The End Zone, a sexy friends-to-lovers romance from L.J. Shen is available NOW!
Jolie Louis is a smart girl.
She knows that her best friend, Sage Poirier, is a bad idea.
He’s a walking, talking cliché. The Adonis quarterback with the bulging biceps and harem of fangirls trailing behind him on campus like a stench you can’t get rid of.
Sadly, it is also the very reason she can’t seem to stay away from him.
No, wait. That’s not fair. They’re also roommates, at least until May, when they graduate from college.
Jolie is already straddling the line between friendship and more when Sage comes to her with an offer she cannot refuse: be his fake girlfriend and live for free for the rest of the semester.
She tells herself that she can handle it.
He’s just the boy she saved ten years ago, right?
Wrong. So very wrong.
He is a man now, and she is his captive
Heart, body, and soul…
** THE END ZONE is now available with an extended epilogue and surprise bonus content that will blow fans of L. J. Shen away! **
This was a great quick and enjoyable read. It has everything you would want in a full-length novel. You get a little history and backstory between the characters, the cocky yet broken Hero and the guarded heroine trying to protect her heart, all in a friends-to-lovers storyline you’re sure to get hooked into. Since you have that “since childhood” connection between the characters, you don’t have that insta-love that is almost unavoidable in a short romance story. I was a little disappointed in their first intimate experiences, though, because I was hoping Sage would have a little more tenderness and less “in your face” kink with someone like Jolie. It really caught me off guard.
I would have liked to have seen it mean something different/more to him than all his other conquests. That aside, I really enjoyed it! Great story overall!!
reviewed by Sweet Spot Sisterhood
The End Zone is better than the friend zone. Jolie knows all about being stuck in the friend zone. Years of pining and lusting after her bestie has made her adept at navigating it. But now things seem to be changing...
Sage is King of "Douche Ho Bags" everywhere. He wears many titles but "boyfriend" isn't one. Until one crazy day...
I have to say that I enjoyed The End Zone both times I read it. But I definitely appreciated the extended epilogue!!!
Let me explain something. Authors use words to create feelings, tell a story, and take you on a journey. Some incredibly talented authors have magic powers. LJ Shen can make you feel everything in a novella. The first time I read it I gave the End Zone 5 stars because I felt it all. But truly gifted is turning and extended epilogue out that is just as easy to connect to, to feel, and to experience has the novella itself. So like I said...LJ Shen is magic.
reviewed for Sweet Spot Sisterhood
I love the way the author writes her men, they set their sites on the woman they want and like a heat-seeking missile they zero in on the target.
Jolie and Sage lifelong friends now college flatmates have an unshakable bond. Loved these two they are funny the banter was hilarious but can they cope when the dynamics of the relationship changes.
A great short story.
reviewed for Sweet Spot Sisterhood
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Excerpt from the Vicious extended epilogue:
“Kneel.” There’s menace in this voice, and I grew to love the man who carries it like a loaded weapon. Every word is a sharp edge of a knife, sinking into my skin. Kneel. Sit. Open your mouth. Touch yourself. Repeat after me: Vicious, I’m yours. Most married couples fall into a blissful, albeit drowsy domestic routine of laundry, family dinners, and Netflix. Most married couples are not Vicious and me. We were different from the beginning. A yin and a yang, fighting over which color took more space, black or pink. We started out as enemies, and I think that, although we are still crazy in love, we will always be rivals on some level. We will always be passionate, and angry, and desperate. We will always be us. “I’m sorry, I don’t take orders from people who aren’t my boss,” I say coolly, dropping my funky, colorful bag at the door and erasing the distance between us in wide, confident steps. He is standing in front of me, his Armani suit impeccable, his raven hair slicked back, his icicle blue eyes devouring me in ways that make being eaten alive worth it. He scans the length of me, a slight sneer on his face. I’m still me, even so many years later. The tips of my light brown hair are still cherry-blossom pink. The soles of my shoes are yellow, for Christ’s sake. “That could be arranged, if you continue your sass.” “How is that going to work, Vicious? Are you going to re-employ me against my will?” For the past eighteen years, I’ve been managing my own gallery in L.A. A gallery he bought for me shortly before our engagement. I have a career, an income of my own. Truth is, he gave me a push, but the entire journey to where I am today was made by me, and only me, and he knows it. He cups my cheek, yanks me by the hem of my funky powder blue blouse with little suns into his body and leans down for a kiss. Our lips brush briefly, promising scattered clothes and ragged breaths, just as the door swings open and our son walks in. He slams the door behind him, his eyes still intently glued to his phone. Vaughn is a spitting image of his dad. So much so, that sometimes it scares me. At sixteen, he has the walk, talk, and air of Vicious when the latter was a senior in high school. Rangy, strong body, thick-fringed blue eyes, skin so fair he looks like he defies the sun, and cheekbones you could use as a sharp weapon. More than anything, he has that uniquely-pissed facial expression that tells you that he just doesn’t care. Not about your problems. Not about your feelings. And certainly not about what you think about him.
About L.J. Shen:
L.J. Shen is an International #1 best-selling author of Contemporary Romance and New Adult novels. She lives in Northern California with her husband, young son and chubby cat. Before she’d settled down, L.J. (who thinks referring to herself in the third person is really silly, by the way) traveled the world, and collected friends from all across the globe. Friends who’d be happy to report that she is a rubbish companion, always forgets people’s birthdays and never sends Christmas cards. She enjoys the simple things in life, like spending time with her family and friends, reading, HBO, Netflix and internet-stalking Stephen James. She reads between three to five books a week and firmly believes Crocs shoes and mullets should be outlawed.
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