Scandalous by L.J. Shen
Series: Sinners of Saint #4
Also in this series: Vicious
Published by Self-published on September 21st 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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From bestselling author L.J. Shen, comes a new, standalone, contemporary romance. On special sale for only 99 cents for a LIMITED TIME.
"Best book of the year" - Angie's Dreamy Reads. "Best book I HAVE EVER READ" - Bookalicious Babes Blog.
They call him The Mute for a reason. Hard, cold and calculated, he rarely speaks. When he does, it’s with disdain. When he does, his words aren’t meant for me. When he does, my stomach flips and my world tilts on its axis. He is thirty-three. I am eighteen. He’s a single dad and my father’s business partner. I’m just a kid to him and his enemy’s daughter. He’s emotionally unavailable. And I am…feeling. Feeling things I shouldn’t feel for him. Trent Rexroth is going to break my heart. The writing isn’t just on the wall, it’s inked on my soul. And yet, I can’t stay away. A scandal is the last thing my family needs. But a scandal is what we’re going to give them. And oh, what beautiful chaos it will be.
This is a a genuine standalone with a plot line full of twists and turns that I did not see coming.
Scandalous has a great array of strong and interesting characters. Trent Rexroth is the bossy hot older guy raising his 4-year-old daughter Luna as a single father. Edie Van Der Zee is the headstrong rebellious daughter from a wealthy dysfunctional family and her father Jordan Van Der Zee who just happens to be in business with Trent Rexroth. The great characters were brought to life in this scandalous story through angst, mystery, suspense, witty dialogue and some downright steamy action.
Trent is a broody anti-hero with a heart of gold which he keeps well hidden. Edie is biding her time and choosing her battles wisely. She portrays a selfless person who constantly puts others before herself while not letting her moral compass get in the way of cutting loose and enjoying life. Rather a regular feminine Robin Hood who likes to live on the edge. She balances her erratic escapism with a morning surf and hanging out with Bane, a loyal friend who comes with benefits, including being the opposite kind of person her father expects her to associate with.
Her relative freedom is ripped from her by her father who demands she do more with her life. He arranges for her to work at his office which also happens to be where Trent works. They spark up an instant attraction neither of them wants a part of. Trent is well aware she’s too young for him and a colleague’s daughter. Edie interprets Trent’s arrogance as a trait too similar to her father’s.
Their journey was a slow build up tempered with healthy exchanges of witty banter. Add to the mix the adorable daughter Luna who hits it off with Edie instantly. They both compromise their stance to accommodate Luna’s best interests. Luna’s influence on them both is minor and far from contrived.
The forbidden aspect to their relationship is multi-layered. Their age difference which is neither obvious nor played down enhances the story by raising the risks for both establishing any type of connection between them, let alone a relationship which neither of them wants to entertain.
Scandalous was so much more than an enemies to lovers romance. Their being together was frowned upon on numerous levels beginning with their own perceptions. An undeniable attraction that succumbs to the impossible, obliterating all sense of reason to the point the scandal was in walking away from what could be.
4 Sizzling Stars
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