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(Gods #1)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  6,931 ratings  ·  668 reviews
From Samantha Towle, the New York Times bestselling author of Wardrobe Malfunction and Breaking Hollywood, comes a dramatically powerful and passionate new contemporary romance.

And the new heavyweight champion of the world is...

Those are the words that Zeus Kincaid has been waiting to hear since he first put on a pair of boxing gloves. He just didn't think they would c
Paperback, 1st UK edition, 304 pages
Published March 6th 2018 by Headline Eternal (first published March 5th 2018)
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Val ⚓️ Shameless Non-Snowflake ⚓️
4 Stars

This was super cute.

I loved the premise, I enjoyed the characters, and best of all - there was GROVELING and BEGGING and it's like crack to me, folks.


Plus, I love that the heroine didn't just immediately cave. She actually had a brain in her skull, was reasonable, and didn't start panty gushing like a total tool just because the h said, "Sorry."


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Mar 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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4.25 stars!!!


Sigh. I love a good second chance romance! I’m a huge fan of Samantha Towle’s books, and when I heard she had a new one out and saw that cover, I knew I needed to read it asap! Full of angst, steam, and some feels to top it off, this was another win from Towle!

Zeus Kincaid and Cameron Reed used to be the center of each others worlds. Cam was dancing in Juilliard and Zeus was on his way to being one of the biggest boxers in the world, when suddenly, Zeus ends it. One day these two
Patty ~ Wrapped Up In Reading Book Blog
*****4.5 STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Author}

The man is my weakness. My downfall. My ruin. He always has been. And it seems that he always will be.

I have been a huge Samantha Towle fan for about six years now and can honestly say I am always so excited when I hear about a new book she is getting ready to release. Her books are always an automatic must-read for me and what I love about her is that she can pretty much write about any trope and it’s guaranteed to be a winner! Her Heroes ha
Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾

The man is my weakness. My downfall. My ruin. He always has been. And it seems that he always will be.

Samantha Towle brought the feels and the sizzle with this angsty second chance romance. I knew from the very first chapter that I'm going to fall in love with this story, and I definitely wasn't wrong. It was a perfectly paced, emotional slow burn. A deliciously angsty story that tugged at every heart string.
Because, when you love someone—really love them—you fight f
MELISSA *Mel Reader*
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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5 It’s Always Been You Stars!
(ARC provided by author)

-We're the real fucking deal. Our love is what most people spend a lifetime searching for and never find.

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Cameron Reed was raised by her aunt after her mom passed away. They moved to Coney Island where she met the love of her life Zeus Kincaid. She was 15 when she gave her heart away. They were together four years & had plans for a future together, but life takes them in different directions. Zeus has always wanted to be a boxer, and Cam a
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RUIN has a SPECIAL pre-order price of $0.99/£0.99! This is the only time it will be on sale. Price will rise to $3.99/£2.99 on release day.

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Megan✦❋Steamy Reads Blog❋✦

“The man is my weakness. My downfall. My ruin. He always has been. And it seems that he always will be.”

Ok, I know I’m a little late to the Samantha Towle bandwagon, but better late than never right? Another new-to-me-author and OMG what a story to start with. I am a huge sucker for angsty second chance love stories and Ruin had it in spades. I adored Zeus and Cameron’s story to the point where I couldn’t stop reading even if I wanted to. Samantha Towle wrote a highly addictive sto
There was just something about this book that I loved!! I devoured this one in less than 24 hours, and even though I sometimes became frustrated with Cam (the heroine) it wasn't enough to annoy me to any degree. Zeus, was the type of hero that I fall for in the books that I read. He is loyal, possessive, but also so darn sweet!! The scene where these two meet (back when they were teenagers) at the fair, captivated me, and it made me root for their relationship right off the back! I won't ever fo ...more
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Dec 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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“This man…he ruins me. Every word. Every look. Every touch. But there’s no one I’d rather be ruined by than him.”

Zeus Kincaid, holy fuck that man melt my knickers.

I read this book back in December and still remember it like it was yesterday. It’s one of THOSE books. I literally couldn’t put it down and fell in love with every page. Like the second I finished I wanted to start all over again. Oh the motherfucking FEELS!!

Now back to Zeus…I mean just the name alone is enough to bring a girl to
Jenny••Steamy Reads Blog••
Simply loved this book. I couldn’t read quick enough. Love a book that holds my attention from start to finish. Definitely a sucker for these famous men Mrs. Towle dreams up

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This book...

This book kept me up all night...and I've read it in one sitting...I gluped it, and that's Samantha Towle's writing, for ya.

