Scandalous by L.J. Shen

34450909Pages: 328

Goodreads Rating: 4.31 / 5 stars

My Rating: 3/5 stars

Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Publication Date: September 21st 2017

Publisher: Self Published


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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

My Review:

Review also posted on Goodreads

Unlike the first three Four HotHoles, Trent Rexroth didn’t grew up with a silver spoon. He came from a poor family and while studying, he have to get jobs to pay his tuition and school supplies. All those hadrships paid off through his perseverance and discipline. He’s a successful man and established a firm along with his best friends Jaime, Baron and Dean. Out of the four guys, Trent was the first one to become a family man. He’s a single father to his four year old daughter, Luna and she’s mute since her mother left them.

His daughter was his number one priority and admittedly he quite sucked at parenting. Though he’s busy at work and providing what’s best for her, I wish they had more father-daughter bonding so he can understand her likes and dislikes better. He’s too formal and business-like for her. No wonder she’s aloof and distant from him. Having a serious relationship was his least priority but he have casual flings every now and then until Edie Van Der Zee.

Edie was Jordan Van Der Zee’s daughter. She’s carefree, sporty and rebellious but she had to play a good daugter and follow her father’s rules. She have a mental baggage and trying to keep herself together. Trent and her father were both business partners and rivals. Working as an intern has a purpose to help her father bring down Trent.

The drama was a huge clusterfuck. The kind you want to grab snacks and tea and anticipate what happens next. The story didn’t immediately grab my attention. It was a slow start. It took several tries to get back into it. The story was cliché but entertaining and I enjoyed the drama. The antagonists — Jordan and Val (Luna’s mom) — stirred it up pretty well. Gosh, I despise those two. Jordan is a racist, manipulative old man and Val is a petty, shallow golddigger. 🙄😤🔪🔪

Trent and Edie were good characters but they’re not my favorite. Talk about the forbidden romance and sexual tension between them. Despite of the age gap, they were great together. Edie may be immature sometimes but she’s a tough heroine. I appreciate her for taking care of her love ones when her father couldn’t. For an eighteen year old, it’s a lot of responsibility. As for Trent, I don’t know if it’s just me but his character was stereotypical? He’s a biracial (German-African American) guy who was poor and underprivilege then became rich. Like, why can’t he be rich in the beginning just like Jaime, Vicious and Dean? Is it because he’s biracial (he’s German-African American)? I don’t know, maybe I’m overanalyzing. 😩

Overall, I like the story even if I have issues with it. The conflicts were resolved in the end. I really like The Four HotHoles’ friendship, they were brothers through thick and thin. Ruckus remains my top favorite so far in this series. Even the cover was hot, it doesn’t match with Trent Rexroth. Just saying. I’m looking forward to Bane’s story.


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