Title: The Villain (Boston Belles #2)
Author: L.J. Shen
My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Genre: Contemporary Fiction Romance
Primary Characters: Cillian and Persephone
Narration: Dual POV
I have read several books of L.J Shen before. Somehow none other books met my expectation as much as Vicious. When I saw several people swooning over Cillian in social media I couldn’t resist. My expectations of this book were really really low but to my surprise I actually enjoyed it.
When Persephone finds herself in danger and in dire need she turns to the only man she knows may have the financial means to help her. Cillian wants to deny her but he soon realises that he may need her as much as she needs him. A deal with the devil is made and now she must live with her decision.
The novel is based around a mutual agreement to a marriage of convenience; but there is so much more to the plot than that. Cillian was the best thing to come out of this book. Cillian was everything I expected him to be. Persy is such a strong female, she is easy to love and very endearing. Persy is a pre-school teacher, who appears to be meek, but she is good match for Kill. Cillian took his fathers need of perfection to the next level. He never allowed himself to look weak. He is as cold and calculating as we hoped he would be, but what I really loved is the why behind it.
Cillian and Persephone were unique, complex and I loved watching their layers unfold. Their banter and connection are combustible. The emotion along with the push and pull between these two were very entertaining. Flow of the book is good. Narration is pleasant and lovable. Loved some of the secondary characters. Intrigued with that delectable Brit and brooding Sam. Plot could have been better, but the way it got executed is nice. Cillian’s monologue was mostly on funny side. Even though I enjoyed it, I think some things could have been avoided.
Overall, a good one-time entertainer. It will make you smile and grovel throughout.
Source: Free in KU