Blog Tour: The Villain by L.J. Shen! + Excerpt + My Review

“A love story with teeth and claws. I dare you not to fall in love with Cillian Fitzpatrick.” – USA Today bestselling author, Parker S. Huntington

The Villain, an all-new twisted modern day Greek tragedy from USA Today and #1 Amazon bestselling author L.J. Shen is available now!

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.

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I leaned against the doorframe, hands tucked in my front pockets, and observed. It took her three minutes to notice me. Another two to lift her jaw off the floor, straighten her spine, and turn scarlet. Our eyes met across the room, and that nagging murmur in my chest happened again.

Get that checked. If you drop dead from a heart attack at forty, you’ll have no one else to blame. She winced, looking like I physically slapped her. 

“Mr. Fitzpatrick.” 

“Miss Penrose.” 

“Veitch,” she corrected, just to spite me. 

“Not for long,” I noted dryly. “A word?” 

“I know many. My favorite one right now is—leave.”

“You want to hear me out.” I cracked my knuckles. “Now say goodbye to your little friends.” 

She looked back and forth between the kids and me, then turned and murmured something to the teacher next to her, and hurried my way, dunking her head down. “What are you doing here?” 

She closed the door behind her, whisper-shouting. 

I’ve been asking myself the same question since bailing on Keith and his snooze-fest speech. What the hell was I doing here?


Harsh! The Villain’s cruel words made my heart bleed right along with Persephone’s. I was so excited for Cillian’s story and it doesn’t disappoint. With his nasty behavior in Hunter’s story I didn’t know if he was redeemable. It was close but in the hands of this terrific author it’s a fait accompli. Cillian is a beast with a beautiful, hard exterior and a broken, hidden interior. He’s a spectacularly sexy beast when he gets his hands on Persephone. Sexy hot! I absolutely loved Persy! She’s a fabulous heroine with her sweetness and light and beautiful heart. Plus she no push over. Her push back when Kill was being particularly nasty was spectacular. Their push pull was one of the best parts of the story. Just when I thought she would cave she stood strong even in the face of losing it all. I couldn’t believe some of the devastatingly nasty words that came out of Kill’s mouth. The reason for his non-feelings was interesting. Not sure I buy it but it worked okay. There were things I didn’t like about the story around some of the inaccuracies in the corporate and energy business details but most readers wouldn’t be put off. I loved the poker games with the guys! I don’t know who was the bigger ass between Kill and Sam. I can’t wait for Sam’s story. That is going to be epic! This is a good take on the Hades and Persephone story with an emotional storyline full of anguish and heartache and darkness. I love this series and look forward to the next Belle story. Will it be the sweet, young Aisling or the outrageous, ballsy Belle? Either one, I’m ready.

About L.J. Shen
L.J. Shen is a USA Today, Washington Post and Amazon #1 best-selling author of contemporary, New Adult and YA romance. Her books have been sold to twenty different countries.

She lives in California with her husband, son, cat and eccentric fashion choices, and enjoys good wine, bad reality TV shows and catching sun rays with her lazy cat.

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