Thursday, June 8, 2017

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.


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.

I can easily see L.J Shen turning into one of my favorite authors.

I haven’t read that many books from this author yet. But sometimes a writing style has certain vibes. You get a specific feeling when reading the words the author brought to the pages. And from the first book I read I had this felling with this author.

The words touch something in me.

It took me a second to remember the plot of the previous book, #my bad but I hope excusable when considering the amount of books I read.

On the other hand – It took me a second to remember it – there have been books by bestselling authors I had to reread completely because I could not get back into a story.

With Ruckus (Sinners of Saints #2) it actually would not have mattered as it is a standalone novel and it can be read like this. Just for the understanding of the dynamics between the characters it would be best to have read the previous books. AND I am pretty sure once you read Ruckus you would get mad for spoilering yourself the ending.

The characters in this series have so many layers that you feel like a cook in a kitchen peeling away layer after layer but never seeming to get close to the most hidden parts that you desire so much. I always felt as if I was there with the characters experiencing everything with them.

When they jumped into a pool I wanted to go swimming.

I loved the story from beginning to end and I can not wait to get the next book of this series in my hands. I admit there were decisions that I could not completely comprehend and I was irritated with the parents of the female lead.
My memory had a different view on them in the first book, but that might be my mistake.

It did not matter that much for the story, it was more a growing anger on my side that actually engaged me even more in the story. Also strangely I felt the need to revisit the previous book to get a repeated look on the characters as they were featured there as secondary characters.

It felt like one of those movies where once you learned who the bad guy is you go back to see if you can find any clues hidden in the previous story.

In the end I found myself crying ugly tears (this is me staring at the author with a “How dare you do this to me” look)

So this book def. fulfils every demand to get the full range of stars that is available …