do you want?”
“I want you,” he said simply. “Just you. Nothing else. Only ever you,”
The relationship between these two characters was complicated, to say the least. The push and pull between them was so well done and the sexual tension between them was at times combustible. I loved the lust/hate relationship between them and how entertaining it was. These two together were absolutely fantastic, their chemistry being off the charts. I loved their playful interactions and the amazingly written sex scenes. Everything worked for me and I wouldn’t change one aspect of this story.
If you are looking for an ansgty love to hate story with an engaging story-line and two fantastically portrayed characters, then you must give this one a try!
”Apologize for not being mine when you should’ve been. Because Emilia, baby…” I tilted my head sideways. “It was always fucking us and you know it.”
“You’re pissing me off,” she said quietly, her eyes still searching my face.
“And that’s turning me on,” I retorted, my voice flat. “So you might wanna tone down the hate glares if you don’t wanna find yourself being fucked on this desk with the blinds still open.”
I was still staring at my screen, working on the merger deal I was eager to get signed before Christmas, but I could see from my peripheral that she had paled. I liked how—once again—I’d gotten under her skin. Quickly.
“You’re disgusting,” she muttered, still staring at me—but not in a way that suggested she was appalled.
I cracked my neck, opening my browser and checking the stocks on the screen, skimming through the greens and the reds. “That may well be, but I’m balls deep in your fucking head, Help, and there’s nothing you can do about it.”...continue reading
Her eyes glittered with rage, and fuck, I was so hard, and fuck, she was so beautiful. This was so on. I was going to fuck Dean’s ex-girlfriend, use her for my personal needs, and toss her away when I was done.
And after choosing the wrong guy, there was no doubt in my mind, she deserved it too.
“You just gave Floyd a lecture about the inter-office fraternization policy. No mixing business and pleasure.” She leaned forward. Her elbow touched my finger accidentally, and she jerked it away.
I met her halfway, erasing the space between us across the desk. “Correction—guys like Floyd won’t give you pleasure. Men like me would. Besides, the man likes Arrow,” I drawled, as if this alone was a reason to fire him.
To me, it was.
“You know what your problem is, Vicious? You still haven’t decided if you hate me or like me. That’s why you act like this every time I’m around other men.” There wasn’t a trace of embarrassment in her voice. She owned up to this.
What she didn’t know was that I knew exactly how I felt about her.
I hated her, but was attracted to her. It was really that simple.
“You know what I feel right now, Ms. LeBlanc? I feel like you need to pack a fucking bag and start making the necessary arrangements. You’re coming with me to California, whether you like it or not.”
About the Author:
L.J. Shen resides in sunny California with her husband, son, chubby cat and wild, wild dreams.
Her passion is to write badass stories, sushi, UFC and her awesome family and friends (not in this order, though. Obviously, sushi comes before writing. Oh, and also the family part.)
She spend the first half of her twenties traveling the world and is now paying all the fun with extra shifts in front of her MacBook. Feel free to contact her on her Facebook page. She loves to hear from her readers.