Monday, May 29, 2017


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.

Dean and Rosie were intense, once they got together. Their attraction, even though she tries to ignore it and he tries to deflect it through crude one-liners and off-putting sexual propositions, is palpable from page one.

You want them to be together, you get that they want to be together, and you like them together. They are a match, they get one another, they accept one another...and are willing to deal with the things that come with being with the other person, the good and the bad.

There's an appeal to the story of 2 people who just want to be together, who want to be with the other person so much it drives their thoughts and actions even when they are not together. And, the parts focused on them were compelling, intense, and draw you in to the story.

Unfortunately, at least for me, it took too long for them to get to this point. I know this is the 2nd book in a series, and I haven't read the first one, so maybe that is a factor. That said, there was so much time dealing with them not being together, and the reasons they were not together, that I felt a little frustrated waiting for their relationship to really launch. 

This is probably just me, but I thought the pacing was off and that there was too much time spent on the build up of their relationship and not enough time spent on them, and this messed up what could have been a really great story. I also took a while to warm up to Dean, as the parts of the story where he isn't with Rosie has him coming off as someone who isn't possibly the greatest of guys.

Once Dean and Rosie are a couple, and you see him with her, you really start to like him...but the time getting to there made this book seem a little long and feel like there was too much build up to the relationship. But not in a slow burn type of way, but in a way where you find yourself reading the blurb to make sure this is the guy she is supposed to end up with. I found myself wishing for less of this and more of them as a couple.

The ending is satisfying, you like both characters, and you are glad they have found their HEA, so that makes the beginning something I was willing to mostly ignore.

I do, however, recommend this book as I did enjoy it overall.

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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