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Pretty Reckless ➶ Pretty Reckless Free ➬ Author L.J. Shen – Thomashillier.co.uk From USA Today and Washington Post bestselling author LJ Shen comes an intense high school enemies to lovers romance with a twist Penn They say revenge is a dish best served cold I’d had four years From USA Today and Washington Post bestselling author LJ Shen comes an intense high school enemies to lovers romance with a twist 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 ueen 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 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.

  • Paperback
  • 360 pages
  • Pretty Reckless
  • L.J. Shen
  • English
  • 19 January 2016
  • 9781095447413

10 thoughts on “Pretty Reckless

  1. Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾ Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾ says:

    5 STARS He gave me the rarest thing in the world and I gave him heartache Oh the angst The angst of it allWelcome to your new addiction angst addicts Because this new series? It's about to reach into your very soul and tear out all of the feelsPretty Reckless took high school rivals added a splash of enemies to lovers wrapped around heart wrenching angst and delivered one finger licking utterly addicting page turner If NA angst is your crack of choice then Shen is about to become your favorite dealerI don't have enough praise for this book and everything that I experienced along with it This is the stuff that my NA romance dreams are made of Delicious angst multilayered characters plenty of plot twists and an unputdownable storyIf you've read Shen's Sinners of Saint series then you'll be familiar with the Followhill from Defy Daria is the daughter of Melody and Jaime And if you recall their forbidden union then you already know that their daughter will have one big chip on her shoulder as she attends the same high school as her parents had their notorious relationship atDaria is easily one of my favorite heroines of LJ Shen to date I love a female that can own the fact that she's a ueen B But she's also not the stereotypical do gooder This is a girl with a huge chip on her shoulder and she can be downright vicious to those that cross her path She's completely unapologetic about it though being in her head you see the glimpses of the vulnerability that causes her to lash out the way she does Poor little rich girlAs for Penn Sweet mother of ovaries I turned cougar for this man and I have no regrets The turbulent enemies to lovers relationship that happens between these two kept me absolutely riveted to the pages Daria may give as good as she gets but Penn doesn't pull any punches with her either They are pure fire togetherI devoured and I mean straight up DEVOURED this book and was left desperate for Shen is a master of her craft and just keeps getting better and better with each new book I'm already frothing at the mouth for ASHbeta readFind me on

  2. Sarah - Musings of the Modern Belle Sarah - Musings of the Modern Belle says:

    AVAILABLE NOW FULL REVIEW Wowjust wow LJ Shen delivers with the second generation of sinners Get ready 5 Hideous Monster CROWNSLEIGH SHEN certainly kicks of the second generation of the Sinners of Saints with a bang The angst and twists and turns are many the characters are mostly rotten and devious and yet I was consumed by the whole world and each deviant tothole These characters aren’t your standard YA girls and boys Would you expect them to when they are the product of the Sinners of Saint? They are entitled and privileged and on some level ethically decaying but none so than Daria Followhill What is interesting about Daria though is that Shen really digs into her character and is able to make her character sympathetic My heart ached for her this spoiled princess because I truly felt like understand her plights and her desire to be but stuck where she was I also found Daria’s character to be incredible authentic with her insecurities Shen successfully takes this complex three dimensional character and makes her someone we root for and hope for her to get her HEA Penn is another complex character with loyalties torn between family and love Nothing is easy for him and in a world of secrets some being his own he makes mistakes that can’t always be taken back Again what makes those moments understandable is the he is young and reacts emotionally he has a sense of loyalty which is admirable and he is trying to deal with the new emotions hitting his heart Once he finally comes to his senses the doggedness with which he pursues Daria is exactly what she is worth and I love that these two broken people find themselves individually and as a couple You think you know what Pretty Reckless is going to be about but you don’t I never expected Daria and Penn to be so complex I never expected the twists and turns that seem to come out of nowhere until you realize all the breadcrumbs she leaves for readers along the way She also hits on highlights a severe issue plaguing high school students right now the idea of perfection presented to the outside while dying internally Pretty Reckless also exemplifies that everyone has secrets and parts of themselves they want to hide but in this commonality they can find solace and understanding More than anything though I love the topic of family that is addressed throughout the story In fact the story is not just one about Daria alone but of the Followhills This family exemplifies that in the darkest of times families stick together they forgive and even if they don’t forget they take the steps to mend what has been broken Because familial love should be unconditional even if you don’t like the way they behave The romance of Penn and Daria the evolution of the heroine and the issues tackled in Pretty Reckless makes Shen’s newest foray into the YA genre an absolute must read and the perfect way to start out 2019 One thing is for sure I can’t wait for totholes Beta read

