Blog Tour & Review | Rising by Jessica Ruben

We’re celebrating the release of RISING by Jessica Ruben! One-click your copy today!

NA Contemporary Romance

Cover designer: Okay Creations

Release date: May 1, 2018


As the bus approaches my stop on the Lower East Side, I raise the hood of my black sweatshirt. Anonymity is key in my neighborhood—particularly as a lone female walking at night.

All I want is to leave my crime-ridden shadow of a home in New York City. I’ve done everything I can to keep my head down and focus on my studies. College is my only goal; love has never been on the map…

That is, until my sister brings me to an underground fight, where I meet a gorgeous and mysterious man: Vincent.

He is the ghost in my shadows, showing up to feed me pieces of his upper-crust life, then evaporating into darkness until his next visit. I’m falling hard and fast. How can I trust him amidst the depth of his secrets?

Vincent may be even more dangerous than the dark world I’m trying to escape.


I enjoyed this story so much! This is the beginning of a great love story with two unique and interesting characters. The plot was intriguing and the end of this book leaves me needing Book 2 like NOW!

Let me start with our heroine Eve. I love her first of all because she is a bookworm. She prefers to stay home and read rather than party and go out with boys who have never really interested her. Her goal is to get into college, to be able to escape her current life of poverty. Some think of her as uppity, especially her mother who wants her to get a job instead of focusing on her education. When she meets Vincent “The Bull”, it surprises her that he of all people seems to accept and love the real her.

Vincent is a sexy underground MMA fighter and if this is not drool worthy enough for you, he is also familiar with poetry by Edgar Allan Poe. Yes… I know. I thought this was a bit much at first, I mean how perfect can this guy be but you know what… it works! There is also an air of mystery that surrounds him that makes him even more intriguing.

When these two meet the connection is undeniable and the chemistry is intense. Vincent however is holding Eve at a distance and even though he doesn’t give an explanation, the reader can draw their own conclusion I think as to why. I definitely figured out what was going on early in the book anyway. Eve however thinks it is because she doesn’t quite meet his standards. It’s obvious that Vincent just could not stay away from her though and there is a kind of hot and cold vibe that he gives her.

I am definitely invested in this love story and the suspense and mystery of the background story has completely pulled me in. This was such a great debut novel! Really this was just a great novel period! I definitely recommend.

4.5 Stars
Contemporary Romance
Series: Vincent & Eve, Book 1 of 3
Heat Level: Mild
POV: Heroine

*ARC generously provided in exchange for an honest review



About the Author:

Jessica Ruben lives and works in New York City, where she spends her days dominating in the court room as an attorney. Come nightfall, she writes romances centering on gorgeous alpha males and the intelligent women who love them.Jessica is an insatiable reader, and will devour a few books a week without batting an eyelash. Books have always been her drug of choice, and she has no plans on detox anytime soon. She has three wildly delicious children and a husband who, for reasons unimaginable to her, loves her brand of crazy.




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