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Ruin: The Reprise

(Black Hearts Still Beat #4)

4.61  ·  Rating details ·  153 ratings  ·  108 reviews
L A Cotton's emotional, angsty, rock star romance continues with Levi Hunter's story...
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Published November 17th 2020
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Even though the previous books in this series are mostly about Rafe and Eva, Rafe's brother has always been my favorite. To me, he was the underdog and I had e feeling there was so much more to him than what was visible on the surface. And boy so I love it when I am right!

I think Phoebe was perfect for him. She didn't just give in and I like it when there is a bit of a struggle... makes it all worth it in the end ;) Both these two had some nasty demons to overcome.

Ever since the first book, I ha
Nov 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Levi Is the bad boy you shouldn’t fall for. After scandal breaks out about his latest behaviour, Levi does what he does best. Losing himself in drugs and booze is his way of coping. The band needs him and not the bad press he brings them. When a new intern offers him a new kind of addiction can Levi finally start living for the future instead of dwelling in the past?

Phoebe needs the intern job and knows she should keep it professional. She knows the stories and is aware Levi is self destructive.
Weronika -  Little Steamy Reads
„Sometimes you have to lose everything to realize what you had.”

Oh my gahhh! Can someone come over and pick me up from the floor? L.A. Cotton knocked me down with this book and I can't get up! I knew Levi's story would be an emotional rollercoaster, but I didn't expect to feel it so deeply. This rockstar romance wrecked me in the best possible way. It's angsty, it's charged with real, raw emotions, but at the same time it's so tender and heartfelt... I love Rafe and Eva, I truly do, but Levi
Izzie d
Nov 18, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: music-band
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NiCoLeTa E. {Addicted To Books}
***4,5 "Drown!!!" stars***


Newsflash: Levi Hunter fucked up... again.

I'm so, so happy that Mrs. Cotton decided to write Levi's story after Rafe & Eva's trilogy. And I am even more happy that Hudson and Damon will follow up... Yesssss!!!!
We already took some glimpses in here and I can not really wait for their turns!!!
I love the Hunter brothers very much and I love the people that are surrounding them!!!
I just love Black Hearts Still Beat 's world and I'm not having enough!!! W
Elsa Gomes (BookishAurora)
Rate: 5/ 5 stars

I had been waiting for Ruin for such a long time. Levi stole my heart at the very beginning of my BHSB journey. No matter how much I loved Rafe and Eva and how much I felt for them and what they went through because of Levi, I've always had a soft spot for the guy. I felt such empathy for him because I knew the pain he had felt and still did. I loved seeing the connection he had with Eva and how she had a positive effect on him (and no I did not ship them together, nothing beyo
Larissa Rye
Nov 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
4-1/2 Stars!

Levi’s story was different than I was expecting. He was so misunderstood by even his band mates & brother. After reading Rafe’s books you understand his point of view but at the same time he made me mad in this book haha. Levi had an unbelievably terrible childhood, I couldn’t imagine living with that much hatred in your life while growing up. He just wanted to be loved & wanted.

I could understand why Phoebe had such trepidation’s getting involved with Levi. But they were so cute to
Marta Bo
Nov 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing

OMFG!!!! I just finnished this Baby and.... where is my very pooor heart!!!! I knew, from the very first moment when I've meet him in this series - HE WILL BE MY WEAKNESS!!! And it happen, You guys... He stole my soul.... he stole my heart!

I cannot find more accurate.. words to describe how I feel, but I'm. sure Levi freaking Hunter is my very own Ruin... with the one tiny exception - He is my redemption too. I loved his character for a very long time... and
Nov 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars!

Going into this book, I was pretty sure that there wasn’t much Levi Hunter could do to redeem himself. Throughout the first three books in this series, you think you have an understanding of him as a man, as a musician, and as a brother, but nothing could’ve prepared me for how broken and tortured he was underneath the rockstar shell. Ruin is a story of redemption, one where Levi finds something worth fighting for, something that means he could have something for himself in the world,
Nov 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Ruin is book four in the Black Hearts Still Beat series by L.A. Cotton and this is the one you’ve been waiting for…Levi’s story. As we know from previous books, Levi is haunted by his past. Dealing with addiction, mental health issues, bring a rock God, life is just very difficult for Levi and the only way he can cope is through drugs and alcohol. From previous stories, we know that he is on a downward spiral and now his character is again in disrepute due to new pictures being spread across soc ...more
KarenLou NorthandSouthBlog
Nov 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Be still my beating heart!

