The End Zone, a sexy friends to lovers romance from L.J. Shen is available LIVE!
The extra epilogue that hints at her future project is HOT. AMAZING. A GIFT FROM THE GODS. Too much? It isn’t. Once you read it, you will understand. I CANNOT WAIT! Thank God she has more for us in 2018 or I’d be crying in the corner due to the waiting period. All I can say is get ready, because you don’t even know! This scene is about cause her fandom to combust! I swear.
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The End Zone by LJ Shen gives readers a super angsty, high chemistry novella that is fast paced and entertaining with its dramatic and blush-worthy moments.
Sage and Jolie are best friends from childhood, and while we get minimal information about their friendship over the years, Shen establishes a believable relationship with the prologue. The foundation she creates between them in a single moment is one that makes their loyalty and love for each other believable. Once the story begins, though, the focus is on their sexual chemistry as well as the potential for it to be more.
Sage is the typical LJ Shen hero: abrasive, sexy, and, to be honest, a jerk, which is probably why I enjoy his character. I shouldn’t . I know this, but I just can’t help myself. There are moments when I wanted to punch him or roll my eyes over his antics, but I was also drawn to him with his cocky arrogance and vulnerability with Jolie. Plus, he knows that he can be an arrogant jerk, and he acknowledges it, which in part makes me okay with those parts, too.
Jolie, for me, is very reminiscent of Mel from Defy. She is smart and loyal to Sage. She works hard to suppress her feelings and protect her heart. When it comes to Sage, though, she isn’t always as fierce as I would like her to be. She gives in a lot to him, and I would have liked to see a bit more fight in her. Then, I also waver, and consider that she is like a lot of young women where the heart is concerned, easy to forgive and lost in their emotions. Her character, like Mel, is one I didn’t fully connect with.
No matter how one feels about the characters, it s undeniable that their chemistry is off the charts, partly because of the friendship that has developed of the years. I found that I really enjoyed their moments together where they could be intimate and laugh together, and Sage’s moments of possessiveness (it is one of the things I love most about her heroes) . There is certainly no lack of spark.
With all the angst and drama and the transition from friends to lovers, the pace moves incredibly fast. Most of the chapters deal with the exposition and rising action of the story, and although the conflict and climax of the story is a fantastic choice, it is introduced and resolved quickly. The resolution of the story, though, has to be one of the sweetest endings I’ve read in some time. I’m pretty sure an audible “Awww” slipped out of my mouth. Also, the new epilogue added a bit more to the ending of their story, and I felt good with where she left the characters.
LJ Shen is one of my absolute favorite writers, and The End Zone gives readers everything they love about her romances in a tight little package.
ARC received in exchange for an honest review.
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…
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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 s
ends 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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