Tuesday, 6 June 2017

BLOG TOUR & REVIEW: Ruckus by LJ Shen

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.

Caroline's Review ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

"I saw him first. I craved him first. I loved him first."

Rosie LeBlanc and Dean 'Ruckus' Cole fell in love when they were teenagers. However, Rosie's older sister, Millie, claimed him before she could do anything about it. Dean wanted to protect Millie from his friend, Vicious, and Rosie adored her sister, who was good to the core. So, they kept away from one another.

"Her clock was ticking faster, and I was done letting her waste our time."

Eleven years on, Rosie is living in Dean's apartment building. She's newly single and he's determined to finally make her his. However, the obstacles in their way seem to be insurmountable, not least Rosie's life expectancy. There's also Dean himself. Everyone believes he's the life of the party, but his happy-go-lucky, flippant facade hides a darkness that torments him.

"Dean 'Ruckus' Cole had many faces. And all of them were beautiful. At least to me."

This story was beautiful and sad. Angsty and sexy. Desperate and joyful. Rosie offsets her health condition by living her life on her own terms, in spite of her family's opposition and disapproval. When Dean finally breaks her walls down, she grabs on to him with both hands. Dean is so tortured and the only thing clear to him is Rosie. He needs her. He wants her. He's done living his life without her. 

"I live for you. I breathe for you. I will die for you. It. Has. Always. Been. You."

Their chemistry is freakin' amazing. Their love is all-consuming. It made my heart feel hollow to know they wasted eleven years without each other, but the knowledge that Dean was greedy and possessive to have Rosie completely take over his life made my heart full. 

A wonderful, life-affirming story.

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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