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(Ruin #2)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  11,620 ratings  ·  1,150 reviews
Everyone has a secret...

Gabe Hyde is on borrowed time. He's been hiding his identity for over four years-hidden from the world that used to adore him--obsess over him--driven to the edge of insanity by one poor choice.
But that one choice, altered the course of his life forever.
Pretending isn't all it's cracked up to be, especially when pretending means hiding your real s
ebook, 340 pages
Published March 4th 2014 by Smashwords
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Lady Vigilante (Feifei)
1 month & 16 days.
which is
47 days.
which is
1128 hours.

What do those stats mean you say? Well that’s how long it’s been since I’ve found “that” book, the one that hits all my 6 stars of brilliance buttons. My GR buddies know how terrible January and half of February was for me...DNF after DNF followed by 1 and 2 star reviews, but after finishing Toxic I can officially say that the book slump is gone! For me, Toxic is the embodiment of what makes up my 6 stars: unforgettable characters, unpre
Mar 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars!!!

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Death and love are the only two things that exist in this world that are strong enough to alter the course of your life, of your destiny. They either propel you or paralyze you. In the end, the choice is always yours.  

Toxic is the second book in Rachel Van Dyken’s Ruin series and I may be in the minority, but I actually thought it was better than the first! Don’t get me wrong, the first book was very good, but there was something about Gabe’s story that hit me right in the feel
Jennifer Kyle
Dec 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cry-baby-books
4.5 Toxic Stars


Readers don’t know who the real Gabe really is! He is hiding something pretty big, scratch that, it’s HUGE. I will not reveal any aspects of his secret, but for me part of his secret it hit too close for home. I was crying or choked up pretty much the whole read.

”I was playing a part. I was Gabe. I would never be him again, I would never be my past again.”

”I could be her friend. I could be Wes’s friend. Hell, I could even be a good cousin to Lisa, but I’d never end up with any
✝✝ Ⓓaisy ❣ ✝✝

TOXIC was simply beautiful, it made me laugh, cry, fall in love and mostly gave me hope!

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The story of Gabe made me wanna hug him and never let him go! Get ready to be blown away!

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Gabe is mysteriously bad ass boy and he definitely has his story to tell. And his story is gripping and you will never want to put Toxic down, I guarantee!

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One day, a sunshine comes into his life, in the name of Saylor. Saylor was such a strong girl.

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And yet, Gabe struggles. Will he let his mind to win? Or
***ARC provided by author in exchange for honest review****

** 6 Breathtakingly Beautiful Stars**


Toxic by Rachel Van Dyken was simply breathtakingly beautiful. I absolutely love this book. I couldn’t put this book down and the only time I did was to wipe all the tears shed. Toxic was of those books that consumed and owned me. If you haven’t read Ruin, I highly recommend you do. In Ruin, readers were introduced to a Gabe, who was fun, protective, loving, and happy. But in Toxic, we are introduced
Feb 14, 2014 rated it liked it
3 Stars


Kimmy was like


And Gabe was like ..


Wes and Kiersten were all


Gabe's pain made me like


Gabe was all


So Wes was like


There was too much of this between Wes and Gabe


Which had me going


Saylor was all


When she thought about Kimmy


Gabe was like


There was too much of this


And this


And this


And waaay too much of


Which made me like this


Overall I liked the book so I rounded it up to 3 Stars .
Feb 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
“Don't let pain keep you from moving forward. It shouldn't stop your progress - it should drive it.”


Gabe has been running from his past. The sarcastic, charming, best friend we met in Ruin has been living a lie, and the truth is coming out. Consumed with guilt and pain, Gabe has tried to reinvent himself, but the past is always close on this heels. Now after 4 years, he is still broken and the truth he is hiding is consuming him.


Saylor is a music major, intelligent and smart. She is completel
Jacqueline's Reads
Mar 06, 2014 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars

It’s always disappointing when I start a review with a HUGE SIGH, but here it is…

….. SIGH….


Saylor is the virginal freshman. She loves music and the only problem she has is stage fright. Saylor’s life is warm and bubbly, until she runs into Gabe. Gabe is tatted, dark hair and pierced. He seems to have a huge chip on his shoulder and is nothing, but intriguing.

Four years ago, Gabe and his girlfriend get into an accident, which resulted in his girlfriend being mentally and physical
[~Ami~]♥Sexy Dexy♥
Nov 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
4 stars

Something happened to Gabe 4 years ago that changed the way he is. Holding back his secrets, will he finally open up to Saylor? I was a bit confused to begin with but when everything started clicking in place I liked it and I was bracing myself for the inevitable.

Gabe was without a doubt top douchebag of the year... loved him!!! But I felt like romance wise Gabe and Saylor felt more like soulmate type friends than lovers and I personally was missing some "heart fluttering I wont forget t
Aestas Book Blog
Jan 11, 2014 marked it as to-read
OMGG!!!!! Sequel to RUIN!!! This is Gabe's story!


