May 29, 2017

Ruckus by L.J. Shen || ARC Review

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Ruckus by L.J. Shen || ARC ReviewRuckus by L.J. Shen
Published by Self-Published on May 23, 2017
Format: e-ARC
Source: Author
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Pages: 489
4.5 Stars


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 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.

L.J. Shen is still a relatively new to me author, only having read her first two books in her Sinner’s of Saint series but her writing is utterly captivating. Her heroes? GOD, how can you not love those Hotholes? I mean, they’re full of asshole, alpha goodness.

Ruckus was a little different than Vicious, but Dean’s a different hero than Vicious. There were times in with Vicious’s book that I was fuming at him, but I didn’t know if I was going to fall for Dean like I did Vic. BUT that is the last time I doubt L.J. Shen’s magical writing powers, because holy f*ck not only did I fall hard for Dean, but there’s a high chance he’s ruined other men for me. He’s a hothole, but if it’s one thing about hotholes is that they love to have fun and they love hard.

As for the heroine, Rosie has always been a character that I’ve wanted to wrap in bubble wrap and protect from the world. She’s too delicate, too precious, and deserves so much more than the lot she was given. Rosie’s been sick. Really, really sick and it hurt my heart to read her struggles. I was expecting this book to be emotional because of Rosie and her illness, but I didn’t know to what extent.(But can we just talk about the last page before the epilogue? I’m still not over that, L.J. do you hear me? I’m still not over it!) I also wasn’t expecting all the twists and turns we went through. A definite roller coaster ride that played with too many (all) of my emotions.

One of the biggest surprises for me while reading was the history that Dean and Rosie shared, it was so much more than I ever expected and I loved discovering all these memories between them. Another favorite was the back and forth between Rosie and Dean. I ship them hard, okay, so when they were together on the page it was just a lot of fangirling from this girl. I think at this stage I’m just a huge fangirl for L.J. Shen and already have my kindle loaded up with her backlist, ready to be devoured.

Ruckus and L.J. Shen have just joined the list of my favorites and I can’t wait to read more from these hotholes and this author!

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