Sunday, May 28, 2017

Blog Tour & Review - Ruckus by L.J. Shen - Jill Mac

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.


Jill Mac’s Review


“I saw him first.  I craved him first.  I loved him first.”


Words can describe how excited I was when I found out LJ was giving us Dean’s book.  While people were a little skeptical about Dean and Rosie’s relationship, I was so freaking excited.  While each book in the Sinners of Saint series is about a different hot-hole, you should absolutely read them in order so you can get the background of the friends and understand fully when reading.   

“He was my sister’s ex-boyfriend and my first love.”

So if you read Vicious book One, you know that Dean and Emilia (Rosie’s sister) had been together, but you also know that Emilia without a doubt belonged to Vicious in all ways.  They were soulmates.  (If you didn’t read the book what are you waiting for, go read it now!) I’m pretty sure this is why it did not bother me when I found out Dean and Rosie were getting a book, because the relationship with Dean and Rosie’s sister wasn’t “real”, at least not to me.  Dean and Rosie belonged together just like Emilia and Vicious did.  And LJ makes it clear.  So even if you are skeptical, don’t let that sway you, because all questions are answered in Ruckus.

Dean is just EVERYTHING.  He’s one of the hot-holes, but not as much of an asshole as other hot-holes *cough Vicious cough* He was known as the stoner.  I have to say his story was one I was completely lost in.  Once I picked it up, I didn’t stop until it was finished, but what did I expect.  This always happens to me when I pick up one of LJ’s books.  Yes, she’s that talented.  Not gonna lie, this book scared me.  I had this like overwhelming feeling that something real bad was going to happen.  Rosie going through what she was going through, and Dean making stupid mistakes.  No matter what though, I was team Dean all the way.  I loved him, I saw him for who he truly was.  He was a genuinely good person who had issues that he needed to deal with and overcome. 

“Love felt like dipping each other in gasoline and burning together.  Love felt like dancing with madness in the dark, watching all of its bright lights.  Love felt like gasping for air when your lungs were already full.”

Let’s move on to Rosie.  Rosie is one of my favorite heroines EVER.  She was someone who spoke her mind when it came to Dean, and eventually everyone else who came in her way of what she wanted.  She had some serious shit going on in her life, and she did what she could to still live life to the fullest.  She wasn’t the type that wanted pity for what she was going through.  All Rosie wanted was to be treated “normal”, and the only person to really ever do that for her was Dean. 

“What makes you feel alive? Dean. Dean Cole makes me feel alive.”

The banter between the two was legit so funny.  These two had me laughing so hard with the stuff that was coming out of their mouths.  They were perfect.  Everything about them was perfect.

Ruckus is the story of loving, losing, and finding love again.  It is the story of fighting for what you want, for what you believe in, for what is YOURS.

“I took her face in my hands and kissed her until she lost her balance.  In the rain.  In the reservoir.  In the middle of fucking nowhere.  This mess was our mess.  This chaos was where we thrived.”

Dean and Rosie’s story will forever be a favorite of mine, a 5 star read for sure! 
If you are new to LJ Shen please do yourself a favor and read her books.  I don’t even care which one (even though you should most definitely read this series) just read them.  After the first book of hers that I read she quickly became a favorite author, and one that I will one click without even having to read the synopsis.  I promise she’s that good. 

Jill Mac

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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