[Review] The Villain by L.J. Shen

Title: The Villain (Boston Belles #2)
Author: L.J. Shen
Publication Date: December 16, 2020

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.
divider_line (1)Review:

I have been DYING to get my hands on Cillian’s book ever since reading The Hunter and my heart is so satisfied after reading this. The relationship between Persy and Kill was absolutely delightful. Their banter was endless and the build up was intense. They definitely met their match with each other and to see them fight their feelings was hilarious. It was interesting to see the man behind the villain come out to play as well and to see what made him the man he is. Their story is about how they save each other and I really loved those small pockets of happiness in between all the tension. You may enjoy this book if you love:

-marriage of convenience/age gap/unrequited love/fake relationship/hate to love tropes
-neurological disorder rep
-Hades/Perspehone retellings
-wives who defy their husbands at every turn just to get a reaction
-husbands who routinely save their wives even if they have zero feelings and claim to hate them
-corporate drama between mortal enemies involving blackmail
-dry humour
-loyal besties who will kill for you
-extremely steamy moments
-Greek mythology references

TW: scenes of assault, violence, torture, self-harm, child abuse.

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