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Scandalous by LJ Shen
Publishing Date: September 29th, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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 a beautiful chaos it will be.
Trent’s gaze cut to mine and stopped when his grays met my blues. The fading noise of Vicious barking at people to move along, and my father finally letting go of my arm to move toward Jaime and Dean—probably trying to gain both allies and sympathy—died down.
“I don’t like you,” Rexroth whispered under his breath, his voice harsh.
“I never asked you to.” I shrugged.
“You won’t be working here.” His arm brushed my shoulder, but I didn’t think it was by accident. I let loose a sugary smile, scanning his face and torso for no other reason other than to taunt him. “Good, you’ll be doing me a favor. My father is the one forcing me to work here. He’s pissed I turned down five Ivy League colleges. Remind me, Mr. Rexroth—which top tier university did you attend for your degree?”
The low blow was supposed to retrieve some of my lost dignity, but bile burned my throat, shotgunned from my stomach. Trent Rexroth was known in Todos Santos as an exhilarating success story, rising from the gutters of San Diego. He went to a shitty state college that accepted even the illiterate, working as a janitor on campus after hours. Those were given facts he’d recited himself in an interview for Forbes.
Had I really just tried to make him feel less worthy because he wasn’t born with a silver spoon in his mouth? It made me sicker than wearing my mother’s designer garbs.
Trent smiled, leaning into my body, into my soul. His smirk was more frightening than any scowl, frown, or grimace I’d ever seen. It threatened to tear me apart and sew me back together however he pleased.
“Edie.” His lips were dangerously close to my ear. A delicious shiver moved down my spine. Something warm rolled inside of me, begging to unknot and flower into an orgasm. What was happening, and why the hell was it happening? “If you know what’s best for you, you will turn around and leave right now.”
I elevated my head to meet his gaze and showed him my version of a grin. I was born and raised in a world of intimidating rich men, and I’d be damned if I go down like my mother—addicted to xanax, Gucci, and a man who paraded her on his arm for a short, glorious decade before keeping her solely for public appearances.
“I think I’m going to go find my desk now. I’d wish you a good day, Mr. Rexroth, but I think that ship has sailed. You’re a miserable man. Oh, and one for the road.” I fished for a Nature Valley bar in my mother’s purse and plastered it to his hard, muscled chest. My heart slammed into my neck, fluttering like a caged bird.
I hurried after my father as he glided down the vast, golden-hued hallway, not daring to look back. Knowing I’d started a war and arrived unequipped. But I also knew something else that gave me a surfer’s rush—if I could slam the final nail in my employment coffin and make Rexroth vote against me, I’d be off the hook.
I had just the plan for it. All I had to do was act like a brat. Game on.
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About LJ 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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My Book Review
LJ Shen does it again with another crazy, addictive, steamy HotHole story that I could not put down! I love that in each book Shen provides us with a natural element in the beginning and that has symbolism throughout the story: in Scandalous its sea horses.
Seahorses “they remind us that love is meant to be wild. Just like the ocean.”
Trent aka ‘The Mute’ finally gets his story which I have been dying to read. I don’t know how Shen does it, but she creates these a-holes that I just fall in love with and Trent is no different! I felt the pain of his poor upbringing, but having loving parents with a solid marriage and how he doesn’t see himself emulating that kind of relationship that he experiences with his parents. My heart just broke for him being a father with a daughter that chooses not to speak and his struggle with overcoming this major heart wrenching battle to try to get his daughter to communicate with him.
“He was a dark knight made of coarse material. Cruel in his silence and punishing in his confidence.”
Edie has a lot of secrets and hidden agendas throughout the story that you will have to read to find out more about her story. She has a great head on her shoulders for only being 18 and attempting to navigate working at Fiscal Heights Holding along with her family dynamics. Edie finds solace in surfing to help her sanity as she has a very hard life for any 18 year old girl.
“The ocean is her drug.”
The big age gap between Trent and Edie was a bit challenging to think of an eighteen year old girl getting involved with a single father in his thirties fresh out of high school. It is a bit shock and awe which I feel was LJ Shen’s intent with this major age gap. The difference in ages does not take away from the story and there are plenty of jokes and threats about it that you understand and feel their attraction with each other. Shen also touches on Trent’s ethnicity throughout the story.
“Our love draws attention like a wildfire. We’re a biracial couple with a huge age gap.”
All in all, this is another GREAT HotHoles story with plenty of banter between the Four Hot Holes that left me laughing out loud with plenty of hot scenes that gives you all the feels! I hope that there will be more visits to Todos Santos, because I am so not ready to say goodbye to these characters.