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Destroy Me

(Crystal Gulf #1)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  263 ratings  ·  81 reviews
Bach lives his life with honesty and without restraints, happy to be known as a sexy as all hell, unapologetic asshole.

When he drinks, he drinks hard.

When he wants a woman, he makes sure she knows it.

When he opens his mouth, it’s either to piss someone off or to turn someone on.

You can normally find him with one hand on a bottle and one hand on a woman, trying to forget
Kindle Edition, 275 pages
Published March 8th 2016 by Macmillan/Swoon Romance
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Jennifer Kyle
Feb 22, 2016 rated it really liked it

”How can a person want something while they do everything to not have it?”


This is my first read by this author and I have to say it is a very MESSY type of story line with drug, alcohol abuse, sex and a horrible back story for the hero. The hero, Bach is asked by his best friend, Dylan to watch over his girl friend while he's gone. At times it felt like Bach and Harley were cheating oddly even though her and Dylan did break up prior to him leaving.

”Was this a game to them
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TITLE: Destroy Me
SERIES: (Crystal Gulf, #1)
AUTHOR: Shana Vanterpool
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: March 8th 2016

Destroy Me is book #1 in the New Adult romance Crystal Gulf Series.

DESTROY ME: Harley lost her father to a road side bombing which set her on the path of depression, putting that behind her she connects with Dylan who makes her feel alive again, until he revealed a lie and told her that he enlisted before they met and was off to in Afghanistan.

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Elle's Book Blog
Feb 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, military
:: 5 Pretty Little Stars ::

WOW. This book was VERY hard to put down, and VERY hard to let go of. When the story ended I felt lost because I wanted to continue reading. That my friends is how good it is. Gah, talk about a book that will tear your heart out and put the pieces back together. I loved everything about this one. It has heart, soul, angst, and emotional twists and turns. I simply couldn’t get enough of this one, and I can’t wait to see how the rest of the series progresses. Shana Van
3 Stars

Overall Opinion: This is a tough one to rate. I enjoyed their connection, but it definitely wasn't a unicorn and rainbow love. Bach was royally messed up. He used alcohol, sex, and drugs on an almost nightly basis to drown out his demons. He knew he wasn't good enough for Harley, but he needed her. This had some really tough scenes of him self destructing, and is not a book for my safety gals. Even though I did root for them in the end, I don't think I can rate it more than 3 "just ok"
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Sybil aka Lala

I shouldn’t have given Shana Vanterpool’s other books five stars as there is no way for me to show that, unbelievably, this book just took it to another level! It’s like the author somehow crawled inside my heart and wrote a paint-by-numbers novel of everything I love in New Adult Romance. And then ripped it apart only to stick the jagged edges together again. Because that is what it feels like at the moment – like my heart is being held together by sticky tape.

Harley was lost to depression afte
2.5 stars

I read this for the angst. I’m in that mood. If that's not one of your reasons for reading...DO NOT READ THIS. Otherwise, jump in. The H wasn't really worthy but it was angsty as fuck.

The h is just not memorable. She’s not a character I can empathize with, but that's just me. Her reactions to and interest in the H were never believable.

The H is a TOTAL. WHORE. And if that's not enough, how's drug addict and alcoholic? Still hanging in? He throws "Drug Parties" for Frat houses for a liv

Shana Vanterpool has really given readers a true bad boy in Bach Bachmen. Alcoholic, check. Drug addict, check. Womanizer, check. Manwhore, check. Total Asshole, double check. I usually love the bad boy, because most of the bad boys I read about are really good guys underneath. But Bach is the real deal. I had a hard time liking Bach, and didn't grow to love Bach until I found out the reason for his bad boy ways. And then the boy broke my heart and it all became clear as to why Bach carries this
Mar 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book is essentially a modern twisted fairy tale. Girl meets man whore number one Dylan ,falls in love & he basically abandons her to go to war.She later discovers that this supposedly reformed boyfriend has a life filled with secret women drama.

