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Shame (Ruin #3)

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Everything done in darkness will eventually be brought into the light. I ran, but all it did was keep me one step ahead of my past. I tried to start over; new name, new identity. But you can't change your soul. A fresh start at college was just what I needed. For a while, it worked. I was the party girl, the one who seemed confident, but it was a lie. When guys kissed me - ...more
244 pages
Published October 5th 2014 (first published October 4th 2014)
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Oct 06, 2014 Lisa rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, for-review

Read my review at Sinfully Sexy.

3.5/4 Stars!

"Unfortunately, the thing about running, the thing about trying to start over - eventually that hope is dashed by your past coming up to greet you like the fires of hell."


Shame is book three in Rachel Van Dyken’s Ruin series. I am a huge fan of this series and have been looking forward to Lisa’s story for quite some time. In this book Ms. Van Dyken takes us on an emotional rollercoaster ride with a story that is intricately woven. We’ve all d
Lady Vigilante (Feifei)
2 stars!


I am a huge fan of this author and the other books in this series all have been epic winners for me. Unfortunately I can’t really say the same about this final book in the series. Lisa is a character that intrigued me from the moment she was first introduced so it really saddens me that her story did not captivate me as much as the other characters’ stories did. Detailed reasons for my rating will be given later in my review but the main gist of it is that I didn’t like either of the mai
3-3.5 stars

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“Everything done in darkness will eventually be brought into the light.”

Shame was completely different than the first two books in this series. I did like the book a good bit, and actually some parts that were way dark intrigued me, but for some reason I didn’t fall in love with this one the way that I did Gabe and Wes’s story. So even though it’s a 3-3.5 it’s a strong 3-3.5 and still one I’d recommend to someone looking for a twisty, dark and emotional new adult.
“The thing ab
Jacqueline's Reads
Oct 28, 2014 Jacqueline's Reads rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-star-books
4 Learn from your mistakes Stars

A LOT happens in Shame. It’s crazy, but in a good way

I loved Ruin, was a bit disappointed with Toxic, but Shame really rounded everything out. I’m very happy I stuck with the series and Shame left me satisfied.

Summary (brief)

Remember Lisa? She’s Gabe’s best friend. Anyhow, Lisa dated a crazy person and he killed himself “because of Lisa”. She’s trying to move forward, but every time she does, it seems like a creepy stalker is bringing up her past.

Tristian is Lisa
ARC provided by author in exchange of honest review



There aren’t enough words to describe how emotionally charged, riveting , touching and heartbreaking SHAME by Rachel Van Dyken is. Rachel is one of those authors for me who can completely capture and own you emotionally. She can take her readers on an emotional rollercoaster full of twist and turns where it can leave you stunned, break your heart, and have you shedding tears. But most importantly, she has this amazing gift in
Nov 10, 2014 AJ rated it liked it
3.5 rollercoaster stars

This book is the final in the Ruin series, and finally gives us Lisa’s story. It’s a rollercoaster of emotions for her but sadly, I didn’t feel it as much as I wanted to - probably because I had issues with some of the story. But there is no denying that this is an intense read with lots of twists and turns, which ties off the series nicely.

From the very beginning of this series, it has been obvious that Lisa is hiding some big secrets. Some of them were revealed in the l
Feb 04, 2015 Roge rated it it was amazing
Expected publication: June 2014

OMG please let this be Lisa's Story!! please please please!!!!!!!

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Oct 03, 2014 [~Ami~]♥Sexy Dexy♥ marked it as did-not-finish
DNF at 20%

Storyline was interesting enough. Lisa is running from her past and then Tristan turns up as her new professor. How does he tie in with her past?

If you've read the other books, you will know that this series tend to be on the OTT side, I did like them once upon a time. But I just couldn't stop shaking my head at 20%. I had no desire to put all the pieces of the story together and so another DNF.

ARC provided by the author
Sofia Lazaridou
Feb 22, 2015 Sofia Lazaridou rated it it was amazing
Sometimes the most beautiful things are the ones that pose the most danger, just like the ugliest of the world turn into objects of absolute beauty. The cancer was ugly, but Kiersten turned it to beauty. The death of Gabe’s fiancée was horrendous, but Saylor made the death redeeming, precious. And Lisa… her past was ugly, but look at the beauty of the disaster that struck: Tristan, redemption within their family, and finally, love. I think the world has it wrong when it strives after the beauti ...more
Oct 27, 2014 Michelle rated it it was amazing
Shame brings us Lisa’s story. Part of her past was eluded to during Toxic, but for the first time we get the clear picture of just what she escaped when she escaped her life two years ago.