  3. Bookgasms Book Blog Bookgasms Book Blog says:

    LJ Shen has once again delivered a powerful and emotional story that has left me obsessed and begging for Her All Saints High series opens with a bang in Pretty Reckless where we see ueen B Daria Followhill meet her match in Penn Scully her opposite in every way  But this ueen did not expect her gamechanger to ultimately become the landmine at her feet systematically blowing up her entire worldGah This story was just outstanding Penn and Daria have a shared past and secret from years earlier In an act of kindness Penn irrevocably changes Daria showing her that there is still goodness in people She repays him in an act of betrayal and selfishness that has lasting effects into the present Now that misfit boy is back and has grown into a vengeful man who is out for the prissy princess' blood OMG I loved this story so much Shen gloriously paints a picture of Daria as the young woman who has the world at her shiny polished fingertips but hides her broken bleeding and dark parts under a facade But Penn sees past her cutting barbs and superficial and perfect exterior to the wounded and defensive woman beneath I loved how we are given a picture of two people who are so different but who see each other for what they really are inside flaws and allMy obsession with this story knows no bounds It is EVERYTHING the DELICIOUS cover the FIERY sexual tension and the SPIRITED enemies to lovers banter this is where Shen shines Pretty Reckless is nothing short of phenomenal with the kind of fantastic writing this author is known for It is an exciting rollercoaster ride from the beginning culminating in a deeply emotional and explosive ending Every word is a shining example of Shen's profound writing ability After every new creative masterpiece she delivers it really feels like LJ Shen was born to write I am left and in awe of her God given talent and fall deeply in love with her characters each time Bravo 5 stars Ratula 

  4. Tijuana *Book Twins Reviews* Tijuana *Book Twins Reviews* says:

    A Top Read of 2019These characters are the most complicated entertaining and uniue characters I’ve ever read Flat out AMAZING Another EPIC read from one of my favorite authors This book is pure fucking kindle crack The angst The drama Prepare my lovelies The second generation of Sinners will blow you awayDaria Followhill is my favorite LJ Shen heroine I’ve never felt this way EVER about a heroine in a book She’s so complex layered and ultimatelymisunderstood My heart broke for her Don’t get it twisted though she is the ultimate ueen B and I loved that part of her personality just as much What really works here is the fact that the characters are so real I was completely engrossed in their lives and struggles Penn Scully is BAE It takes a special guy to live the life he leads and come out on top He’s resilient resourceful and street smart I adore him immensely His background and how he handles the situations he finds himself in were than impressive He is the uintessential YA hero A brilliantly written character who jumps off the page Overall this book is one of the best I’ve read in this genre It has everything YA angst junkies are looking for Prepare you hearts and minds because the Totholes are coming for both FLOVEDBETA READ