BLURB - Everyone has a secret... Gabe Hyde is on borrowed time. He's been hiding his identity for over four years -hidden from the world that used to adore him - obsess over him - driven to the edge of insanity by one poor choice.

But that one choice, altered the course of his life forever.
Pretending isn't all it's cracked up to be, especially when pretending means hiding your real self from the people that care about you the
Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen
Book – Toxic (Ruin #2)
Author – Rachel Van Dyken
Publication Date – March 4, 2014
Type – No Cliffhanger Series
Genre – Romance, New Adult
Rating – 6 out of 5 Stars

Book provided by Author (Release Blitz) in exchange for an honest review.

Reading Order
Ruin (Ruin #1) – Aug 2013 – Wes and Kiersten’s Story
Toxic (Ruin #2) – March 2014 – Gabe and Saylor’s Story
Fearless (Ruin #2.5) – March 2014 – Continuation of Wes and Kiersten’s Story
Ruin #3??? – Maybe we will get a story about Lisa? 

Damn….this book h
Feb 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 01-signed

We first met Gabe in Ruin (which is a must read!) and although he played the part of man-whore quite well, you just knew there was something beneath the surface that he was masking. A past that he was hiding. Some secret that was haunting him. But throughout it all there was something about him that you just fell in love with. A glimmer of a story that needed to be told, Gabe effortlessly stole hearts during Ruin, but in Toxic, he earned it.

Saylor has one goal - graduate college. Everything is r
*J* Too Many Books Too Little Time
"Sometimes when we think God had written the end, what he really means is the beginning."

Gabe is hiding. Four years ago, tragedy struck, changing the course of Gabe's life.

"Hell, I'd been living in my dark hole for so long, I'd set up camp, put up pictures, and ordered cable."

Four years ago, Gabe was young, succesful, in love. Today Gabe is a facade. A smile that doesn't quite reach his eyes. Living out the promises of his past.

"The weight." I cursed. "It's wrapped around my legs, pulling
Jan 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
“Had I known that any contact from this beautiful stranger would forever change me – would mark me for the rest of my life, wreck me from the inside out, completely break me down until I was nothing but a memory of who I used to be – I would still have made the same choice.
Funny, how people always say they want second chances, yet had I been given one. I would have travelled down the same road. Every. Single. Time.”

Wow. What an amazing story.

If you were a fan of Ruin, then I can pretty much gua
Feb 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
4 Stars!!

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I think one of the best thing about this book was that music was therapy for pain and sadness. Music has a way of healing and making things better. What is that saying? “Where words fail, music speaks.”

"Music had a way of sucking everything out of me, all my anger, hurt, frustration, sadness, helplessness. And there she had been, standing there just listening." ~ Gabe

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This is the second book in the Ruin’s series. This is Gabe’s story. For the last four years Gabe has been floating thro
Geri Reads
Feb 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
5 Stars!!

I love detours. I already had a book on my currently reading tray but I clicked this one by accident (true story) and I didn't stop until I reach 100% on my Kindle.


I still need to process this. Full review to come!!
Feb 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
4 Totally Toxic stars!!

I was thrown off at the start of this book to say the least. I read the blurb, and I was confused. I was confused when I started the book too, almost to the point I thought I should stop and go re-read Ruin, like did I miss something? I was told to drink before I read this, was the vino making me dumb?? Nah… things started coming together slowly but surely. I just wanted to put that warning out there, you are piecing bits together here until you get to the big stuff. The a
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Patty Belongs To Kellan~Jesse~Lautner~Miller~Jack~Racer~Rafe~Liam~Prince Nicholas~Hayes~Simon~Gianluca & Archer
4 Tears to Make Up For Stars!!!

Toxic is Gabe's story, and boy since Ruin, I have been waiting to get this book!!
I loved Gabe!
I swear I never liked a secondary character as much as him!
This was definitely not what I expected!!!

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Gabe is hiding many secrets, including his true identity.
His story is so utterly heart breaking and devastating.
The man whore on Campus, has actually sacrificed his happiness and life that he knew for his one true love.

This is a story of first loves, tragedy, and a chance
Harriet ~ bookworm
*4 STARS!*

In all my years living - I'd never experienced such a powerful kiss. The force in which our mouths met, our bodies fused, was electrifying - and we hadn't even touched. How's that for insanity? - Gabe H.

I read Ruin around about a year ago and was in love with Gabe, he was so lovely and a good friend, he made me laugh and I couldn't wait for his book to come out. Oh boy is he different in this one. Even though he is a douche for nearly half of the book I'm glad we got his POV as I u
Kelli C ~ Jack Sawyer's Heart
Ok, so I think because I was so in love with Wes and Kiersten that I wanted Gabe's story to be epic...and in one way it was. I loved the hidden identity and the course his life took. I loved his struggle, his passion and his big broken heart. More than anything I love how well he can seduce the hell out of you with the ivories on a piano!

