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(The Ruins of Emblem #1)

4.34  ·  Rating details ·  1,123 ratings  ·  176 reviews

This is a tough town. A sheltered college girl like Cadence Gentry doesn’t belong here.
She's got a job teaching at the high school and I can tell she has all these fantasies about being the bright light everyone in Emblem has been waiting for.
She hasn’t figured out yet that she’ll get eaten alive.
I want her and I want to mess with her.
Published (first published April 8th 2019)
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Saira Moodley (BookedMercy)
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3.5 stars..

“I was yours from the beginning,” I breathed into his ear. “Before I even knew it.”

I was really looking forward to Tristan when I read the blurb but after reading the book, I kinda felt the plot was predictable. I just felt the book needed a more climatic scene/s. Everything was ‘safe’ in this book. Like nothing truly bad happened to the characters in the present. (And that’s not a bad thing, I just prefer a bit more drama in my boo
Apr 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.25 Schoolteacher Stars

“Tristan,” is the first book in the Ruins of Emblem series, which is pretty much a spin-off of a spin-off, originating from the Gentry Boys series. The H was first introduced in Gentry Generations, and those characters and several scenarios are very much interwoven into this storyline. I’m a loyal Gentry Boys fan from way back, so I will keep reading them as long as Cora Brent keeps writing them!

Stories like this remind me why I love romance! I get all kinds of enjoyment
Apr 10, 2019 rated it liked it
The cover is how I picture Tristan.
I liked the book but skimmed about 100 pages because it seemed boring. I'll reread inorning so rating might go up.
Nerdy Dirty & Flirty
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
-Patti, 5 stars

Tristan’s story is my favorite book in the Gentry series. Ever since Cora mentioned Tristan Mulligan I couldn’t wait to get his storyt. Reading about him in Turn, I just needed to know what happened to him and I was not disappointed.

Tristan is Curtis’ younger brother who we met in Turn - Curtis and Cassie’s story. Tristan is the bad boy who went back to Emblem, even as everyone else is running out of town. Cadence is one of Cord and Saylor Gentry’s daughters. She goes to Emblem to
Bookgasms Book Blog
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ratula
Ahhhh!! I am so so excited about this new series. I have been a huge Cora Brent fan and have loved her Gentry series! Tristan and Cadence were absolutely amazing. This story had sass, sizzle and an emotional connection that could not be denied!

When Cadence Gentry returns to teach English in the failing and depressing town of Emblem, she may be in over her head.  But armed with the knowledge of wanting to help people better themselves, like her family did years past, she could never have expected
Apr 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-author
4.5 stars. I really liked this story. Tristan is definitely a guy with a tough past and present, but a heart of gold underneath. I love how Cadence accepted and loved him as he was and how he did the same with her. It took me a little bit to feel the development of their relationship but once I did, I was all in for this story, this couple, and of course the dying town of Emblem. And anyone who is read the Gentry series books got some awesome cameos (although reading those books isn’t required t ...more
Cali Gals
Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
We are back in Emblem. OMG this book has the raw, grittiness that I originally found in Ms. Brent’s Gentry Boys Series. It amazes me how this read transports you to the world of poverty and you feel the challenges that culture faces.

Tristan initially feels like this hardened guy that has a strong alliance to his hometown even when it isn’t in his best interest. He is beautifully revealed to us as the story progresses. Lets just say he is more than a hottie. It is so bittersweet as you experienc
April Symes
Tristan by Cora Brent is the book 1 in "The Ruins of Emblems" series. This is Tristan Mulligan and Cadence Gentry's story.
Tristan knows Cadence from his brother. His brother married Cadence 's older sister . The few run ins that Tristan had with Cadence left him with the impression that she was this brat. Now Cadence is a teacher at Emblem High and she runs into Tristan at the local bar. Far from him thinking she's a brat now- sparks fly and there's this electric chemistry between them.
Sissy's Romance Book Review
Tristan by Cora Brent is the First book in The Ruins of Emblems Series. This is the story of Tristan Mulligan and Cadence Gentry.
Tristan and Cadence siblings are married so they are aware of each other but don't really know each other. Tristan lives in Emblem where there seem no hope for most people, where crime is strong...they even have a prison there. Tristan doesn't feel the need to leave and has embraced the life the best that he can. Cadence parents are from Emblem and she fresh out of co
Aug 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Cadence was naive and Tristan was rough around the edges but they worked as a couple. Don’t love that they settled in shithole Emblem, but that’s what felt like home to them.
Ga Books LoverX
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh my gosh, every since I saw this title I have been SUPER excited to read the book and let me tell you that Cora Brent never disappoints, especially when it comes to a Gentry!