  5. Vanessa (When Vane Reads) Vanessa (When Vane Reads) says:

    This is without a doubt the best story of 2019 I'm hyperventilating I'm laughing and crying I just finished reading my most anticipated reading of all time And the wait was totally worth it Mrs Shen slays again She caught me with her flawless prose that left me with an EPIC BOOK HANGOVER Two days in Zombieland because I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN for a single second and immediately after finishing it I wanted to read it again and again and againOMG I loved the story so much It is intense emotional and the anguish could be felt in spades that sensation that shakes your body that clouds your sight and suffocates you until you feel breathlessThe plot brings us to Daria and Penn Daria finds her match in Penn who is her opposite in everything and her rival An act irrevocably changes the future of both and after 4 years without seeing each other fate brings them back together and leads them to live together however Penn only wants revenge and ruin Daria But as time goes by he sees beyond the ueen bee miss popular and cheerleader she uses as a way to hide insecurities fear vulnerability and pain Penn sistematically undermines the facade that Daria built and turns her world upside downHow I loved Daria She is without a doubt my favorite heroine of LJ till the date She behind all layers of designer clothes and makeup is a brave loyal girl who fiercely defends her friends who loves passionately and immenselyBoth characters are so complex so uniue so real that I want to be friends with them live in their world and laugh with them THIS COUPLE IS EVERYTHING I loved the way they love each other so intensely and despite their differences fit so perfectly I really enjoyed their chemistry and banter NO ONE WRITES BANTER AS LJ SHENBut it's not just Penn and Daria it's a story about friendship and family about how family and friends always support and stand up for each other no matter what mistakes they make it's about loyalty love and forgivenessTHIS STORY OBSESSED ME CONSUMED AND POSSESSED A MASTERPIECE THAT I CAN NOT GET ENOUGH OF it's delicious epic addictive and mind blowing With her characteristic style of writing the author proves again and again that she is the best at what she does and that her talent has no limits This story is a rollercoaster of emotions that I want to experience again and again and again I'm completely ruined again and I'm not sure I can recover this timeHighly recommended¡¡Esta es sin lugar a dudas el mejor romance del 2019Estoy hiperventilando Estoy riendo y llorando Acabo de terminar de leer mi más anticipada lectura de todos los tiempos Gahhh Y la espera valió totalmente la pena La señora Shen lo hizo de nuevo Me atrapó con su narrativa perfecta ue me dejó con una épica resaca literaria Dos dias en Zombieland porue no pude ponerla abajo un solo segundo y inmediatamente después de terminarla uería leerla de nuevoOMG Amé tanto la historia Es intensa emocional y la angustia se podía sentir a montones esa sensación ue te sacude el cuerpo ue te nubla la vista y te sofoca hasta dejarte sin respiraciónLa trama nos trae a Daria y Penn Daria encuentra su pareja en Penn ue es su opuesto en todo y rival Un acto cambia irrevocablemente el futuro de ambos y después de 4 años sin verse el destino los vuelve a juntar y los lleva a vivir juntos pero Penn sólo uiere venganza y arruinar a Daria Pero conforme pasa el tiempo él ve más allá de la abeja reina señorita popular y animadora ue ella usa como fachada para ocultar inseguridades miedo vulnerabilidad y dolor Penn sistemáticamente socava la fachada ue Daria construyó y vuelve su mundo al revésComo amé a Daria Nuestra heroína es sin duda alguna mi favorita de LJ hasta la fecha Ella detrás de todas las capas de ropa de diseñador y mauillaje es una chica valiente leal ue defiende fieramente a sus amigos ue ama apasionada e inmensamente Ambos personajes son tan complejos tan únicos tan reales ue uiero ser amiga de ellos vivir en su mundo y reír con ellos Esta pareja es todo amé la forma en ue se aman tan intensamente y a pesar de sus diferencias encajan tan perfectamente Disfruté muchísimo su uímica y juego de palabras Nadie lo escribe como LJ Shen Pero no solo se trata de Penn y Daria es una historia acerca de amistad y familia acerca de como la familia y los amigos siempre apoyan unos a otros no importa los errores ue cometan es acerca de lealtad amor y perdónEsta historia me dejó obsesionada me consumió y poseyó una obra maestra de la ue no puedo conseguir suficiente es deliciosa épica emocional intensa Con su estilo característico de escritura la autora prueba una y otra vez ue es la mejor en lo ue hace y ue su talento no conoce límites Esta historia es una montaña rusa de emociones ue uiero experimentar una y otra y otra vez Estoy completamente arruinada de nuevo y no estoy segura ue me pueda recuperar esta vezUna altamente recomendada

