RELEASE DAY BLITZ                                                       RUCKUS by L.J. SHEN

Title: Ruckus

Author: L.J. Shen

Series: Sinners of Saint #2

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: 26th May, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

Rosie
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.
 

Dean
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.

 

 

 

 

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Reviewed by Sharon Thérèse

Shen has nailed it! If the other Sinners of Saint books were brilliant, Ruckus is abso-freakin’-lutely astounding. Perhaps I sound overly enthusiastic about it, but there is no doubt in my mind that this is her best work yet. Beautifully written words at the very beginning of the novel would eventually make sense to me, and the first paragraph of the prologue which was not how I would expect a novel to start, left me speechless. But I liked it. A lot. From there on in, it was a matter of how fast I could read without missing out on the tiniest detail of Dean ‘Ruckus’ Cole and Rosie LeBlanc’s story. So hold on tight for a very bumpy ride because the author unravels their story at a dramatically heart-stopping pace. By the time I reached the epilogue, I felt like I’d been chewed up and spat out, and whether I was put back together or not is for you to find out!

In Vicious, I didn’t get to see Dean’s true colours. He hasn’t changed much in the respect that he’s still an a-one jerk, spoilt and full of himself. But one thing is for sure, he’s a natural protector, unarguably patient and a hot-panty-dropping-problem-solver. He never once contradicted himself. He’s not only aware of his traits, but he also lives up to them…even puts on a show if you like. All his shortcomings are revealed in Ruckus and if I mentioned more of them, the list would be longer than my arm!

‘I was a PAMPERED LITTLE shit. I knew that, acknowledged that, had no fucking problem with that.’

The author never gave me reason to think he’d change his ways, or make an effort to abstain from his vices and just when I thought all was lost, she offered me a smidgen of hope. Shen’s storytelling tactics glowed when she gave snippets of Dean’s backstory in moments of either angst or when the reader least expected it. Despite my eagerness to know more, he wasn’t in the slightest bit forthcoming regarding what he’d been through. In due course, the whole truth was revealed leaving me in a blubbering mess. Regardless of his imperfections, this guy whose persistence seemed endless won my heart.

“My sister can’t be with a selfish man.”
“I will change.”
“What if you can’t change.”
Vicious did…”

I frigging adored Rosie. She made me laugh, she made me cry but I couldn’t feel sorry for her. Compassion was the last thing she wanted. A few of the characters’ attitude towards my heroine was difficult for me to comprehend. All I could see before my eyes; yes, Shen’s narrative writing is beyond descriptive, was a strong-willed young woman that only asked for her space to be respected. I couldn’t believe how unfair and single-minded they were. Humiliating her in one scenario made me so frustrated and so damn angry, I cried. (She didn’t!). Rosie-bug’s inner-strength never ceased to amaze me. She outshone all the characters in the Sinners of Saint series because she never gave up on anyone at anytime and more important, was totally honest with herself.

“That’s Sirius, and it’s also you. You shine, Baby LeBlanc. So fucking bright sometimes you’re the only thing I see.”

This isn’t your typical love-hate-love-story. Dean and Rosie have known each other for years but both avoid soul-searching questions. Since Shen made me wait for the answers; and by now I should have known that she would, to get to crux of the matter meant speed reading. However, in parts of the book I had to slow down and even re-read because I couldn’t believe what was happening. The sensitivity used in one of the issues squeezed my heart, the other didn’t worry me at all. Albeit some readers may consider the second mentioned blameworthy, it exists and I had no reason to see why the two protagonists couldn’t make it work. Only there’s that one damn handicap hanging over their fragile relationship, constantly breathing down their necks.

“Break me. Use me. Fight me. You’ve chased your prey for month. Years. A whole decade, goddammit. Are you going to let it go?”

Now for the banter! Goodness me, I’m not exaggerating by saying it’s pure dynamite, risqué and pushing boundaries. In some scenes I even felt like an intruder. Dean’s also given a new meaning to the word innuendo and Rosie’s faster than lightening comebacks had me laughing my head off. I freaking well love how the Hotholes pulled together, and Vicious impressing me is an understatement! Of course, how could he not mellow with Rosie’s sister by his side!

“My sister can’t be with a selfish man.”
“I will change.”
“What if you can’t change.”
“Vicious did…”

It’s been a long while since a book of this calibre has crossed my emotional threshold. Dean and Rosie’s story affected me so much that I had to sit back and seriously ponder over what I’d read after finishing it. This just goes to show you how much I freaking well loved it! Ooh, and the hot-steaminess on the verge of erotic is simply off charts!

“Perfect things are not relatable. Unbreakable is fascinating, but not lovable. You’re breakable, Dean Cole. I’m going to do my best to keep you whole.”

A word. “Dean, I love your stars, your constellations and your galaxies. You took me to the end of planet Earth and brought me back with Sirius. Thank you Ms Shen. BRAVO!

 

 

 

 

DEFY: #KFF’s 5 ★ Review

VICIOUS: #KFF’s 5 ★ Review

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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