BXTCHES Gotta Warn: I first read this book back in October (2017), even though it was released in December 2016. . .how I managed to miss it, I have no idea, clearly I wasn’t paying attention, but I’m on it now, so better late than never. And to ensure that I miss nothing, this is read #2. Although Vicious is the first book in this series, the second book (Defy) somewhat overlaps this story, so if you were feeling adventurous, you could start with that one, however, after reading both books, I do suggest that you start right here. Oh, and this book is part of the Kindle Unlimited Program, which makes it free for members.
Vicious will be told through both Vicious and Emilia’s POV.
Vicious is somewhat told in two separate parts, not in a part one and a part two way, more of a now and then kinda way. And trust a BXTCH, if ever there was a book where you need the ‘then’ to understand the ‘now’, it’s Vicious.
Let’s start ten years back. This part of the story takes place in Todos Santos, CA, where Vicious (Baron) lives with his dad and step-mom. Because it’s an important part of the story, you need to know that Vicious’ dad (also Baron) owns most of the town, which would make them very fucking wealthy. And in true ‘very fucking wealthy’ style, they have help and that help comes in the form of Emilia and family, which includes Emilia, her sister Rosie, and her mom and dad, really the help is just mom and dad, but the whole fam lives on the property. This is also the part where I guess I should tell you that Vicious usually skips over calling Emilia by her given name or even by the nickname Millie, he goes straight to the asshole route and decides that ‘Help’ would be a better suited moniker and I only share that so you can get a full grasp of what an asshole Vicious truly is.
Vicious along with Jamie, Trent, and Dean make up the group known around town as the HotHoles, which in truth, would be better termed as AssHoles (that word could very well be a common theme). To save a bunch of words and to get straight to the point, the HotHoles say ‘jump’ and most say ‘how high?’, they demand and they receive. . .surely you get the point. As teens, both Vicious and Emilia have eyes for one another. . .unfortunately for Emilia, Vicious is an asshole and lives somewhat by the creed ‘if I can’t have her, then no one can’ and it’s this particular creed that will shape not only Emilia’s future, but it also paves the way for how she winds up feeling about him. I know, this is all very cryptic. . .but turns out, this is one glorious journey.
Even though this story is told back and forth, the meat of the pages take place in the now and hopefully you’ve cottoned on to the fact that a Vicious and Emilia is a foregone conclusion. That’s the easy part, it’s the how that will not only have you unable to put it down, but will also make you start to fall just a bit for the one that you should hate, because once it all comes together, Vicious may not be all that Vicious after all. Asshole? Yes.
While we’re busy being enamored by what Emilia and Vicious are bringing to the story, don’t forget to pay attention to those that are surrounding them, because those are the ones that will be front and center in the future. The most interesting and possibly most heart wrenching supporting character is going to be Rosie (the little sister). Her and Dean are book #3 (Ruckus) and (non spoiler) Rosie has Cystic Fibrosis and that alone will make it difficult to turn the page, knowing what we think will be the inevitable, but what I think is going to be the most intriguing part of their story is what could be the underlying theme of ‘you think you know, but you have no idea’. . .and I don’t have one idea, but I cannot wait to find out. The second book will belong to Jamie and it’s a bit tabooish in the most delicious way, while Trent will get book #4. I can’t imagine this series not getting hotter and hotter, so have those fans ready.
I can’t say whether or not you’ll wind up loving Vicious (the man, you’ll love the book), but one thing that will translate well. . .Asshole + Alpha = heaven in the bedroom. The lust and sexual tension between Vicious and Emilia, pours off of the page. . .then and now. L.J. Shen was able to harness that need and have pour it over into their adult lives and have the electricity come alive in the bedroom or tattoo parlor or office. . .you get the hint. My point? Your eyes may be rolling into the back of your head when your done. And not in a sarcastic way either.
On paper (no pun intended), this is a couple that probably shouldn’t work. He’s an asshole, she isn’t. She’s an artist and he’s no where close. He’s all designer suites and she’s thrift store finds. She has compassion, he does not. But in the end, they’re able to fulfill that missing piece in each other. Emilia will be easy to love. Her feisty nature will challenge Vicious, she’s a free spirit that takes care of others before herself and she’s fucking funny, which I love in my leading ladies. But the counter to that? You’re gonna want to hate Vicious, but as with every tragic soul, there’s an untold history, one that will pull the compassion from your soul and force you to look through a different set of lenses. And when that puzzle starts to come together, you may very well find yourself with a love for Vicious that will knock you on your ass, because you did not see it coming.