She writes the most infuriating tension and pent up anticipation like no one...*wink*

and yet, me and the "second chance" romances have a bit stretched relationship, to start with...

In second chance romances I need to segments to function perfectly, for me to be able to get pass the "fuck-up" and give the characters the "second chance" , those being
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'Ruin,' absolutely won me over with the power of its charismatic lovable characters and dramatic story line that took me on a romantic, passionate journey of second chance love set in the world of boxer, Zeus Kincaid and Cameron, the girl he once loved.

Zeus is at the height of his profession but one might say he and Cameron paid a heavy price for his career. In stark contrast Cameron works to make ends meet and had to sacrifice her ambition of being a professional ballerina. The story
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I guess she forgot quickly that he told her that he cheated on her over the phone? She just sitting there talking to him like nothing has happened? The f*ck? I would be plotting cutting his d*ck!!
I don't care that they have a kid together and they're talking about introducing him to her but if I were her I wouldn't bother introducing my daughter to this asshole. I'm a cold hearted bitch and I wouldn't forgive him at all.
Thank goodness she hasn't been celibate during those 5 years but poor sex w
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RUIN: Is a full length contemporary stand alone romance novel by Samantha Towle.

PAST: Fifteen year old Cam has just arrived into the area ofConey Island from Baltimore due to her Aunts promotion in the Police Department decides to spend the day at the famous fair she meets seventeen year old Zeus an aspiring boxer.

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Twenty-five year old Zeus ‘The God’ Kincaid is at the top of his game, undefea
Stacey is Sassy
What may Ruin you, may also make you stronger…

A friend of mine reached out to me to let me know there were Aussie review copies available for Ruin. I have never read a book by Samantha Towle but a lot of my friend have and loved her work. Being the Sassy lady that I am, without hesitation, I requested it. Blind. Yep, you read that right, I didn’t even look at the blurb before requesting it. Even when I was approved and downloaded my review copy, I was still in the dark. So, I loaded Ruin so I co
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“This man…. He ruins me. Every word. Every look. Every touch. But there’s no one I'd rather be ruined by than him. “

I’m a huge fan of second chance romances. Missed connections, wrong timing, manipulations, whatever it was that made the love of your life walk out the door, I’m all for picking up the pieces and trying to move on. Only to come and find out, that you can’t really move on because that person who left? Took your heart in the process and just seeing them again, will bring out
Deanna❤Pink Lady❤️

Second chance love with the love of your life can be angsty, nostalgic, hurtful, and hopeful. But trusting someone who broke your heart and your faith in that love can also be a difficult hurdle to overcome.

I found this story to be sweet and light with the perfect blend of angsty and hopefulness. Young love, sidetracked and derailed, only to be so strong that it couldn’t be forgotten. Zeus and Cam were young when they fell in love. But their love got tested and it crumbled. But 5 years later, Z
Jo - •.★Reading Is My Bliss★.•
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Freaking. Loved. This. Book.

This was my indulgent weekend read that I was constantly sneak reading in between a few social engagements and when I wasn’t reading I was thinking about how soon I could get back to it. I could not put this book down!

Cam & Zeus meet in high school and pretty much fall in love while riding on the ferris wheel in the rain at the local fair. Zeus has a very promising future ahead of him as a boxer and is already winning tournaments, being not
⭐️4.5 stars⭐️

I was born to do this.
And every fucking thing I've lost and had to sacrifice to get here will be worth it.
The hush comes. My heart pounds harder and faster.
I get to my feet.
The cameras move in front of me. I don't focus on them. I can't. I'm already in my head.

Walk to the ring. Fight. Win.
That's all I can think about.
And it's time.
My eyes meet Scott's across the ring.
He looks hard. Empty.
But I'm harder. Emptier.
The bell rings, and I go in, fists up.

Gods, that was a sweet book!

Jul 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
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I'm not the biggest fan of second chance romances, which is why I let this book sit for so long on my Kindle even though it's by an author I really like. I'm glad I finally decided to pick it up because I thoroughly enjoyed the story and getting to meet these characters. There was still that element of angst from Zeus and Cam coming back into each others lives, but I didn't find it to be too over the top and instead it was done very realistically
Angsty, second chance romance with a good grovel and a strong heroine - all the things I love in my CR reads. However, a couple of things annoyed me:

Cameron .... I love how strong and sassy she was and that she put Gigi first, but I admit her push and pull/round and round got a bit old after a while. She wasn't celibate whilst they were apart, I really liked that she wasn't "saving herself" for him.

