Ruin by Samantha Towle
Series: Gods #1
Published by Self-published on March 6, 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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From Samantha Towle, the New York Times bestselling author of Wardrobe Malfunction and Breaking Hollywood, comes a dramatically powerful and passionate new contemporary romance.
And the new heavyweight champion of the world is...
Those are the words that Zeus Kincaid has been waiting to hear since he first put on a pair of boxing gloves. He just didn’t think they would come with a tragedy that would change how he viewed the sport forever.
Cameron Reed was in her second year at Juilliard when her childhood sweetheart, Zeus Kincaid, walked away from her. A few months later, Cam realized that she would never fulfill her dream of dancing for the New York City Ballet.
Now working as a dancer in an upscale club in Manhattan, Cam is brought face-to-face with the man she once loved. And it’s her turn to walk away from him.
After five years of missing Cam, Zeus isn’t prepared to let her go again. But when he finds himself standing on her doorstep the next morning, things don’t go quite as he expected…
Goodness, Ruin was quite the angst fest which isn’t usually my thing, but I couldn’t put the book down. Why you ask? Mainly because of the super star worthy grovel Zeus, the hero, does after he figures out the magnitude of his screw up and how much it cost him.
I know I’ll always love him. But trust him?
I was drawn to both main characters. Zeus for how hard he worked to get his woman back and Cam for not immediately falling at Zeus’ feet and instead making him work for it. Zeus broke her trust in a huge way and she knew without trust, you have nothing. That being said, she did a lot of flip flopping with Zeus that worked my last nerve. I guess without her back and forth the book wouldn’t have been near as steamy, but still…
Speaking of chemistry, despite their issues their chemistry was off the charts. There was a lot of sex in this book. This could have backfired but there were genuine feelings there driving each sexcapade, even if sometimes those feelings veered towards hate and it got pretty freaking hot.
There were some plot holes I found myself navigating through. Maybe a bit more research should have been done on some subjects because a couple of times I found myself thinking, “That’s not how that works” or “Yeah, no. That doesn’t make sense.” I also had a couple of issues with how everything wrapped up, mainly how they handled a certain publicity issue. It was just left hanging out there which didn’t sit well with me.
Overall, this was an unexpectedly emotional yet sexy read with two characters I ended up genuinely liking. I prefer low angst reads but this one worked for me despite my issues with the plot.
4 Angsty and I Liked It Stars