Well, wow, wow, and wow! Can L.J. Shen bring on the angst or what???
Seriously, she is the bomb when it comes to angsty, unique, and gripping stories, and since I got lost in audiobook hell for about a quarter of this year, I am super excited to find some really fantastic ones lately!
~ All Saints High Series #1 and #2 by L.J. Shen ~
~ Pretty Reckless (All Saints High #1) ~
Release Date ~ April 27, 2019
Narrated by Angela Goethals, Maxine Mitchell, and Michael Crouch.
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.
~ Broken Knight (All Saints High #2) ~
Release Date ~ August 20, 2019
Narrated by Savannah Peachwood, Jacob Morgan, Christian Rummel, and C.J. Bloom.
Not all love stories are written the same way. Ours had torn chapters, missing paragraphs, and a bittersweet ending.
Luna Rexroth is everyone’s favorite wallflower.
Underneath the meek, tomboy exterior everyone loves (yet pities) is a girl who knows exactly what, and who, she wants—namely, the boy from the treehouse who taught her how to curse in sign language.
Who taught her how to laugh.
Knight Cole is everyone’s favorite football hero.
This daredevil hell-raiser could knock you up with his gaze alone, but he only has eyes for the girl across the street: Luna.
But Luna is not who she used to be. She doesn’t need his protection anymore.
When life throws a curveball at All Saints’ golden boy, he’s forced to realize not all knights are heroes.
Sometimes, the greatest love stories flourish in tragedy.
In a nutshell, Pretty Reckless really blew me away! Where Shen always excels at writing fantastic a-hole alphas to adore, she turned the tables in this one with the heroine in the story, Daria. Spoiled, spiteful, and given the world, she was easy to hate from the get-go. In turn, I couldn’t help but feel for Penn in as he tried to overcome all of his challenges and loss during his childhood. They shared such animosity towards each other that combusted into passion and later transitioned into understanding and a very unexpected love. I really admired and loved how Daria and Penn’s characters evolved throughout the story, which was actually very sweet in the end. The narrators were fantastic and had such an edge in their voices that made it impossible not to feel all the passion and emotions in this romance!
Since I enjoyed the audiobook for Pretty Reckless so much, I also wanted to hear the audible for the second book in the All Saints High Series, Broken Knight as well. Knight and Luna’s journey gave me all the feels – it was so emotional and quite heartbreaking. As childhood best friends, they were each other’s everything, and their fear that their love for each other would ruin their friendship pushed them apart and in different directions. Where Luna completely blossomed in the story, Knight’s path was of a loss and total destruction that brought me to tears.
Although different narrators than Pretty Reckless, again it was the narration that really enhanced the passion and emotion into this story for me. I wasn’t prepared to be so consumed, and I actually listened to the audiobook and read the e-book when my earbuds weren’t appropriate, like family dinners haha! The angst just gave me such a knot in my stomach with hope for Knight and Luna to see the light and find their way to each other in the end!
Between L.J. Shen’s flawed yet endearing characters in Pretty Reckless and Broken Knight along with the emotional narration of both, I absolutely enjoyed this introduction of the ‘Tot-holes’ and their relationships with each other in this All Saints High Series. Although some parts were very sad, it was also great revisiting their ‘Hot-hole’ parents from her Sinners of Saint Series and combined, they all make up one big crazy, protective, and loving family that you surprisingly adore!
Up next is Vaughn’s story in Angry God and coming in 2020!
Start the All Saints High Series with Pretty Reckless by L.J. Shen!
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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 people’s’ 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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