For two years Lisa has lived with guilt over the part she played in her past, two years of living in fear... two years of not really living but just going through the motions. But when Tristan appears and ignites a fire within her, Lisa begins of the journey of having to face her past. But the problem is, her p
Novel Grounds
Oct 06, 2014 Novel Grounds rated it it was amazing
5 Stars
Meg's Review:
AHH! Rachel has done it again. I had to read this THE MOMENT it popped up on my Kindle. I have been anxiously awaiting Lisa's story and I finally got to devour it. I was in this novels grips until the early hoursof the morning. At one point I even cursed loud enough to wake my husband up. I love when a novel has a twist that I don't see coming.

Favorite Quote: And... officially called out. Words jumbled in myhead - big words, great explanations, excuses
Anyone that is around me for five minutes knows what a huge RVD fan I am. I have LOVED everyone of her books and will one-click anything she writes, without even reading the synopsis. Ruin was the first book I ever read by RVD, and it will always have a special place in my heart. I started Shame with mixed emotions and extremely high expectations. How would this series end? Would we finally learn all Lisa’s secrets?

I was so very tired of being that girl. The brave girl who pretended everything
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Mystery and suspense are two elements in a book that absolutely have me clawing at the pages, my inquisitive side always getting the better of me, my desperation to uncover the missing parts of the puzzle so strong that more often than not, I'll pull an all nighter just so that I get the answers I crave. Even my husband knows better than to interrupt me when I get that cr
Sep 28, 2014 YaYa rated it it was amazing
I would probably change one thing in this story and I still gave it a 5 stars. I've been dying for this book. If you haven't read the previous books, Ruin, Toxic and the novella Fearless, this is NOT a spoiler free review.

So we all know how perfect Wes is, right? Right? Even in his little parts in Shame I love him more and more. He's the life of it all. He kicked Cancer in the ass, married Kiersten and went on to becomes football player. How about Gabe the movie star in hiding who lost his fianc
Sep 23, 2014 Liza rated it it was amazing
Received an ARC for an honest review

Dark, mysterious and haunting. Shame is intelligently written.

I could already call myself a seasoned Rachel Van Dyken reader having read a number of her books and loved every single one. Shame is no different. It is too close to me getting on the psychological side of things.

Physical sickness and death has already been checked into Rachel's Ruin Series. When I thought that she couldn't get deeper after Toxic anymore, she writes something like Shame. It is
Sep 23, 2014 Kelly rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to recieve an Adavanced copy of this book for an honest review. Rachel seems to surprise me at every turn with each new book she publishes.
This is Lisa's story and there's a lot of lead up and hints to her situation in Ruin Fearless and Toxic but nothing can prepare you for this.
I was pulled in from page one. At one point I got so mad that I threw my reader. Then ending is amazing. What you thinks going to happen doesn't. This is definitely a must read.
Selly - Leggere Romanticamente
4 stelline e mezzo!
Sul blog trovate la mia recensione qui --->

Con questo romanzo siamo arrivati alla conclusione della serie new adult “Ruin” di Rachel Van Dyken, che questa volta vede come protagonisti principali, nonché narratori della storia, Lisa e Tristan.
Conosciamo Lisa sin dal primo libro della serie, dove ci veniva presentata come la cugina di Gabe, ma nel finale di “Ricordati di Amare” abbiamo scoperto che non è proprio così.
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Tricia  Santos
Oct 05, 2014 Tricia Santos rated it it was amazing
**ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review**

**NOTE: Every book in the Ruin series may be read as a standalone. HOWEVER, this is one of the best series ever, so I would highly suggest you read them in order. You can’t miss out on Wes. Or Gabe**

I think everyone knows that I pretty much love everything RVD writes. Her Seaside series? Stole my heart. The Bet series? I choke on my laughter. Ruin? Slaughtered me. Her Eagle Elite series? My preferred form of crack. Toxic? Broke me. Shame
Red Cheeks Reads
Oct 06, 2014 Red Cheeks Reads rated it it was amazing
I am absolutely in love with the Ruined Series by Rachel Van Dyken. These NA reads have wormed their way into my heart so hard. I have been dying for Lisa’s story. This whole damn story with her has been so mysterious and I really wanted to know what her deal was. I love how all of these books make you feel all WTF for most of the book. I kept thinking “what is happening” or “what the heck is going on” through the whole story and I loved every second of it.

Lisa’s story is definitely a dark one a
Whew! This one surprised me a little. I've gotta say that this book in the series was a bit darker than it's predecessors in this series. I love a little dark with a side of crazy in my books, so this was fine by me.

If you've read the earlier books in the series, then you know that Lisa is kind of the last woman standing now that the other main characters have paired off and married. Honestly, I loved the other books, but I was afraid that this would be another "perfect" love story full of rain
Nov 08, 2014 Elodie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite
6 stars

This book was brilliant. It had everything I love : a strong yet fragile heroine, a couragous bad ass hero, an interesting and addictive story, a touching love story, an incredible writing... And, most important, A TWIST I DIDN'T SEE COMING ! Hallelujah ! I'm usually pretty good at guessing these things, but in this book there are actually two twists! One that I did see coming... And one that left me totally speechless.