Ever since finishing Rafe and Evie’s trilogy I have been DYING for Levi’s story! And of course LA cotton did NOT disappoint.

Having seen his story from other point of views, I was so happy to get his side of the story but it’s not the best. He didn’t have a great childhood, he was made to feel like he didn’t deserve love. Which made him push people away if they got too close.

Phoebe had a nice life until she lost her mum, moving in with her dad he was barely there for
Nov 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
This rockstar romance is really something else. It was quite a heavy and emotionally gripping story with a lot of dark pasts and disastrous issues that scarred the main characters of the story.

Levi and Phoebe’s story is full of angst everywhere. It was a heartbreaking story of two people with pasts that scarred them and yet they managed to survived whatever their own personal demons thrown at them. The emotions I’ve felt reading this book was too much. I was sad for what happened to them in the
Jeeves Reads Romance
I’m in the minority on this one, I know I am. But I just didn’t love it. Though technically a standalone, the story relies heavily on the reader already being emotionally invested in these characters based on the trilogy that precedes this (which follows another couple). We miss out on the flirting, the first hookup, the first investment of feelings, and are left with a tortured bad boy who messes up repeatedly and the girl who is his only hope of a brighter future. So, to me, there wasn’t a goo ...more
Ann (Literary Lust)
Nov 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ruin is the story of bad boy and lead singer of Black Hearts Still Beat, Levi Hunter, and I have been so desperate to read this. The book does follow on from where Rule ends, and personally I would recommend that you read Rafe and Eva’s trilogy first, although the author has written this in a way to ensure that we do understand Levi’s history, if we weren’t already aware.

I knew this story was going to be an emotional rollercoaster. If you have read the trilogy then you already know Levi’s backg
Jenifer Briggs
Nov 18, 2020 rated it liked it
I liked this book, I truly did, but with all the OW drama and the dark place that Levi was in for the majority of the book seemed to overshadow the romance between him and Phoebe. I felt that maybe if this was a duet, we would see him face his demons head on and change gradually for the better, instead of the intense 180 his personality took. I just wish we saw more of the happy times with Phoebe versus all the drama.

Another thing that made me pause was how even though this is technically a stan
Nov 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Each and every one of L.A. Cotton's books has the power to hold you captive, to take you to her world, to break you apart and piece you back together !

Levi and Phoebe's story is no different.

The tortured rockstar and the Intern.. the unlikely pairing of these two, both with too many heartaches in their past.. could it work? Could they be what the other needed.

Bee certainly didn't think so, she'd experienced the effects of loving an addict once before.. could she be enough this time?

Levi had to
Books I Flove
Nov 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Honestly I went into this book thinking there's no way Levi can redeem himself from the gruff, addicted jerk he came off. But!!!! It wouldn't be a LA Cotton book, if she didn't find a way to make that happen and totally prove me wrong. And how wrong I've been!!
We see a lot of pain in Levi, and stuff no one wishes on another person, and it was in some way understandable why he is / was like he came off. Until Phoebe came into his life. She instantly had a connection to him, and the tension / che
Kari Hansen
Nov 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Levi may be a successful Rockstar but that that mean that he is happy. He not only keeps his past very private, but he chooses to deal with the pain he is feeling with reckless behavior that is not only hurting him but the band as well.

Phoebe is a woman with a huge heart and a painful past as well. She has recently become an assistant to the band and she knows that there is much more to Levi than his behavior but she is torn between wanting to help and not wanting to become collateral damage in
Nov 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Well I don't know where to start! I knew Levi was going to ruin me and I thought I was ready but I wasn't! I loved delving deeper into Levi's character! What a rollercoaster of emotions and twists and turns. It was beautiful! It was wonderful looking at what was behind Levi's rock star persona and how one woman could turn his life around and bring him to his knees. I've been a Levi fan from the beginning and have been rooting for him. I knew I would love his book and it was EVERYTHING AND MORE! ...more
Athena D.
Nov 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5 STARS

Ruin: The Reprise by L.A. Cotton is an EPIC read that will join the ranks of the BIBLIO-ARISTOCRACY!!!
Patricia Rohrs (words we love by blog)
Is love worth the leap of faith? Can love heal the darkest of souls!? Those are the questions that plague phoebe as she tries to decide if Levi Hunter is worth the fall!

Levi has a soul tainted with pain and laced in darkness! Phoebe sees it but she also sees the man who just wants acceptance, who just wants to be someone’s choice! With demons of her own Phoebe isn’t sure if she can take the fall with Levi because to fall and lose him would break them both!

