Monday, July 25, 2016

Quote-tastic/Review-- Tennessee bitch, indeed! -- Ruined by Shiloh Walker

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Today...Shiloh Walker! She's one of my favorites and, gah, this good! This time around it was two actors who'd know each other since, well, forever. There story wasn't what I was expecting but whew! Good!

This one just cracked me up. I'd be the same damn way if someone came knocking on my door like that. lol Oh, and she's staying at a hotel right now since they're filming for a movie.
The sound of a fist pounding hard and heavy against the door brought Marin out of a deep, dreamless sleep.
"What the hell?"

Another knock.

Confused she stared at the numbers glowing in front of her. It was two in the freaking morning. Why would anybody wake her up at two am?

But the fist pounded on her door again.

So either the building was on fire or somebody wanted to die. That was all she could figure out. Pushing upright, she knuckled at her eyes and when somebody knocked again, she shouted, "If the building ain't on fire, they you just stop that right now!"

Some might have been appalled at the twang that came out. She didn't mind the southern drawl that sometimes crept out in her voice when she was worn out. Of course that wasn't a drawl. That was just pure Tennessee bitch right there and she was so tired, she didn't care if anybody heard the echoes of her upbringing just then. 

Ruined (Barnes Brothers #4)

Damn. I'm gonna need me a Barnes Brother. With each book in this series I'm all 'omg, this is my favorite hero!' *swoon* and then I meet the next brother and he's my favorite. lol Walker just writes a damn fine male. Mmhm!

Ruined surprised me. I don't read blurbs and was just expecting a lighter fluffy-sweet romance and got so much more and in such a different unfolding. The quick of it is that Sebastien's life was completely derailed one horrifying night when he tried to save a lady being attacked and wound up terribly injured both physically and emotionally. It sent his life spiraling and he did his damnedest to push everyone in his life--family, coworkers, friends,etc--away. The one person who stuck? Marin. A woman he's known practically his whole life and loved for nearly that long but never managed to make it past friendship and working together. He's at that point he's got to choose to live again or become lost in a bottle of booze and dark thoughts. Ah!

I loved Sebastian. He's struggling through his own personal hell and has pretty much hit rock bottom. It hurt watching him try to pull himself out of that and mend all of the relationships he'd pushed away. But it was also inspiring and incredibly moving. And Marin. The girl sticks. She's the type of person everyone needs in their life. That doesn't run when things get hard. That fights for those she cares about even if she's fighting against them. 

Their romance is slow going and their relationship as friends hits some pretty rocky moments but I never stopped thinking they cared for one another. They've an unconventional start but when I closed the book I believed in their love and that they'd make it. I may have gotten a little teary eyed too. Oh and the heat. Yeah. The heat. These two are hot and the pull between them is intense. There's a good bit of self lovin' too which was crazy sexy. Whew!

It's definitely not all light and airy--dealing with trauma, life changing scars, alcoholism (or the makings of it), dark thoughts and hopelessness--and it made for some difficult moments. But it's also not all dark and depressing. There were funny moments as well that had me chuckling and smiling and it was just a wonderful mix of emotions and growth. 

All in all, Ruined was a fantastic addition to the series and proof, once again, that Walker hands down knows what she's doing. Beautiful and heartfelt. Ruined touched the soul and warmed the heart. Another winner from Walker. 
As one of the Barnes brothers, Sebastien has always felt blessed. Not only does he have an amazing family, but he’s become a Hollywood golden boy who has everything he’s ever wanted—with one exception. He’s had a thing for Marin since he was a kid, but when he finally summons the courage to ask her out, she turns him down. Marin is ready to settle down, she wants commitment and stability, and Sebastien is still too much of a playboy, caught up in the wild life of the spotlight.

Still reeling from the rejection, Sebastien’s luck runs out later that night when he saves a girl from an assault. The shining knight role fits him just fine, but his armor—and his perfect life—become tarnished when the near-deadly attack lands him in the hospital. Physically scarred, he gives up acting and retreats from everybody.

If anyone can pull Sebastien back from the abyss, it’s Marin. But first she has to convince him that beauty is not only skin deep...


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