- File Size: 1416 KB
- Print Length: 725 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Rachel Van Dyken (August 29, 2014)
- Publication Date: August 29, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00N5CL0FO
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #152,443 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Ruin Series Boxed Set Kindle Edition
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Inspirational, heart warming, emotional, beautiful, amazing...the list goes on and on. I was truly touched by this story and the way it was written. I personally don't mind the religious undertones or lack of "steaminess", sometimes you just need a story that reaches deep inside your heart and makes you feel every emotion under the sun. For me the actual story content is what matters and Ruin delivers tenfold. This was my first experience reading a book by Ms. Van Dyken and I was seriously kicking myself for not picking it up sooner. I must add though that I actually starting reading this series at book 3, Shame. Horrible idea. Even though these books are marketed as standalones I wouldn't suggest reading them out of order. This is a series you need to be fully invested in from the get go. And once you start you won't be able to stop!
*** I HIGHLY recommend this one ***
Toxic - 4 Stars
Liked it, didn't love it. I think maybe that's because Wes left some pretty big shoes to fill, and his story was just so beautiful that it would really take a lot to top it. So while Gabe's story was definitely heart wrenching and a tad darker, due to his overwhelming guilt and self loathing, it didn't grip me the same way Ruin did. Much like the first book, the religious undertones, which I enjoyed, carried over into this second installment and while there was a little more heat between our main characters it was still kept pretty clean. Ms. Van Dyken has a writing style all her own which makes her books incredibly unique, a breath of fresh air really. This series was my first experience with her writing, but definitely not my last.
Toxic was also an incredible story. Gabe is a passionate and musical soul dealing with a past that was never really the past. It's his present. And it's heartbreaking. His fiancé is paralyzed from the neck down due to an accident he was witness to. He blames himself and goes on loving her unconditionally. This story is about letting go and moving on. It's beautifully written and will pull on your heart strings. I don't even know how many times I cried, because once I started I couldn't stop.
The writing is superb. The storylines pulled me in. The characters are good people inside, but they don't know it. Their friendship is heartwarming & I could feel the love they had for one another. They surely came alive for me.
Wes and Kiersten have suffered unthinkable loss in their lives. Together they are a force to be reckoned with against their separate demons. Kiersten essentially finds herself with the encouragement of Wes. While Wes finds yet another reason to fight. The profound nature of this book, coupled with inspiring characters, makes this book unputdownable! I felt the lust, longing, shatter of hearts and hopes. I could feel it all. Right down to the tips of my fingers. There were incredibly poignant moments. Moments that could inspire any reader with faith and hope.
All characters were great! When I finished, I found myself wondering about those secondary characters. Wes's dad is terrific! And everyone needs a Gabe and a Lisa!! Can't wait to read more about Gabe in Toxic!!
I smiled a lot reading this book. I also has my heart broken and sobbed like a baby. But this I loved. Every. Second!!
TOXIC REVIEW TO COME VERY SOON. BUT I LOVED RUIN SO MUCH I'VE ALREADY GIVEN THIS BOX SET 5 STARS!!