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Zeus is the man!! He is something special. He's a man that made a mistake, but owns it and fights to make it right. He doesn't make excuses. He loves his Dove (Cam) with his whole heart,and everything he does shows that. What I'm trying to say is I fell so hard for Zeus. He was so easy to like and admire. Zeus is a fighter. He breaks up with his childhood sweetheart, Cameron (Cam) to focus on fighting. He has always wondered what would have been and thought about her often. He didn't realize how much, he actually regretted that decision until five years later when he runs into her. From then on he tries to win her back.
Cam has alway wanted two things: to be a ballerina and to have Zeus. Things didn't turn out like she planned. Zeus left her heartbroken. She tries to move on with her life the best she can. One night while at work she runs into Zeus, and all she can remember is the hurt that he left her with five years prior. She doesn't make things easy for him at all and tries her best to stay away from him.
I'm very satisfied with how Mrs. Towle made Cam's character a strong woman. She showcased how clearly broken and hurt Zeus left her. I also loved how Cam didn't just give in. She made Zeus fight the hardest fight of his life.
This book made me want to cheer for the characters, hurt with them and fight for them. Days after reading this book I would catch myself day dreaming about Zeus and Cam's love story! Did I say how much I love Zeus? I LOVE him!!
Just when you’re lead to believe that an author can’t possibly write a book any better than their previous, you discover their latest release is better than anything else they have ever created. I don’t know how the author keeps on pulling it out of the bag.
“You’re the love of my life, Dove. It’s always been you. From the first moment I saw you at the fair, I was a goner.”
‘This man…he ruins me. Every word. Every look. Every touch.’
A large part of each book this author writes is filled with information about a trade or career this author has so clearly researched. In Ruin it’s boxing. I can’t comprehend how much research it took, but it’s clear for all to see that said research was not done with a lacklustre approach, quite the opposite, in fact. This author uses family as a key factor in all of her books. To the character they are emotional stability, a port in a storm, and an unending source of unconditional love and support.
‘…remind me of how good things used to be between us. How hot we used to be for each other. How amazing he always made me feel. How easy things between us had been back when we were younger and in love.
Now, nothing’s easy when it comes to Zeus and me.’
Both Zeus and Cam sacrifice so much for their families. Even to the point of sacrificing themselves in certain ways. Ruin is a book that is translatable to many of us. Each reader can and will take something different out of it. It’s not an easy book to put down. Like so many other books penned this author; they are personality driven reads. The toing and froing, back and forth between two characters who clearly had a past and a combustible relationship. More water under the bridge than could fill the River Thames, Zeus and Cam shared many firsts together and their history has a complexity to it that very few authors could weave together in a convincing way. Like the characters, I kept asking myself how someone lets go of pain and anger of something they believed to be true, but is in fact not what they believed it to be.
‘Life happens the way it’s meant to. And I was never supposed to be with Zeus for life.
I might have thought that he was the love of my life. And I can’t deny that I still have feelings for him.’
‘…He’s my first love, so I’m always going to have an emotional attachment to him.
But, beyond that, there’s nothing more.
Zeus and I were over a long time ago.’
Boxing is Zeus’ passion and he’s very good at it, but I always got the feeling that there was some guilt there over his chosen profession and the sacrifices he has made for it.
“Letting you go was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do.” His voice is rough. “Harder than watching my mother’s body being lowered into the grave. I loved you so much, Dove. I still do. I’ve never stopped loving you. And I’ve spent the last five years missing you.”
I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention how much that I adore when this author throws a character or two from a previous book into the mix. If only a small part, it’s nice to hear familiar names. As a reader who has read a few of this author’s books, I’m so glad I took a jump into this one. It’s full of heart.
This was such a well written, angsty, second chance romance that I could not put down!!!! It’s been a long time since I’ve gone to bed and woken up thinking about a book!! I wish I could re read this book for the first time. Where’s that light flash thingy from “Men In Black” when you need it?? Towle has such a way with words and she had me hook, line and sinker with this wonderful 5 star story!! I’ve been perfectly ruined by this story. *sighs*
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