I have been waiting for Levi’s story a
Sophie Koufes
Nov 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ruin: The Reprise (Black Hearts Still Beat #4) is heroic poem. I love the lyrics in a few chapters. Levi's story is heart-wrenching beautiful. Wonderful supporting character's, unexpected twists and captivating plot. Loved every minute of it.
Krista Webster
Nov 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Ruin: The Reprise is book 4 in LA Cotton’s emotional, angsty, rock star romance series. The book can be read as a standalone, but by reading Rush,Rise and Rule you will meet all the Black Hearts Still Beat band members and have a greater understanding of their dynamics and problems.
Told in dual POV by Leviathan “Levi” Hunter and Phoebe Halstead. Their story started in Rule when Phoebe an intern for the record company joins the band on tour. She tries to be professional but finds she has a stron
Books, Booze & Bon Voyage
Nov 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Ruin: The Reprise is book 4 in LA Cotton’s emotional, angsty, rock star romance series. The book can be read as a standalone, but by reading Rush,Rise and Rule you will meet all the Black Hearts Still Beat band members and have a greater understanding of their dynamics and problems.
Told in dual POV by Leviathan “Levi” Hunter and Phoebe Halstead. Their story started in Rule when Phoebe an intern for the record company joins the band on tour. She tries to be professional but finds she has a stron
World Of Books 65

RUIN - One final destructive mistake to ruin what could be something special
RUIN - Two people who have ruined each other for anyone else
RUIN - Me the reader - reduced me to an emotional wreck

'Ruin' has Ruined Me! A powerful story that left me the reader craving for more of this series while still deeply connected to this story long after I had finished. L.A Cotton's attention to detail in her stories is spell bounding which set's her stories apart! I don't know how she manages to con
Tiffany Readz
Levi Hunter is Exhausting

Be careful what you wish for is the motto for this book. I have been so interested in Levi Hunter's background for the first few books, boy did I get what I asked for. In this fourth installment of the Black Hearts Still Beat series we focus on Levi and Phoebe. This review may contain spoilers for books 1-3 in the series.

While book three, Rule was the finale, there is a lot more story to tell with these boys and Levi is up first. We all know from the get go this guy had
Shannon Ricci-mayronne
Nov 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ruin picks up where Rule, Rafe and Eva’s book left toff. If you haven’t read Black Hearts Still Beat, Rafe and Eva’s trilogy, I would highly recommend it. One it’s amazing and two you will get much more out of Ruin if you do.

If you read Rock, LA Cotton’s novella in My Night With A Rockstar- you get a glimpse in the slow burn attraction between Levi and Phoebe.

Levi Hunter is a rock God. An unhinged, reckless, self-hating addict. Phoebe is the Intern who is trying to move forward. After almost l
~lil maso~
Nov 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

Wow! I've been waiting to get Levi Hunters story since the beginning of the Black Hearts Still Beat series. I really didn't expect to feel all the emotions that I did. Levi is a complicated man and the demons that he has to deal with are ingrained from a child. He doesn't feel he deserves anything. Not love or happiness of any kind.

When Phoebe started working with the band. Things change for Levi, although he doesn't feel like he is deserving, now he wants. And that's a huge thing. Now
Up All Night With Books
Nov 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
4 Stars
Review by Lisa
Late Night Support Group
Up All Night With Books Blog

by L. A. Cotton is book 4 in the Black Hearts Still Beat series. This time around we get Levi's story and what a story we get. I have conflicting feelings about Levi's story. We are introduced to Levi through the first three books which are his brother, Rafe's books. My conflict is that I personally felt throughout the first three stories, there was this hidden situation or something more that was in Levi's past to mak
Melissa Mendoza
Nov 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing

Touching my head to hers, I breathed her in. “I’m not a good guy, Bee, but I’d try to be good for you.”

5 Ruin Me Stars!!! OMG L.A. Cotton knows how to write sexy rock stars that you can't help but fall in love with!

Levi is your typical bad boy rock star. And after scandal erupts, the band gets bad press and Levi turns to drugs and alcohol to heal his wounds. The band need Levi and need him to get "better" so they decide to hire an intern to keep him on the straight and nar
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Author of mature young adult and new adult novels, L A is happiest writing the kind of books she loves to read: addictive stories full of teenage angst, tension, twists and turns.
Home is a small town in the middle of England where she currently juggles being a full-time writer with being a mother/referee to two little people. In her spare time (and when she’s not c

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