“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.”
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.
I have previously read 2 other books by LJ Shen, so to say I was excited about Vicious is an understatement. I dropped everything I was doing to start the book as soon as I received my ARC (for an honest review, of course.) I finished it in one sitting. However, I was not a huge fan of this book. After reading other reviews, I am obviously in the minority.
Let me start by saying I love how LJ writes. Her words flow beautifully and she can created twists that leave your jaw hanging. This book was no exception. Her writing was flawless. My issue was with the story. Vicious aka Vic never appealed to me. He was a spoiled rich jerk that has always had everything handed to him. Emilia or “Help” was a very likeable relatable character, but lost points with me letting Vic into her life. The story starts off as they are in High school and he acts like a 6yr old treating her horribly, but in his mind he was actually flirting. Also, the 4 popular boys are called the 4 HotHoles. This is a strange nickname for straight men.
Overall, I give the book 3.5 stars. Since I loved Sparrow and Blood to Dust so much, this one book will definitely not stop me from continuing to be a huge fan. I honestly hope you all buy the book and form your own opinions. She is an amazing author after all.