Rising (Vincent and Eve #1) by Jessica Ruben

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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.

ellie's $0.02:

Jessica Ruben slapped my ass and called me Sally and then punched me in the face and called me ellie with this amazing debut.

Ruben has hit the Lower East Side streets running with the scandalous and dark secret worlds of NYC.  Mixing the upper-crust (not as in pizza, but that sounds amazing right now too) with the low lifes and the dangerous and the innocent.

This romance has elements of it all.  Except demons.  Wait, it does have metaphorical demons.  No monsters.  Yes, it has monsters.  Hmmm.  Okay, it's not paranormal and I can't remember any fairies in it.  OTHERWISE, it has a dose of everything else.  Oh wait, no zombies.

Anyway.  It has most everything else that should satisfy most romance lovers.

I loved Jessica's style of telling me the tale.  Telling me about Vincent and Eve.  The characters, the confusion, the secrets, but not giving it all away yet.  Never showing all her cards yet.

This IS part one.  This DOES leave you on the edge.  This WILL leave you with more questions than answers.  But it's part one, guys.  Means we have MORE TO COME.

I'm calling this series a scandalous must-read!  

I'm so thankful to call Jessica my partner in crime and my main squeeze.  Chick has got it goin' on.  And she's mine.