NA Review: Ruckus by L.J Shen I hated it and ended loving it! Ruckus, Ruckus, Ruckus …


Rosie

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.

Dean

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.

 

4,5 « I don’t know what turned the tide » stars
Sorry but I’ll probably copy one of my dear friends here because this will be messy!

First let me tell you that I hated the first 15 to 20%.
I requested this ARC as I usually love L.J. Shen’s books and I was panicking!
I could not stand douchebag Dean. He was so full of it! I thought Leigh overdid it. That he was a caricature of the Manwhore with a capital “M”.
I can’t stand guys with ego bigger than the Kilimanjaro. You know the one hitting on you so hard because they think everyone will fall at their feet and thank them for barely existing.
Well that was Dean! Add to this his huge addiction to booze and weed I soooo wanted to slap his face. Hard!

So this was ME


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And I thought: What will I do!!! I was really in a tight corner as I truly love Leigh Shen, not only as a writer but as a person. She is such a generous and loving lady. But I promised to be honest and always tell the truth in my reviews.

So after being angry I was all “Oh Crap!” and ready to be…


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What to do when in a bad situation?

I don’t know you but me I’m all for the “crossing my fingers” and “don’t walk on the lines” or “the next car will be blue” etc. in the hope everything will suddenly get better.

I must have been heard by Fate or the Big Guy or… somewhere because I ended up loving the story!

Now how did this happen I don’t really know????


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-Was it Dean’s unfaltering determination to win the girl and stop losing years?
-Was it Rosie’s will to live and be independent?
-Was it how Leigh made me realize we have to respect our kid’s choices even if they’re not our choices? I did not expect to find a big and wise lesson in Ruckus honestly but Leigh was spot on.
-Was it reading more about Mille and Vicious happy life?
-Was it Dean’s readiness to be worthy of Rosie and losing his bad habits?
-Was it the hot sex?
-Or rather all the surprises I did not see coming or guessed wrong (I love when authors surprise me).
-…
I think the biggest reason I ended loving Ruckus was Dean himself.

If you had told me in the beginning that I would end loving him I would have choked with laughter. But that’s what happened.

I loved Dean because:
-He is broken;
-He is hiding his pain behind dazzling smiles and cockiness;
-He messed up BIG time with Rosie;
-And he messed up again instead of straightening his act! Seriously this choice Leigh made was so much better because you expect the main character to redeem him right away when he did a huge mistake. But not here and this was so much more interesting! More realistic too given Dean’s “condition”;
And of course because he “loves Rosie to pieces”, “has an incredibly hot bod”, “is gifted in bed”, “loves little girls” and “spend billions on roses for his girl.”

So to make this review less messy, let’s just say that this is the story of Dean wanting him and Rosie to happen at all costs. He’ll have to convince Rosie as she is battling guilt “betraying her sister” and “she is not a catch”. All along he’ll also have to deal with demons from his past, with his addiction and Rosie’s illness. Add secrets, twists and turns, you’ll have the story in a nutshell minus the very flawed and moving characters.

So now, enjoy! 🙂

PS: Stay tuned as I’ll post Ruckus unconventional interview!!!

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