KU Sunday Spotlight by KUBR + OCA

You all know what time it is, don’t you? It’s Sunday Spotlight time, brought to you by KU Book Reviews + the One-Click Addict Support Group, of course! This week, we are creating a Ruckus with L.J. Shen and going All the Way with M. Mabie—and we encourage you to do the same. Enjoy!


Sometimes I find myself with an ache in my chest and tears about to form from the pain I feel for L.J. Shen’s characters. They’re fictional, of course, yet so real. Real, because Ms. Shen lets us, the readers, understand her characters in such a granular way, a way that few writers ever do. She invites us to see behind the smiles, the swagger and the façades to genuinely see who they are—always for better and for worse. Ruckus, the latest in the Sinners of Saint series, is not only no exception, it is a shining example.

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Ruckus is the story of Dean + Rosie. They’ve known each other since high school—when Dean dated Rosie’s sister, Millie. That sounds so simple, yet it’s more complicated than I could ever hope to summarize. And truly, it would be a disservice to them to try to do so. Suffice it to say, theirs is a complex, tangled history that takes time to unwind. A seemingly long time given the stretch of years, and yet, you realize that it all had to play out in the exact time and sequence that it did.

Dean, like all of Ms. Shen’s men, is beautifully broken. He wears a mask, however, better than most and his brokenness is not often seen by others. Ms. Shen’s women are always strong, yet have a distinct weakness or Achilles’ heel. And as powerful as that vulnerability might be, her heroines always edge it out with their strength—often in spades. They’re women you always admire for what they overcome—especially as it relates to the men in their lives—even if you sometimes want to strangle them at the same time.

The beauty in the relationships between L.J. Shen’s men and her women, and one of the most beautiful things about her books overall, is that as dark and as messed up as her men are, her women see them for who they truly are—every cell. Every flaw. Every scar. And they love them. Not in spite of those things, but because of how those things made them the men they are today.


I’m Cord Taylor, and, lady of my dreams, I’m coming for you.


I couldn’t have resisted the pull of M. Mabie’s All the Way, even if I’d tried. Which, for the record, I didn’t.

Why would I? I have read—and loved—Ms. Mabie’s books before, and a rom-com with a hero who knows what he wants, and isn’t afraid of it? ALL THE YES, PLEASES.

It’s such a fun premise for a book—a player who is only playing because he’s waiting for the one and when he finds her, he’s going to shower her with all knowledge he’s gleaned over the years. And, with great writing and laugh-out-loud funny moments, a fun premise easily, enjoyably became a fun book.

While I must admit that I didn’t always love or understand Dana—her reasoning and communication a little wonky, to say the least—the fact is, I loved just about everything else. Including… no, wait, especially Dana + Cord together.

They were flirty and playful, sexy and sweet, and their awkward moments completely charmed me. When you add that together with Cord’s overwhelming sexiness, and the general goodness that was this group of friends, well then, there’s no reason not to go All the Way with this book. (You didn’t think I’d be able to resist the pun, did you?!)

He was my someone and more than I deserved. A hot as fuck man who was stupid, crazy in love with me.

As of 05.28.2017, Ruckus and All the Way are available with Kindle Unlimited.

About Beth Cranford | KUBR

Book Reviewer. Wife. Mother. Crazy Person. Australian.

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