  6. SueBee★bring me an alpha!★ SueBee★bring me an alpha!★ says:

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️12 Pretty Reckless stand alone Spoiled heiress her love hate with the bad boy her family has taken in “It was love at first sight Hate at second Lust at third” Books in All Saints High series are stand alonesBook 1 Pretty Reckless Daria’s storyBook 2 Broken Knight Knight’s storyBook 3 Angry God Vaughn’s storyPretty Reckless stand alone follows the unpredictable volatile and doomed secret romance between high school student Daria Fallowhill and the boy from the wrong side of the tracks student and football player Penn Scully It’s not so much that her parents are unaware of the sexual tension brewing in the house after Penn comes to live with them It’s about Penn and Daria’s inability to recognize it and the journey they must both take to fully embrace it Told from dual POV it details their adolescent years from first kiss to high school and beyond and give glimpses of the cast of Sinners of Saint and their kids Love hate lust secrets insecurities rivalry lies and ultimately self reflection and truth signify their road to adulthood and surrender to loveHero ★★★★Heroine ★★★★Plot ★★★★Storytelling ★★★★★Sexual tension ★★★★★Sex scenes ★★★★12Story ending ★★★★OVERALL RATING ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️12Angst | MEDIUM FOCUS |Darkness | MEDIUM FOCUS |Humor | MEDIUM FOCUS |Kink | LOW FOCUS |Romance | HIGH FOCUS |Sex freuency | MEDIUM FOCUS |Suspense | MEDIUM FOCUS |

  7. chan ☆ chan ☆ says:

    oh fuck this suckthis one of my most anticipated reads of 2019 to say i was hyped for a spin off of Sinners of Saint would be a massive understatement i love me a depraved bully romancebut i think i should have known after reading LJ's last two standalones that maybe her shit just wouldn't be for me any because this was formulaic as hellwhat you can expect usually is some sort of enemies to lovers situation girl falls first gets betrayed by the dude and then the dude grovels and gets her backbut it seems like every book she's writing lately tries to do the extra mile into depravity and like i'm here for fucked up stories truly but you can't make me suspend my disbelief hate the male character have unconvincing side relationships AND shitty plot twists and still expect me to be having fun cause i ain't having fun any compared to Vicious and most of the other books in the Sinners of Saint series this is a convoluted messthe main characters have history based on a really big fucked betrayal a little unbelievable but whatever but then we have horrid mother daughter relationship hinging on the female main character not getting paid attention to student teacher pseudo relationship black book of sins potential other womanbaby scenario bitchy mean girlshonestly i can't put into words have convoluted and stupid the plot was and i didn't love either main character i'll be trying to read the subseuent books in the series especially Vaughn's but so far not impressed do not recommend god give me strength to keep thine panties upon my person because this cover is HOT

  8. Alex ✰ Comets and Comments ✰ Alex ✰ Comets and Comments ✰ says:

    “No offense sir but one of your daughters is entirely too young for me and the other is entirely too Daria for me” Is this happening? Can it be? Did Alex just rate an LJ Shen book than 3 stars? Did Alex just actually enjoy the everloving shit out of this problematic as fuck book? Owen Wilson voice WooOOWwW Explain yourself Alex So in the past Ms Shen and I have not gelled well together I find her books very heavily controversial and are often filled with many tropes and triggers that I just can't get past Her male heroes are often assholes known for how awful they can treat their girls but somehow it works for people It never really did for me until this pretty little storm made its way into my hands He gave me the rarest thing in the world and I gave him heartache Don't be mistaken Pretty Reckless still has asshole leads both of them Daria and Penn treat each other like shit for the most part of the book and the writing although enjoyable still has plenty of triggers Somehow someway I still really enjoyed this I loved the banter between the group of friends and I flew through this very fast I was so scared to pick it up but once I did I was completely captivated I love enemies to lovers but bully romances can be very hit or miss depending how the subject is treated and in all honesty I felt like Daria held up her own in this very well Granted it was because she too was a bully but semantics amiright?? “Mess with me Followhill and I will ruin you” “Not if I ruin you first” This was angsty and gritty all through and every chapter had me at the edge The plot twists weren't shockers but I really didn't mind because I fell in love with each broken character The character development was so subtly and beautifully done I didn't even know I was falling for them until I finished and realized that I had LJ Shen took my breath away with this one simply for the fact that she can write up the tragic tales of highschool seniors that hits all the feels It was so very addicting I haven't read the Sinners of Saint series so I don't know the backstory of the parents in the All Saints series but this book really made me want to pick it up You are the fucking euation I want to yell in her face The riddle and the answer and the numbers within it You’re math You make sense “Don’t go” I croak This book reminded me of the show Euphoria So if you're into that and want something in between waiting for Season Two here's your little golden nugget Another thing that I really want to draw attention to is the fact that this book is advertised as YA Young Adult when it is seriously not It is definitely NA New Adult with all the steamy and graphic scenes you could expect in one Which brings me to the fact that this is an absolute panty dropper folks If it's not entertaining you making your heart ache or asking you to pull your hair out it's being the book euivalent of a sauna If you haven't already read this which is highly unlikely I just live under my safe rock and you're a fan of hate to love you love to hate you scenes then you're going to devour this book I know I certainly did Because I want to kill Daria Daria made everything fade into the background the first time I saw her and while I was busy admiring everything around us burned Trigger Warnings fat shaming slut shaming violence cheating

