Review of Ruckus by L.J. Shen

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This book is book two in L.J. Shen’s infamous Sinners of Saint series. It was full of heart and soul and gave me all the feels.  So, this is my solid 5 star review!

My excitement for Dean and Rosie’s book started in book one and I couldn’t get it out of my brain until I finally got to read it.  AND THEN….I suffered a Hothole book hangover for weeks. I loved Dean and Rosie together. They were perfect for one another!

In the first book, we saw the relationship between Emilia and Dean develop after Vicious is repeatedly mean to her.  Of course the pull between Vic and Em was too strong and Em broke Dean’s heart when she left town. But her heart wasn’t hers to give, it always belonged to Vicious.

In Ruckus, Dean is living it up HotHole style in NYC.  He is pissed at the world and self-medicates and whores around to hide his true self so no one gets close enough to hurt him again.  To say he has issues, yeah, buy this boy a new stand.

“If it’s corrupted and dirty and fun – I’m all over it.”

Rosie is sweet but guarded.  Strong yet weak. She is sick and everyone treats her as such.  Everyone but Dean. She just wants to live her life and is tired of the constant hovering of her family.

“What make you feel alive?….”

She has had an obvious crush on Dean since high school, but she stepped back when Em and Dean got together.  I felt her pain. Seeing someone you fell for with someone else, kiss someone else….awful. And for it to be her own sister, she couldn’t get away from it.

“I hated everything about Dean Cole. Everything… but him.”

I spent most of this book hating Emilia for all of her secrets and lies and their parents for just being dicks.  Vicious was Vicious, so I let it slide, but Em was a shit sister. Which sucked, because I really liked her in book one.  

“I never stopped loving Dean Cole. Not even for one damn moment. I just convinced myself that I stopped caring.”

The HUGE plot twist had me freaking the eff out!  Seriously, L.J.! I couldn’t read this book fast enough.  This book was heart and soul and gave me all the feels. If you haven’t read Ms. Shen’s books yet, you need to start.  She will put you through the ringer, but you will never forget her oh so unforgettable characters.

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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.

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Book 0.5 – Defy
Book 1 – Vicious
Book 2 – Ruckus
Book 3 – Scandalous 
Book 4 – Bane