Princess Emma Reviews: Scandalous by L.J. Shen

Princess Emma Reviews: Scandalous by L.J. ShenScandalous (Sinners of Saint, #3) by L.J. Shen
Pages: 315
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5 Stars

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.

Series: Sinners of Saint #3
Also in this series: Ruckus
Also by this author: Ruckus

5 Crowns

Book 4 in the Sinners of Saint series (#4 if you include the novella). The books follow the life and loves of the notorious HotHoles. You don’t need to have read the previous books to enjoy Scandalous, but I highly recommend you do. This book has become one of my top series ever and the latest book further cements that.

Trent Rexroth is known as the mute by his close circle of friends and business partners. Quiet, calculating and loyal, he enjoys the riches that his hard work and dedication has provided him. From humble beginnings and with the world at his feet, life should be perfect… but life is never that easy. He is proud to be a single and loving father to his 4 year old daughter Luna. A perfect accident from a night with a beautiful bitch of a stripper. But Luna refuses to speak and all the money in the world can’t fix it. Enter someone he has no business looking at, fantasizing about and someone that is the daughter of the man who wants to take everything Trent has worked so hard for away.

Edie Van Der Zee is the daughter of a very rich and influential man. That man is also a bastard and she lives a life that is far removed from his money or the expectations he demands of her. All she wants to do is surf and provide support to those she loves and who need her. When her father demands that she works for a business he is a partner in, she comes across a man that she has already had the misfortune of a run-in with. He is 15 years her senior, quiet, surly and dangerous, but she is attracted to the danger like a moth to a flame.

Maybe they will be each other salvation? But more likely they will be each other’s ruin.


Trent was the last HotHoles to be introduced. Yes, of course he is in all the previous books and although we have known that he didn’t have the same start as his friends, that he has a daughter and is a single dad, that was really it. Unlike Dean and Jamie, we have come full circle. Like Vicious, Trent is dark and moody. He has this really brooding personality and a lot of that I believe stems from spending his whole life trying to fit in with his richer, whiter friends. Life has just been tougher for Trent, but he has worked his arse off to provide himself and his family with a perfect life. Unfortunately it is Luna his daughter that he can’t help and she really is the centre of his world.

He knows Jordan Van Der Zee is out to get him and he is staying one step ahead of him. But when Jordan’s daughter Edie enters his world, she makes him stumble. He is determined to make her life difficult, and then he sees her with Luna and it shakes him to the core. She is 18 and way too young for him. He tries to stay away, she is dangerous to his well-ordered life, but she becomes an addiction.

These are 2 serious troubled people with so much shit going on it should all be a disaster. This isn’t a standard cookie cutter romance with hearts and flowers. This is darker and so much more than that and it is an absolutely addictive read. I just couldn’t put it down, so it certainly brought my book funk to an end. It is jammed packed with angst, mystery and that feeling that through all the ups and downs, all the deception and cruelty, you want these characters to really make it. You want them to find happiness and fulfilment whether that be together or even apart.

The author has given us such an amazing story that flows beautifully, with characters that you fall in love with. They are so relatable, even if some of the decisions they make are questionable. As I have already said, this series is most definitely one of my favourites ever and that is down to the engaging way in which L.J Shen writes. She has been able to create 4 HotHole characters that are the best of friends, loyal to each other and to only the ones they love. Everyone else can fuck off and I loved that about them. In this book both Trent and Edie have an equally hard shell, the journey Ms Shen took them on made sure we got to see glimpses of their soft centres.

A must read book and indeed series.



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