Before going off to battle Dylan passes his now ex girlfriend to his best friend Bach aka man whore number two to protect.Number two advises girl that his antics with the ladies pales in comparison with her former lover who is a freaky legend in the
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Mar 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wowza! This book couldn’t have been more perfectly titled—Destroy Me; it certainly destroyed me as well as the main characters in the story.

“He’s sex on top of second top of mount me please.”

This is one way to describe Bach Bachman. He is a gorgeous, dangerous, manwhore asshole who is always looking to forget. He forgets through women, alcohol, and drugs. And there is always a willing body waiting.

When his best friend, Dylan, up and leaves his girlfriend, Harley, when he enters the army, he ask
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This book was one hot mess because of our hero, Bach Bachman. Despite his boatload of issues, including his drinking, drug use and womanizing, there was something about Bach that made it hard to discount him. Despite everything he did, it was easy to forgive him, just like Harley.

Harley and Bach seem like an unlikely duo. As he calls her, she's a square and he's Bach. Being with Harley calms the demons inside of Bach, which was something on
Feb 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
I love the way Shana Vanterpool brought the characters together, the story was equal in the love, the plot, the twist and the intimacy. The story was refreshing!
Some of my best quotes are as follows:
“I can tell you right now I’m not watching anything with all chicks. Unless it’s porn. I’ll watch porn.”

“If I kiss you back I’m going to take you to my bedroom, rip your clothes off, and bury every fucking inch of my cock deep inside of you.”

“I almost called 911 twice.”
“Why didn’t you?”
“Because jus
Arc in exchange for honest review. 4star rating!!
Bach. Harley. Dylan.
Manwhore, bad boy Bach left to look after his bestfriend Dylan's girl while he up and leaves for the army. Harley who only wants love and stability. Thinking a she has found that in her current boyfriend only to find out she couldn't be more wrong. What will happen when you think all you will ever feel is hurt, pain and disappointment? What will happen when Bach and Harley become close? Get your copy of this book. Take the emo
Mar 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
5 lovely stars

This book doesn't bring anything new, or that hasn't appeared in some other books, but it's sooooo delicious and fun reading...
I had to put it down because I got sick, and I was also a little stubborn to try and read a little, and it was impossible...

I love an asshole hero, the one with dirty mouth, that doesn't care about what others may say or think, but also the one who is sincere it hurts.... and this one is Bach....

If you don't like seeing the hero with MANY, MANY, many differ
Cyndi Garcia
Mar 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hot-cover-month
This book is about a Harley a college girl in Crystal Gulf. She is dating a hot guy named Dylan. Dylan decideds he needs to make major changes to his life for all the people he cares about. Dylan has a best friend named Bach who is hotter and crazy. He drinks, does drugs and does lots of women to forget the issues of physical abuse he endured when he was a kid. When Dylan decided that he will go into the Army....he leaves his best friend Bach to look after Harley. Dylan leaves with out telling H ...more
Feb 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
4.5 Apple A** Stars

Destroy Me

Oh lord, where do I start. Because the best friend is Always off limits .. Right? Wrong! And omg when you can't wait for them to actually hook up . I'm a bad person, going straight to hell
Mg ♥ The Bookishmedialite
Feb 10, 2016 rated it really liked it

Review to come!
I really loved this book! I am a sucker for drama and angst, and this book delivered. It was exactly what I was looking for, when I was looking for it. I hope to write more thoughts on this book, but as what seems to be the norm lately, my reading appetite outpaces my reviews.I would recommend this book for those who like drama and angst mixed with a tortured hero. I am sooo looking forward to continuing on with this series!
Mar 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received this book in an exchange for an honest review, thanks to Swoon Romance

I've never ever read a military book. I don't think I have? Hm...Nope I cannot remember ever reading one and you know why I tend to stay away from them? Because I can't tolerate the pain, death, innocent civillians dying, corruption, hatred and the insanity. There is nothing good about War in my opinion, after studying it in depth for two years at school I vowed to never read a war book as long as I lived. However,
SnoopyDoo's Book Reviews
Mar 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc

3 ½ ★
I really had a love-hate relationship with this book. It was total roller coaster ride all the way through. Bach was a rough character to read. He is pretty dark and damaged and is pretty much self-destructing throughout the book. But the more we learn about him the more we can understand where he is coming from and just want to help him. It is a long hard, heart breaking journey for sure. I was not sure what to think of Harley and really didn’t like
Rebecca Woodward
Feb 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: finished
I am so glad I started this book on a late Thursday night because I could not put it down. And when I had to I couldn't wait to start reading again. I absolutely Flove Bach!! His character is a total Badboy. He is a wet dream come true. At first I thought 'Oh I am going to hate this guy" yet I fell over the edge for him. I was in tears after hearing his sad childhood nightmare. I highly recommend this read! I give it a hot Five star review. Because it has all the ingredients I love in a love sto ...more
Nov 13, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
Mar 21, 2016 rated it really liked it

4 “Your Past Can Destroy You” STARS

Think about a book with messed up characters, add more drama, lots of hot hot hot sex and a childhood trauma that will have you ready to kill the bastard that hurt a innocent kid; then you have “Destroy Me”, the first book in the NA Crystal Gulf Series.

I’ll start this review with the star of the story: Bach. He’s trouble. Quite simple like that. He drinks too much. He supplies drugs and he’s high way too often. He has too much sex (if there’s ever such a thing

5 swoon filled stars
I loved this. LOVED THIS. *sings* Seriously. This book was written for me, right? It had everything, and I'm talking everything I love in a book. I think the entire time I was reading I was like, "One more page, this is the good part". Suddenly I was done.

So this book had it all.  Let's do a checklist:

dirty talk
brooding hero
more dirty talk
fiesty but loveable heroine
even more dirty talk
hero with baggage
 potty mouth
That's all you really need to know, but if yo

Sultan * Baby Mama Smut-a-teer*
Let me start this review off by saying I heart Shana Vanterpool to the moon and back. This is the third book the wonderfully talented Shana has released, and I have read them all!!! In fact I tend to read them ASAP. I drop everything to attack her next novel as if it was a delicious slice of the richest chocolate cake, piled high with whipped chocolate frosting.

Destroy Me is book one in a new series, about a different set of college kids and their dramatic life. One thing that has not changed e
Mar 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs:**

Destroy me is the first book in the Crystal Gulf series. Destroy me is a new adult contemporary romance by Shana Vanterpool. The Crystal Gulf series is published by swoon romance, and I know this might sound silly, but that fact right there made me want to read the book. I have had such great luck with all of the Swoon Romance imprint books that I have read. (and I have read a lot of them.) Some of them are light and
Theresa Alberts
Feb 28, 2016 rated it liked it
Destroy Me by Shana Venterpool is the first book in the Crystal Gulf Series. The story of the quintessential good girl and the ultimate manwhore, Shana Vanterpool weaves an intricate story that will have you wondering about the secrets they are keeping. A story of an unlikely couple, thrown together by circumstance, Destroy Me will have you rooting for Bach and Haley to make it, despite all of the obstacles in their way. This book was a 3.5 star read for me and I look forward to the next book in ...more
Suzi (Obsessive Reading Disorder)
This is a new to me author. The synopsis grabbed me and I jumped right into this first book in a new series.

If you are looking for a squishy romantic read, this is not for you. Harley is a good girl from a military family, goes to college and has a glass half full attitude. Bach is just one big pile of messed up issues moving from one party to the next, putting anything and everything he can into his body to numb the pain.

Harley is going along fine in life until her boyfriend of the past year
Alicia Woods
Feb 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Bach and Harley go from acquaintances/frenemies to much much more. Bach is a SERIOUS play boy! He's more than that...he's a man whore! At one point I thought his dick was going to fall off LOL!Harley is a good girl who wants love and stability! They are both just want to survive! What happens when fate brings these two together? The pull between them is strong and powerful, but can they get past their own securities and let each other in? Can they overcome all the obstacles and find their HEA? W ...more
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