Friday, June 9, 2017

Review: Ruckus by L.J. Shen

Title: Ruckus
Series: Sinners of Saint #2
Author: L.J. Shen
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 26, 2017

They say that life is a beautiful lie and death a painful truth. They're right.
No one has ever made me feel more alive than the guy who serves as a constant reminder that my clock is ticking.
He is my forbidden, shiny apple.
The striking fallacy to my blunt, raw, truth.
He is also my sister's ex-boyfriend.
One thing you should know before you judge me;
I saw him first. I craved him first. I loved him first.
Eleven years later, he waltzed into my life, demanding a second chance.
Dean Cole wants to be my bronze horseman. My white knight has finally arrived. Hopefully, he isn’t too late.
They say the brightest stars burn out the fastest. They’re right.
She sets my mind on fire.
All smart mouth, snarky attitude and a huge heart.
In a world where everything is dull, she shines like fucking Sirius.
Eleven years ago, fate tore us apart.
This time, I fucking dare it to try.
Getting to her is a battlefield, but man, that’s why they call me Ruckus.
Rosie LeBlanc is about to find out how hard I can fight.
And conquering her will be the sweetest victory.

Dean aka Ruckus was such a complex character. On the outside looking in everyone thought he was well put together but there was way more to the surface. He struggles with several issues in this story and I honestly didn't know how things were going to work out for him in the end. When you get his backstory your heart can't help ache and break for him. I'm trying to keep this spoiler free as much as possible, so forgive me. 

I loved Rosie and how she was determined to live her life to the fullest despite her health issues. She was a very strong woman and I admired her strength in this book. She was dealt a crappy hand but made the best of situation which made me respect her more. 

"Because this is life, Baby LeBlanc, and I love the “bleep” out of you, so I’m going to give you the best one there is. Got it?”

For eleven years Dean and Rosie felt something for each other but the timing was wrong. All wrong. You would think after several years later they would have their act together and nope. These two were so stubborn and it made me so frustrated but in a good way. Eventually they finally get it together but love isn't perfect or easy and they encountered several hurdles on their path for a happily ever after. I do have to say I love how their love for each other changed them for the better.

It was so hard writing a review to give this book justice but I gave it my best shot! I have to say this book definitely caught me by surprise. Going in I just knew what was going to happen but the author was able to catch me off guard and played several games with my emotions. I honestly didn't expect to have the reaction that I had to this book and series. Talk about emotional rollercoaster. As soon as I thought it was going to be ok another show would drop. My heart was in my throat and I wasn't sure how much more I could take. The author has a way of creating flawed but lovable characters that you can't help but root for and want everything to work out in the end. Shen words suck you in and you can't help but get lost in her stories. Well done and I can't wait for Trent's Story! 
4 Book Corner Stars 
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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