Then Ben Parker arrives and suddenly Winter gets interesting. He's hot, mysterious a ...more
This is fairly short, it weighs in at about 129 pages, but it's an engaging read all the same. I love this kind of set up - sleepy old town, nothing happening when a gorgeous and mysterious stranger rolls in to disturb the status quo.
This is exactly what we get with Ben. He gets off the bus in Winter (the town not the season!) and Kate and Jane can hardly believe their luck. After a bit of convicing he decides to stay at Jane's grandmother's house in return for board an ...more
After that things didn't go as well for this book for me.
This book was rushed, I felt where the story was going was obvious. In saying this I liked the story, I liked the idea of the book. I think if it had a bit more length and substance it would have done better.
The heroine was not my favourite in fact I out and out disliked her for the majority of the book.
She seemed virtually unhappy with everything, even though her ...more
Exactly until now when mysterious gorgeous hunky man gets off the bus, and meets the girl.
Kate has been away to college but is home, back in sleepy Winters with her family and friends. She and Jane her friend are at the cafe when Ben Parker gets off the bus. Since no one ever gets off and stays in Winter's Kate is wondering who and ...more
It’s the classic story line of the small town sheriff’s daughter who is also a “good girl” falls for the vagabond bad boy.
❝I'm not perfect. Not by a long shot. If my parents knew what I got up to at college, they'd be horrified. I've slept with more guys in the last three years than I care to talk about. I've smoked God knows what, I've skipped class, and last month I woke up in the gutter without any underwear. See? I'm not fucking perfect!❞...more
"Ruin" is a short story about Kate Bell, a 21 years-old small town girl, back from college across the country, to Winter for the summer and her meeting a good looking 24 years-old stranger, Ben Parker. The town is small enough that everybody notices when someone new wanders in. Especially since there is nothing to see or do in Winter. When Kate runs into Ben in a dinner, she's instantly attracted to him and convinces her best friend Jane to give him a place to stay for the ...more
This is a real short story, it's 113 pages on my Nook. I found the main character, Kate was just too pushy for my tastes while the male lead, Ben was a tad too soft.
Kate, Way to win the guy who thinks your perfect's heart...
"And another thing. I'm not perfect. Not by a long shot. If my parents knew what I got up to at college, they'd be horrified. I've slept with more guys in the last three years than I care to talk about. I've smoked God knows what, I've skipped clas ...more
What I liked: As soon as it started, I was sucked in. Ruin is short, but don't let that fool you. There is a ton of worldbuilding here, done so skillfully that it never becomes bot ...more
Kate is a "good girl" home from college in her small, uneventful town called Winter. Lo and behold, Ben Parker (which is rather unfortunate considering his name is shared with a character from Spiderman, an ...more
20-year-old Kate is home from college in the small village on Winter where she grew up, when 24-year-old Ben arrives in town.
Ben is broke and has nowhere to stay, so Kate suggests he stay with her friend and her grandmother and in return work on their house for them. This also means that Kate will get the chance to get to know him better.
Who is Ben though? What is he d ...more
Ruin had me hooked the entire time. I had so many questions and couldn't stop reading - I needed to get my answers.
Ruin starts off with a stranger showing up in the boring little town of Winter. Kate, a college student spending the summer at home with her parents, feels an instant connection to the stranger - Ben Parker. Ben is so ...more
**I was provided a free copy of this book via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.
This book started off with so much potential. I loved the author's descriptive writing. I could actually picture the small town of Winter and Jane's home in my head as I was reading the book.
I actually started off liking the main character Kate. She is very forward and blunt and I enjoyed that until she was became so pushy with Ben that she seemed almost desperate. Ben on the oth...more
The story starts off as the main character Kate, a college student, comes back to her hometown of Winter, for the summer. She hates the small, dying town where she grew up and only comes back because her parents guilt her into it. Things start looking up, when a sexy “stranger” comes to town, she decides immediately to befriend him. Only her feelings for him develop rather rapidly and in a very short time. When I say short time, I mean short as in hours. This developme ...more
Copy received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
Who wouldn’t look twice when a gorgeous and mysterious stranger steps off a bus in a town that time forgot.
