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.
OK, so I normally don’t read taboo stories even though Edie is of age, she’s still freshly 18 years old. Regardless of that fact, there were so many great reviews recommending this book and I decided to give it a try. Even though this is the fourth book from the Sinners of Saint series, this was my first read from not only this series but this author as well.
As I began to dive into this book, I kept my mind open and I was pleasantly surprised. It definitely wasn’t what I was expecting at all. Even though Edie is still a teenager, she is a full-fledged adult. A child who had to grow up fast to be there and take care of the two people that she loves the most in her life, her emotionally absent mom and her brother, Theodore. Just reading this book, there’s nothing childish coming off of Edie besides her snarkiness to the one man that completely gets under her skin. L.J. does a phenomenal job with keeping me pulled into the story with her flawless writing.
First of all, I was completely enthralled with Edie and Trent. They’re like water and oil, but hot damn the tension between these two is off the charts.
Edie is such a strong character and you’ll fall in love with her instantly. She has so much of her heart to give and she’s completely loyal to her mother and brother. Despite being stuck on the wrong side with her a-hole of a father and the ever arrogant Trent, she does her best to stay afloat among it all. There was a lot that she chose to keep to herself and that’s where her protective instincts came about. But it wasn’t until Trent, things started to change for her.
Trent, Trent, Trent … where do I even begin? The rough, arrogant, protective, yet sexy of a man that is Trent. But the one thing that I love about Trent is how he is towards his daughter, it’s the softer side of him. I just love when kiddos are involved in the story especially when it’s a single father. As hard and tough a man can be, I’m such a fan of seeing them be nurturing towards their kid. Granted he’s still trying to figure out the ropes of fatherhood especially with a daughter who doesn’t speak much verbally … but she seriously says SO MUCH.
There’s a lot to love about Scandalous and it sure did surprise the hell out of me. Edie and Trent are opposites, both flawed in their own ways, but they come together perfectly. You’ll be drawn in the entire time. And it’s easily added to my #RSFave.