As one of the Barnes brothers, Sebastien has always felt blessed. Not only does he have an amazing family, but he’s become a Hollywood golden boy who has everything he’s ever wanted—with one exception. He’s had a thing for Marin since he was a kid, bu ...more
I loved the premise of Ruined, a once beautiful man, scarred and emotionally damaged getting the girl he’s been in love with for years speaks to me. After an assault, Sebastien tries to shut everyone out, except for Marin. Marin won’t go away and he loves that she is a constant in his life even if he thinks it’s just out of pity that she keeps coming around. Marin didn’t want to open her heart to Sebastien before, because she wanted a family and commitment, and Sebastien didn’t seem li ...more
I rarely read contemporary romance, but I’ve read an entire series under Walker’s pseudonym JC Daniels, and I like her style. Plus, this features a wounded/ scarred hero, which is probably my favorite trope. It didn’t let me down.
Sebastien is a young and completely gorgeous Hollywood actor, who is smitten with his co-star Mar ...more
Reviewed for herding cats & burning soup.
Damn. I'm gonna need me a Barnes Brother. With each book in this series I'm all 'omg, this is my favorite hero!' *swoon* and then I meet the next brother and he's my favorite. lol Walker just writes a damn fine male. Mmhm!
Ruined surprised me. I don't read blurbs and was just expecting a lighter fluffy-sweet romance and got so much more and in such a different unfolding. The quick of it is that Sebastien's life was complet ...more
Shiloh Walker has come up with another entertaining and emotional romance in her Barnes Brothers series with Ruined in which Sebastian the golden boy of Hollywood gets to play the hero - in a way he never expected. While he's had a crush on Marin,a close friend of his older brother( and a fellow actress he enjoys working with) for years, she's been careful to stay clear of anything i ...more
Hollywood hearthrob hero - check
But the romance which had so much potential fell flat. The prolonged misunderstanding just annoyed me. And then bam with not much space devoted to seeing these two develop a relationship we get ILU and marry me. And what about the other actress Evie? Was the hero actually dating her? I just felt the book skipped a lot of ...more
An enjoyable friends-to-lovers romance about an actor who goes into a downward spiral when he is badly scarred, and the long-time family friend who helps pull him out of it. One plot point is a bit difficult to swallow and there's a big ol' cliché that pulls things together towards the end, but it's a quick read with sizzling chemistry between the two leads.
Ruined is the fourth book in Shiloh Walker's contemporary Barnes Brothers series. I suggest reading the previous books in the series before picking this one up so you can get the full effect for the back story, but it could be read as a standalone. I've enjoyed all four books in this series, but this one is probably my favorite. I have always had a fondness for stories with injured heroes and age gaps.
Sebastien has led a pretty amazing life. He's got a wonderful family, a great acting ...more
I have been wanting to know more about Sebastien Barnes since the beginning. He’s the younger Barnes brother and a movie star. While his older brother stepped away from the limelight, Sebastien has been nothing but successful in it, he’s become quite the popular actor and even named Sexiest Man Alive! He can have any woman he wants and usually does, except the only one he’s always really wanted sees him as a friend and family. He’s had a crush on Marin, his older brother’s friend and f ...more
When I need to read a story that has emotional depth, with characters I can love and hate in equal measure, I can always count on this author. Marin and Sebastien’s story is the perfect example. I LOVED this latest installment of the Barnes Brothers series!
