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Meet the Author:
L.J. Shen is an International #1 best-selling author of Contemporary Romance and New Adult novels. She lives in Northern California with her husband, young son and chubby cat.
Before she’d settled down, L.J. (who thinks referring to herself in the third person is really silly, by the way) traveled the world, and collected friends from all across the globe. Friends who’d be happy to report that she is a rubbish companion, always forgets peoples’ birthdays and never sends Christmas cards.
She enjoys the simple things in life, like spending time with her family and friends, reading, HBO, Netflix and internet-stalking Stephen James. She reads between three to five books a week and firmly believes Crocs shoes and mullets should be outlawed.
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TJ & Co BOOK REVIEW
Published May 23rd 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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.
LJ Shen slays!! I knew I’d love it, but not this much. I’m in book hangover hell. I want more Hotholes!!
Okay…Let’s dive into the deliciousness that is Ruckus.
Here’s the Breakdown:
Dean Ruckus Cole is a manwhore of epic proportions. Seemingly, upset by his former girlfriend moving on with one of his best friends, he approaches life like it’s a never-ending buffet of women and booze. Rosie has always been the doted-on daughter. Her illness overshadows everything in her family’s eyes. What no one understands is that she refuses to be viewed as a wilting flower. She wants to live a full life and not be defined by her illness.
What I floved:
Pretty much everything about the book falls into this category, but I’ll break it down for you. The history and story within the story – Dean and Rosie share a history that I never anticipated. Catching up with these two from high school through present day is very eye-opening and so meaningful to the story.
The main characters – Although they’re both dealing with some major drama and life events, they can’t help but fall in love. It’s organic and flows well. It’s not forced or superficial. The character and relationship development are both strong and perfectly rendered.
The secondary characters – There’s so much Hothole goodness throughout. Vicious fans, get ready to 1-click this Mofo as soon as it releases!!
The love story is amazing. The twists and turns you don’t expect will keep you on your toes. And the ending is sure to please. I was floored by the amazing storyteller and larger than life characters.
Overall, this is an epic story about love that transcends the test of time, hormones, and unfortunate assholery. It’s unpredictable, raw, emotional, and edgy- pure chaos contained in a beautiful package. The Hotholes reunite to deal with love, loss, family drama, and everything that accompanies growing up and trust me you don’t want to miss it! Highly recommend for fans of the series, those interested in emotional romance, or just a plain old good story!
So far I’ve loved all of the HotHoles!!
And RUCKUS was delicious! OMG so delicious!! YUMMYLICIOUS!!!
To begin with – I’m incredibly upset that people have been throwing around the word INCEST!!! You guys need to look the word up in the dictionary. It’s ridiculous and upsetting to mention this word in connection to Rosie and Dean.
RUCKUS had everything I hoped for. Lots of HotHoles, an insanely delicious Dean, and a couple that was made for each other.
RUCKUS was INTENSE, EMOTIONAL, TUMULTUOUS, and HEART-ACHINGLY beautiful.
The very first moment Dean laid eyes on Rosie he was enamored.
It. Has. Always. Been. You. Ever since I saw your sorry ass for the first time on that threshold and you fucking poked me in the chest like I was a toy. We’ve been apart for ten years, Rose LeBlanc, and not even one day has passed without me thinking of you. And not just in passing. You know, the occasional she-could-have-been-a-great-fuck. I mean really taking my time to think about you. Wondering what you looked like. Where you were. What you were doing. Who you were with. I stalked you on Facebook. And Twitter—which, by the way, you need to deactivate because you never once bothered to tweet—but you aren’t exactly a social media animal. I asked about you. Every time I was in town. And once I realized you were in New York with Millie…”
I think what gutted me the most about this book was Dean’s deep and unshakable love for Rosie. There was no doubt, or second thought. She was IT for him – and I fell in love with him right then and there.
Ever time he opened his mouth I SWOONED a bit more!!!!!
“It may not be this week—it may not even be this month, but it will happen. And once it does, you’ll have to face your fears and tell your saint sister that we are together, or I will. Because once I fuck you, no one else will be enough for you. Ever. Again. So I’m just going to tell you right here and now, you’re welcome to my dick anytime you want, any hour of the day. I see us as a long-term thing, so it’s important to me to keep you happy.” “Duly noted, Mr. Delusional.” “Glad we got that all sorted, Miss Soon-to-be-in-My-Bed.”
Not enough? Here is another one…
“Contrary to general belief, stars don’t twinkle. There is only one star that sparkles that scientists can agree on. It twinkles so bright, sometimes people mistake it for a UFO. It’s not big, but it stands out. That’s Sirius, and it’s also you. You shine, Baby LeBlanc. So fucking bright sometimes you’re the only thing I see.”
For me Dean was almost the perfect mix of jerk and a guy that was heads over heels in love with his girl. Their past and history was meaningful and life changing, but not something that couldn’t be build on.
Because, even so they were apart for 10 years, they pretty much stayed true to themselves.
Rosie was such a strong women. She stood up to Dean without surrendering to his charm or strong willed personality. Her disease changed her outlook on life and strengthened her willingness to fight for what she wanted. And in Dean she found the ONE GUY that would treat her equally and the same as everyone else. It might not have set well with me, but it was what Rosie wanted and needed.
I believe, unless I have been in the same situation, I can’t really judge anyone for their decisions. And Rosie’s decisions were hers and hers alone.
Reading RUCKUS was a pleasure. Dean was unlike any other of the HotHoles and the way he was with Rosie felt perfectly RIGHT!! They matched, worked, and belonged together.
I got a few glimpses of my beloved VICIOUS which made my day – because he is still my #1 HotHole. That brain of his is as sexy as the outside. If L.J. Shen would write a VICOUS 2 I would be the first one in line.
To get to the point, I’m in awe of L.J. Shen’s writing.
Her prose was solid, spellbinding and vivid. Her storytelling was superbly plotted. At times the depth of emotion and heart-wrecking implications gutted me. Rosie’s strength was a beacon of endurance, love and hope. And Dean’s love for Rosie was a never ending source of butterflies and the biggest swoonfest EVER!!!
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