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Playing with Fire by LJ Shen–Review

Best. Book. Hangover. Ever! I have loved everything LJ writes, because this girl CAN WRITE! With that said, everything I have read before (All Saints High, Sinners and Saints, The Kiss Thief, etc.), feel small and inconsequential compared to Playing with Fire! Sure, they all received five stars, but if that is the case, PWF should receive a million stars.

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I love West, but for the usual reasons. He is grumpy, sour, bitter, an a-hole, underground fighter, who can ‘drop panties wherever he walks’ hot. A popular bad boy, who is reckless, fearless, has a death wish and is broken. Needless to say, he is a fantastic male Hero with baggage to boot.

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The star, though, of this whole book is Grace. I am madly and deeply in love with her. She is your unconventional, flawed modern heroine. She is strong, feisty, insecure, loaded with self-esteem issues (yes, she can be strong and still lack confidence), loyal, lovable, and the source of local fodder. She is a fighter with the true heart of a phoenix. Grace is inspirational and a character to look up to.

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Leigh has completely outdone herself. Playing with Fire is raw, emotional, gritty, gripping, and above all, a love story for the ages. A love story that is raw, slowly simmering from friendship to more. If you want angst, this is for you. If you want, drama, this is for you. Above all, if you want an emotionally driven, no holds barred, self-loving book, this is definitely for you. Playing with Fire is consuming, so consuming, that I did not even realize I was crying through most of it.

“The worst day of your life gave me the best version of you.”

I do not think I could ever write how incredible this book is and still do it justice. Simply put, it is magnificent. I was unprepared for the trek that I was taken on, but lord knows, that I will willingly go through it all over again. If you only read ONE book this year, Playing with Fire is that book. Without a shadow of doubt, this book is most definitely in my best of 2020 books.

The Hunter by LJ Shen–Review

The Hunter, wow. The Hunter was immediately on my radar when I saw the early blurb. A new world called The Boston Belles, which included characters from previous books, such as Hunter Fitzpatrick himself, Troy Brennan, and Sparrow. Sign me up please!

Hunter Fitzpatrick is an enigma, an anomaly. Hunter is known as the ‘Royal Pipelines notorious playboy.’ Unfortunately for most he never downplayed all rumors circulating. It took one feisty redhead to scratch the surface and what she found was more than how he saw himself. Hunter is a dirty talking, flirting alpha a-hole. He is also caring, smart, witty, lacked focus and was lost.

Sailor Brennan could also be described as an enigma and an anomaly, just slightly different. She is a quiet girl, an archer with her sights aimed at the Olympics and a nerd. She lived for those quiet times all to herself but let’s not forget who her father is. Troy Brennan. When pushed, she has that fire, will not back down and can bust your balls in 0.3 seconds flat. I love Sailor. She is/has the potential to be, a kick a** lead. Despite having a solid goal in life, she is also lost and missing something. So, has Hunter found his next prey? I think both find the answer surprising.

I believe LJ Shen has just hit another milestone with her new, ‘Boston Belles’ series. Every character played their part beautifully in expanding our eyes to the world of a ‘reputable businessman’ to the 1% upper crust echelon. Hunter and Sailor together are electric together with fireworks that exuded from the pages.

I am saddened that Hunter and Sailor’s story has come to ‘The End’, although, there is a plethora of other book potentials Cillian, Sam, maybe even the Penrose sisters. I am in love and cannot wait for more, Boston’s Belles.

Angry God by LJ Shen–New Release

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Buckle up and enjoy the ride, because you’re not coming out the same way you went in. A top 2020 read hands down.” –Helena Hunting, New York Times bestselling author

Angry God, an all-new emotional standalone about first love, second chances, and overcoming breathtaking losses at a young age from USA Today bestselling author L.J. Shen, is available now!

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Vaughn Spencer.

They call him an angry god.

To me, he is nothing but a heartless prince.

His parents rule this town, its police, every citizen and boutique on Main Street.

All I own is a nice, juicy grudge against him for that time he almost killed me.

