Holding on for a happily ever after

Rucks by L.J. Shen

O M G 😭😭😭 I had no idea that Ruckus would absolutely destroy me. But it did and I thank L.J. Shen for writing a book that touched my heart, took my breath away (yes I held it through most of the epilogue and if you’ve read the book you’ll know why) and made me hug those closest to me that little tighter. Rosie and Dean’s story was everything I wanted it to be and more. Dean has always been the HotHole I had a soft spot for. The guy who tried his best to protect his high school girlfriend – Rosie’s sister Emilia – from one of this best friends and fellow HotHole Vicious but who ended up getting hurt along the way….in more ways than one we discover.

“He was my sister’s ex-boyfriend and my first love. These two facts should never be connected. Hell, they had no place being in the same sentence together. That didn’t make them any less true.”

This book had absolutely everything I love in a romance and some things I love and didn’t even anticipate. There’s a massive secret that totally floored me when it was revealed – I did not guess it at all which made the reveal that much more awesome – and then that secret got even more explosive and I just read with my face like this 😮😮😮 There is Rosie and her illness – Cystic Fibrosis – which I have a personal connection with and is something that was really really hard to read about but I’m so very glad L.J. explored it and helped to normalise it. There is Dean himself who is so much more than the stoner, alcoholic he is portrayed to be and I loved him so much for that.

This book made me laugh. It brought tears to my eyes. It hit me right in the heart and reminded me of some truths that I have to face every day but I’m so thankful that I get to face them every day when so many people can’t or don’t. This book means so much to me personally and I hope that when I get to meet L.J. in at a signing next year I can tell her in person just how much because it’s not everyday you read a book that connects with you like Ruckus has with me. I wish I could put into better, more eloquent words how much I love this book, how much I love Dean and Rosie but I can’t! Just know that this book will blow you away and maybe it won’t have the impact on you that it has on me, but I hope it’ll be one you won’t forget in a hurry.