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Ruby Hill

3.35 of 5 stars 3.35  ·  rating details  ·  77 ratings  ·  60 reviews
From her earliest memories, Ashley Pearce has been drawn toRubyHill Lunatic Asylum, and she's not the only one.Decades after the abandoned hospital ended its institutional reign of torture and neglect, something lurks in the shadows. Since she’s aparanormal investigator, it's Ashley's job to find out what.

Crime scene expert Corbin Malone doesn't believe in ghosts. A born s...more
ebook, 57 pages
Published September 30th 2013 by Entangled: Ever After (first published September 23rd 2013)
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3.5 stars Why cant we get a half star here??
Ruby Hill. "In a hundred years of operation, tens of thousands of residents called the asylum home. Most never left alive. Hundreds, dumped anonymously in unmarked graves never left at all."

I love a good thriller and this was a thriller with some paranormal and some horror. I was scared, but I liked it. It was a little short and the story moved fast, so I can't complain. I liked Corbin and Ashley Corbin being a cop is called to investigate two murders...more
Book review originally published here:

Novellas are usually a hit or miss. Ruby Hill was a definite miss. It’s the first story I read from the Entangled Ever After line, and I’d kind of expected it to be better.

The story is all over the place. Ashley Pearce has been drawn to Ruby Hill Asylum for as long as she can remember. It’s an abandoned institute, once home of cruel experiments, torture and doctors who prefered hurting their patients over helping them...more
Quite a frustrating read. First of all, this is a novella, and I have a love-hate relationship with this story style. They can be done right, but most of the time they are done horribly wrong.

In the case of Ruby Hill the writing was good, but it never should have been written in short story format. I never felt a connection to the H/H, especially not Ashley who was the most "blah" of the two. Their relationship had almost no back-story, therefore I wasn't interested in their problems working th...more
Eva Millien
This is a short story with romance, suspense, ghosts and a spooky insane asylum.

Ashley is a paranormal investigator and she is asked to investigate the Ruby Hill Asylum. Corbin is a detective investigating two murders that occurred at the asylum. The two have a painful past that they have to put aside, if they want to stay alive.

This story has plenty of spine chilling spooky events and intrigue to keep the reader entertained throughout this story. But I felt that it lacked some details that coul...more
What a thrilling ghost story!

The book is about an abandoned hospital thru years of speculation of being haunted and mysterious disappearances/death. Ashley is head of a hunting ghost team and is asked to check it out. The suspense totally captivated me left me in shock. With an ex blaming her for his brothers death and having to be part of the search of Ruby Hill another mix is added to the story plot. I really don't think any reader will be disappointed.
This was a super short read that involves a haunted asylum that's been closed down for years. 3 mystery deaths have occurred there recently - one being the brother of one of the investigators.

Corbin and Ashley were together previously until the death of Cash (Corbin's Brother.

This book has mystery, suspense, intrigue, and even a lil romance. The ending leaves you hanging, allowing you to use your imagination but giving you the possibility of a HEA.

Multi POV.

Would I recommend this book? Yes (i...more
Heather Fortman
Jun 29, 2014 Heather Fortman rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
Frightfully delicious!

I was given this book to read in exchange for an honest review, and boy am I glad! I read the blurb and thought, ohh ghosts! Cool!!! But it’s more than just that, it’s complex and frightening but most of all it’s heartwarming at the end. It shows how a couple can overcome adversity, and how things aren’t always as they appear, how ones beliefs can change in one eye opening instant. The writing was magnificent and really drew me in from the first to the last sentence, the ch...more
Melissa MacKinnon
I've found myself to really love anything Ms. Ballance has written. You can call me a groupie, I guess! I am really not a fan of spooky, paranormal, or ghost stories, but I absolutely loved her other short - Hawthorne - so I decided I'd give this one a go. For the price, you can't beat it. Minutes into reading I was completely creeped out. Ruby Hill is scary, especially for someone like me who doesn't read the genre because I am chicken. Yes, its short, but its supposed to be. Its a novella. I'v...more
***Received from Entangled Publishing for an honest review***
(This is a short story/novella. This review is not based on story length but story content as length has very little to do with how much I enjoy a book.)

I'm all for a good ghost story, but I'm 100% sold on an awesome ghost story. This was that kind of story.

The demonic/poltergeist aspect of this story is what sets this apart from other ghostly tales I've read. It's rare that I come across a piece of fiction that includes this facet of...more
Stormi (Books, Movies, Reviews. Oh my!)
This is the first time I have read an entangled short story and was disappointed in how it went. Normally I feel very satisfied with the short stories, but I just felt this one didn't go anywhere.

Ashley has always been drawn to Ruby Hill because she has relatives who worked there. She is also a ghost hunter so that side of her is also drawn to this Asylum.

