Dual Review!! Scandalous by L.J. Shen
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 beautiful chaos it will be.
Stephanie’s 4 Blush Review
Scandalous is the next installment in the Sinners of Saint series and can be read as a standalone. It was not at all what I expected. I kept going back and forth – I love it! I hate it! It is full of everything. It is raw, gritty, emotional, and maddening! Expect the unexpected. This is Trent’s story…..
He looked, walked, talked and moved like a flawless demon.
The story is slow in the first half. I guess you could say that was the buildup. Each character has complications and baggage. The layers and layers of them are revealed. Trent and Edie are very unexpected. Trent Rexroth is Fort Knox. There is a reason why they call him the mute. But people forget that just because you aren’t talking doesn’t mean you aren’t hearing. He is so angry and so hot! But also callous, crude, and calculating. Trent is dedicated to his daughter, Luna.
He was a dark knight made of coarse material. Cruel in his silence and punishing in his confidence.
Although Edie Van Der Zee is only eighteen years old, she is so much more mature than that. She has so much to deal with as well as many layers to unveil. Edie is such a free and gentle spirit trapped in a tough situation. But she is also strong and does what needs to be done. I was a little frustrated waiting for Edie’s secret to be revealed.
But with Edie, I wanted to know. I wanted to pull the secrets out of her like a magician. To wrench this endless handkerchief from her mouth and know everything there was to know.
The chemistry between Trent and Edie – explosive! The “forbidden” aspect is a bit awkward in the beginning as the both make references to Edie as a “child”. But as we get to know Edie her maturity shines through.
Edie Van Der Zee consumed me in ways only my daughter ever had, and that should be enough for me to demote her ass to another floor, or better yet, get her fired.
As I said above, expect the unexpected. The ride is rough. The outcome unique. It is so different from the previous stories. I love how the characters still had flaws and imperfections at the end, and that was ok. The epilogue was also great! And after all of the shock settled – I loved it!
“You’re mine and you hate it. You’re mine, and I’m not a wave you can ride. I’m the fucking ocean.”
Dawn’s 4 Blush Review
Complex. Riveting. Unique… Scandalous by LJ Shen is filled with wow and panty-soaking moments. The plot is woven sooo intriguingly. There were twists and turns I did not see coming! This book is for all the perfectly imperfect people out there!
Trent & Edie seemed to be the epitome of opposites and imperfections…. But they do have a few things in common, one of which is HEART. Edie is not like other girls her age and prestige. She’s from a world of money and power. She’s a wild child who makes her own rules and puts other’s needs before her own. She’s had to fight for everything she has. An outsider in her own world… Hummm, sounds just like our guy, Trent!! Trent is not from the white world his friends/co-workers come from. He grew up biracial, poor and fought for his place in their world. His and Edie’s story had me shaking my head a few times. It’s not your conventional love story, far far from it… It took me a bit to warm up to them, but once I did, I was ALL IN!! I was amazed with how my opinion of Edie and Trent had changed completely from start to finish. This 18 year old is all heart and woman! I ended up loving her. As for cold and calculated Trent, actions speak louder than words. He protects what is his fiercely. You need to win his trust and loyalty but once you do, you’re rewarded greatly. This man has the heart of a lion and Edie is his Lioness! This is what happens when two unlikely imperfect people come together, they create their own perfection…. One that is scattered with broken pieces that all just fit.
Each time the hot holes and their wives appeared in Scandalous, they brought a smile to my face. Loyal to each other whatever the circumstance!! Then there was Trent’s daughter Luna, she was such a bright light throughout. Her interactions were precious. What a sweet baby girl.
Scandalous is just another prime example of LJ Shen’s talented writing. This lady can certainly write her ass off!!
About L.J. Shen
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.
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.
Yeah, she’s a badass like that.
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