The Villain by L.J. Shen ~ Review & Teaser (@lj_shen)

The Villain is the second book from the Boston Belle's series, and although I like this world, this particular read was a bit of a miss due to Cillian. He wasn't a gut I gelled with, unfortunately... 
The Villain (Boston Belles, #2)
Title: The Villain
Author: L.J. Shen
Series: Boston Belles #2
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: December 16th 2020

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From #1 Amazon and USA Today Bestseller L.J. Shen comes an arranged marriage romance novel with teeth and claws.

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.

I've read a lot of L.J. Shen's books now, and they are usually a hit or a miss for me. I must admit that this particular read wasn't one that blew me away; I was left a little disappointed, if I need to be honest.

Right from the start I could see that Belle had always crushed on Cillian, but he was not a very nice guy. It appeared that he didn't want anything to do with her, and that she was more like a nuisance. When Belle came to him for help, he was cold and after some time, he gave her a plan with an ultimatum.

I liked that Belle was a strong girl, who went after what she wanted. She didn't want to go to her family for help though, she was determined to get Cillian to help her, even though he treated her badly. Cillian, I did not care for at all, he was an ass most of the time. I did like that he softened a little, the more time that he spent with Belle, but he appeared a bit to set in his manly ways.

I liked seeing the characters from the first book in this read, and I'm looking forward to more reads about the other guys. So even though I was left disappointed in this particular read, I am looking forward to more stories from this world. 

These two didn't really get along to begin with, but over time, things got better. 

“You’re not my Prince Charming,” I blurted out, my thoughts going back to the conversation I’d had with my sister in her car the night I told her about my engagement. “You’re the villain.”
“Fear is my greatest asset.” He tipped his head down, pretending to nuzzle my throat, his hoarse, low baritone reverberating deep inside me. “But what are villains, my dear wife, if not misunderstood heroes?”

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L.J. ShenL.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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