This post contains affiliate links you can use to purchase the book. If you buy the book using that link, I will receive a small commission from the sale.Pretty Reckless by L.J. Shen
Published by Self Published on 4/26/19
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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We were supposed to be best friends
But turned out to be worst enemies…
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.
I loved this book. I LOVED it so much and so hard. It’s dramatic and sexy and full of heart and soul and feels. L.J. Shen is one of my favorite authors and I adore the way she tells me a story! This standalone is one you have to read, one you won’t be able to put down. The characters are flawed, the story-line is different, and the writing is phenomenal. It’s a heart-stopper of a read from start to finish!
This book! I am reeling. This was the ultimate binge read. It’s dramatic, it’s sexy, it’s twisty and dark and so intoxicating you won’t be able to put it down! I’m obsessed. Obsessed with every detail of the story. I LIVE for books that make you feel big, deep, delicious feels, and I LOVE it when a novel has a twist you don’t see coming. This was one of those books, and I ate up every word. I devoured it, and I can’t get it enough. I seriously ADORE LJ Shen’s writing and this world she has created. I want to be one of her characters and have one of these heroes as my own. THEY ARE EVERYTHING. THIS STORY IS EVERYTHING. And I’m crazy in LOVE.
SOOOOOOO. CRAZYYYYYYY. IN. LOVE.
God! It’s magical. BEYOND! When you go into this you might not be expecting the deepest story but what you get leaves your jaw hanging open. I was stunned at the turn of events in this book. And I LOVED the whole enemies to lovers / bully storyline. Both Penn and Daria have so much heart, so much sass, so much SOUL. I adored these two! But I have to say that Daria STOLE MY HEART COMPLETELY. That girl… OMG. I fell head over heels for her. She’s so much snark and bite and fire and ice, a tough girl that hides the softest, sweetest heart. She made me ache all over. And Penn… what a dreamy jerk. LOL. You’ll be so enamored with him.
There’s major chemistry between our hero (poor kid / football captain at a rival school) and heroine (rich girl / head cheerleader) and this story get super steamy. Daria and Penn have history before he moves into her house. The basic plot rundown is this:
Daria and Penn meet, thus creating a backstory.
It goes bad super FAST.
Penn ends up HATING Daria.
They come together later when Jaime and Mel do something crazy and take Penn in (there’s a big story to why they do this).
And then … SPARKS, FIRE, AND JUICY GOODNESS ensues.
There’s tons of back and forth. Lots of biting, witty dialogue. A mountain of feels. More twists and turns. Drama, drama, drama, and more drama. And it’s so addictive and so magic, you guys. To say I loved it would be an understatement. I’m crazy about this book! I went into it unsure what to expect but it turned out to be MORE than I ever thought it would. It’s was so BEYOND good. And seeing the crew– Dean, Jaime, Vic and Trent again, brought me PURE joy! What a read. I’m giddy over it. I can’t wait for more. CANNOT FREAKING WAIT. 5 stars.
About the Author
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.