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(Vincent and Eve #1)

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  3,724 ratings  ·  400 reviews
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
Kindle Edition, 237 pages
Published May 1st 2018 by JessicaRubenBooks, LLC (first published April 16th 2018)
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Megan✦❋Steamy Reads Blog❋✦

“We’ve got something. But what we have has nothing to do with anyone else on earth. What we have between us, is just for us.”

Well if Rising (Vincent & Eve #1) is Jessica Ruben’s debut novel, then I can’t imagine how she can possibly get much better. The writing flowed seamlessly and had me captivated throughout. I am itching to get my hands on book 2, I needed it, like yesterday. This series just makes me really excited; excited for what I’ve read and excited for what I’m yet to expe
Angie - Angie's Dreamy Reads
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
You know what my first thought was after finishing Rising?


It was one of the most exhilarating reading experience I've ever had. And I tell you what, the feels that attacked me while reading this novel are impossible to replicated. It was beyond intoxicating, so immersive and all-consuming that it shocked me. Originally, I picked up this novel on a whim, wasn't even intending to read the whole thing. My plan was to get throug
Jessica ❥Chatterbooks Book Blog❥
Mafia, gangs, an underground mma fighter, and an ambitious young woman trying to escape the life that's been holding her down? Yes, please! Even if I wasn't already intrigued by all of that, the cover would have sold me! It's gorgeous, and there is no way this cover whore could pass it up!

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Eve is a bookworm from New York City living in a neighborhood where street smarts are the only kind of intellect that seems to matter. Desperate to leave her life of poverty behind, she focuses all her eff
Heather❀Kiss The Pages❀
4.5 Stars

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
Natalie  ~ The Biblioholic
Eve was a bookworm living in the ghetto. She was naive and oblivious while being surrounded by gang bangers, drug dealers and addicts. Miraculously, or not, she was surviving, but just barely. She just needed to get through her last year of high school and she’d finally be able to escape her circumstances. One fateful night, she meets Vincent ‘The Bull’ and that was all she wrote. Once their eyes connect, she becomes obsessed. It was clear to everyone else but her that there was more to this guy ...more
Melanie (mells_view)
Apr 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 “You’re all I can see” Stars

Eve lives in a poor neighborhood in New York, and she’s doing all she can just to survive her circumstances and get into college to have a better life. She has an older sister who is ride or die. A mom who doesn’t deserve the title, but some other adults who are fighting in her corner. She is focused. She doesn’t need a distraction, but she gets one in the form of a mysterious hottie named Vincent.

I enjoyed Eve for the most part, and liked that she had goals. I al
Apr 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Omg!! Omg!! So so good..but I need all of it. Like now. this!! Thanks Angie! Full coherent review soon!

Full Review on my TUG page--->Rising by Jessica Ruben

OK STOP WHAT YOU'RE DOING CUZ I'M ABOUT TO RUIN...YOUR TBR! Mark this book down and then come May 1st READ IT! I am still reeling over this book, and it's a DEBUT! I can't believe it. The writing is solid, the engagement with characters is instant, the FEELS are there, butterflies, angst, wonder, and just enough mystery
Kat Valentine
Aug 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fabulous read!!! Vincent and eve are such a awesome characters, couldn't read this book fast enough. Miss Ruben is a great storyteller and you feel like your right their. Vincent is very charismatic and a total take charge kind of guy,while eve is a young girl on the cusp of being a woman. Theirs a innocence in her that has you cheering for her and hoping that their will be a forever with vincent. I can't wait to read the rest of this series!!! Theirs so much unanswered and I am so looking forwa ...more
Jacqueline's Reads
Jul 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: v-card, ku, mafia
4 Stars

I picked this up because of the reviews and it was on Kindle Unlimited so I had nothing to lose. When I started this book it started off with a bang and I got really into it. I do like the writing style, although at times I feel like it can a bit wordy and descriptive, but other than that, it flows fairly quickly, also the length of the book is pretty perfect, not too long and not too short.

