“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.”
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.”
This is my first book by LJ Shen, and certainly wont’t be the last after reading this one – in fact I’ve already lined up another couple already on the strength of this read – which was wickedly fantastic!!
This is told in a dual POV and goes from past to present and vice versa, but does so very well, flowing with the story.
(Past) Emilia LeBlanc (then aged 17) arrives at the massive Spencer mansion with her parents, who have been taken on as servants in the household. Her first meeting with the Spencer’s son Baron, aka Vicious sets the tone as to how he acts for the rest of the book, a jerk! He goes out of his way to make her life as miserable as sin. He is the ‘leader’ of the foursome the HotHoles at the school, where every male wants to be friends with them and every female wants to sleep with them, which they do with regular gusto!! Vicious thinks Emilia overhead something she shouldn’t have and ultimately ends up driving her away from her family and friends where she now lives. Emilia would love to hate him, full stop. But even with all the horrible things he does to her, there is an underlying attraction that she cannot shake.
(Present) Skip 10 years forward, Emilia lives in New York with her sister who has cystic fibrosis, running around after 2 jobs trying to scrape enough money together to live on and look after her sister. Vicious reappears in her life out of the blue, looking hotter than ever. She ends up going to work for him and his multi million dollar firm, at his firm insistence, but at what price???
A delicious love/hate relationship, full of angst and feels, enemies to lovers, with a dark undercurrent running through the whole story. Quite a roller coaster of a ride!
A darkly wicked read this is!! It really pulled me in from page one, even though Vicious is exactly as his name describes him, there is just something about him you can’t help loving!! It’s not one of those books where the bad guy changes into a good guy throughout the story, he is what he is, but there are underlying causes as to why. Emilia is a likeable heroine, you can’t fault her for her attraction to Vicious, it was just meant to be, though she tries to deny it with her entire being. The dual POV works a treat as you make your way through the story, seeing things from both sides really puts things in perspective.
I can’t wait to read more like this, highly recommended!
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.