This is the first book in the Ruins of Emblem and we are back to the city where Cord, Chase, and Creed all escaped from once upon a time. This time we have the youngest of Cord's girls, Cadence and Tristan who is Curtis Mulligan's middle brother.

Cadence and Tristan's siblings are married to each other and she is super clo
Jacey Jeffrey
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have been waiting for Tristan's story ever since meeting him in Curtis' book. It was so worth the wait. I knew that Tristan would tug at my heartstrings and he did and I fell in love with that man. He knows Cadence from his brother...he is married to Cassie which his Cadence's older sister. The few times he met her he thought she was a spoiled brat. The few times she saw Tristan Mulligan she didn't like him. They happened to meet by chance....she is now a teacher in Emblem High and runs into h ...more
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Cadence and Tristan...sigh...
From their first meeting in a bar (after not seeing each other for a while) to his incessant teasing and inappropriate sexual remarks, to a heated encounter in a car...I was so intrigued by this couple as they dealt with life and love and families. It always makes me laugh when bad boys grow up to be good men and fathers, and then have to deal with their daughters loving boys who are very much like they once were in their wild youth! It's poetic justice and karma all
Kari Hansen
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Cadence has recently returned to her hometown to teach high school full of dreams and ideals. She is determined to make a difference and show her students a better way, but her biggest test may be her brother in-law Tristan.

Tristan’s brother is married to Cadence’s sister and he has tried to convince his brother that there are other options than the life he is leading. He has chosen to stay in Emblem on the gray side of the law until Cadence comes barreling into town and has him wondering if he
Karin Gesell
Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As much as I love the Gentry’s, and this one is about Cadance, I was even a tad bit more excited to find out it was also about Tristan, Curtis & Brecken’s brother. Where Cadance is sweet & caring & idealistic, choosing Emblem to start her teaching career to try to make a difference, Tristan is arrogant & sarcastic & quite a smarta**, wanting to wind her up for her choices. The two go head to head quite a bit, but as time goes on, they get to know each other better and see more to each other. Thi ...more
Wendy Livingstone
Apr 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book in a new series from this talented author, and is Cadence and Tristan’s story. Cadence has recently returned to her hometown in order to follow her dream and teach English at the local high school. Tristan is a bad boy who stays in the grey area of the law. These two are as totally opposites as can be, yet the chemistry between them is explosive. This is a beautifully written story which is raw, gritty, emotional, steamy as well as humorous and all round powerful read. I w ...more
Melissa B (bookaddict_fanatic)
The first book in the Ruins of Emblem series was one I've been looking forward to and it did not disappoint me in the least! Tristan and Cadence's story was sweet, sexy and truly passionate. I consumed page after page of this beautiful story that had me wanting more of Tristan and Cadence when I reached the final page. If you haven't read any Gentry books I highly recommend you start because each one gets better and better while stealing a little piece of your heart.
Michelle Krystel
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was given an advance readers copy of this book and have decided to write a voluntary honest review. I just love my gentry boys and now the muligan brothers. I honestky feel like all the brothers are alike. They brother bond is unbreakable. They have such a strong connection. And I also the gentry girls. And now I have a lot of catching up to do with Cassie and cadence. And I'm excited for Leah's story.
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was really good!! It had wonderful characters, a town in need, a bad boy and a good girl. Everything you need to make an amazing story! The writing was well done and I was enthralled by the story and characters. I read this in one sitting!! Tristram makes an excellent addition to the harem, he's chilling with all the other bad boys!
C.J. Welles
May 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great read

This was another great read by Cora. I love that Cadence and Tristan got their HEA together.
I like the introduction and possibility for more books set in emblem and I can’t wait for them.
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Kerry Fletcher
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I LOVE THIS!!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE!! Brand new series. Crossover characters. Lots more characters to fall for!! YES!!!

