Rosie lives life to its fullest, but she knows the Grim Reaper nips at her heels. She’s a dreamer motivated by the gift of giving and doesn’t buy into the wicked ways of money and excess. She isn’t without her own kryptonite, but he’s off-limits. She’s built her walls and isn’t going to let him in to destroy her again.
Dean “Ruckus” Cole’s had his eye on the prize for years. Despite his riches and over indulgences, he’s still lurking in the shadows ready to pounce and take what’s his. She doesn’t know it, but he’s got her conquered and no is something he brushes aside when it comes to her.
In true L. J. Shen fashion, she writes the tale of the anti-hero and he comes out smelling like a rose. In Ruckus, Shen shows the good, the bad, and the ugly of Dean Cole and his rise to financial success. His life appears perfect in the eyes of his Hot Holes, but Shen shows the darker side of secrets and lies told to keep a young boy on a pedestal, yet every secret has its evil unveiling. Shen also builds an inner strength in Rosie through her difficult road dealing with her terminal illness. She is a heroine with a true ticking time bomb. The chemistry built between Ruckus and Rosie through dynamic characterization and the conflicts, which sucker punch these two characters, are well designed and keep the reader on their edge of their seat. Shen brilliantly handles Rosie and creates a beautifully well-told prose and only adds to the love every reader has for the original Hot Holes gang.