LJ Shen has become my new favorite author. Sparrow is one of her earlier works, but it is just as great as her other books I already dived into. I couldn’t help but notice that LJ likes to use the same trope every time – hot-as-hell, bad ass, crazy-rich hero with a crappy attitude and an ego bigger than Mount Everest along with the shy, innocent, average-looking heroine with a good heart and the right sense for moral, starting out as a hate-your-guts encounter and turning into a I-know-it’s-wrong-but-can’t-help-it love lasting for all eternity. LJ uses the same hook in Midnight Blue, her rock star romance, and Vicious, Book#1 in the contemporary Sinners of Saints series, but still, it never gets old.
The reason I didn’t buy this book for a long time was the cover as it looks like a cover that promises some kind of fantasy or paranormal romance story with the black wings and flames. While I’m open to a variety of different genres (myself being an author for all kinds of romance stories), I didn’t know what to expect when diving into this book after reading the Sinners of Saints series. To be honest, the cover is seriously misleading, but nevertheless, LJ managed to create another masterpiece that made me laugh, cry and curse at the same time. I laughed for a full minute with tears in my eyes after reading, “He was like the IKEA canvas pictures of London and New York in bachelor apartments, like fast food, like Starsbucks, like a freaking Macbook Air for a preppy student—mainstream and well liked.” Such a great description for Troy “The Fixer” Brennan! I just love LJ’s metaphors and how she dips everything into a good portion of sarcasm—it’s just one of her many talents.
As always, I couldn’t put the book down, reading it in 3 days while cursing my full-time job for interrupting me during my escape-from-reality tour. But thanks for the nice distraction, LJ!