ARC Review: Rising

36504559Title: Rising (Vincent and Eve #1)

Author: Jessica Ruben

Release Date: May 1, 2018

Synopsis on Goodreads:

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.


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*ARC generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.*

5 stars


OMG. This was the type of book that I never knew I missed! Jessica Ruben is an author to look out for.

It dawns on me that this may be the first time I’ve ever been truly looked at. I never knew how much I ached for this feeling, until now.


Do not be deceived by the cover, or maybe it’s just me. It gave me the impression that this book would be dark with lots of murder, rough bed scenes, blood spilled everywhere, but it’s not. Quite the opposite exactly. It’s a new adult romance with main characters from two different worlds.

I devoured this book. I didn’t think I would be able to read the ARC on time but Jessica pushed me to read it and TA-DA! I almost regretted my decision for not requesting an ARC earlier.

Filled with so many sweet and romantic scenes that I couldn’t help but smile and giggle in my room as I read on. I was even reading it in a coffee shop and I wanted to scream my heart out. THE FEELS.



The last time I read a book with super sweet scenes was I think Paper Princess by Erin Watt.


Vincent is such a mystery, though it was never a mystery to me. He’s so sketchy and people keep telling Eve to be careful around him but he’s hot and surprisingly super sweet, nothing else matters right? I was having a hard time imagining him in my brain until I asked the author for her inspiration photo and HOT DAMN he’s a god.



Eve is your innocent eighteen-year old, super smart kid who also has anxiety issues. I love how she has issues with anxiety because I too have issues with that and it gets in the way of a lot of things unless I face it head on. There’s so much she needs to learn and see of the world and it’s what makes her such an interesting character to read.



Written solely in the point of view of Eve we see where she’s raised. It could be the sketchiest place to live in New York City. The book doesn’t show the beauty of New York City but it focuses on the lives of the less privileged and the dangers that lurk in corners. It’s not the typical story you read about NYC.



I love this book, I love how it made me feel. Giddy, excited, jealous of Vincent’s sweetness, and pure happiness. This book surely is in the running for my top 10 for best reads this year. I cannot wait for the next installment because the way this book ended!


Vincent steps into the bathroom, moving directly behind me. We’re both staring at each other in the mirror, smiling and satisfied. The top of my head hits the center of his chest, and for the first time in forever, I decide that I love feeling so small. Even with all our physical difference, or maybe because of them, we look perfect together.


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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