Monday, May 13, 2019


Scandalous by L.J. Shen
Release Date: September 22nd 2017
Source: Purchased
Format: Audiobook
Pages: 315
Buy it: Amazon|B&N|Book Depository
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


        How the hell does L.J. Shen manage to do it every single time? Although each of the Hotholes have the same defining characteristic, they all manage to bring something new to the table making each story more incising than the last. Scandalous is complex, emotionally riveting and an intricately plotted work of art. I always expect the unexpected with the Hotholes and this book did not disappoint, being both thought-provoking and guaranteed to steal your heart. What is different about this story is that the Hotholes are now grown and experienced, willing to make sacrifices for each other that they would have never made in book one.
        Trent Rexroth has always seemed like the most tame of the Hotholes, but that was only because he was quiet–– and you know what they say about the quiet ones. He was crude, straightforward, blunt and uncompromisingly himself. I was fascinated by every move he made, every word he spoke, and his thought process through it all got me all hot and bothered. How slowly he peeled himself back to reveal the complex, beautiful creature underneath. The only girl to hold Trent's heart thus far has been his daughter Luna, whose mother disappeared on them both without warning. Having a daughter that doesn't utter a word, Trent breaks out of his shell only for her, trying everything to make her feel comfortable. As far as his love life goes, it is nothing but raw, dirty, animalistic sex and thats it. No kissing. No flowers. Just hot, hedonistic fucking.

        But then walks in Edie Van Der Zee, the eighteen year old daughter of his new and hated business partner. On the outside it is easy to mistaken Edie for the stereotypical, entitled, spoiled, rich girl who will do anything her daddy asks, but in reality she is drowning in her own world. She is struggling to keep afloat, stuck between a helpless mother and a greedy, power-hungry father. Even though Edie was much younger than Trent, she was his equal in every way. Her ferocious loyalty, fierce protective sense and her burning sexual ambition all intoxicated Trent. Two broken souls finding their match.
        I am a sucker for an office romance. The forbidden office sex, in mail rooms or next to the copier excites me more than I can express. Add in a significant age difference and you will have my heart racing. Scandalous was a delicious, sizzling and angst filled ride from beginning to end. This series never fails to disappoint. 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Who is your favorite Hothole? Mine for sure is Dean.

Thanks Hons,
Lee Chand


  1. 5 L.J. Shen reviews in a week!! Love it! I was just as addicted when I first read her books

    1. I am gonna keep going until I get through all of them! Reading midnight blue right now!

  2. reading all your reviews for this makes me want to read these books now!

  3. These books seem hot! You flew through them ahah!

  4. These books seem great! Great reviews Lee! Always love your posts!