This is about a girl who is a virgin, she lives in the worst part of town (where there are gang wa
Jessica  (Angie & Jessica's Dreamy Reads)
I struggled a bit wth how to sort out my thoughts on how to review this story so I had to sit on it a few days. After a bit of reflection I'll tell you that Rising is a good book. It's well layered and peppered with a healthy dose of drama. I thought some parts were a bit predictable but other things came as a surprise. It's different, which I appreciated. So often debut authors come out and jump right on a bandwagon in an attempt to replicate what's already been done so I very much appreciated ...more
Bookish Affair
Apr 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
↔↔ 4.5 STARS↔↔

{What we have has nothing to do with anyone else on earth. What we have between us, is just for us.}
It's unbelievable to say that this is Jessica Ruben's Debut Novel.
The story, the characters, the writing everything was just Perfectly amazing.
The plot was very fascinating and enthralled me by wishing more and more taking me deeper into this world.
{In reality, even if you transcend your upbringing, there’s someone who will push you back down again.
Maybe in reality, change is act
Apr 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-reads
Oh my goodness!!! There is NO WAY Jessica Ruben is a debut author... Just no way. This book was FANTASTIC!! I was sucked right into this story and I LOVE that we have more to come from these characters and this author. The writing was solid, the story line fluent. The angst and suspense and intensity was EVERYTHING. I loved it!!!

Full review to come!
Donna ~ The Romance Cover
Apr 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Rising (Vincent & Eve #1) by Jessica Ruben
4.5 stars!!!!

“I love how delicate you are. Soft. You’re a siren on a quiet street. You’re all I hear.”

For a debut author, Jessica Ruben is certainly stamping her mark on the indie book world with Rising. If I didn’t know before hand I would have thought this was written by a seasoned professional. I love the fact that Jessica Ruben took a lot of my favourite tropes and blended them effortlessly to deliver one unputdownable read. We have MMA f
Feb 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
This was an enthralling yet frustrating book. I thought that Eve's struggles to survive as a book-smart girl focused on her future while living in a dangerous neighborhood was really well done. Especially her relationship with her sister. The addition of the sexual tension with the enigmatic Vincent was a nice touch. Though I thought Eve should be asking him a lot more questions about his background given her own upbringing, but maybe she just didn't want to look a gift horse in the mouth. What ...more
Jessica *The Lovely Books*
There are times when it’s hard being a blogger. I’ve seen all the five (and four) star reviews and I feel like a failure because it’s not a five star story for me. It’s not even a four. The beginning started out great; but as soon as Eve met Vincent, I lost all interest. I’d like to point out that it’s a pet-peeve of mine for a heroine to suddenly become “awakened” once she meets the “hero”. Maybe I could have made an exception if I actually felt the chemistry between them but I didn’t.

All I sa
Apr 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have had my eye on this book for months now, so imagine my excitement when i got the opportunity to read it early! A fairly quick read, this was part one in the story of Vincent and Eve, and from the off-set, i was drawn into the suspense and drama. Jessica Ruben doesnt ease you in gently, chapter 1 starts off with a bang, and i found myself terrified for Eve. Our heroine comes from a run-down, crime-ridden part of New York, and i felt her struggle as she desperately clings to her dream of esc ...more
Apr 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 Stars!

This is why I love reading new authors! I sat down to read this book last night and before I knew it, I was done! It’s a super-fast paced, addictive read with a sexy mysterious man and a very likable heroine. I don’t think this book is classified as romantic suspense, but it definitely had some elements of that in there, mixed with some good angst too!

Eve is an 18 year old young woman who has it pretty rough, but you would never know it. Her personality shines and her bravery and mo
Michelle [Helen Geek]
June 2018 - 1 Star

I was at almost 60%, when I finally figured out this book was going nowhere and I didn't seem to care to figure out anything more about it.

It started as a decent read. A new author, so I was willing to give her a bit of rope to pull me in. Nope. She couldn't seem to pull it off.