So.. yeah, this series is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. It's true that Shame was a l
Oct 08, 2014 Carissa rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-s-2014

3.5 Stars


RVD has brought us another instalment in the Ruin series. It's Lisa's story, her Shame.

"Everything done in the darkness, will eventually be brought into the light."

But that's the thing about choices; you don't regret them until after they've been made. It may be a second later, or a year.

Shame always comes.

Lisa's shame is ever prominent within the shadows, the eerie threats, and the emotional and psychological trauma that she suffers daily.
Beatrice Masaluñga
Jul 11, 2015 Beatrice Masaluñga rated it it was amazing
Lisa/Melanie Faye is a model with a traumatic past. In the present time, it still haunts her because she received lots of threats and makes her life a living hell. She's vulnerable because she is abused and her friends are going to do anything to keep her safe, but she knows that it won't be forever. She meets Tristan Blake, her hot-&-cold professor. Her attraction to him is undeniable but trusting him isn't enough. He has a secret, seeks for an answer and the only way to find out is to earn ...more
Sep 21, 2014 Kim rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 4-5-stars
4.5+ stars
Unfortunately, the thing about running, the thing about trying to start over---eventually that hope is dashed by your past coming up to greet you like the fires of hell. My past came knocking sooner that I could have imagined.

We were teased by Lisa's back story in Toxic. She has been around in all of the books in this series as she is friends with Gabe, Wes, Saylor, and Kiersten. But now she is really struggling. Gabe's past came out and now hers is haunting her in the form of threate
Heather andrews
Sep 09, 2014 Heather andrews rated it it was amazing
Yep I have a new favorite man in this series and it's Tristan, "old," I finally managed to croak out. "Like gross old man. You're lucky I stopped kissing you when I did. Don't want my arthritis rubbing off on you." Yes that man is quite the jokester. Lisa she can be a smarta** at times but that is her strong point, it's her defense mechinism (did I spell that right?), "should we make necklaces or something? I can wear your tight-a** professor jacket to school...prove to everyone we're going stea ...more
Oct 12, 2014 Bing rated it it was amazing

I'll just come right out and say it, again, to get it out of the way so I can focus on Lisa and Tristan. I love Wes! I really love Wes! I'm glad his famous quotes and life lessons continued in this book, coz I missed his wit and keen insights. He was a hot, walking Hallmark card. Gabe made a comment about him that made me smile so big:

“I get no warm fuzzies when he Hallmarks me… just supreme irritation, because most of the time he’s right.”

I actually felt bad for Lisa. Being around the couples
Shera Layn ~ Book Lovers Obsession
A tragic, twisted, beautiful story. We see hurt, love, loss, pure tragedy wrapped up into one perfectly mastered book called SHAME. Rachel Van Dyken has outdone herself with this one!

“I controlled her, and I needed her to remember that even though she weakened me, I still had control. And she was mine. Forever. She was mine – The Journal of Taylor B”

This story is about a tragic chain of events, most we will read about in the Journal of Taylor B. See Taylor was her boyfriend, was supposed to love
Kara Hildebrand (Two Book Pushers)
I love the Ruin series. Ruin, book 1, is in my all time top 5 favorite reads. Wes is in my top 10 book boyfriend list, and Rachel Van Dyken is in my top 5 favorite authors list. Somehow I feel that I can end the review by just saying all of that :) But, I won't! Shame is Lisa's story. We've known Lisa since book 1 and I'm so glad that she's finally getting her story. Lisa has a dark past full of secrets and regret. We get to see bits and pieces of it as the book progresses. Gabe and Lisa have be ...more
Jill S (Love Affair With Fiction)
Shame, by Rachel Van Dyken -- What can I possibly say to convey my feelings about this book. You know what, I can't. There are just no words to do this justice. If you thought that the first books in the series moved you, prepare for Shame to rock your boat!

When we first met Lisa in Ruin she seems to have the perfect life. She is happy upbeat and the life of the party. As the series moves forward we begin to see hints that all is not calm, peaceful and pretty beneath the beautiful exterior she p
Sep 23, 2014 Janet rated it it was amazing
Wow, Ruin is my favorite Rachel book and I have to say that Shame is coming in a very close second. I was lucky to have received an Advanced copy for an honest review and I am truly in love with this book. If it wasn't for work and other family things going on I would not have put this book down. We already know some of Lisa's story from Ruin and Toxic but there is so much more to her story and Rachel did a wonderful job pulling you in and keeping you there the entire time. I love the added twis ...more
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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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“I was pretty sure that’s how you know you’re falling for someone — when you want the good and bad, when you want everything, regardless of how horrible, how dark. You want it all, because at the end of the day, it’s still them.” 9 likes
“Unfortunately, the thing about running, the thing about trying to start over — eventually that hope is dashed by your past coming up to greet you like the fires of hell” 5 likes
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