Ruckus (Sinners of Saint #2) by L.J. Shen

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Series: Sinners of Saint
by L.J. Shen
My Rating: ⭐⭐

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.

My Thoughts

Ya’ll, I tried. I honestly did. Even though I knew I wasn’t going to rate this high, I kept going. I felt like I had to finish it. The only good thing about this book for me was that we got to see more of Vicious and Millie. The only thing. This is going to be a rant, so if you are a fan of this book or haven’t read Vicious, then I would refrain from reading it.

My biggest problem was that the story we were told in Vicious was completely changed to give Rosie and Dean a HEA. I was so upset to read in Dean’s POV that he never wanted Millie basically. I’m sorry, was this the guy who damn near begged her to go out with him? Was the same guy who acted all hurt that she left? The same guy that was so torn up about Vicious finally being with her?

“See, as far as strays go, Millie was the perfect, shivering-in-the-rain fleabag in need of shelter.”

This is nowhere the same person that I read about in Vicious. Also, he should have just told Millie that he had feelings for Rosie in the beginning.  He didn’t have to date her to protect her. He could have just been her friend. If he told that to Millie, she would have understood. The girl is a sweetheart!

He held Rosie to this pedestal while acting like Millie was the trash on the bottom of his shoe. He kept saying she messed him over. That she shouldn’t have been with him if she had feelings for Vicious. Ummm… Hello! You did the same damn thing with your feelings for Rosie!

I could go on about Dean for days. Now, let’s move on to Rosie. I don’t think I’ve ever been more irritated by a protagonist more. Was I supposed to feel sorry for her? Because she was sick and the man she loved dated her sister? Maybe I could have. However, her character just wasn’t set up for me to like. She was whiny and always playing the victim. Playing the victim with Dean, with her family, and herself. So much of her life she could have changed. With all that said, my biggest issue with Rosie was that she always brought up that Dean dated her sister to him. Aren’t you the one that freakin’ told him to? You told him to protect her.

Now onto the romance. While they were saying that they have loved the other since forever, we really never got a story of them falling in love. It’s hard to believe it’s love. Lust at first sight is more like it. However, Dean’s was crass and downright disgusting at times when he tried to get Rosie in his bed. You don’t talk to someone that you want to get into your bed like that. I sure as hell wouldn’t let him touch me with a ten foot pool talking like that.

Bottom line, I had some issues with it and it didn’t work for me not one bit.


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14 thoughts on “Ruckus (Sinners of Saint #2) by L.J. Shen

  1. This! I so agree with you. I had such a hard time finishing the book. I just couldn’t connect with Dean and Rose individually, and their romance. I just found myself hoping for more glimpses of Vicious and Emilia.

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  2. Ouch Kayla! LOL – glad you were honest! I actually didn’t care for Vicious. He was a little too much for me, so I was hoping Dean would be better. Of course, I’ve totally gotten sidetracked from reading this series, but I still would like to get back to it. You’ve actually got me more intrigued now – haha!

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