Book Review: Pretty Reckless by L.J. Shen

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Book Review: Pretty Reckless by L.J. Shen
Title: Pretty Reckless
Author: L.J. Shen
Published by L.J. Shen
Series: All Saints High #1
Date Published: 21 April, 2019
Pages: 360
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Format: Paperback, eBook
Source: Purchased
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From USA Today and Washington Post bestselling author L.J. Shen comes an intense, high school enemies-to-lovers romance with a twist.

They say revenge is a dish best served cold. I’d had four years to stew on what Daria Followhill did to me, and now my heart was completely iced. I took her first kiss. She took the only thing I loved. I was poor. She was rich. The good thing about circumstances? They can change. Fast. Now, I’m her parents’ latest shiny project. Her housemate. Her tormentor. The captain of the rival football team she hates so much. Yeah, baby girl, say it—I’m your foster brother. There’s a price to pay for ruining the only good thing in my life, and she’s about to shell out some serious tears. Daria Followhill thinks she is THE queen. I’m about to prove to her that she’s nothing but a spoiled princess.

Everyone loves a good old unapologetic punk. But being a bitch? Oh, you get slammed for every snarky comment, cynical eye roll, and foot you put in your adversaries’ way. The thing about stiletto heels is that they make a hell of a dent when you walk all over the people who try to hurt you. In Penn Scully’s case, I pierced his heart until he bled out, then left it in a trash can on a bright summer day. Four years ago, he asked me to save all my firsts for him. Now he lives across the hall, and I want nothing more than to be his last everything. His parting words when he gave me his heart were that nothing in this world is free. Now? Now he is making me pay.

This book is not suitable for those under 18 years of age because it contains one or more of the following: language, mature content/scenes, references to drugs or alcohol.

My Thoughts
Holy Fudge Balls. Yes, I used that term. Sue me. Anyway, this book. What can I tell you about this novel? I can tell you this: if you thought the Hotholes were amazing men, you haven’t seen nothing until you’ve experienced the Totholes of All Saints High. They are dripping in angst and oozing broodiness in the most delicious of ways!

Penn and Daria. Whew. Those two had so much passion sizzling between them that it was hard to hang on to my Kindle. I mean, it was on FIRE. Penn’s pain of his twin disappearing, Daria’s pain of feeling like she’s not anything to her mother, all of it became mine as I fell deeper and and deeper in love with these perfectly chiseled, flaw filled characters.

This book will leave you thirsty for more, hungry for another angst filled love story, and desperate for more of the emotional drama that captures Shen readers. Perfection is not a word to describe this novel. It is beyond perfection. This book will forever be with me, and let me tell you what. Five stars is just not enough for this Penn and Daria’s story. Fabulously done, L.J. Shen. Hats off to you!

About L.J. Shen

L.J. Shen is an International #1 best-selling author of Contemporary Romance and New Adult novels. She lives in Northern California with her husband, young son and chubby cat.

Before she’d settled down, L.J. (who thinks referring to herself in the third person is really silly, by the way) traveled the world, and collected friends from all across the globe. Friends who’d be happy to report that she is a rubbish companion, always forgets peoples’ birthdays and never sends Christmas cards.

She enjoys the simple things in life, like spending time with her family and friends, reading, HBO, Netflix and internet-stalking Stephen James. She reads between three to five books a week and firmly believes Crocs shoes and mullets should be outlawed.



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