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Ruin Me

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  573 ratings  ·  94 reviews
In her head, Robin wants to marry her boyfriend. Everything about her relationship with Jay makes sense-makes her happy-but she can't bring herself to accept his proposal. Her body has unfinished business with Patrick, the man who saved her life six years ago. For a long time she assumed her potent feelings for Patrick were born of fear, wrapped up in the night she was ...more
ebook, 1st, 114 pages
Published June 9th 2010 by Ellora's Cave
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Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
Apr 03, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommended to Heather K (dentist in my spare time) by: Suziq
Super hot, but if you think of this as a romance, it fails. I thought of it as erotica, so it worked for me.

I read it straight through with no breaks. Steamy steam for people who don't mind cheaters.

Now part of Strange Love: Remastered Tales anthology.

Mar 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
Truth be told, the premise for this one is more than a little fucked up. Jay wants to marry Robin, and Robin wants to want to marry Jay, but then there's "that asshole," as Jay refers to Patrick. You see, six years ago, before she and Jay got together, Patrick saved her from a knife-wielding assailant, then did a stint in prison for assault and battery for beating the snot out of the guy. Ever since then, Robin's been obsessed with Patrick, though she was always afraid to act on it. "More ...more
Allison ❤️Will Never Conquer Her TBR❤️
Sweet Jesus, is there anything Cara McKenna writes that's not hot? Holy cow!

Ruin Me is a stand alone novella that depicts Robin, a woman with a live in boyfriend, who still harbors a deep seated longing for a guy from her past. Said guy is Patrick, the man who saved Robin's life while she was held at knifepoint outside a local bar. He served 7 months prison for aggravated assault and wouldn't change a thing. Robin's weekly visits got him through.

When Robin's long term boyfriend, Jay proposes
May 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
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McGee Magoo
I think any woman who says men are predictable should try fucking an ex-con lumberjack and a cuckolded technology journalist in the same day and see if they don't just have a change of heart on the matter.

This is Cara McKenna, so a few things are a given:
Smokin' erotica

and witty as heck content.
I'm trying really hard not to appear too eager. Actually, I think I'm overdoing it a bit, acting as if this whole situation pains me greatly. If there's a tightrope for people walking the line
~ Cariad ~
Mar 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
4.25 for the story, 5 for the eroticism of it.
Talk about hot!!! Wow - Cara McKenna, you are one of a kind!

Is it even possible to love what we usually hate?!!

Because for every reason I should have hated this one, I loved it.
It truly was erotically exceptional and well written.

Cara, I hope that I get to read everything you've written in the past, that you're writing now and that you write in the future - you're truly the Queen of Eroticism.
Jan 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Cara is a very brave author. Ruin me is not so much a romance, as it is an exploration on how the human heart works. It's not logical. You can't choose who to love and who not to love. And sometimes, love can be primal.

Robin is torn between two men: one who she wants, and one who she thinks she loves. Cara doesn't take the easy way out. She doesn't belittle Robin's emotions, but nor does she make her innocent. Robin knows what she is feeling isn't acceptable, but is so confused about how to
Cari Quinn
Aug 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I started reading and before I knew it I was hooked. This author has an unusual style from a lot of what I read and I like it. Also, without getting too spoiler-ish, I was a little concerned the guy I liked wasn't the guy I was supposed to like because it was a guessing game as to where the characters would ultimately go. Really enjoyed and already have my next Cara McKenna title in line.
Jul 31, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommended to Whitney by: Shannon
I don’t know who I hated more, Robin or Jay. Part of my wants to say Jay, but he was under some magical vagina spell for him be like, “Ok, I’ll let you have sex with this other dude in order to keep you.” So I think I hate Robin more for agreeing to it even though she knows she wouldn’t allow the reverse to happen.

