Ruckus creates chaos wherever he goes, and Mr. Dean Cole made me a complete and total emotional mess during this book. I felt every single emotion of this book, the pain, heartbreak, elation, lust, really the whole gamut. It is everything a romance should be, but what I really love about it is the theme created by L.J. Shen. The whole premise behind this book is moving.
Dean Cole is so much more than I ever thought he was in the previous books. His complexity, his motivation, and his brokenness all endear readers to him and make them sympathize with him as a character. His emotional dysfunction hidden behind the playboy mask makes him the perfect match for the physical dysfunction caused by Rosie’s illness. Rosie, God, how I loved Rosie. Her need and desire to protect others, to lessen the blow from her illness on others, and to live her life to the fullest even with her physical weaknesses make her an admirable heroine. She longs to be treated as more than her illness and she finds this in the hands of Dean. These two heal each other, and make each other whole, better, and happy. They embrace each others flaws, and together they begin to live a full life with all the aspects they desire and crave, even with certain secrets waiting to take them down.
Dean and Rosie’s story from the very beginning is filled to the brim and over-flowing with angst. The denial and refusal of feelings and the self-sacrificing for the needs of others makes every decision for the last 11 years utterly painful to witness. With expertly implemented flashbacks, L.J. Shen shows the reader how much they loved and hurt over each other not only to exemplify how much their love but also to develop both of their characters. Every single moment, even the happy and steamy ones, has their secrets hanging over them, and once they blow up, destruction is imminent, like the sun blowing up and taking out the earth. Their worlds are rocked and readers are left wondering what will be left behind of Dean and Rosie and their love, goals, and dreams. While I won’t tell you how it ends or if it is an HEA, know that L.J. Shen gives this story the ending it deserves. She honors the characters and their story.
What readers will love most about this book is the theme, the idea that no one knows how much time he/she has left in this world and so he/she shouldn’t waste it. Time is precious and not guaranteed, and people need to live their lives to the fullest with the people they love and attaining the things they hope and dream to have. It is about making every single moment matter, so that at the end, whether that is tomorrow, next year, or 50 years from now, there are no regrets, no what ifs, and no I wish my life would have been. Rosie and Dean teach readers to take happiness now and revel in every single moment.
While I have loved all the Sinners of Saint, Dean and Rosie’s story, Ruckus, is going down as my favorite. It gripped my heart from the very beginning and bled me dry, but I loved every minute of the romantic torture L.J. Shen provided. This is one of those stories that will stay with me a long time from now, and one that makes readers look at life differently, better, and it will be a favorite of 2017!
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.