First up are the crossover couple, Tristan and Cadence.

Tristan is Curtis and Brecken's brother. We met him briefly in Gentry Generations.

Tristan left his brothers behind in order to make his own life and choices. He was mixed up in some heavy gang stuff for a while but they all disappeared so it's just him down in Emblem. He's a part time Tow truck driver and part time dealer. He's
Jenny Wood
Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was so reluctant to jump into this one. Tristan, is previous books has been such a brat. He hurt Curtis and little brother Brecken, I just didn't see how he was going to redeem himself for all the hurt he'd caused.
I shouldn't have worried. I never thought Cord could come back from it either, but he turned out to be one of my very favorites in this entire Emblem/Tempe crowd.... plus, don't you know.... all you need is the right person.

Enter Cadence. Cord and Saylor's daughter who moved to Embl
Nightbird Novels
Apr 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
3.5 Stars

Recent college graduate Cadence Gentry believes she can make a difference, and she knows just the place that needs it. As the newest teacher at Emblem High, her drive to help it's troubled teens is met with a lot of resistance from the cynical residents of Emblem, Arizona. 

Tristan Mulligan has never wanted to leave his hometown of Emblem. Even with the closed businesses and decaying homes, he has never felt like he belonged anywhere else. But, seeing a woman like Cadence in his town is
Kim Richards
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
OMG...………………………………..Cora Brent has done it again, another fantastic book to add to the list she already has.
I was pulled straight into this story from the get go, that is where I stayed until I had read the last word written. At the same time I had my little mini movie playing in my head, I loved that happening.
There are surprises all the way through the book, some you will see coming others you won't, some you won't, some are large, some are small, but all are equally important and help to make
Millennial Life Crisis Bookshelf - Samantha
This was my first Gentry read and I am definitely looking forward to going back and catching up on the entire series of books related to the Gentry clan prior. Cadence Gentry has moved back to Emblem where her parents were from to teach at the local high school. She sticks out in the town because of her positive personality and sunny disposition, but teaches in Emblem in order to somewhat prove a point to both herself and her family. Tristan is the remaining Mulligan left in Emblem, with no desi ...more
Apr 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Tristan, is a spin off from the Gentry boys books. It follows Cadence, Cord and Saylor’s youngest daughter. She’s moved back to Emblem, a poor run down town that her father and 2 brothers worked hard to escape from. Mostly everything is shutting down in Emblem, except the prison. Cadence is just starting out as a teacher and I think the reasons for moving there are to try and offer something to the underprivileged children of the town, to make their lives better, something that didn’t happen to ...more
Karen Voitik
Apr 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
>Book Review – Tristan
>I am an independent reviewer. This book is the 1st in the Ruins of Emblem series and ends in an HEA. Tristan is the town of Emblem’s bad boy, in a town filled with bad boys. He dropped out of high school and decided to deal fake Viagra to the elderly, making him a drug dealer. His brother gave up his bad boy ways and is now a successful married man. Cadence is Tristan’s sister-in-law. She wants to make a difference in students’ lives and takes her very first teaching job i
Sabrina Thompson
Apr 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is book one in the "Ruins of Emblem" series. This can be ready as a standalone.

I have been an avid fan of the Gentry's for years. I feel with each new book Ms. Brent gives us, we are able to gain more insight into this family.

What I loved most about this book was the push and pull between Tristan and Cadence. The will they, won't they dynamic is very satisfying. While Tristan, in my opinion, was very difficult to like, Cadence is simply a breath of fresh air. Her spirit, her vibe, her dete
Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: faves, arcs
This return to Emblem, Arizona is one of my favorites across all of the books in this universe. More than any of the other books in the Gentry series, this book gave such a vivid picture of what the lives of the residents of Emblem really look like and it's so sad to see the ramifications of a dying town.

Cadence is the youngest of Cord Gentry's daughters and the one I wanted to see grown up the most. She's the perfect combination of Cord and Saylor: feisty, sweet, a little sheltered. Tristan is
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