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Review & New Release: The Villain by L.J. Shen (Boston Belles #2)

To marry or not to marry Boston’s favorite villain?

The Villain, an all-new dark and decadent love story from USA Today and #1 Amazon bestselling author L.J. Shen is available now!


Cruel. Coldblooded. Hades in a Brioni suit.
Cillian Fitzpatrick has been dubbed every wicked thing on planet earth.
To the media, he is The Villain.
To me, he is the man who (reluctantly) saved my life.
Now I need him to do me another, small solid.
Bail me out of the mess my husband got me into.
What’s a hundred grand to one of the wealthiest men in America, anyway?
Only Cillian doesn’t hand out free favors.
The price for the money, it turns out, is my freedom.
Now I’m the eldest Fitzpatrick brother’s little toy.
To play, to mold, to break.
Too bad Cillian forgot one, tiny detail.
Persephone wasn’t only the goddess of spring; she was also the queen of death.
He thinks I’ll buckle under the weight of his mind games.
He is about to find out the most lethal poison is also the sweetest.

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A story as all consuming as it’s characters, The Villain finally gives us the depraved and soulless Cillian Fitzpatrick and a rare glimpse into his dark callous heart

He is everything we’d thought he’d be and more. I won’t lie he gives off total Vicious vibes and I never thought I’d find another incredible character like him until Kill

Kill is the epitome of perfection. But He’s also cold, calculating, and most of all flawed. He’s a stone brick wall guarded by thicker walls of steel. No one gets to him; to his head or heart.

Except Persephone Penrose

The suspected meek and naive younger Penrose sister with a crown of golden hair and a bleeding heart on her sleeve is anything but.

Persephone may have been the goddess of spring, but she was also queen of the underworld & she’s more than ready to take Hades head on

LJ surprised us by gifting us Persy as Cillian’s lover but god when you read this book

I won’t reveal too much, but you need to read this book to understand Persy’s light and love was exactly what was needed to crack that tiny chink hiding in Kill’s deep armor.

They weren’t exactly what each other wanted at first, but they were exactly what each other needed.

The Villain was a fantastic read for book 2 of the Boston Belles Series and a luring modernization of Hades and Persephone. I devoured it in a few hours and now hours later I’m still thinking about it!!

5/5 stars

About L.J. Shen
L.J. Shen is a USA Today, Washington Post and Amazon #1 best-selling author of contemporary, New Adult and YA romance. Her books have been sold to twenty different countries.

She lives in California with her husband, son, cat and eccentric fashion choices, and enjoys good wine, bad reality TV shows and catching sun rays with her lazy cat.

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