Title: Ruckus (Sinners of Saint #2)
Author: L.J. Shen
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Release Day: May 26th 2017
AMAZON US | AMAZON UK
ARC was kindly provided from the publisher via Enticing Journey Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.
“Forever starts now, Baby LeBlanc. With you.”
Another brilliant addition to the Sinners of Saint series. Ruckus is the 3rd book in the series and it is about Dean Cole and Rose LeBlanc; to recap, Rose is the youngest LeBlanc sister and Dean is another one of the Four HotHoles of All Saints High along with Jaime, Baron and Trent. For those of you familiar with the story (or if you read the blurb) you might have figured out that Dean was Emilia’s ex so the situation has an awkward factor. But let me tell you something, it was anything but.
The book starts with Dean and Rose being neighbors, throughout the book we get a lot of flashbacks that slowly paint a largest picture of their past so for one, I enjoyed them which is a rare occurrence.
“There is something you should know before you judge me. I saw him first. I craved him first. I loved him first.”
Dean and Emilia, apparently, had a thing – in the early platonic stages that didn’t get a chance to develop into something more since Baron was harassing Emilia, which drove her straight into Dean’s arms, for all the wrong reasons and Dean, again for all the wrong reasons, started dating her. But Dean and Rose never got over each other, and here we are a decade later.
Dean ‘Ruckus’ Cole was a different kind of asshole to Baron ‘Vicious’ Spencer. He fucked you over with a polite smile on his face. In that sense, he was the Joker. In his mix of confidence, cockiness, good looks, and money, there was a dash of insanity thrown in.”
From Vicious we know that Rose is sick, and that affects her life a lot and it played a big part in this story, Dean is a manwhore on every level but from the start the story makes it clear that he cares for her and his relationship with her sister sort of happened out of the blue. I didn’t like the fact that for one relationship to start another one had to be downgraded, sure Dean and Emilia didn’t have an epic love story but they were cute, from her POV at least so that sudden change of retelling the same story from a different POV sort of left me baffled. Vicious Dean and Ruckus Dean were almost day and night.
The good thing about Dean and Rose’s relationship is that it developed naturally over the course of the story, things were happening almost effortlessly which was difficult to achieve since there was a lot of drama on the second half of the book, and even a huge family issue that, in my opinion, was completely unnecessary and it didn’t affect the story at all. The writing as usual was exceptional, I was not able to put it down for a second, it was so intriguing and so full of life, every character was engaging and I just want more of these series. Can’t wait for Trent’s book since we got a tiny hint of something good to come, he deserves it!
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about the author
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.