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Vicious

By: L.J. Shen
Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (87 ratings)

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Emilia

They say love and hate are the same feelings experienced under different circumstances, and it's true.

The man who comes to me in my dreams also haunts me in my nightmares.

He is a brilliant lawyer.

A skilled criminal.

A beautiful liar.

A bully and a savior, a monster and a lover.

Ten years ago, he made me run away from the small town where we lived. Now, he came for me in New York, and he isn't leaving until he takes me with him.

Vicious

She is a starving artist. Pretty and evasive like cherry blossom.

Ten years ago, she barged into my life unannounced and turned everything upside down.

She paid the price.

Emilia LeBlanc is completely off-limits, my best friend's ex-girlfriend. The woman who knows my darkest secret, and the daughter of the cheap help we hired to take care of our estate.

That should deter me from chasing her, but it doesn't.

So she hates me. Big deal.

She better get used to me.

©2016 L.J. Shen (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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I couldn’t get into this. Got about half way before deciding to return. Cruelty for cruelty sake over long span of time just not for me, even if ‘love’ is the reason in the end.

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It’s a trash read! A Disgrace to story writing!

Honestly it It was so boring I couldn’t bare read it to the end! terribly written! If you enjoy hearing the F word at every sentence then read it but otherwise it was a story without any soul or purpose for that matter! I can’t believe they call themselves writers! It’s a disgrace to writing!

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  • CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹
  • 04-06-2017

THE PERFECT BLEND OF EVERYTHING I LOVE

This is a new Author to me.. and, after this shockingly awesome book, I intend to download many more based on her amazing abilities which were showcased throughout this compelling story. Because LJS has taken an old 'enemies-to-lovers' theme, spun it on its axis, and very skilfully given it a fresh new approach, a fresh new vibe and a fresh new voice.. and that takes serious talent. There's no wonder LJS is a No.1 Best selling Author in the contemporary romance genre.. bravo Ms. Shen.. bravo.

The All Saints High School's wild and wicked Four HotHoles are privileged notorious womanizing bad boys.. and one of them is the handsome hot 18 yr old Party-boy Vicious who first comes across as an arrogant, indulged, rude, fearless a$$hole with a careless f off vibe persona - and YES, that's him.. but there's an angry little boy with a heartbreaking tortured tale waiting to be told beneath this teenager's cool facade of indifference. But it's going to take someone very special to unlock the truths, penetrate his mask and melt those icy walls around his now dormant heart.

Emilia's much loved parents have worked for Vicious' absentee Father for years as the Estate's live-in hired help so Emilia has seen and heard all the wild parties, the sizzling sex scenes, the crazy antics and the fun filled frivolity that goes on at the house.. but, when Emilia least expects it, she comes face-to-face with the maestro of the mayhem - Vicious - the most handsome boy she'd ever seen. However, when he snarled through gritted teeth and spewed hate, Vicious lived up to his name by stomping all over her with his nasty words, he backed it up with months of disrespect, disinterest and verbal abuse making her life a living hell and finally he forced Emilia away. And it would be ten long years before these enemies would randomly meet each other again which would relight smouldering embers, reawaken feelings both good and bad.. and would give Vicious an idea for closure.. an idea that was going to beautifully backfire on him. When they finally stopped denying and fighting against the animal attraction, combustible chemistry and lust, they touched each other's souls and reached heaven.. but also hell when someone inevitably f'ed up.

Vicious the Lawyer was such a full-bodied multi-layered character.. a villainous damaged charming hero you can't help but like - and his nemesis the Artist/PA Emilia was a loving and kind woman with a quirky fashion sense and a strong kick-ass backbone that bent but never broke under the stress of all things Vicious. Their complicated push/pull dynamics and rollercoaster relationship made it an 'edge of your seat' thrilling ride and I liked that LJS wasn't tempted into changing Vicious' outlandish 'loveable rouge' character.. instead he kept most of his traits and made room in his life for all things Emilia. LJS also blended the sweet and the sexy, the light and the dark and the humorous and the heavy perfectly to give a storyline that was totally addictive, one hundred percent enjoyable, absolutely gripping and this well written dual POV dysfunctional hate-love tale is dripping with everything I love and it delivered far more than I ever expected. It probably was a great book to read.. but the awesome narration brought everything to life and gave it the WOW factor that makes a book both unforgettable and also on the re-listen list. Told in present and then with flashbacks to the past.