Between hooking up with a different girl every weekend, breaking hearts, noses and rules, Vaughn also finds the time to bully little ole’ me.

I fight back, tooth and nail, never expecting him to chase me across the ocean after we graduate high school.

But here he is, living with me in a dark, looming castle on the outskirts of London.

A fellow intern. A prodigal sculptor. A bloody genius.

They say this place is haunted, and it is.

Carlisle Castle hides two of our most awful secrets.

Vaughn thinks he can kill the ghosts of his past, but what he doesn’t know? It’s my heart he’s slaying.

Angry God is a stand-alone, DARK High School Romance. It deals with sensitive subjects some may find triggering.

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L.J. Shen is a USA Today, Washington Post and Amazon #1 best-selling author of contemporary, New Adult and YA romance. Her books have been sold to nineteen different countries.

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Angry God by LJ Shen–Review

Whoa. Wow. Ok. Where do I even start with this one.

First and foremost, I appreciate Leigh’s candidness regarding trigger warnings in her books. By putting a warning on a book, you are immediately on edge knowing something is going to happen. As a reader, you anticipate the storyline a little bit without reading and enjoying in the present. With that said, all I can reiterate is whoa, wow, ok!

I have conflicting angel and devil on my shoulders regarding Angry God. Baron ‘Vicious’ Spencer is a formidable man, which made me super excited to read about Vaughn. Was Vicious Junior as bad as his father or did he exceed him? I think it’s safe to say in this standpoint, ‘like father, like son’.

Vaughn is highly complicated and for the first half of the book you could tell that the boy had issues. The only relationship not complicated was with Vaughn and Emilia. He was a momma’s boy and it was sweet to see this relationship. Vaughn also had a good relationship with his father, since they were of the same temperament.

Lenora (Len/Lenny) was a unique character. She always wanted to be the person that didn’t stand out. She wanted to simply fade into the walls and hope people would forget her. Too bad that wasn’t going to be the case after meeting Vaughn. In the beginning of the book, Len was a little mousy for me. She hadn’t had an easy childhood either, but I wasn’t extremely fond of her. When she went back to Carlisle Prep, she emerged as a different person. I loved it. She stood her ground and didn’t let anyone push her around. She had found her voice!

Despite being told in dual POV, I feel like it mostly is Vaughn’s book and journey to redemption and revenge. Can baby Vicious rebuild a heart that is black and rotten to its core? Can Len heal not only herself, but that wasteland where feelings should be in Vaughn? I recommend this book but will also say it may not be for everyone. So, if you’re feeling adventurous and have your mind and heart open to a wide array of feelings and emotions, then this book is for you.

Pretty Reckless by LJ Shen

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Pretty Reckless, an all-new standalone high school, bully romance from USA Today bestselling author L.J. Shen, is available now!

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We were supposed to be best friends

But turned out to be worst enemies…

Penn

They say revenge is a dish best served cold.

I’d had four years to stew on what Daria Followhill did to me, and now my heart is completely iced.

I took her first kiss.

She took the only thing I loved.

I was poor.

She was rich.

The good thing about circumstances? They can change. Fast.

Now, I’m her parents’ latest shiny project.

Her housemate. Her tormentor. The captain of the rival football team she hates so much.

Yeah, baby girl, say it—I’m your foster brother.

There’s a price to pay for ruining the only good thing in my life, and she’s about to shell out some serious tears.

Daria Followhill thinks she is THE queen. I’m about to prove to her that she’s nothing but a spoiled princess.

Daria

Everyone loves a good-old, unapologetic punk.

But being a bitch? Oh, you get slammed for every snarky comment, cynical eye roll, and foot you put in your adversaries’ way.

The thing about stiletto heels is that they make a hell of a dent when you walk all over the people who try to hurt you.

In Penn Scully’s case, I pierced his heart until he bled out, then left it in a trash can on a bright summer day.

Four years ago, he asked me to save all of my firsts for him.

Now he lives across the hall, and there’s nothing I want more than to be his last everything.

His parting words when he gave me his heart were that nothing in this world is free.

Now? Now he is making me pay.

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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 people’s’ 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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