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Sweet Ruin

(University of Branton #3)

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  87 ratings  ·  32 reviews
It’s good to be on top… Asher Knox has it all. Girls, wealth, a career most would kill for. He’s just landed the biggest job of his career. And he’s miserable.

She’s fighting her way from the bottom… Megan Beauchamp has no illusions about why she was chosen to be Asher’s PA. She’s pretty, and down to earth, and everything the Hollywood star always falls for. Too bad Megan i
Paperback, 252 pages
Published March 13th 2014 by A&A Literary (first published March 10th 2014)
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Feb 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Hmmmm...a menage.

Megan is PA to megastar actor and all round sexpot, Asher Knox. She has the hots for him (everyone does) but doesn't want to have an affair with him and get fired because that's what's happened to all of his previous PAs. Meanwhile Asher is not enjoying the trappings of his success one bit, and he's madly in love with his PA. Luca, a male model and moderately successful actor has just been cast opposite Asher - he's also Megan's best friend. He's insecure, in awe of Asher and o
I've read the previous books in this series and loved them both. I have to say, I was not expecting this book – at all. It took me at least a chapter or two before I even realized who Megan was and how she fit into the rest of the series. More importantly though, I was not expecting the big twist that Nazarea Andrews pulled. She surprised me, but in a very, very good way! To say I enjoyed Luca, Megan, and Asher's story is putting it far too mildly. I freakin' loved it!

From my experience with And
Sarah - Books to Breathe
Jan 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Until the cover was revealed and I read the synopsis, I had NO clue that was going to be a triad book. I am a lover of ALL things Branton and to find this out only excited me all the more! Warning: do NOT read this book on your lunch break at work as you will find it extremely hard to concentrate for the rest of the afternoon.

I am a big proponent of reading books in order in series, even when it is stated they CAN be read as standalones. That
Jillian Stein
Mar 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Sweet Ruin is the third book in author Nazarea Andrews’ University of Branton Series. I have loved this series since the first book and let me say, Nazarea has really turned up the heat with this latest installment!

Megan Beauchamp isn’t a fool. She knows she has to work extremely hard if she ever wants to make it big in the PR firm she works for and handling celeb heart-throb Asher Knox is definitely the hardest job yet. But if anyone is an expert at handling Asher, it’s her. She isn’t like all
Mar 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Sweet Ruin is the third book in the University of Branton Series. This time, Nazarea Andrews gives readers a threesome with the focus on Megan Beauchamp, Asher Knox, and Luca James. Megan is the ex sister-in-law of Atticus Grimes, the first book’s hero. Megan left her small hometown and headed to Hollywood; now, she works as a PA to one of Hollywood’s hottest leading men, Asher Knox, but Asher doesn’t really want all of the chaos that comes with being a television/movie star, so he makes Megan’s ...more
Charity Foster
Mar 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
This story is about finally coming to terms with what you and going after it. Megan works for a P.A. firm her uncle runs and her client is Asher Knox, big time movie star. She is struggling to keep her feelings for Asher hidden so she can prove to her uncle she has what it takes to make it. Asher has never wanted anyone like he does Megan. She keeps him grounded and makes him feel wanted. He knows she is trying to hide her feelings for him, but he refuses to do the same. Luca is Megan’s best fri ...more
Nerd Alert
Mar 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
****I was given a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review for Nerd Alert Book Love Blog****
Megan Beauchamp left Branton to get out of always living in her sister's shadow and to move to L.A for her career. She works for her uncle's agency as a personal assistant to the famous actor, Asher Knox. But she us only given the job as his PA because she's his type. But this fiesty redhead refuses to cross that line to advance her job. Luca James is the first friend she made when
Tina Lee Harris
Mar 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
This story about three people that must find their own way in a world full of small towns, fame and letting go of the past.

Megan left a small town to make a name for herself. She works for a PA firm and given the task of making sure that Asher Knox is taken care of. She has to fight her desire for him. She has a set of rules so that this does not happen. She doesn’t want to be known as sleeping her way to the top.

