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.
"He was beautiful, but he was also a mess of epic proportions."
After reading Vicious I was SO excited for this book to come out!! The glimpses I got of Dean in book one were way more than enough to fuel the fire for book two! I was very intrigued as to where Dean's story would lead, and it was just as great as I thought it would be! We first meet Rosie and Dean in Book one, Vicious. Rosie is Millie's sister and Millie just happens to be Dean's ex-girlfriend. But Rosie saw him first, wanted him first, you get it... Even though Dean went out with Millie for 8 months, he always knew it wasn't real with her. His affections had always been with Rosie from the very beginning, but time and circumstance made it nearly impossible for him to have the woman he desired.
"Dean ‘Ruckus’ Cole was a different kind of asshole to Baron ‘Vicious’ Spencer. He fucked you over with a polite smile on his face."
There is a lot of Dean's POV in this book, which I LOVED. And his hothole behavior lives up to the name. Dean is the stoner, the one with all the mojo in my opinion but, you almost get a sense that he's lost because he continues to fall into bad behavior with women, booze, smoking, etc... And it's not like he's not successful, because he is. Extremely wealthy too! But one would assume his teenage vices would be left far behind by now. And living right under his nose is the one woman that has driven him crazy for years, Rosie, or "Baby LeBlanc" as he likes to call her.
“This thing right here? It fucking beats for me. You know it. I know it. Keep lying, Rosie. I’ll milk the truth out of you. One way or the other.”
Rosie has Cystic Fibrosis, and she's fully aware of what the outcome of that diagnoses usually means, she knows her life isn't as promising as those around her, but she refuses to let this disorder take over her life. And knowing this as a reader it just ups the angst even more, I'm always freaked when I hear something like this because we all know how things like this usually turn out! I'm not going to say what happens, but I will say that I loved how Dean treated Rosie in regards to this. He never treated her like she was sick, even when everyone else around her was fawning all over her, he still treated her just as he always did.
“I don’t want to make you forget. I want to make you remember. And I’m about to, Rosie.” He breathed hard against my skin. “I’m about to rewrite the pages of our fucking history, baby.”
Dean is cocky as hell, and nearly every comment out of his mouth was a sexual innuendo aimed at Rosie. I’ve got to give it to the guy, he tried HARD to break through Rosie's tall walls. And the banter between these two was overflowing with sexual chemistry, so it was just a matter of time before they gave in to each other. And when they did, DAMN. It was hot, and Dean's dirty mouth does not disappoint! I love his non-existent filter as well. Dean is so full of spice and the vulgarity behind some of his comments are just that, yet somehow, I found him to be sweet and endearing. And I love how he held his confidence throughout the story. He never once thought that he wouldn't win Rosie over, and I kind of loved him for that.
"He was going at it like he was trying to kill me. And in a way, he did. He killed every single chance I had to enjoy sex with anyone else."
Vicious was my first book by this author and this was obviously my second, and I must take a moment to mention the writing. L.J. Shen has such a unique way with words, and I believe that her brand is truly one of a kind. Her writing has so many dimensions and colors and it makes me want to read everything she writes. It's funny, hot, dirty and beautiful too! Definitely a new favorite series of mine, and obviously I'm girl-crushing on the author as well. Do yourself a favor and one click these books, you won't be sorry!
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.
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