Worth a credit? YES.. don't hesitate it's a high charge listen that left me on a literary high - and I've already got book 0.5 Defy in the Sinners of Saint series downloaded so now I'm impatiently waiting for books 2 and 3. Although these are all standalone books there is an undeniable flow and build up of partnerships from one to another in the series.

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  • V from Kansas
  • 20-04-2018

Rough road to the HEA

Yeah, I gotta say this was a long, difficult path for the Heroine. The Hero was a tortured soul that did a lot of cruel things to the Heroine, before seeing the error of his way. I think this part of the book lasted a bit too long and the resolution seemed a bit rushed. Overall, however, it’s a worthy listen with outstanding narration.
-V from Kansas

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  • Shannon Cole
  • 05-06-2017

A Highly Addictive Story with Phenomenal Narration!!!

OMG!! Best Book EVER!!!
I could not stop listening once I started!
Christian Rummel is AMAZING as Vicious!!
He had such a deep alpha way with his voice that comes off just the way I'd imagine Vicious sounding. There's so much depth and emotion in his voice and he totally owned the part.
I could listen to him all day every day and never tire of his storytelling.
Vicious is ruthless and detached but has such a huge heart hiding underneath. I felt for him on so many levels and sympathized with his pain. A broken boy who carries his pain with him all his life. Now a lost man just searching for his happiness and revenge.

Savannah Peachwood was also the perfect narrator for Amelia. She has that sweet innocent southern drawl. I loved everything about her character.

The story line was so catchy and unique. The characters were both strong and lovable.
Amelia aka Help, stood her ground with Vicious and I LOVED the back and forth play for power between the two.

LJ Shen is such a talented author and her books always leave me in such a hangover.
Her writing is flawless and fierce. Her way with words, sensational. I become so engrossed in her characters and their story, never wanting to come up for air, yearning and needing more!!!


This book will definitely stay with me!!
So glad I was able to listen to this on audio!
Top read of 2017 and quite possibly my top read ever!! That's how phenomenal this book is!!! A MUST READ!!!!!


Highly Recommend!!!!

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  • 🎧 Cyndi Marie 🎧
  • 14-01-2018

✫✫ 4 Stars ✫✫

While I enjoyed Vicious & Millie's story I have to say I didn't love Vicious. He was just a little too hard for me. I love an asshole who shows a little of his softer side and redeems himself in the end but he was more asshole than I think was necessary. I liked how they had a past even if it was a rough one and maybe a little unnecessarily full of drama that could have been handled with a discussion but I get it, the book needs some sort of drama. I liked Millie and her relationship with her family. I think my favorite thing about this book was the way they come together, it was the softer side I needed. Even if I had a hard time with his attitude, I couldn't wait for book 2!

The narration was good. Both Savannah Peachwood and Christian Rummel were well cast in this book and are both good narrators!

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  • Brittany
  • 09-06-2017

This was so good!

Shen's writing gets better with each book and this one is pure perfection. She creates these characters that you fall in love with no matter how VICIOUS they are. She draws you in and MAKES you love them. BELIEVE THE HYPE! This book deserves all of the 5 stars and the praise that it has been getting. I'm so excited to see what L.J. Shen has in store for the rest of the HotHoles.

I already loved this story but listening to the Audible was great! Both narrators did an amazing job of bringing the characters personality to life! Vicious with his nonchalant attitude and Emilia's loving nature. I never go back to a book once I've read it because I just don't like repeats but I was so excited to see how the narrators would bring these characters to life. They get an A++ because I was so deep into the performances that It was like the first time all over again! I Loved everything about it! This is not a audible that you want to miss out on!

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  • Aya Alminiana
  • 08-06-2017

Can't get enough of Vicious!

Read the book months ago and I just had to get the audiobook. Loved Vicious and Millie's story. Once you read an LJ Shen creation, you can't put it down. Defy next, and then, of course, Ruckus!

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  • Brenda
  • 02-05-2018

If you like abusive “romance”...

... then this is for you. I have zero respect and even less tolerance for women who are hot for and “in love” with men who consistently treatthem like $hit.

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  • Gail
  • 08-06-2017

Awesome Story!!

