Book Review: Ruckus

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

"This series is one of the best I've read all year" - Angie, Angie's Dreamy Reads
"LJ Shen delivers and then some. I am loving this series." - Kylie Scott New York Times Bestseller
"It's unpredictable, raw, emotional, and edgy- pure chaos contained in a beautiful package." - TJ Loves Books
"LJ Shen just wrote her best love story ever!" - DD's Boom Room


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.


's review 
May 18, 2017

it was amazing
bookshelves: 2017-favoritesalpha-heroesarccontemporary-favoritesmy-favorite-bastardsre-reads
Read 2 times. Last read May 24, 2017.

**Ruckus generously provided in exchange for an honest review.**

"Look at the stars." Stars

L.J. Shen writes rotten-to-the-core male leads impeccably. She pairs them perfectly with fiesty, strong females. In Ruckus she takes a second chance a romance theme couples with a love/hate relationship and weaves it through pages of palpable passion and heated banter to execute an entertaining, intriguing, and un-put-downable book with a taboo edge. This hails as book 2 of the contemporary and erotic Sinners of Saint series. While the leading characters are new I'd highly recommend not missing out on book one of the series, Vicious. Both of these leads have deep history rooted in the first story.

"My petals falling one by one." 

As previously stated, we meet Rosie in book one. Hosts of issues swarm Rosie's life; her health, her parents, her sister, her love interests. She's a live wire ready to tripped at any moment if something doesn't give. Yet she's confident and pure of heart. She understands her situation on a base level and wants the best for everyone - always giving and never taking. I loved her as a female lead because she represents themes of living for the moment and no regrets wrapped up in strength and the yearning for freedom. She's a deep, well-developed character who has a lot to offer readers for exploration. When freedom walks back into her life in the shape of a tall, impossibly attractive, extremely arrogant, and brutally honest Hothole she falls down a rabbit hole she can't escape.

"I was still a sinner...and I was still the wolf her grandmamma warned her about." 

Dean "Ruckus" Cole - said tall, impossibly attractive, extremely arrogant, and brutally honest Hothole. Dean's the fun-loving, always smiling, playboy of the group. No one expects him to be a deep-thinking, all-feeling man of his word. He plays up to the stigma cast upon him and hides from truths he'd rather not face. This juxtaposition makes him a riddle you're compelled to solve using whatever tools you need. Dean's story was jarring in the sense that it's unexpected. His personality that you see doesn't quite match up to the storm brewing within his life. Aside from the brilliant romance between he and Rosie, his lineal story running parallel to the main focus of them was so intriguing and artfully structured it ended up being one of my favorite aspects of the entire book.

"But you're the liveliest place I've ever been to." 

Full of surprises, some seriously heated passion, and two characters you'll feel drawn to immediately describes Ruckus. Told from alternating first person points of view the journey you take with Dean and Rosie is fast and relentless and full of love and hope even when it's hidden in the dark trust me it's glowing bright. I read this book in two sittings, one morning and one evening and I've not stopped thinking about them since. With recurring characters making appearances in their story enhancing the depth of connection you feel for this group of crazy people you become enamored further with L.J. Shen's brilliantly twisted story telling and her gift of writing. 

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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