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.
If you haven’t met the men of L.J. Shen’s Sinners of Saint series, you are definitely missing out…not only on the alpha goodness of the HotHoles but also on the layered storylines that pull readers in tempting them with just enough insight that the need to comprehend why these privileged assholes play the roles they do, never truly allowing anyone to see the truth beneath their facades, is pivotal to understanding who these reckless and corrupt guys are and why they choose to live the lives they do even when what and who they want becomes much more difficult to acquire due to their self-destructive personalities.
In the first book of the series, readers were thrust into an environment that reeked of debauchery and vices…a rich and corruptible society that was ruled by four guys who always got what they wanted and never truly faced the repercussions of their vicious and out of control behaviors. Shen introduced readers to the biggest asshole of the group in Vicious, but we also gained quite the perspective on the other three HotHoles, especially Dean “Ruckus” Cole.
Mr. Manwhore Galore…Mr. Self-Destruct…Mr. Addictive Personality are just a few of the nicknames that follow Dean based of his chaotic and dirty lifestyle, but like Vicious, there’s a reason for his joker demeanor…a method to his manslut ways…a scripted pursuit to maintain in terms of his good time guy personality, and as L.J. Shen provides readers with the necessary insight, albeit in a slow, progressive way, we begin to understand where his tendencies come from…what prompted his out of control behavior…what lost him any chance at the right girl and forced him to settle on a buffet of pussy, alcohol, and weed until there came a point where he could finally claim the “right LeBlanc sister” and put everything on the line for the girl who has always owned him even when he “belonged” to someone else.
At face value, Rose LeBlanc and Dean Cole share zero commonalities…their demeanors, their views on life, their ability to conquer their goals…all of these concepts seem to be in direct contradiction. But like Ruckus, “Baby LeBlanc” is significantly more than she portrays herself to be, and while others, especially her parents, see her only as their wilting flower because of her illness, Cystic Fibrosis does not define her in the ways that others want it to; in fact, she is as capable and vivacious as anyone else because it’s her passions that make her feel alive…it’s her love for her family that keeps her breathing…it’s the fact that Dean Cole has always owned her heart even when she wanted to hate him with every other part of herself that keeps her moving forward.
And, it’s that dangerous chemistry between Dean and Rose that enables her to fight for more time…for more oxygen…for more independence…for more EVERYTHING.
Ruckus, like Vicious, is one hell of an angst driven journey, but through the difficulties, through the harsh truths and grim realities, through the self-destructive behavior and toxic interactions, there’s always underlying love…a fierce, addictive, and freeing love that makes all the struggles worth it…a love that helps to shed fears, surmount obstacles, and claim the person that was and always has been the one!
L.J. Shen continues to display her ability to construct complicated and layered stories – ones that illustrate the depth of her characters and the harshness of reality even in a fictional environment. Her prose flows seamlessly and it allows readers to clearly understand the truth beneath the surface and the essentialness of feeling alive.
5 Poison Apples
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.