Zeus .... I couldn't decide whether he was punch drunk after all the hits to the head (he's a boxe
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BEFORE READING - MY REVIEW MIGHT SPOIL A TINY LITTLE BIT - YOU MIGHT WANT TO STOP READING IF YOU'RE SCARED OF SPOILERS! It's not too much, most of it can be assumed from the blurb anyway and the rest will become clear in the first pages - but still. ☺
a bit weird that I did that in this case - I usually never spoil - but maybe here it's all happening in the very beginning of the book, so it's not really spoilerish in my opinion.


When Cam was 15 she met the love of her life Zeus. He was 17 and the
Ok grovel. Nice story. But wasn’t feeling the sparks between the MCs as much as I would have liked.
Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
4-4.5 ★'s

Zeus and Cam are high school sweethearts until Zeus' career as a fighter takes off. He breaks up with her over the phone with the most disdainful reason ever. Unfortunately for Cam, that's not the worst of it.

Fast forward several years and he sees her in a go-go club. She's pretty shocked to see him and takes off but that doesn't stop him and he shows up at her house the next day.

If things weren't angsty before, they sure do get angsty now. Cam has a guy she hooks up with and Zeus do
4.25 Stars

“You just don’t get it, Zeus. There is no moving forward because I can’t forgive you!”
The next thing I know, he’s in front of me, grabbing my face in his hands. “There has to be because I love you so fucking much.” The raw emotion in his eyes and voice tears at me. “I know you love me, Cam. I know I’m not alone in this. We’re the real fucking deal. Our love is what most people spend a lifetime searching for and never find. Don’t throw us away, please.”
“I didn’t throw us away,” I whisp
Jeannine Allison
To say I loved this book would be a massive understatement. Ruin was PERFECTION! If I didn't know any better I'd think Samantha Towle called me up, asked me what I'd want in a second chance romance, and then wrote this book. Because it had everything I could ever dream of...

description Great writing
description A SWOONTASTIC hero
description A strong heroine
description An adorable kid!
description A nice, long grovel
description Clutch-at-your-chest angst
description No crazy break up at the end (HALLE-FREAKING-LUJAH!!!! 😍)
description Bonus: HOT cover 🔥

Zeus is the quintessential book bo
Jessica  (Angie & Jessica's Dreamy Reads)

It's true that readers take very different things away from the same exact book. We all go into a book from different places, in different moods, hoping to find very different things on those pages. For me, just before I started Ruin, I'd just come away from reading 2 phenomenal books back to back that were richly layered, full of detail and emotion that made it completely impossible NOT to connect with those stories. So when I first started reading Ruin, it was impossible not to compar
Mar 27, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Zeus Kincaid was just delicious. Talk about a softie at heart and an alpha in bed. His road back to Cam and gaining her trust and forgiveness was long but it was filled with many swoon worthy moments. When he, Cam and their daughter Gigi we’re together the story shined. Also when Cam and her aunt Ella had scenes together they made me smiled. I really enjoyed Ruin.
So why only 3 Stars. Well, I had a couple of issues with the story. The reason for Cam and Zeus spending 5 years apart was a little t
Fre06 Begum
I think for the most part she was strong but as always “betraying body” always has to get in the way of her strong resolve not to give in!
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This book was just amazing. I m a huge fan of this author so I knew I would enjoy this book. But it was even better than I thought it would be. I m a big lover of second chance romance there my favourite. I just love it and this story was just so good.

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Zeus is just amazing he really is a God. From the very start I loved him. He might even take Jake's spot at number one. There are times w
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Samantha Towle is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author.

A native of Hull, she lives in East Yorkshire with her husband, their son and daughter, and three large furbabies.

She is the author of contemporary romances, The Storm Series, The Revved Series, The Wardrobe Series, The Gods Series, and standalones, Trouble, When I Was Yours, The Ending I Want, Unsuitable, U

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“I fucking love you. I’ve loved you since I was seventeen years old and saw you standing at the fair, looking like the answer to a question I didn’t know I’d asked. I knew it then, and I still know it now. There is no one else for me. I’m yours. And you sure as hell are mine. We’re meant to be together. And the more you fight me on this, the more I’ll fight back—and twice as hard. And I’ll fight dirty if I have to. For as long as necessary. I’m here and ready to do this to get you back with me—where you belong. I’ve never lost a fight, Dove. And I don’t intend on losing this one. You’re far too fucking important to me for that to happen.” 5 likes
“And that’s the reason I’ll never believe a single thing you tell me, Zeus. Because, when you love someone—really love them—you fight for them. You fight hard and dirty, no matter the cost to yourself. And not once have you ever fought for me.” 4 likes
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