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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Blog Tour/Review ♥ Sparrow by LJ Shen ♥ #giveaway

Title: Sparrow
Author: L.J. Shen
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Mafia
Published: March 8, 2016 

Troy Brennan. 

Every southie in Boston knows that name. The son of a dead mobster. The heartthrob with steel blue eyes. "The Fixer" who can make or break you in this city. 

Oh, and my new husband. 

Sparrow Raynes. 

No one seemed to remember my name up until he barged into my life. And me? All I ever wanted was to get a decent job and to run away from the damn neighborhood Brennan and I grew up in. Run away from him and his likes. 

I have dreams, big ones, but I doubt he'd ever let me chase them. I have no idea why Brennan, practically Bostonian royalty, decided to kidnap me, marry me and cage me in his beautiful penthouse. 

But I do know this: pissing off this man will not do me any good. At all.

Warning: This book contains graphic violence and adult situations some may find offensive.

Review by Carol

Book – Sparrow
Series – N/A
Author – L.J. Shen
Publication Date – March 8, 2016
Genre – Dark Romance
Type – Stand-Alone
Cliffhanger – No
Rating – 5 + out of 5 Stars

Complimentary copy generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

My Thoughts - Story
Wow…just freakin’ awesome!

This book blew me away and then some. The tortured souls of Sparrow and Troy mesmerized me from the very first page. The author dives right in to psyche of Troy but keeps you guessing on why Sparrow is so important.

This is not just a romance – this is a spiritual and psychological journey of two damaged people who find their way to accept who they are and what their future holds for them.

I especially love the way Ms. Shen wrote Troy’s character. So tortured – so damaged and so hateful but with her development of his character….the reader enjoys his walk to better things.

Sparrow is just a pawn in the illegal world – her mother and father are the reason why she is now held captive as Troy’s wife. Being kept in the dark about why she was chosen for his wife, she tries her best to make the most of her new life as “The Fixer’s” wife.

Instead, she is thrown into a dangerous life where she learns to stand up for herself and possibly fall in love.

Follow the journey of Troy and Sparrow as they each learn what love is and how, with the help of each other, they can find happiness in a world so dark.

Reason for Reading – Author Request
Story – 5 out of 5 Stars
Steam – 4.5 out of 5 Stars
Angst – 5+ out of 5 Stars
Writing – 5 out of 5 Stars
Content Flow – 4.5 out of 5 Stars
Would Read More from Author? Definitely
Recommend To – All readers who can get through some very touchy subjects

“Just WOW. This story is will have you on the edge of your seat with every page. I could not get enough. I am left with one hell of a book hangover!” - Book Club Gone Wrong
“Now, with this new book I was in total awe. Sparrow had all the components I look for in a story and more.” - Wrapped Up In Reading
“Sparrow positively surprised me! This story was far better and definitely more complex and angsty than I’ve imagined it to be. I ate it all up.” - Smokin’ Hot Book Blog

L.J. Shen resides in sunny California with her husband, son, chubby cat and wild, wild dreams.

Her passion is to write badass stories, sushi, UFC and her awesome family and friends (not in this order, though. Obviously, sushi comes before writing. Oh, and also the family part.)
She spend the first half of her twenties traveling the world and is now paying all the fun with extra shifts in front of her MacBook. Feel free to contact her on her Facebook page. She loves to hear from her readers.


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