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The End Zone by L.J. Shen–Review

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Before starting this, I should preface this by saying this is a novella. I was so excited to start reading this, that fact just kind of blew over my head. It was originally a part of The Team Player Anthology.

Now, with that out of the way, The End Zone was incredibly good. Not that I ever had any doubts, because it was Leigh Shen, but sometimes you never know. The End Zone is a sexy friend to lover’s romance with a smattering of ‘fake’ relationship thrown in. All around, WIN WIN WIN!! Leigh knows how to write about sexy, brooding male heroes and this one is no exception.

Sage and Jolie (JoJo) have known each other since they were kids (about ten years old), when Sage moved into the house next door to Jolie. Night after night, Jolie saw a boy her age frustrated, angry and sad with his surroundings. One night, she couldn’t stand to see him in pain anymore and decided to run to him. That is the beginning of their story.

“And on the eighth night, the girl gave the boy more than friendship and a hug, without even meaning to—and definitely without agreeing to. On the eighth night, the girl gave the boy her heart. He took it silently, never offering his back.”

Present day, Sage and Jolie are seniors in college. Sage is a brooding, cocky, know it all manwhore. He is the rising quarterback that is headed off to the NFL, but where does his relationship with Jolie go? Jolie is a studious, super sweet girl that has been harboring feelings for her best friend. Things change on one fateful night that involves Jolie and a bathroom and a lightbulb moment in Sage’s head.

This book, even as a novella, is everything. I loved that interaction between Sage and Jolie, from friendship at the beginning to more. I would LOVE more of these two, but given that it’s written by Leigh, I would always want more. There friends to lovers romance is written extremely well, although slightly fast paced. This is strictly due to the nature of the book, a novella. There are SO many goodies in this book, that I can’t talk about, but will say we get multiple HEA epilogues and not necessarily all concerning Sage and Jolie. Do yourself a favor and pick this hot, spicy, funny and sweet little read up. There are so many great hilarious quotes in this book it will have you chuckling! Leigh Shen does not disappoint.

“He is the kid I fell in love with at the age of ten, and the man I would give the world to at the age of twenty.”

Some more memorable quotes:

“If he were any other guy, I’d be all over him like a rash after a torrid Vegas vacation.”

“…considering how Sage’s dick has been passed around like community property. I’m surprised he’s not partly funded by the government.”

 

Midnight Blue by L.J. Shen–Review: Run, don’t walk, One-click, don’t sample this book. OUTSTANDING!!

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HOLY FREAKING PHENOMENAL can Leigh write!!!! Where to start on this one, there are a million positive thoughts that are flying through my mind right now. How about on a side note. Look at this freaking book cover. Is it not beautiful?! Not only can she write, but she has great book covers.

‘Alex Winslow was beautiful in a way storms were—only from afar. Just like them, he had the power to sweep and ruin you, two things I was too busy surviving to entertain.’

I am in LOVE with Alex Winslow. He is a rock star, who is beautifully broken and flawed, yet is a sweetheart when you get down to his core (which you need to dig very far to get too). He has many demons that are screaming down his neck to which he is fighting and trying to outrun. Due to this, he has done some things that he’s not proud of. One happens to be becoming an addict. His addictions have really hurt him, as a person and an artist. He has been to rehab already and is trying to remain sober, despite all the temptations around him. He is rude, a jerk and a nasty self-centered a-hole! Despite all this, I flipping LOVED him! Gosh, there’s just something about a misunderstood asshole! 😍

‘Soooo. Spill it, girl. What’s he like?’…’Disgusting, Gorgeous, Rude, Sexy, Screwed-up. Witty. Broody, Unbearable. Trouble. Trouble. Trouble. Alex Winslow was all those things and more.’

He is about to embark on a world tour and has been assigned a babysitter. This babysitter is tasked to keep him clean and sober. She is to report back to his management team if she notices anything amiss with him. Sounds extreme, but this almost thirty-year-old has a lot riding on remaining sober. First and foremost, his good name, reputation and his own soul. Secondly, if he remains sober and has a killer tour, his second album can be and will be more to his liking and not so ‘manufactured’.

‘Welcome to my mess, New Girl. It’s a bumpy ride from here on out.’

