Review | Vicious (Sinners of Saint #1) by L.J. Shen

“I used to think of you as a villain, but you’re not my villain. You’re your own villain.” 3.25/5 stars!

Attention! This book contains: cherry blossoms, christmas leggins, sentimental shoeboxes, chewed pencils, funerals, cold mansions and diner shifts.

Well, this was something.

This story follows the relationship between Vicious – yes, that is his name – and Emilia. They met when they were in high school and they never got along. He was always very mean to her, but that didn’t stop her to love him. Still, she dated his best friend and tried to ignore him and his attitude the best she could. Now, after ten years, he is a powerful lawyer with his own company, and she works as a waitress in a local diner. They meet again in the diner where she works in New York, and with that, their feelings reappear stronger than ever.

I must admit, this reminded me a lot of Fifty Shades of Grey. Well, in this case there is no BDSM and the dominance aspect is not as strong, but the theme is very similar. Both books tell the story of a powerful, dark man infatuated by a humble, sweet woman. Overall the book was okay, I just wasn’t into the way he treated her most of the time. The male lead is very damaged and borderline abusive towards the girl. I’m actually into dark romances and enemies-to-lovers stories, but this didn’t do it for me. I get that he went through a lot in his past and everything, but it shouldn’t be an excuse for his behaviour. I feel like he was mean to her so many times, and always in very unnecessary ways. But hey, that’s just my opinion and what do I know? I’m glad he gets a little better in the end, but overall I didn’t like him.

If you are into dark romances, enemies to lovers stories and a-hole heroes, you will probably like this book.

xoxo, Neide

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