That’s exactly what happened to Kate Bell. Brought up in Winter, she has escaped her loving but over protective parent’s clutches by going to college only to return for a visit and to fall in love with a stranger.
Ben Parker arrives in Winter sporting his dark blue eye and chiselled look ...more
3 OK STARS
ruined past participle, past tense of ru·in (Verb)
1.Reduce (a building or place) to a state of decay, collapse, or disintegration: "a ruined castle".
2.Cause great and usually irreparable damage or harm to; have a disastrous effect on: "a noisy freeway has ruined village life".
I am giving the cover of this book 5 HOTT STARS because straight up I wanna lick the cover model's chest... from abs to throat... yes 5 bloody HOTT star ...more
After participating in the cover reveal for this book I wanted to read it, so when I noticed it on Netgalley I didn't hesitate and requested it. This book was different than I expected, but it was really well written and the story was so intriguing.
Ruin is about a small town called Winter, winter is such a boring town and there isn't really anything left there. At first we see Winter through Kate her eyes and even I felt the need to escape from this s ...more
Kathryn Bell better know as Kate is a college student, attending The University of Maryland studying criminology.
She's originally from Winter, Montana and visiting her family and friends there on summer break. Winter has long
lost its life, after the saw mills closed down and most moved away in search of work or schooling like she did.
Coming back is bitter sweet because she should be enjoying her summer break instead of sitting in this desolate town.
While she is hanging out w ...more
I am seriously torn about this review. I finished this book a few days ago and I have to be honest here, I’m still completely undecided on how I feel. So, here I am writing a review and I don’t really know where it’s going to go… probably into ruin. (See what I did there? Ruin, ruin. Oh, shut up you smiled at my idiocy.) The main thought that is running through my head is ‘rushed’. The entire book felt like a sprint to the end. Some storie ...more
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I was looking for a short quick read without a lot of issues and this book covered those points well. It's a short book but worth the read. There was more angst than I expected. I'm not a huge fan of instalove but knowing it was short was ok with it. The characters were ok. I liked everyone for the most part. The heroine had a tendency to get on my nerves at points but she was over all easy to like. The hero was tall, dark ...more
As a short read Ruin packs a punch with its interesting characters, romance and over ...more
The Cover: The cover is hot and caught my attention!
The Characters: Kate - She is strong, rebellious (but not in a bad way) and so very curious. I liked her character and her drive and passion for life.Ben - Is dark, sexy and mysterious. He is a gentleman and kindhearted but has an edge to him.Jane - I thought she was a little old fashioned but she was ok and came about as the story progressed. I wondered how h ...more
Firstly I have to say it's the cover that draws you to this book. It's an excellently presented piece of artwork for sure. Hot dude, the house gives an idea of connection. The black and white photography with the colourful title is very visually stimulating altogether; yes I would say this book cover is certainly enticing indeed.
This story is short and a quick read. Because of that though I found the plot rushed and hard to fully si ...more
Interesting word, ruin. It has so many definitions. But what is ruined to one person is only slightly damaged by another. Yet, a third person will not see it has damaged or ruined. And sometimes a little tender loving care is all that’s needed to make it seem like new again, like it has a second chance.
Ruin by C.J. Scott is all about second chances. It reminds us to see people for what they are now and not what they were in the past. It also reminds us that we all need someone in our lives to ...more
It began with mystery and desire with the new visitor in Winters. Ben stopped in the town of Winters looking for work. He not only acquired work but a companion as well. Kate having grown up in Winters could not wait to leave until Ben arrived. It was an insta conne ...more
The worst thing about the book was it flirted with the line of way to sappy. It was really close. I did find myself giggling occasionally.
Also, I wanted it to be longer. However, that isn't really a complaint so much as a compliment.
I'd score the writing at a 3/5. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't spectacular either. Some of the dialogue didn't feel real, but most of it was good. The ...more
Visits home are always boring for Kate. There is never anything ’fun’ to do. For once, sh ...more
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 ...more