Asher “English” Knox is a handsome famous English actor, who is fighting his own d
Southern Belle Book Blog
Mar 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I had never read any of the University of Branton series or any Nazarea Andrews books before being asked to review Sweet Ruin. I started the first one Thursday at about 4 and now its Saturday at 10:30 and I finished all three. They were amazing. I abosultely loved all of them.

After reading the first 2 and seeing how they were intertwined, I started Sweet Ruin and couldn’t figure out how it exactly fit in. But eventually it did but it didn’t even matter. This book could be read as a standalone. I
Mar 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Received an ARC for an honest review
Actual Rating: 3.5

Daring and very different from the past University of Branton books

Just not my cup of tea which is definitely not the author's fault. I was ready to fall for Asher and Meg on the first parts of the story until Luca came. I didn't love Luca as much as Asher or should I say I didn't love both guys as much as I did with the previous ones.

Anyway, I felt the author's great effort to pull this story out after the two very sweet installments. It
Sofia Lazaridou
Mar 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
I had a first with this book. Sweet Ruin is the first NA book I have read that is about three people having a relationship and it includes threesome scenes. Megan has a relationship with two men and it doesn't involve cheating! I love that genre of books. It was delivered nicely, but it didn't have the hotness of an adult book which is to be expected since this is a NA book.

What wasn't expected was the interracial part of the book. Lucas skin color was described as midnight (my mind went to the
Feb 19, 2014 rated it really liked it



Lisa (A Life Bound By Books)
Holy shit that was hot! Damn I hope there's more from these specific characters because I don't think their story has ended and I think Nik did something pretty horrible. That phone ringing at the end... Ya, doesn't sound like it's ringing for a good reason. Full review to follow on my blog - A Life Bound By Books for the blog tour.
Mar 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
3,5 stars
From good to better this series with this story so exciting , but I think it miss something, too short, one the end too quick how all the book. I would liked know more of three protagonists but the portrait of them is a bit superficial As also the develop of their relationship. So I liked the story of Meggy, Asher and Luca at most but also , I' m just a bit disappointed.
Robin Shawn
Mar 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was my first book by the author and I definitely enjoyed it. It was very hot, but there was a nice story behind it as well. There seems to be a lot more story to tell (view spoiler) and I look forward to seeing how everything plays out.
Jan 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Review originally posted at Ramblings From This Chick

I am a huge fan of Nazarea Andrews and her University of Branton series. When I heard about a new book coming in this series, I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. I have loved all the characters so far, flaws and all, and I was really excited to meet some new ones. Sweet Ruin was different than any other New Adult book I have ever read in the fact that it is a menage book. I didn't know that at first, and honestly it was pretty unexpected. I
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Feb 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
**I received a free copy for an honest review**

Note: This review contains no spoilers

Whoa! Sweet Ruin is definitely NOT your standard contemporary romance novel. However, Nazarea's characters are her usual "broken" individuals that have pasts and heartache that they hide behind their drive for success. In Sweet Ruin, our main characters are all in the same field in their career choices. Asher is a Hollywood celebrity, Megan is Asher's PA and Luca is a hot about entertainment. The st

3.5 Stars in my Sky!

If you don't like your New Adult books on the more risqué side of things then be warned Sweet Ruin does involve a relationship progression between three people. First up I'm going be completely honest and say I missed this element when I took part in the cover reveal, but don't let this put you off.

Megan has been working as actor and heartthrob, Asher Knox's PA for months. So far she's managed to ignore her attraction to him and to her former flatmate Luca. Luca's her best f
Feb 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Whew! This book was HOT. Steaming hot. It pushed the boundaries and I really enjoyed it. I knew going in that this book featured a three-way romance (menage? triad? what do we call it?) and this was my first experience with such a thing. I'd always had pretty strong feelings about such a thing, thinking it couldn't be more than erotica, but Nazarea showed that a relationship between three people can be about more than just sex.
What Megan, Asher
Lauren at Live Read and Breathe Reviews
eARC for honest review from author

I quite like this series, so when I found out there was a third book in the series plus a ménage I couldn't wait to read it.

However, once I started to read this one I quickly found that I didn't love this one as much as the first two. I did like the characters but I felt the progression of the triad and the feelings too quick.

