Angry, dark, mysterious, and totally hot God meets good girl gone bad!
I’ve been waiting for Vaughn’s story since the first book in the All Saints High series came out. Vicious was one of the most compelling characters in the Sinners of Saints series and the story of his romance with Vaughn’s Mother Emilia was a great hate to love, bully romance before the current trend of bully romance books started to blow up recently.
Vaughn has been very mysterious in the first two books, they portray him much the same as in the early parts of this book. He is one of the hottest guys in the school, and all the girls want him. They are more attracted because he really doesn’t care about anyone or anything except his art. He hangs out with his friends Hunter and Knight and he chooses different girls to give him oral at parties or even in school, not caring if other people are around. Vaughn isn’t willing to return the favor to the girls but they keep getting in line for him.
This book goes into his background to when Vaughn meets a girl named Lenora (a.k.a Lenny) on a family vacation when he is young. Vaughn and Lenny meet once more after that at a prestigious art summer program, then she moves to Todos Santos for her senior year of high school at All Saints High. I like the way this book is told in both Vaughn and Lenora’s point of view because Vaughn’s inner commentary is pretty funny, actually both of theirs are.
Vaughn has some issues with something Lenny saw during that summer art program. Lenny says at one point that she doesn’t get why Vaughn made such a big deal about it because it really wasn’t anything to be embarrassed over. Vaughn and Lenny seem to have a connection or fascination with each other because of the shared secret, or maybe because of some electricity or attraction between them that night after he chased her down.
Though neither Vaughn nor Lenny wants to admit it that they feel anything for each other. Every time Vaughn catches himself staring at Lenny, thinking about her, or telling other guys to stay away from her he justifies to himself that it isn’t because he feels anything at all about her. His inner commentary gets funnier the more he gets to know Lenny as their friendship has ups and downs.
“He came to her room every night.
Not that I was keeping tabs or anything.
I was just in the neighborhood when it happened.
And by in “the neighborhood,” I mean in her hallway, lurking.
And by “in her hallway, lurking,” I mean clearly I needed professional help, an intervention, and a fucking life. I found myself standing behind a Louise Bourgeois statue for hours daily, waiting like some kind of a rabid Belieber.”
Vaughn and Lenny seemed to have one of those kind of love stories that was fated or meant to be. It was like sine the time they met as children they always belonged to each other and nobody else. I like this type of story. I really enjoyed the struggle both Lenny and Vaughn went through in this book, as well as the mystery and the journey throughout the story.