Sebastien and Marin are friends, fellow actors, and they feel the undercurrents of attraction between them. There is an age difference, agreed, which is highlighted a lot in the story and ...more
Before the scarring he asks her out, they've known each other for more than ten years at this point and are supposed to be friends, she refuse ...more
Sebastien is the youngest of the boys in the family, a bit spoiled and many will say he glides through life with ease and a superficial attitude. As a famous young actor, he is enjoying his life. That is until tragedy strikes leaving a good friend dead and his life in turmoil ...more
ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date July 19, 2016
As one of the Barnes brothers, Sebastien has always felt blessed. Not only does he have an amazing family, but he’s become a Hollywood golden boy who has everything he’s ever wanted—with one exception. He’s had a thing for Marin since he was a kid, but when he finally summons the courage to ask her out, she turns him down. Marin is ready to settle down, she wants commitment and stability, and Sebastien is still too much of a playboy, caught up in ...more
After reading One Of The Guys, I couldn't wait to step into another of Shiloh Walker's fictional worlds and get to know Sebastien and Marin. Ruined is part of the Barnes Brothers series but having never read any of the previous books, I still fell madly in love with the Barnes family. Now I can't wait to go back to the beginning and delve deeper into the sexy, broody Barnes men and the gorgeous head strong women that caught them. ...more
Hollywood playboy Sebastien has always had a thing for Marin, but she rejects him when he finally makes a move. He lands himself in critical condition in the hospital after saving a woman who's being brutally attacked. Without his looks and charmed movie star life, he retreats. Marin isn't willing to let her friend go down without a fight, and along the way the two of them realize they both wanted the same thing all along--each other.
Ah, Shiloh Walker. I snap up every book of hers th ...more
Solid read. I do love a tortured hero. The heaviness of the abuse story line was surprising. I don't think Sebastien ever fully dealt with that. I also felt like I would have liked some more back story on Marin and Seb and how they came to really care for each other. I would have preferred to have read more about the year he spent recovering that was off page.
There are a lot of secondary characters, some that have had bo ...more
I'm a big fan of miss Walkers Paranormal books but this is my first 'non-para' one by her.
I liked this story immensely and even though it was the fourth in a series, I didn't feel uninformed at any time whilst reading it.
Sebastien and Marin are both famous actors yet the storyline doesn't suffer from the usual paparazzi/ stalker theme. It was amazingly well crafted and I will definitely add this to my collection!
Marin knows how much the terrible accident has cost her friend, but now shes got a chance to help him get back in the game again. What happens when feelings makes a difference between them?
Contemporary romance, feelings and smut in a great combo.
Disclaimer; I was given a free copy in exchange for an honest review. ...more
This one was a lot of things and quite surprising. Even if I was a bit bored around mid read I still like how it went. the build up.
This one just was a bit more center around this couple so I didn't have the time to question about the other brother, the laast one with his mystery.
About the heroin, at first, the word that came up in my mind was cougar but it was forgotten after a few seconds.
What else to say, it was for me a great roma ...more
I still want to read Travis' story though. He appears the darkest and most haunted of the Barnes brothers and I'm curious what his romance could be.
Gosh. I loved Shiloh Walker's Vampire and swear that I'll become a fan of hers. Well, Ruined is the 4th book I've read from Mrs. Walker and sadly, it's the 3rd consecutive eh. I've come to realize perhaps I'm attracted to her prose but not her storytelling.
Two points that this book fell flat:
1. From the blurb, it makes it out as if Marin is supposed to heal Sebastien for the tragedy he suffered by opening up to him and offer him a second chance at love. Instead, what we have in this book is t
(view spoiler)[ ALWAYS. TELL. THE. BABY'S. DADDY. THAT. YOU'RE. PREGNANT. God damn, Marin. "I tried to tell you I was pregnant, but you took a phone call!" UUUUGGGGHHHH! No. I don't buy it. W ...more
World Building: set dynamics
Plot: friends to lovers (after long secret crush), big misunderstanding (ugh), overcoming trauma
Read another: Yes
I have loved this series, which is emotionally darker than you'd think. I thought the way alcoholism was handled in this was disingenuous, though. I think it would be harder for someone drinking that much to just quit.
I want the Travis book now.
I have been wanting to know more about Sebastien Barnes since the beginning. He's the younger Barnes brother and a movie star. While his older brother stepped away from the limelight, Sebastien has been nothing but successful in it, he's become quite the popular actor and even named Sexiest Man Alive! He can have any woman he wants and usually does, except the only one he's always really wanted sees him as a friend and family. He's had a crush on Marin, his older brother's friend and fellow act...more
My other me.... J.C. Daniels
And an experimental me that I put to sleep. J. Dallas
Shiloh Walker has been writing since she was a kid. She fell in love with vampires with the book Bunnicula and has worked her way up to the more...ah...serio ...more