All reviews were spot on! Every emotion and great hot stuff too! I'm very picky but this story had me listen to every single word. Sometimes you will forward on extras but Vicious and Emilia's story was amazing! If you've been stumped looking for a great read you'll love this one! Narrators were spot on!!

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  • Mz Toya
  • 12-07-2017

This book sends the wrong message

The female character in this book needed some kind of therapy. Vicious was cruel to her and yet she made excuses for his behavior and continued to tolerate his verbal and emotional abuse. I understand that it's a book and not reality but I'm a firm believer that these kinds of messages are not harmless to women, especially young ones. I can't believe how good the ratings are for this book. The best thing about it is that the narration was good. I am disappointed. This was my first and last book from this author.

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  • Tracy Gonzalez
  • 25-06-2017

Loved every minute of this book!

Narration was complete and utter perfection! These narrators brought this incredible story to life ! Vicious and Emelia's story was amazing.

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  • mrs aj lawrence
  • 01-01-2019

What a sexy guy

Omg I am in love! I love vicious so much. It's funny sad and the characters are great together. This man is a complete b*****d but so loveable

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  • Mrs D
  • 09-05-2018

Vicious and Emilia 💔💖

A fantastic narration of an addictive story. I could listen to this book every day.

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  • sybil_ann79
  • 10-06-2019

Perfect narration for Vicious.

I absolutely loved Vicious from the moment the book. This audiobook has really brought the characters to life! So damn good for a “reread” of one of the stories I’ll always remember.
Leigh writes magic with her witty one liners. Her story telling us unlike any other, to make the sweetest girl fall so completely in love with a first class bully, her tormentor... and absolute must read!
And highly recommend this audiobook.
The narration is pure perfection!

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  • Ameera
  • 18-12-2018

Vicious

In not sure how to rate this book, at first I was going to stop listening when it was only part way then I decided that I would listen to the rest,I was pleasantly surprised to hear that it just got more interesting,I recommend this book as it will make you scowl and smile it turned out to be a really good read. The story was interesting and far fetched but sadly all to true in many ways.

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  • Lauren Percival
  • 12-06-2020

Good once it gets going

It took me a while to love the characters in this story. Vicious and his friends seem like crappy guys at first but as layers get pealed back you get to be in their heads more. Amelia is a sweetheart, but in no way is she a perfect human (though it does feel like that at first).
While it is hard to get passed Vicious' crude nature and narrative, he does have a soft underbelly and things fall into place as more is revealed.
Perhaps not the best romantic story, but certainly a good drama with romance sprinkled in and one I'm sure to go back to at some point.

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  • Paula
  • 04-05-2020

Who writes this

Crass, pathetic, damaged.. are a few words I'd use to describe "vicious" .. calling someone "help" isn't a term of endearment is was use to put Emilia in her place. She is just as naive and useless.. My poor ears.. I can't believe I endured the torture of finishing this book.

So having someone insult you every chance they get and all you can see is his physique and the way your body reacts toward him.. Woman get yourself some self esteem.

What's lower than 1 star .. there goes 10 hrs I'll never get back.

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  • Zahra Sedgwick
  • 03-03-2020

Strong accents

The narrators took me some time to adjust to, but by the end of the book I really enjoyed them.

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  • For Old Times' Sake
  • 21-01-2020

An excellent 5* listen.

The narration of this book was superb. Christian Rummel and Savannah Peachwood captured the soul's of the two main characters to perfection.

This story is really, really good. I loved the spark between the two main characters Emilia aka 'Help' and Baron aka 'Vicious'. They have a childhood history and the book goes back and forth between the past and present. Vicious is just a horrible, awful, arrogant person. He's not likeable at all, while Emilia is the opposite, sweet and warm. But by the end of the book I was rooting for Vicious all the way. He was a complex character, who despite everything he did and said, won me over.

There are other characters in this story too who really add colour to the world that the author has created.

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  • Ola
  • 29-07-2019

Great audiobook

I Loved the voice acting in this one! The story is very gripping as well

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  • laura
  • 20-05-2019

Fantastic

Another fantastic book for this author- her writing style is perfection- her characters are all amazing - I can’t say anything negative about this book- other than his name (vicious) annoyed the hell out of me lol - apart from that one tiny thing - it was amazing - 5+++ * read - can’t wait to read about Rosie (help/
Mias sisiter)