Genres: Contemporary Romance
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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 beautiful chaos it will be.
Scandalous is the third book in the Sinners of Saint Series. It’s also the first book in the series I’ve read and I loved it! I’m going to go back and catch up on the rest of the Sinners; I want to read more about them. If falling for Trent Rexroth is a sin, then I’m guilty of it. And non-repentant!
Edie Van Der Zee has grown up in the wealthy town of Todos Santos, in SoCal, yet looks like she doesn’t belong among the elite. With her torn backpack and worn down Doc Martens, not to mention an older car that’s on the brink of dying, she doesn’t look like the only child of a potential mayoral candidate. The eighteen year old has just graduated from high school and decided she’s going to skip college, even though she was accepted to five Ivy League schools, to teach kids how to surf.
Her father, Jordan, treats his wife, Lydia, with disdain and has always had several mistresses on the side. He treats Edie worse, by controlling her financially and holding something on her. Jordan owned half of Todos Santos and now holds forty-nine percent of Fiscal Heights Holdings, an investment company. His other four partners own equal parts of the company. She “runs into” one of them, Trent Rexroth, under unfortunate circumstances that he threatens to use them against her.
Trent is one of the shareholders of FHH, along with three other friends that graduated from high school together. The thirty-three year old is now extremely wealthy and he’s always been an outsider. His nickname, The Mute, was well justified. Being Bi-racial and a scholarship student were just a few of the reasons why he felt he never fit in. He’s also a single father, raising four-year old Luna, after her mother abandoned her when she was a year old. The sweet, intelligent child has refused to speak, much to Trent’s frustration, and he’s been actively looking for Val, her mother, to demand legal sole custody of her.
“Luna didn’t talk because she didn’t want to talk. What I did know was that my daughter was different, indifferent, and unusual. People said she was ‘special’, as an excuse to treat her like a freak.”
For some unknown reasons Jordan hates Trent and wants him out of FHH, at whatever costs. When Edie lets her father know she won’t be attending college he demands she go work at the company and while she’s there gather info on Trent that Jordan can use to push him out.
“Blackmailing someone into blackmailing is an interesting method.”
Trent tolerates Edie, after discovering her getting along with Luna, and finding out her babysitter was at one time Edie’s, too. He’s pretty sure that Edie is a pawn in Jordan’s game to get rid of Trent. It’s a good thing he’s knows how to play dirty, too. }
“She hated her father, but that really didn’t mean shit. At the end of the day, life was not a game of chess. Life was fucking Jenga. You tried winging through it, hoping it wouldn’t fall down in spectacular fashion and bury you. I was the first to acknowledge that sometimes you had to do stuff you weren’t completely okay with for the greater good.”
I loved this story! There’s a little mystery involved, the threat Jordan holds over Edie is both surprising and painful. As the story moves along we feel the love Trent has for Luna, his frustration at not reaching her, and his attraction to Edie; who he considers forbidden, due to her age and parentage. I loved Edie’s interaction with Luna and the back and forth between her and Trent. Because you know, when someone fights, they have to make up eventually. When they do, it’s so worth the wait!
Scandalous, the highly anticipated next standalone in the Sinners of Saint Series by LJ Shen is available NOW!
Scandalous by LJ Shen
Publishing Date: September 29th, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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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