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.
I have started and stop typing this review more times than I want to admit. I wanted to get my words just right and have my feelings for Ruckus come across perfectly but then I realized something. Just like Ruckus no one is perfect, so I am going to do the best I can to do this review without spoiling Ruckus and showing my love for Dean and Rosie.
I’ll be honest I didn’t know if Ruckus would be able to top Vicious and Defy. I loved those books something fierce. For Ruckus love isn’t a strong enough word to describe how I felt about this book. I laughed, I cried (more than once I must add), I wanted to scream, I wanted to shove Dean off a cliff and shake Rosie and scream for her to just stop and live.
There is a lot of depth to both Dean and Rosie, there are complications and redemption. The plot twists in this had me on edge. What I thought I knew and what I thought I had figured out I was completely wrong. I wanted them to be together like they should have been all those years ago. They were soul mates, the other half to their hearts, the reason to live, to breathe and to fight. Ruckus also deals with fighting personal demons and the path of destruction one can lead down when that fight seems like it is being lost. Dean is so much more than the stoner joker everyone thinks he is. So much has happened that has changed him, damaged him, and set him down his path of destruction, but Rosie is Dean’s salvation in a sense. Rosie is stubborn at times, sassy, and someone I wanted to make better if I had the power to do so. The connection, the passion, the feelings they share are intense but so is the pain, the hurt and heartbreak.
If I had to point out something I hated in Ruckus the most, it would be Rosie’s parents. I could understand where they are coming from but the way they treat her, make her feel and just are overall really made me mad. Then again that could be my own personal demons coming out when I think of what they put her through but I hated them, I wish someone would have put them in their place like they really needed to be.
Ruckus is a book that you need to plan out a day or two to do nothing but read and feel and cry and repeat. I can’t scream loudly enough that this book is a must read as well as Defy and Vicious. While you can read probably Vicious as a standalone reading Defy and Vicious first will give you a bigger picture of the circumstances. I am still in book hangover mode and will be for a while. I can’t wait for the next book, I think it very well may destroy me more than this and the previous books did. L.J. Shen is permanently cemented on my favorite author list!
"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
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.