REVIEW: PRETTY RECKLESS by LJ SHEN

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We were supposed to be best friends
But turned out to be worst enemies…
 

Penn
They say revenge is a dish best served cold
I’d had four years to stew on what Daria Followhill did to me, and now my heart was completely iced.
I took her first kiss. 
She took the only thing I loved.
I was poor.
She was rich.
The good thing about circumstances? They can change. Fast.
Now, I’m her parents’ latest shiny project. 
Her housemate. Her tormentor. The captain of the rival football team she hates so much.
Yeah, baby girl, say it—I’m your foster brother. 
There’s a price to pay for ruining the only good thing in my life, and she’s about to shell out some serious tears.
Daria Followhill thinks she is THE queen. I’m about to prove to her that she’s nothing but a spoiled princess.

Daria
Everyone loves a good old unapologetic punk.
But being a bitch? Oh, you get slammed for every snarky comment, cynical eye roll, and foot you put in your adversaries’ way.
The thing about stiletto heels is that they make a hell of a dent when you walk all over the people who try to hurt you.
In Penn Scully’s case, I pierced his heart until he bled out, then left it in a trash can on a bright summer day. 
Four years ago, he asked me to save all my firsts for him.
Now he lives across the hall, and I want nothing more than to be his last everything.
His parting words when he gave me his heart were that nothing in this world is free.
Now? Now he is making me pay.


It started with a lemonade and ended with my heart. This, my pretty reckless rival, is how our screwed-up story starts.


MY REVIEW

This book was so much more than what I expected. It was truly unexpected and HANDS DOWN the best book I have read of 2019. It truly deserves WAY more than 5 stars because it is that AMAZING.

First off, the cover is seriously hot! But it is the story behind that cover that is so amazing, fantastic and any other adjective that you can think of. This is a new series, so you don’t have to read the Sinners of Saint books to follow the story line, but it does give you some background into the kids parents.

Daria Followhill is queen bee, little miss popular, captain of the cheer squad but life isn’t also so perfect. Penn Scully is the boy from the wrong side of the tracks, has to work hard to make a better life for himself. Daria and Penn together are explosive, tragic, beautiful, and so so so much more. Both their characters are so complex and so deep. My heart broke for the both of them individually, but as the story went on it was slowly mended.

Daria is truly the girl everyone loves to hate, but she is a fighter. Despite her spoiled princess attitude, she has true insecurities she struggles with and you can feel those as you read it. You feel her pain and her struggles. I found myself routing for her to have the happy ending she truly deserved. Penn struggles between protecting his family and protecting the girl he has had his eyes on since he was 14, he doesn’t always do the right then, but he knows his mistakes and when he finally realizes he becomes a totally different person.

This story was unexpected in the best way possible. It was full of angst, love, drama, insecurities, secrets and truths. I could not put this book down and I can’t wait to see what is next for the totholes. Until the next release I may be suffering from PPSD (Post-Penn Scully Disorder).


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