Monday, November 18, 2013

Review: Ruin by Rachel Van Dyken

Ruin by Rachel Van Dyken

BLURB: 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.

  My Review
5 stars is not nearly enough for this one.. I have read about 5 or 6 Rachel Van Dyken books, I thought I had favorites of those, but this one blows them all out of the water! You have out done yourself on this one Rachel! :)

I love Wes and Kiersten. They have RUINed me. I started this and could not put it down. The prologue alone had me sobbing.

A beautiful story about fears and time. About doing things afraid, about living every day, taking nothing for granted. Watching them fall in love, both not meaning to was beautiful. It was done beautifully, I felt myself falling too.

“I can tell you have a good heart…” I sighed, opening the door to the outside. “…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 start a war?” She laughed, clearly trying to lighten my mood. “Nah.” I sighed. “When you want to be the one to make it beat.”

I had guesses of what was going on- I went back and forth, and cried the whole time, but at that moment, the one where it became more of a reality I was crushed. Ugly crying( my man actually laughed at me and said it's just a book.. But no it is so much more!) I can't say much more without spoiling so I will leave a few more of my favorite quotes. Buy it, read, fall in love, let their story become your Ruin. 

"I’m going to kiss you so hard that you forget everything but my lips pressed against yours.”.... “I’m going to make it so hard for you to forget this first kiss that you don’t want anyone else kissing you ever again. When the guy you fall in love with kisses you — it better put this kiss to shame — if it doesn’t, then he isn’t the right guy. Because I’m going to do a damn good job, and I want the guy that earns you, that takes that heart of yours and holds it in the palm of his hands… I want that guy to be able to make you feel things I’ll just be tapping into. Do you understand, Kiersten?” 

“Every time you close your eyes, regardless of where I am or where you are, I want you to remember this.” His fingers laced with mine and then he pressed my hand against my own chest. “Wherever I am, whatever I’m doing, alive or dead, young or old, my heart will always be with yours. Every beat you feel against your fingertips…” His finger tapped against my chest, once, twice. “…is me calling out to you. It’s you returning the call. It’s us talking, communicating, bonding, sharing. Living — Kiersten, it’s us living. There may come a time in your life when your heart will have to beat for mine… but you’ll have to carry on if I can’t. Just like there may come a time when I have to do the same for you. But in the end, one of us will always carry on this.” He tapped again. “So there’s never a reason to be afraid of running out of time — because we keep our own.” 

"Maybe it’s not in the perfection of life that things make sense, but in the chaos.” 

This is a story that is going to stick with me for a long time. It will steal your breath away, make you cry, make you believe and fall in love. Just beautiful.

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Rachel Van Dyken Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she's not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor.
She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband and their snoring Boxer, Sir Winston Churchill. She loves to hear from readers! You can follow her writing journey at


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