Ruin by Rachel Van Dyken


5 Stars|Amazon|Goodreads

My Review:

This is one of those stories that no matter how much you prepare yourself for, you just can't predict really where ti is going to go. It had me in tears during half of it, and curled into my cocoon the rest of the time because I was so drawn in with the story and the characters. Right from the prologue I knew my heart was going to be broken, and even with that I was not let down with this book in any aspect.

"I can tell you have a good heart… because the minute I met you, I wanted to fight for it."

She was silent.

"That's how you can tell when someone has a good heart… when you want to be the one to make it beat."

Wes and Kiersten <3 They are another one of those couples that will forever stick with me. I will admit that this story had its predictable romance parts, but for the most part it was fantastic. The story was very original and really just had me enamored. Wes was the perfect man. I loved everything about him. Even with being as sick as he was he was still the hot alpha male. Kiersten was a fantastic heroine as well. She was strong-willed and still vulnerable. I loved that we still got some of her demons as well as his. It made for a really great read. Not only did we have great mains in this book, but the secondary characters were nothing to balk at. They were the comedic relief when needed, and the serious best friend when the book called for it. The overall plot line was well developed and a really fun one to read. It had some great underlying ones that kept you intrigued and didn't stray to far from the main. Sometimes I really enjoy when you have the multiple things going on at once, and in this books case the other streams were still interwoven so it all flowed very nicely together. Really though, this book was a tear jerker. I way cried. It ruined me. Yep Cliche, but ti did. I could't read another book from this genre for a few days because I knew if I did it wouldn't hold candle to Ruin. An easy read with well-developed character and a plot line that gives you butterflies. This was a total 5 star read.


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 Michals 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.