Saturday, November 9, 2013

review: Ruin by C.J. Scott

Ruin (Summer in Winter, #1)

Ruin by C.J. Scott

My rating: 3/5
DRC provided by NetGalley for an honest review
Published: 8.21.2013
Genre: New Adult Romance

Summary –
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.

To read a long excerpt of RUIN and discover what Ben has tattooed on his shoulder, check out C.J.'s website: (Thanks to for the summary)

My Thoughts –
Where does the story take place? A little town called Winter
Is the title a good/bad choice for the story? Maybe, I think something else may suit it better though
List the top 3 characters and 1 word to describe them each. 1 – Kate = tired, 2 – Ben = searching, 3 – Jane = stuck
Did you cry, laugh, sigh, cringe, fume or feel nothing? Honestly, maybe sighed. Ben is awesome, I mean!!

I liked this story – it was steamy, quick and there was Ben. Ben, Ben, Ben. My feeling is that he made the story. I liked the general plot/storyline, but I had a hard time caring for the heroine of the short novella. I feel that Kate wasn’t a well-developed character. Ben and Kate’s smexy scenes were smokin’, that’s for sure – but I think it had more to do with Ben than Kate. It also seemed to jump around at times in the story – maybe due to the DRC editing, not sure. I liked this one, I just didn’t love it like I think I could have had it been longer and the characters had more depth.


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