Title: Ruckus(Sinners of Saint, #2)
Author: L.J. Shen
Publication Date: May 23rd 2017
Rating: 4/5

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 waltzes into my life, demanding a second chance. Dean Cole wants to be my bronze horseman. But my clock is ticking. See, I'm not like the rest. I have an illness. Sometimes I conquer it. Sometimes it conquers me. My white knight has finally arrived. Hopefully, he isn't too late.
To say I loved this book would be an understatement. I was on the verge of an impending reading slump and I was worried because I wanted to get through a bunch of ARCs by the end of this month. It is hard for me to write a review for 'Ruckus' and I kept procrastinating because I can’t fully put all my thoughts into words. But I’d like to try and hopefully I won’t bawl my eyes out by the time I finish typing this up. 

The first book I read of Shen’s was 'Defy' and I remembered enjoying it but couldn’t follow through with the rest of 'Sinners of Saint' series in March. I recently finished 'Vicious' and I thought to myself, okay, I don’t think any book of hers could be better than that. I got proved wrong in the best way possible. Here’s how and why.

“I don’t want you to die. I don’t want to stop seeing you now that I’ve graduated. I’ve been in love with your snarky ass ever since you opened the door for me, and now I’m hurting like you ran over me, and I have no idea how to fix this shit for us.”

The best thing about this novel is the characters. Dean Cole and his Baby LeBlanc. Okay, can we just take a moment to fangirl how cute that nickname is? Baby. LeBlanc. Dean was by Rosie’s side throughout the novel. He respected and understood her in a way her parents, Millie, her boyfriend didn’t. She could breathe better because of him. He let people make their various assumptions and that’s the most admirable quality of his. Rosie’s good-hearted nature and her strive for independence were inspiring as well. 

“There won’t be a next Rosie. And there won’t be another story like ours. This is it, Rose Leblanc. And this us. If there is no you, then there is no me.”

How did L.J. Shen make the characters so relatable? Dean had his issues with weed and alcohol but his straightforward approach was refreshing. During most of the first half of the book, Rosie feels excluded and there are only a few things worse than that. I could feel everything they were feeling. Dean and Baron’s relationship was fun to read as well. There weren’t many scenes but Baron was there for Dean when it mattered. They were competitive yet had a solid foundation of friendship, yeah, that’s the definition of a sibling relationship. 

There wasn’t a single word in any sentence that felt out of place or unnecessary. It was simply beautiful. This book is written in the first person in Dean and Rosie’s perspectives.  Massive amounts of emotional irony and although there was repetition in the text conversations between Dean and his mischievous pixie, it made me crave more of those innuendo-filled comparisons. 

The only nitpick I have is that Emilia felt out of character to me. She seemed different from how I remembered her in ‘Vicious’. 

This novel surprised me. Honestly, I’m not into the back and forth dramas but I enjoyed reading this. Other than a few tiny details, it was amazing. I believe it's just one of those books where you completely connect with the characters, their stories, and all logic flies out the window. Do you want poignant, forbidden, teens to adults, romance with cheesy lines that you mush over because they are so realistic? Read the book. I’m truly grateful to L.J. Shen for writing this novel and for diminishing any risk of a reading slump. ‘Ruckus’ will make you laugh and cry. Loudly. Go read it. I don’t care how long you guys’ TBRs are, GO EXPERIENCE IT. Thank you.   

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