So, a DNF for me. Will probably not read any others by her. She doesn't seem to know what to do with the story she builds or with the pretty okay characters she creates. She presents you with a bit of a
Chelé-----4 The Love of Books
I am OBSESSED with this feeling! The feeling you get as a bookworm when you're supremely pumped about an amazing story!! AHHHHHHH! it's happening to me RIGHT. NOW! I am so euphoric over Rising! I've been wanting to try new to me authors and when my favorite blogger suggested this book I was all over it and screamed when I was lucky enough to have it land on my kindle!!

 "It feels so incredible to hold his hand. I wonder how it’s possible that I’ve gone eighteen years without it."

First, I LOVED t
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Lucie Lu's Book Reviews
Apr 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, arcs
You know that feeling you would get as a child on Christmas Eve? You know that giddy feeling, that Santa was coming, and you so desperately wanted to see what he was going to bring you? That overwhelming excitement that made it impossible to sleep? Rising created that feeling in me.

In fact, this book has ruined me for all future books.

It is so beyond amazing that I find it impossible to think of the right word to describe it, apart from EPIC. But even then, that doesn’t seem like enough.

I am s
What a surprisingly fucking amazing story! I started it because I thought it was a mafia tale but it has it all... mafia, gangs, underground fights and top of that is a suspense romance!! I LOVED it...the story captivates you from the first chapter!
It was an exceptional read! Definitely this book will be added to my favourites!!
Karen Mc
Jun 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing

”Sometimes things happen to us that propel us toward a different destiny.”

I have a BIG BOOK BUZZ. That thumping sound?!? It’s my heart. Be still my heart that won’t stop beating for a book that BLEW ME AWAY!!! Jessica Ruben’s debut sensation, RISING, is a potent and pulsating YA romance that you’ll chase from start to finish and still need more. Rising is such a HEART-RACING RUSH!

Debts are owed, and sometimes lives are used as payment. Here, our bodies are nothing but currenc
Dec 27, 2019 marked it as dnf
DNF@50% I really dislike not finishing books but I'm bored at this point and my reading list is to long to waste my time. The h is very immature and naïve. The plot is so predictable and since I can't help myself I read reviews for books 2 & 3 and I don't think my feelings are going to change. ...more
Ellen ✦ Book Bellas ✦
I gave this one a try but the story is too scattered. This book got rave reviews so I was excited to try a new indie author. The beginning really hooked me but Eve and Vincent just aren’t fully formed characters to me. This story is a cross between Real by Katy Evans and Mara White’s urban romances, but needs some serious editing and polishing. To her credit, the author does know her setting well! I’ll pick up the second book at some point in the future.
Bindi Boo
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5 stars

Perfect start to the series.
Absolutely adored the writing, characters and general plot.
♡ Jeri's Book Attic ♡ Jeri the Romance Bibiliophile ♡

I really tried to like this book as I had high hopes for the plot. But the way the author told the story was absolutely not my taste. There will be lots of people out there loving the story this way but I am not one of them.


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I really wanted to like this book. There’s a lot of cheesiness with the characters, storyline is predictable and way too many exclamation points. I know the girl is a naive eighteen year old but it wasn’t to my liking. Immature. The guy is somewhat mysterious only because we didn’t get enough of him but from what I got it was predictable. It ends with a somewhat of a cliffhanger. The story was just a bunch of other stories I read along the years and thrown in to something I didn’t like much BUT ...more
Happily Mary After
May 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Eve is a brilliant high school senior, who is fighting to escape poverty and her dangerous living conditions. She is resilient, hardworking and loyal, but she also has a sensitive side and a tender heart. Her mother is absent, abusive and an addict, and her older sister has done everything she can to care for her and keep her safe. She is a bright light in Eve’s tumultuous life, and their bond is tight. Eve immerses herself in her studies and concentrates on her education in order to have the op ...more
Trish Kitty Taylor  ***narniaandbeyond***
Guess what? Isn’t it great when you try an new author & they manage to win you over within a handful of chapters of their debut novel... Well that’s exactly what Jessica Ruben has done & I’m thrilled I took a chance, went in blind & managed so effortlessly to get lost to the sweet & sexy slow burn, angst fuelled story of Vincent & Eve.

This couple were so easy to love in so many ways. Eve blew me away with her courage, determination for a better life & her resilience to strive forward in an envir
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