My problem was that I just could not fall into he and Saylor's relationship...I kinda was wandering when it even happened? I mean...did I miss something...othe
Jan 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
***ARC provided by Author for honest review****

It isn't often that you find an author that makes you fall in love with every single book you read by them. For me, Rachel Van Dyken is that author!! Toxic was my most anticipated book so far this year and I was NOT disappointed. I loved Gabe in Ruin and Toxic has caused me to fall In Love with him!! Saylor is such a wonderfully real female character!! Like all of her books I laughed so hard I cried and then ugly cried!!! Keep a box of tissues ready
Serena.. Sery-ously?
Rachel, sei proprio 'na poraccia.

*ATTENZIONE: Commento con spoiler (... boh, vabbé, in realtà la storia si deduce dalla quarta di copertina e dalle prime tre pagine, ma diamo a Rachel un po' di gloria orsù!) e fondamentalmente acida, d'altronde Rachel ha un suo scaffale, la hall of fame si paga!*

Per chi si fosse perso il primo romanzo di questa nuova ed entusiasmante serie targata RVD: recensione qui!

Dicono del libro:
Ma ancora non le hanno tagliato le mani come ai ladri? (Militante fanatico)

Rumpled Sheets Blog
Dec 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I finished Toxic this morning and OMG!!! it was so
THE MOST BEAUTIFUL ESCAPISM that left me speechless.

Perfection in words. Rachel once again shows that she is a gifted author.
I didnt just loved Gabes story, I was emotionally invested and felt every single emotion. I was absorbed and owned and captivated by his breathtaking story.
An ultimate 10+ MUST READ.
Toxic like Ruin a
Selly - Leggere Romanticamente
La mia recensione sul blog --->

"Ricordati di Amare", secondo libro della serie romance new adult Ruin, è stata una lettura bella ed emozionante come il precedente, forse anche un pizzico di più!
I protagonisti principali questa volta sono Gabe (il cugino di Lisa ed amico di Kiersten che abbiamo conosciuto nel primo libro) e Saylor, una new entry che mi è piaciuta all'istante.
Ancora una volta l'autrice cerca di "spaventarci" con un prologo che non prome
time check. 2:53am i just can't sleep with out finishing this book..
i won an ARC of this and i can say that it is the book i really needed to read as it deals with the process of letting go and healing.
as always, Rachel never fails to bring out all different kind of emotions over me. You really have that special gift in you Rachel.
i think Toxic will be another book aside from RUIN that will hold a special place in my heart...
As much as I want to quote everything i love in this book specially
Jenny - TotallybookedBlog
Jan 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Jenny & Gitte: 4.5 Stars


“Don’t let pain keep you from moving forward.”

Jenny & Gitte: We first met Kiersten’s friend Gabe in Ruin and if we thought we loved the glimpses we saw of him then… well, we have to say, we are absolutely head over heels for this guy now after reading his story. Sharing his heartache and hearing his painful secrets and tragic past and his hopes and dreams for the future.

‘….but when a person’s so stuck in their own hole of darkness – it hurts like hell when some
Gitte TotallyBookedBlog
Jan 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014

J&G: 4.5 Stars

“Don’t let pain keep you from moving forward.”

We first met Kiersten’s friend Gabe in Ruin and if we thought we loved the glimpses we saw of him then… well, we have to say, we are absolutely head over heels for this guy now after reading his story. Sharing his heartache and hearing his painful secrets and tragic past and his hopes and dreams for the future.

‘….but when a person’s so stuck in their own hole of darkness – it hurts like hell when someone shines a light on them.'

Questa storia mi ha stupito, quando ho letto il primo libro mi ero fatta un idea precisa di Gabe, che invece qui è stata totalmente rivoluzionata. Tanto in Ricordati di Sognare è spaccone e donnaiolo, quanto qui è fragile e bisognoso d’amore.
È una storia di sofferenza, di come dopo aver subito un trauma molto importante ci si sente impotenti, tanto da impedirci di andare avanti e l’unica soluzione possibile è nascondersi in una bolla. Ed è quello che ha fatto Gabe, celandosi dietro storie di una
Jan 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
4.5 heartbreaking stars!

Beautiful and emotional story ... Rachel sure know how to write a good captivating book ...
It made me laugh, cry, swoon, curse ... it also made realize how love can give you strength and hope to fight for you loved ones ...
I read it in one sitting ...
If you liked the first book, you will for sure like this one too ...

I’m falling for you too. I haven’t fallen. Falling. As in still falling, still in the air, still trying to get used to the idea that I’ve just nose dived of
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Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances.

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“Don't let pain keep you from moving forward. It shouldn't stop your progress - it should drive it.” 69 likes
“Everyone wears masks. They come in all different shapes and sizes. The only problem with trying one on - is that it fits. How easily we fall into the trap that we don't have to be who we really are. How easily we convince ourselves that we need to cover up what we were born to be. It's a tragedy - that fear keeps us from our destiny. It's hell - when the person you were created to be - is covered up by some cheap imposter.” 49 likes
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