Corbin Malone is a skeptic and doesn't believe in ghost. His brother died at Ruby Hill and he blames Ashley. So he is not real excited to see...more
I received an ARC through NetGalley.

Ruby Hill is like the romantic, condensed, nonscary version of House on Haunted Hill. This novella didn't even read like a short story, but more like a scene from a longer novel. It's all about a cop named Corbin who's set to investigate the recent murders at the local abandoned asylum. There's also some paranormal investigators there, just in case it was ghost. This group is of course led by Corbin's estranged girlfriend, Ashley. Nothing really happens for mo...more
My Book Addiction and More MBA
Ruby Hill is an asylum that has recently been the site of “mysterious deaths”. Ashley and Corbin appear to have distant ties to the asylum and more recent romantic ties to each other. Something happened to end their relationship. Will they have a chance to re-build it or will Ruby Hill claim another victim?

This is a novella (approximately 57 pages), so the characters and back story aren’t as fleshed out as they would be in a novel. I thought Ms. Ballance did a great job at letting us see the rel...more
Betsy (Bookcrastinators in Wonderland)
See my review directly on the blog here .

ARC provided by Publisher for honest review.

I didn't realize this was a short story until I was about half way through. Why!!!!!? I have lady blue balls right now. Never have I read something I enjoyed so much and was left hanging so badly.

Let me start off by saying that I loved the writing and the story! I was hooked from the beginning and it played out like a movie in my head which was really neat. It was intriguing, original, creepy, and suspenseful...more
Ruby Hill is a long-deserted, crumbling insane asylum with a dark history of abuse and neglect. Ashley Pearce has always felt drawn to it, and as a paranormal investigator is thrilled to get a chance for her team to spend the night there investigating paranormal activity. The asylum is currently included in an investigation due to the mysterious deaths of several women found there. It is also the place where Cobin Malone's brother died as well.

Corbin is a crime scene expert who has been sent to...more
Corbin Malone is in the middle of an investigation into the murders of women in the long abandoned Ruby Hill Lunatic Asylum when he's trust back into the life of Ashley Pearce, paranormal investigator. Blaming Ashley for the death of his brother, Corbin had pushed her out of his life several months prior. When Corbin and Ashley are reunited in the same asylum that his brother died in, Corbin must push his disbelief in ghosts and blame toward Ashley aside and get to the bottom of the serial kille...more
If you are a fan of the ghost hunting shows on television, then you will enjoy reading this short romance story.

The hospital has been abandoned for decades, but there is something that has always drawn Ashley Pearce to Ruby Hill. When the local police department asks her to bring in her ghost hunting team to prove that the Lunatic Asylum is not haunted, she readily agrees. She did not expect to find out that her ex-boyfriend was the crime scene expert who was going to oversee their night locked...more
(This review can be found on my blog The (Mis)Adventures of a Twenty-Something Year Old Girl).

After reading the blurb, I thought this book sounded really interesting. However, it was a bit disappointing. While it is listed as being in the horror genre, I felt that there wasn't much horror in it except for one quick scene. Luckily, it was just a short read.

The title is a little bit intriguing although it sounds more like a woman's name than a paranormal book. I think it would've sounded better if...more
Gigi staub
From her earliest memories, Ashley Pearce has been drawn to Ruby Hill Lunatic Asylum, and she's not the only one. Decades after the abandoned hospital ended its institutional reign of torture and neglect, something lurks in the shadows. Since she’s a paranormal investigator, it's Ashley's job to find out what.

Crime scene expert Corbin Malone doesn't believe in ghosts. A born skeptic, he has no interest in entertaining the hype surrounding the mysterious deaths at Ruby Hill, but he won't turn his...more
Kimber Leigh Wheaton
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Ruby Hill is a short novella featuring a spooky ghost story along with two characters reconnecting after a traumatic death tore them apart. Sometimes I'm just in the mood for a quick read, no long term commitments, no waiting for book two, no cliffhanger ending. I enjoyed the fact that I could read this story in under an hour without stopping.

Main characters Corbin and Ashley had a major falling out after Corbin blamed her for...more
Madison Warner Fairbanks
Ruby Hill by Sarah Ballance

Ruby Hill. "In a hundred years of operation, tens of thousands of residents called the asylum home. Most never left alive. Hundreds, dumped anonymously in unmarked graves never left at all."

Corbin Malone is on assignment as a cop at Ruby Hill because there have been two recent murders in the long closed building. The press is calling it ghosts. "The media grabbed the story like rabid dogs, shredding and tearing the meat of the so-called facts until nothing was left but...more
Heather  book whore & shifter slut extrordinaire
I received a copy of this book from the publisher as an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

I was surprised and somewhat disappointed by this book. It had an excellent blurb and I was interested in and looking forward to reading it.