Insert, Indigo ‘Stardust’ Bellamy, aka…Indie. She is as unique and breathtaking as her name and blue hair. She is sweet, pure, puts people first and loving. They are two souls that shouldn’t make sense together, yet somehow do. She is an incredible heroine in this book. She is strong and doesn’t take crap from anyone (especially Alex), yet is completely unselfish and loving. Her one and only fault is her loyalty and need to take care of those that are closest to her and her heart. I, honestly, don’t know if I would have put up with her brother as much as she did. Because of her loyalty, she needed this job.

‘I needed this job like Mark Wahlberg needed to show his real junk in Boogie Nights.’

This book is everything!! Asshole male…. check; sweet yet strong female…check; Rockstar romance…duh, check; a story that has so many intertwining layers, the book should be called ‘The Midnight Blue Onion’…check; hot romance…double check; drama and angst…check; emotions that are so strong you find your heart in your throat…triple check. The only thing I wish I had…. MORE ALEX and INDIE!!😢

Leigh did everything right in Midnight Blue from plot, storyline and pacing, to writing remarkable characters that spring to life and include you on that roller coaster of emotions. She made me love Alex and his Rockstar romance!!

“When I look at you, I see something broken that isn’t worth fixing. And you look at me like I’m a cheap thing to replace the expensive one that’s been stolen from you. See, we’re all vases. And you’re the one scattered on the floor, shattered beyond repair. So I’ll let someone else pick you up. It’s really that simple. Have fun with your temporary glue.”

Vicious by LJ Shen

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Wow, where to start? Ok, here’s what I can say. I finished this book about a week ago and it left me with the BIGGEST hangover, ever. It is emotionally heavy, yet light at the same time. Feelings run the whole gamut on this one. I feel like I’m still trying to digest this book, but in a good way. There was so much content in it, it will hook you immediately.

Vicious received his name for a reason. He was mean, disrespectful and had a vicious tongue.  The thing is, he was made into this person, by his surroundings and people whom he interacted with.  He was brought up with a dad who wasn’t present, despite living in the same house and a stepmother who was only worried about her current wealth.  He didn’t experience love, kindness or the human touch.

“…love and hate are the same feelings experienced under different circumstances. The passion is the same. The pain is the same.”

Emilia is a sweet, southern girl who has a little sass to her. She is an artist trying to make it in the city.  She hasn’t seen any of the ‘HotHoles’ in 10 years, specifically Vicious.  She bumps into him while at an art gallery with her friend.  From this point on, it’s all systems go. Vicious has her in his sight and isn’t going to let go.

“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.”

This book was INCREDIBLE! It will take you on a winding path full of emotions, twists and turns.  I, highly recommend it. If you haven’t read ‘Defy’ go ahead and pick that up as well.  It is a prequel for this book, but not necessary to have been read before this book.  It centers around Jamie Followhill and Melody Greene.

5 stars

Defy by LJ Shen–Another teacher/student romance book (but not just any teacher/student romance)

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5.0 stars—First and foremost, this book may be only a novella, but PLEASE don’t let the length fool you.  It was seriously good with some serious steam!

Defy is another teacher/student taboo romance, however, Jamie acts so mature it’s hard to remember that he is 18.

 ‘“Ballet has always come first. Before men and before me. For a while I’d actually thought it was enough. Until it wasn’t.”

Melody Greene is an English Lit teacher who has had here true dreams destroyed. She is currently working at a very prestigious high school that caters to the wealthy and powerful families of the area.  Her principal hates her for various reasons, she is doing something that she dislikes and has somehow disappointed her parents now that she is no longer in ballet at Julliard.

Jamie Followhill is a senior at All Saints High and is considered one of the four HotHoles who rule the school. He has severely been lusting after Mel since she arrived at school. Through a premeditated accident he gets his hooks in her by insinuating it was his fault.

“I owe you.” he murmured darkly. “And I’ll make sure you get to cash in on the debt. Soon. Very soon”.

Despite the eight-year-old age difference, Jamie and Mel had some serious chemistry and seemed to fit together like puzzle pieces. I seriously want more of them.

LJ Shen has written a great book with such defined and descriptive characters that it was hard not to fall in love with them.  I have not read Vicious yet, but look forward delving into that character.