Book Review: Ruin by Rachel Van Dyken


RUIN by Rachel Van Dyken


I’m not your typical girl. I’ve been running away from the memories that haunt me for so long that depression has become my only comfort. I was content in the darkness…until Wes Michels offered to be my light.

I didn’t know that time wasn’t my ally — that every second that ticked past was one step closer to the end of something that was beginning to mean the end of myself. He tried to warn me. He promised me all he was able to offer–each moment as it came–but it would never be enough.

Sometimes when you think it’s the end, it’s only the beginning. Wes thought he could save me, but in giving me everything, he ruined me. Because after one kiss, one touch, I couldn’t–I wouldn’t ever be the same.

And from that moment on, his heartbeat became my own.

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“Don’t be afraid,” he whispered in my hair. “I’ve got you”

I really did like this book. In fact I loved a lot of it. I had this on my kindle for such a long time, I decided to just go for it. And honestly? I had no idea what I was diving into. I had read numerous reviews that said this book was awesome. I had no idea what the story line was going to be about, or what kind of book it was. I just knew that it was really popular and every time I would mention it to someone, I would have people telling me I was crazy for leaving it for so long.

The characters were very easy to love. I actually fell head over heals for Weston Michels. He was an amazing hero, suffering so much, that you really couldn’t help but just feel for him. You find out that he has a secret pretty early on in the book, and I was bracing myself for what I knew was to come. But I held on to the fact that this book had a HEA and just kept going.

“How many times could people experience loss before they died too?”

This did have a great story. Rachel Van Dyken really knows how to write a book that will keep you interested, pull you in and really have you hanging onto your seat until the last page. The banter between the characters was great. The chemistry between Wes and Kiersten was fantastic and their entire friendship to relationship was just really nice to watch unfold.

“He wants to be friends.”
“Friends?” She tapped her mouth with her fingertip. “With the hottest guy on campus? Why does that rub me the wrong way?”
“Because you want in his pants”

I loved Kiersten and Lisa’s friendship. They are your typical BFFs and they were hilarious to watch. Gabe was the other side character. He too was fantastic. I am looking forward to getting to know more behind the face of that man, so I will be reading his book very soon.

So, why not 5 stars?… Well it obviously wasn’t the characters. They were awesome, but this book, to me, really needed sex. In fact, every book I read, needs to have sex. Especially in this genre. I am being completely honest here because I didn’t know about this book not having any sex and when I finished it, I was kinda pissed that I didn’t know. The sexual tension between the two characters was palpable and the kisses were smoking and everything about their relationship was just really great, but I felt like it was such a let down when we got nothing in the end. I mean, Wes was like a sex god or something, right? Women threw themselves at him, and there was nothing to show for it. I know some people might think it’s mean of me to erase 1 star from my rating because of the sex, especially because of the ‘situation’ (it’s a spoiler so I won’t mention it) but the book as a whole, for me, just needed it. I was hoping for that epic sex scene right at the end to push me to my 5 stars, and it just never got there.

But I don’t want to take away from this story. It really is beautiful, touching, heartbreaking, sad, funny and everything in between all wrapped up in 230 odd pages. Some people told me they ugly cried, I didn’t so much. Did it give me the feels? Yes, of course. I will continue with this series because the next book is Gabe, and I really want to know what’s up with him, and I enjoy Rachel’s writing style and story lines. I would recommend this book if you love those heartwarming, touching stories that kind of sneak up on you out of nowhere.


RUIN SERIES by Rachel Van Dyken

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*note* FEARLESS is the follow-on story from Book #1 RUIN and continues Wes and Kiersten’s story. 


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