Shame by Rachel Van Dyken (Ruin #3)


5 Stars


Meg's Review:

AHH! Rachel has done it again. I had to read this THE MOMENT it popped up on my Kindle. I have been anxiously awaiting Lisa's story and I finally got to devour it. I was in this novels grips until the early hours of the morning. At one point I even cursed loud enough to wake my husband up. I love when a novel has a twist that I don't see coming.

Favorite Quote: And... officially called out. Words jumbled in my head - big words, great explanations, excuses mostly, but what came out was, "You're beautiful."

Lisa is full of shame and regrets about her life before what we know of her. She is haunted with every move she makes by that past and never lets anyone see how truly vulnerable she is as a result of it. No one until now. With all of the characters in this series we have been with them as they overcame some soft of huge and emotional mountain in their lives. Lisa is no different. My heart broke from that first peek into her past. Enter Tristan. The Professor. I know that you may think you know where this novel is going, but you have no idea. Really. I swear it. You don't. Tristan is a force of his own to be reckoned with and when him and Lisa collide it is a sight to be seen. So many secrets and so much broken inside both of them. But she it comes to things like fate and destiny? You don't really have a choice. ShameTeaser This novel has you guessing and wondering a lll the way until its epic ending. I couldn't figure out what was coming next. I swear every time I thought I had it down, Rachel threw another curveball at me. She wraps you up in Lisa and Tristan's web. You want so much for a happy ending, but sometimes we don't always get what we want. This novel mixes the light humor that you have come to love from RVD and mixes in a darkness that I thought really gave a depth to the novel. The characters not only were wonederfully presented to us, but the more we got to know them the more we related to them.I fell hard for this novel. This series as a whole just plucks at you heart strings. Dive into it and let Rachel work her magic yet again on you. It is worth the ride.


Everything done in darkness, will eventually be brought into the light. I ran, but all it did was keep me one step ahead of my past. I tried to start over; new name, new identity. But you can't change your soul. A fresh start at college was just what I needed. For a while, it worked. I was the party girl, the one that seemed confident, but it was a lie. When guys kissed me--I felt only pain. When they touched me--Nothing but fear. Deep inside, every girl wants to be the beauty in the story, to find someone that will see you as their world. But the truth? I was the beast. And as much as I wanted redemption, I wasn't fool enough to think I'd ever get it. Until he walked into my life. I wasn't prepared to fall for someone. My scars were too deep, the wounds too raw. But he offered me peace, he offered me security. I should have known it was just another lie--I should have known that falling in love with my professor was a bad idea. But I was powerless to stop myself from falling. And he was powerless to catch me. Because the darkness finally caught up to me, and as fate would have it, a cruel twist almost bled me dry. But I'm stronger than I knew. I'm stronger than you think. You think you know my story, but you don't....after all everyone has Shame in their lives-- and I'm no longer afraid to show you mine.