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Ruin (The Ruin Series, Book 1) by [Van Dyken, Rachel]
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About the Author

Rachel Van Dyken is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of several Regency and contemporary romance series and stand-alone novels. When she s not writing, you can find her keeping Starbucks in business or plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor. She currently resides in Idaho with her husband and two boxers. Readers can follow her writing journey at

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  • File Size: 589 KB
  • Print Length: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Rachel Van Dyken (August 11, 2013)
  • Publication Date: August 11, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,407 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.

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.
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Much like other 2 star reviewers, I bought this book after reading several 5 star reviews. I am very unclear why this is such a loved book. Generally, what pulls me into a book is a feeling I get for the characters. They are complex and well developed. They are interesting. I found the characters in this book, especially Lisa, very two dimensional. Besides descriptions of past history, there was little evidence in the story that filled out the characters in a meaningful way. The friendship that Kiersten begins to develop with Lisa feels as if it is going to be meaningful at first, but is quickly buried underneath meaningless conversations. Then Lisa is mostly forgotten as an odd sort of protectiveness develops between Gabe and Kiersten.

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.
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This is one of my first forays into the popular "new adult romance" genre. If all new adult books are like this, I will not read another one.

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.
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