Top positive review
Passionate, bittersweet, perfect!
19 January 2018
I haven’t read a truly broken alpha male character in some time, and wow does LJ Shen know how to write one beautifully. The angst, drama and emotions make this story far from pretty but also makes it very special and totally compelling. Shen hasn’t held back and delivered a passionate bittersweet story overflowing with emotions.
Alex is the lead singer of one of the most successful bands in the world. When his fiancée leaves him for his best friend… he spiraled downward into a cycle of addiction and has just completed rehab. He is still miserable and as a result, he tries to ensure that those around him feel the same pain by being rude & offensive. ‘Disgusting. Gorgeous. Rude. Sexy. Screwed-up. Witty. Broody. Unbearable. Trouble. Trouble. Trouble. Alex Winslow was all those things and more’
“Alex Winslow was a tornado, impacting everything and everyone on his way to destruction.”
His agent has decided that he needs someone to ensure that he doesn’t fall back into his bad ways, enter Indigo...
Indie is a good girl. Raised by her brother after her parents died, she still lives with him, his wife and their super cute son Ziggy. As she is described by her sister in law ... “All you want to do is sew and play with Ziggy. You’re the mother of all introverts. When we watched Bubble Boy together—you envied the poor kid for living in solitude.”
Everything is a struggle for them despite juggling jobs. When Indie gets the opportunity to earn a crazy amount of money being the PA (aka babysitting) of a rock star for 3 months, she cannot turn it down as it would mean so much for her and her loved ones.
Their first encounter is explosive, and the hatred between them so palpable that you feel it through the Kindle…
“I’m looking at my worst nightmare.” She blinked, almost willing herself to un-see me. If nothing else, she was bloody honest. Taking a step in her direction, I made sure we were toe-to-toe, my cigarette dripping ash down to her hair when I whispered the words, “I’m not your nightmare, sweetheart. Nightmares, you wake up from. With me, I’ll keep going until you’re out of my hair. We clear?”
Two opposites thrown together always makes for an explosive read but When Indie turns out to be more than Alex could have ever imagined, things take a turn... And as it progresses you feel their love building. She is his muse, and his lifeline. He is her forbidden fruit, her drug she craves. ‘Because when Alex was hurting, he wanted the entire world to hurt with him. And in that moment in time, I was his world. I should have felt disgusted by what he’d done. I should have wrapped myself up in a towel, stormed after him, and given him a piece of my mind. But all I did was smile into the pillow like the stupid, lust-struck girl I was. My Alex. My little prince.’
I thought their rocky relationship was unmendable, especially when presented with a twist I didn’t see coming...
I’ll admit Alex’s hard personality took getting used to and his obnoxiousness and sarcasm made me want to jump into the book and shake him sometimes! But underlying that is a deep and very interesting character you can’t help swiping and getting to know.
‘He was saving me from drowning in dark thoughts about my family. He was no knight in shining armor, a far cry from a savior. He was just a broken, sad boy who was given a great gift that put him on display for the world to see and to judge. And that boy saved me that day.’
Narrated in past tense from a dual point of view makes for easy reading,
LJ Shen creating something I could not put down it is heart wrenching and beautiful at the same time. This is my new favourite from this author and I never thought I’d ever love anything more than ‘Sparrow’!