Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Ruined by Shiloh Walker

Title:  Ruined
Author: Shiloh Walker
My Rating: A+

Genre: Contemporary Romance 
Series: Barnes Brothers #4
Main Characters: Smith and Aubrey
Release Date: July 2016
Publisher: InterMix
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
From the national bestselling author of Busted and Razed comes an unforgettable story of a love that transcends tragedy...
As one of the Barnes brothers, Sebastien has always felt blessed. Not only does he have an amazing family, but he’s become a Hollywood golden boy who has everything he’s ever wanted—with one exception. He’s had a thing for Marin since he was a kid, but when he finally summons the courage to ask her out, she turns him down. Marin is ready to settle down, she wants commitment and stability, and Sebastien is still too much of a playboy, caught up in the wild life of the spotlight.
Still reeling from the rejection, Sebastien’s luck runs out later that night when he saves a girl from an assault. The shining knight role fits him just fine, but his armor—and his perfect life—become tarnished when the near-deadly attack lands him in the hospital. Physically scarred, he gives up acting and retreats from everybody.
If anyone can pull Sebastien back from the abyss, it’s Marin. But first she has to convince him that beauty is not only skin deep...

My Review:
Wow, this book was so incredibly good. I absolutely think this is my favorite from the series so far. Both Sebastien and Marin have grown up in the Hollywood spotlight. They've also grown up as basically siblings, but that is not at all what they feel for one another. 

At issue though is that Marin is 7 years older than Sebastien. He's still all about the party and being seen at the right clubs. She's past all that. She wants a stable...boring...relationship, not one that will land her in the tabloids constantly, so she turns Sebastien down when he finally gathers enough bravery to ask him out. That night, he's horribly hurt and his life is completely changed.

This whole turn of events for Sebastien is devastating, but Marin sticks by him as his friend and the only person in his life who can reach him over the next year. Then she forces him back to life with some unexpected consequences. 

I loved this book and the way the relationship unfolded. It takes place over more than a year, so the evolution of the feelings between Marin and Sebastien seemed so much more natural and deeper than in the normal romance novel. Add to that, there is a lot of emotional distress that both characters go through so this one is angst-filled. Seriously, I loved it all so much. 

I only have one real issue with the book...this series has always been published by Berkley, but with this latest addition to the series, it's been moved to the InterMix line...which is an ebook only line. NO!! I want a print copy of this book to go with the other three from this series on my bookshelf. It was the best so far and to not have it in print for my keeper bookshelf is a travesty and I'm really not happy that I can't buy it in print.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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