  9. ❥ KAT ❥ Kitty Kats Crazy About Books ❥ KAT ❥ Kitty Kats Crazy About Books says:

    He gave me the rarest thing in the world and I gave him heartache MY REVIEW AND OTHERS can also be found on my blog ➽ KITTY KATS CRAZY ABOUT BOOKS 'PRETTY RECKLESS' is the first book in LJ Shen's 'All Saints High' series This is Daria Followhill's Penn Scully's story 🙌Get ready for a high octane read of Angst 🙌Unuestionably a uniue unputdownable utterly fantastic read This book right here was one of my most highly anticipated sought after stalked its ass off give it to me books I would’ve given away a limb just to get my hands on itGlad to inform I am all intactI knew by just looking at that drool worthy cover that we’d be getting epic and epic we did get This book god this book ticked all the boxesIf like me angst filled books is your kryptonite then look no further than this it comes at you full force We're just two teenagers who never stood a chance to be friends in this world so we became what was expected of usEnemies A jealous fit of hulk rage at the age of fourteen had a domino effect and was the catalyst of teenage revenge which brewed away in the background for four years Until a little black book and it’s sins was revealed Daria Farrowhill had it all it wasn't until it was nearly all ripped out from under her feet when she realised how good she really had it Skull Eyes Tin Man you’ll realise the significance when you jump into this fast became my favourite character couples Even though she was the plastic princess and he was the boy from the wrong side of the tracks these two were perfect for each other He was the light to her dark she was the door to his heart Highly recommend this Easy five stars given      

  10. Lisa (Two Bookish Brits) Lisa (Two Bookish Brits) says:

    Here we go the time is here kicking off with this first book in the All Saints High series from LJ Shen The second generation of the Sinners of Saint and what a fucking beautiful first book it is It’s packed with so much teen angst and filled with twists and turns that are so unexpected you’re left wondering what the hell happened It’s takes over completely consumes you until you’re left with no other thoughts except this book and the characters inside and you won’t regret a single damn second of letting it do so Daria and Penn are sowow so different and filled with so much hate it’s crazy insane and it WORKSDaria Followhill she’s rich entitled and has everything she could possibly want But even the most rich and Privileged kids aren’t happy deep inside and LJ Shen really dives into that with her leading female Daria is different she’s not your typical rich kid she suffering deep inside with insecurities that take over her She’s real and fake mixed together and those struggles she endures and survives are one of the many things that’ll have you loving this beautiful girl Penn Scully The complete opposite to the rich girl He’s from the poorer part of town Fighting his way through the tough life he’s been given He’s a closed off angry boy with a broken heart He doesn’t love many but the few that he does he loves fiercely and whole heartedly He’s an asshole at times and takes what doesn’t belong to him he acts out when angry and does things he can’t take back things that have conseuences LJ Shen really does deliver with Penn he’s not like most leading male characters he’s so different and you just can’t help but love him The relationship between Daria and Penn is something you wouldn’t expect You don’t expect to see the things that happen the impact they have or the repercussions I just want to put this in here Seeing Jaime and Melody as parents was also unexpected I never expected Melody to be the way she was and Jaime I love that man so damn much He’s an amazing father and I absolutely love the family aspect of this book what it covers and all the feelings involved Just when you think you know what’s going to happen in Pretty Reckless LJ Shen proves you wrong and shows you just how incredible of a writer she is You expect one thing and the opposite happens and it just blows your mind at how amazing she truly is Her talent has no limits everything she writes blows you away EVERY SINGLE TIME Pretty Reckless is angsty consuming and mind blowing It’s a rollercoaster filled with so many emotions and one that you won’t want to get off One of the most incredible reads of 2019 by far

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