Wednesday, August 28, 2013


Ruin (Summer in Winter, #1) 
 4 of 5 stars false 
Kate Bell isn't perfect. Not even close. The things she got up to in college would cause her parents to fall off their pedestals in shock. Home for the summer vacation, Kate settles in for a long, boring break in the tiny backwater of Winter with folks who still treat her like she's twelve.
Then Ben Parker arrives and suddenly Winter gets interesting. He's hot, mysterious and good with his hands. Kate falls for him instantly, but her cop father warns her to stay away. But how can she stay away from someone as compelling as Ben? Someone who thinks she's perfect just the way she is?
When Ben's secrets catch up to him, not only is Kate's heart in danger of being broken, but Ben's entire future could be ruined.
RUIN is a new adult contemporary romance intended for mature readers. It contains strong language and sexual situations.


****C.J. Scott through NetGalley provided me with a copy of this book for my honest review****
Kate Bell can't believe she's back in winter for her summer vacation. While other parents are going to the beach with their college student children, she's stuck in the most boring town that is slowly dying before her eyes. This is going to be a summer like every other one, spending time with her friend Jane who is taking care of her grandmother, spending time with her parents who have no variation in their weekly schedules, that is until Ben Parker comes drifting into town. He's secretive, sexy and mysterious, all traits Kate can't resist. But when she finds out the truth, will their feelings for each other be enough?
I loved this book, there was emotion, drama, feel good moments, and mystery. What a great group of characters! Kate was slightly immature but just in a typical college student kind of way, and I loved watching her mature with her experiences. Ben was wise beyond his years, but broken and I wanted to reach through the pages and make things better for him. The mystery of Ben's secrets and how the town of Winter tied into everything kept the story fast paced if not a little rushed and you glued to the pages. I would have loved for it to be longer so the pace could have been spread out a little better and gotten more detailed, but I still loved the story that C.J. Scott wound. 

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