Ashley Pearce and Corbin Malone are long-time friends and former lovers. They are brought together again to investigate the bodies that were found at Ruby Hill Lunatic Asylum since he is a cop and "crime scene expert" and she is a "paranormal investigator". This is t...more
Kristin (These Pretty Words)
Originally reviewed on These Pretty Words.

This book was creepy with a capital C. You could pretty much tell from the start that it would be – not every book opens with something like “Death had a flavor.” Yep, that right there set the tone for the rest of the book.

She hadn’t finished the thought, much less the sentence, when his lips were on hers. Hard and soft, gentle and fierce, the man packed every thrilling emotion she’d ever known into that kiss.

Corbin, jaded cop and cranky non-believer, is...more
K.M. Galvin
Ok so first thing's first. This is a short story, I believe 54pgs, and VERY fast paced. I have a love hate relationship with short stories. I feel like it's very hard to give the right and necessary amount of information without 1) spending the majority of the story setting the stage and 2) leaving way too many holes in the story. The author did a good job teasing the information, so much so that I would have loved a longer story. I love ghost hunting/paranormal books. Love them. I would have li...more
Stephanie Ziegler
"Ruby Hill Deaths Attributed to Phantom Killer"

Unexplained deaths "inside the dismal, abandoned halls" of the Ruby Hill Lunatic Asylum have the police baffled and the paranormal investigators flocking. The public wants answers. The police department decided to let a paranormal investigating team into the asylum to "discredit the ghost theory... People are more likely to listen to them say it isn't true."

Police officer Corbin Malone is assigned to watch over the team the department asked to inves...more
Great characters & plot but too short.

A year ago, Corbin pushed Ashley away, blaming her for his brother's death. He doesn't believe in ghosts and refuses to believe they're behind the mysterious murders at Ruby Hill Lunatic Asylum. Called in with her team of paranormal investigators to hopefully dispel the murmurings of a spectral serial killer, Ashley, has her own reasons for being incapable of escaping the legacy of Ruby Hill. Corbin is just there to keep her team from getting hurt in the...more
Review also posted on my blog, Becky on Books.

Crime scene investigator and skeptic Corbin Mallone resents the fact that his boss has tricked him into spending the night babysitting a group of paranormal investigators at Ruby Hill asylum, the scene of his own brother's death six months earlier. Real murders have been committed there of late, and in his opinion the ghost hunters are only going to pollute the crime scene. Then he finds out that his ex-girlfriend is leading the paranormal team, and...more
Ruby Hill got off to a fantastic start. Mysterious deaths at an old derelict lunatic asylum - the perfect start for a ghost story. It gets better from there as Ashley, a paranormal expert, and Corbin, a crime scene expert, show up to try and find answers - each in their own way. With lots of mysterious bumps and very disturbing spirits lurking around, I was just settling into the story when ... it suddenly ended. Yes, it ended far too soon and without a clear resolution to the ghost story. Now t...more
Well that was a scary book. I would say this: Don't read it when it is night/dark. :)

Most of the book is either about the asylum or Ashley/Corbin's relationship and how it ended. Luckily both parts are just equally balanced so you don't feel annoyed (like so many books that say something happens in the blurb and turn out to be something else or only focus on one thing).

The horror was really great, some parts gave me goosebumps or made me almost scream out. I love books about asylums and this on...more
Sep 28, 2013 Kai rated it 2 of 5 stars
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Ruby Hill is about the reunion of Corbin Malone and Ashley Pearce in trying to find a serial killer in the abandoned Ruby Hill Asylum. Corbin has pushed Ashley away after his brother Cash has die mysteriously in her paranormal investigation of Ruby Hills. Corbin, in his grief and anger blamed Ashley for Cash's death.

After a few bodies of women killed in Ruby Hill, the police decided to disspell the theory of a ghost. Corbin and Ashley still have feelings for one another. When Ashley's life is pu...more
This is another amazing book by Sarah.. This one has to do with an Asylum named Ruby Hill.. of course it's no longer in use but what are all old building known for?.. Corbin lost his brother 6 months ago in this place... Ashley well she is a ghost hunter and well let's just say there is more there than what you think... They are there for one night to try and catch the killer... How will this story end? Well read to find out all the answers and more!
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Sarah and her husband of what he calls “many long, long years” live on the mid-Atlantic coast with their six young children, all of whom are perfectly adorable when they’re asleep. She never dreamed of becoming an author, but as a homeschooling mom, she often jokes she writes fiction because if she wants anyone to listen to her, she has to make them up. (As it turns out, her characters aren’t much...more
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