First there is girl A (Megan) who works for straight Boy B (Asher) but she has rules against business and pleasure. Girl A is also frien
Feb 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is the first book that I have read by Nazarea Andrews and I must admit that I really enjoyed it. It has been a while since I read a book about a threesome and I am happy that I gave this one a go. It was a sizzling read and it had my toes curling!!

This book is really about the relationships between the three characters and taking it to the next level. Megan is Asher's agent and Lucas is Megan's best friend and ex roommate. You can see the sexual tension between all of them and when Kevin (M
Romance Schmomance (Malia)
Just a few things:

this is the first book I have read from this series
perhaps I should do a better reading the synopsis
this book was not what I expected
first book I've read that involved a threesome (surprise, surprise)
& I think I liked this one.

It's safe to say that I didn't know what to expect with this one, but I have no complaints really. It was a very quick and hot read, I must say.

Megan does a pretty good job keeping Asher on a leash, especially when it comes to her PR job. She ta
Mar 31, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: meh
I was unfamiliar with the Branton series when I started easing this book, but I can tell you that I was pretty disappointed. I loved the idea of the menage romance for a change from what I have been reading but it all felt so unlikely. There really felt to be not emotional connection between both the guys and the girl, just sexual attraction. The Guys seemed to have good feelings towards each other.

What annoyed me the most is that Asher is this big shot actor and is always about to "cause a rio
Mar 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing

I thought this book could go either way, be a biphobic, trashy mess or be a great, polyamory and bisexuality positive book. And to my enjoyment it was the latter.

It wasn't perfect, but I wouldn't say my problems with it were just with the book but instead with the romance genres depiction of bisexuals in general (like not all bisexuals want to have threesomes), but this book genuinely tried and I thought it had such heart and made me so happy. I've seen some complaints over 'one minute Ash
This book is great, but it feels unfinished. Not only is there an abrupt ending, but there are unfinished plot points that I hope are continued in another book for this "triad."

The characters also feel a bit rushed. Well, two of them do--Asher and Megan. Luca is well done, and compelling. Asher is the character who feels the most unfinished, and the most unbelievable to be receptive to a threesome lifestyle. Megan simply feels wrong. She is established as a person who has ethics and boundaries,
Feb 15, 2014 rated it liked it
This excerpt is taken from my review on Into the Hall of Books. Read more here:

This book definitely surprised me.

I think Sweet Ruin will appeal to mature readers of New Adult Contemporary Romance. There are scenes in this one that are not appropriate for younger readers, so be warned if you are under 17-18! I think many will find the three-person relationship in this book appealing and sexy, but I honestly am not sure how this will pan out in the future
❀ Crystal ✿ -
Feb 10, 2014 marked it as could-not-finish
Shelves: 2014-read-list, arc-s
ARC provided by Author for Honest Review
DNF at 37%.
So I received this ARC as part of a blog tour, luckily I was only doing a promo post so not liking the book doesn’t make me feel too awful. This book and I did not click at all.

The multiple POV’s helped but they switched so often I had whiplash. Add in the fact that I could not figure out these characters and I just had to move on. If it makes sense there is so much and so little happening at the same time. The characters are all working in Ho
Rumpled Sheets Blog
Feb 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review
Sweet Ruin is for sure a great novel. It was quick and fast-paced read.

And like a lot H-O-T and steamy.

I like the story and enjoyed reading it. It was different than the first two books in the series. More surprising and intriguing.

The ending happened very suddenly. I wish that there was more.

If you are a fan of New Adult, Sweet Ruin will grab your attention from the beginning and will leave you wanting more.

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>>>Complimentary copy provided in exchange for an honest re
Daydream Books
3.5 overall.

I clearly didn't pay enough attention to the synopsis when I decided to read this book. It was well written, and I liked the characters as individuals but the menage scenario just didn't do anything for me. Right book just wrong reader in my case. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Courtney Vasiliev
Im not really sure how to rate this book.
I am very upset, and while I might have not liked
this book, I am sure others will.
will post review tomorrow (march 27, 2014)

I just need to get my thoughts together.
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Nazarea Andrews is an avid reader and tends to write the stories she wants to read. She loves chocolate and coffee almost as much as she loves books, but not quite as much as she loves her kids. She lives in south Georgia with her husband, daughters, and overgrown dog.

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