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- Book 1 of 3 in Ruin (3 Book Series)
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Ruin is the latest Contemporary Romance release by Rachel Van Dyken. Rachel has put out several wonderful books in the contemporary romance genre, but for me this was by far my favorite.
In this book we follow the troubled lives of Wes, a football star that from the outside has everything going for him, and Kiersten, a small town girl anxious for a fresh start. Life has been anything but easy for either of them and both of them having to overcome twists and turns that have impacted their lives and rocked them to their core.
Both of the main characters have been "Ruined" by life and have to find a way to continue on. Wes, although having good things in his life, finds himself quite alone while battling against the demons of his past as well as a sickness that could threaten his life. Kiersten has had her life rocked by sadness and tragedy and is desperately in need of a fresh start away from the sadness that has enveloped her for some time.
With troubles surrounding their past and challenges lying in front of them, Wes and Kiersten are both in need of a friend that will give them something real to hold on to in this world. In each other they find that friend to help them start to overcome the things they are facing and through that friendship they also find what was missing all along.
Together this "Ruined" couple must find a way to overcome and cling to each other as they come to age through the twists and turns that life throws our way.
Rachel has done it again with this book, she has taken a contemporary, coming of age story and weaved it in such a way that will have you pulled in from the first page and will not let go of your heart strings until the final sentence. I am looking forward to many more wonderful books from this talented author.
In addition, the author skimped on details. What did it feel like when Kiersten went bungee jumping? What emotions and physical reactions did she experience during that event? What did the kissing feel like? What was Kiersten's feeling on Pride and Prejudice? Why was it on her list in the first place?
Also, I felt the characters actions were very inconsistent. Wes spent a majority of the beginning of the book hinting at how soon he was going die. It was a very "I've given up" kind of vibe coming from him. The reader doesn't ever hear him say he's fighting his illness until more than halfway through the book. **SPOILER** Then at the end he pulls through, as if he had been fighting for his life all along.
There were several grammatical and editing errors in the book, which isn't a deal breaker for me, but makes a book feel less polished over all. I also felt the blurbs at the beginning of the chapters were very odd.Read more ›
I purchased this book because of all the five star reviews. After reading the book, I took another glance at these glowing reviews. I think they are all genuine and that's disturbing to me. Is this what people really want in fiction? I could understand if this book had more one star reviews but I wonder if people aren't leaving them because they see how rabid these readers are, and that they have left comments to the one star reviews. Leave comments all you want, fan girls. I will not respond. My opinion is genuine and valid and may help others who feel the same way I did.
I enjoy young adult books sometimes, but I remember reading Sweet Valley High books that were more entertaining and believable than Ruin. I can not begin to count how many times I rolled my eyes or laughed out loud at this book, in a bad way. I didn't laugh at the parts that were obviously intended to be humorous. I laughed at the over the top swoony dialogue and lame plot.
I have to wonder if the writer wrote this as a spoof. Maybe she knew there was an audience for this kind of ridiculous story and decided to go for broke. Orphan on anti-depressants? Check. Rich beautiful unrealistic hero with a terminal disease? Check. A scene where the hero only wants to share a bed with the heroine because he wants to feel her heart beating? Check. Sickeningly sweet, eye-rolling, nauseating dialogue? Check. It's like the worst Hallmark movie and the sappiest country song of all time, all rolled into one cute little digital package.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I probably should have done some more investigating into Ms. Van Dyken before I bought this book. I would've seen that she writes YA and that would have told me about the angst... Read morePublished 5 hours ago by rnj1
In a world where true love is ignored for a quick fix this book stands above all the rest !Published 8 days ago by Jennifer Paulet
Wes Michaels is used to women fawning over him wanting one thing, status. When he meets freshman Kiersten Rowe, she is refreshingly different and sends a definite stand back vibe. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Emily Heisler
This was an incredibly emotional ride. There were a few times I expected everything to go wrong and turn into a tragedy - but we do have an HEA, and this was one of the best New... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jasmyn9
Wes and Kiersten are funny but most of all they have huge hearts. We learn pretty fast what eat them but this story is still addictive! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Patricia V
This book took me by surprise. It had me both I teared up and was laughing with the situations. Nice readPublished 1 month ago by christine757
I finished this book in a day! I loved it. It was funny, happy and sad all at the same time. She is a little sweet lost Lamb and he is the Big Bad Wolf who wants to save her.Published 1 month ago by ArmyWife
Let me start by saying I absolutely loved this story. Please keep that in mind when you read the review.
I hated how this book gave me the feels. Read more
Wow! I can't even begin to describe what an incredible story of hope and love this is. I love Wes and Keirsten son hard but Gabe and Lisa were just as awesome. Read morePublished 2 months ago by LaDoo
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