Back to Jay, why would you be with someone who you know going into the relationship, was in love with someone else? I guess anyone could make the argument that you think that person
Jaime Arkin
May 06, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance, ebook-format, meh
2.5 = actual rating

I don't know... I guess this book just wasn't for me. I thought I could do it, but the entire time all I kept feeling was rage toward Robin. She had this guy who loved her and she swears she loved him but she's lusting after this other guy? THEN they think they can just fuck each other silly and get it out of her system? *shaking my head* cuz we can all just imagine how that's going to play out.

And WTH is wrong with Jay to think this would be a good idea and what man that was
4.5 Stars, another hot and steamy read from Cara McKenna. I loved Patrick the sexy Lumberjack right from the get go and was rooting for him all the way through.

Love these steamy but emotional stories, perfect for an evenings read.
Mar 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars.

In the most recent book by Cara McKenna I read, Ready and Willing, I gave it 2-stars because I felt it was too short and the sex seemed to overshadow what could have been a promising developing relationship.

This book is also short, the same length as R&W and there is lots of sex. But the relationships in this book are developed great. For some reason, what didn't work in that book worked excellently in this one. Not only that, I think this book was the exactly right length for the
Taryn Elliott
Oct 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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Apr 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2011
The story starts out with Jay and Robin getting (almost) engaged. Robin has been with Jay for 4 years and is deeply in love with him - but when he proposes, Robin can't make herself say yes......because of Patrick. Patrick is a man that saved her life many years before she met Jay. He even served 7 months in prison for beating up the guy that attacked her. She visited him often while he was in prison.....but when he got out, then barely saw each other or spoke. But ever since that night he saved ...more
Jun 17, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2read2

I had very mixed feelings which resulted in a love/hate conclusion to Ruin Me. My problem lies with the heroine (Robin) and the fact that she has been involved with a man for over four years that she truly never loved or viewed as her soulmate. Robin clings to the security and stability in her relationship with Jay, however her passion lies with Patrick. This results in Robin wanting to "have her cake and eat it too" and I just had serious issues with Jay knowing this, condoning this and
Another very beautifully written, short, sexy story by Cara McKenna. It's been a few months since I read & was more than impressed by Willing Victim, and with the renewed interest in that lovely gem, I decided to seek out a few of McKenna's other titles. This one also takes you to the fringes of a somewhat taboo type of relationship but as with WV, turns it all on it's head via brilliant storytelling & unmistakably real characters.

Honestly the only thing holding me back from a 5 star
So...I'm not really sure how to feel about this one. It was DAMN hot, and McKenna is such a fantastic writer. Normally I steer clear of books with even a whiff of infidelity, but since this was infidelity with permission (!!) I decided to give it a go. It's a bit of a mindfuck, but a hot one! I won't give away too much other than it's definitely worth the read and is on par with McKenna's other works. And if you're anti-cheating in your books like I am, it won't piss you off...too much. The ...more
May 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: novella
4 Crazy Ass stars

This book was absolutely crazy!!

I won't go into all the details, but just know going in that there are a couple, "What the fuck?" moments, with a shit ton of, "Holy fuck, that was hot" moments!

I really wish this could have been a full length novel so we can get a better understanding of Patrick & Robin's connection from their past, but no worries, these two still have an unmistakable connection & fabulous sexual chemistry, with loads of sexual tension from the
Apr 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Another steamy hot read by an author I'm glad I was introduced to! I didn't know how this one would end but I will say I was not disappointed! It will not be my last read from Cara McKenna!
"You are one fucked-up couple, Robin."...

"He wants you so much, he'd let you be with another man if that's what he needed to do to keep you"...
"I want you so much that if I was him I'd kill that other man."
Patrick Whelan/ Ruin Me

Instead of a review, I added the lyrics of a song text. They are a little spoilerish and smut-for-the-smart readers will figure out their meaning regarding the story. So just read the blurb, look at my rating and you can do the math for yourselves. For all those who are
Ruthie Knox
Sep 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
My first favorite Cara McKenna book, though Curio might have upended it.

Ruin Me was only my third reading excursion into the land of erotica, and I’m still somewhat mystified about the genre, but I was so enamored of Cara McKenna due to the glory that is Skin Game, it was only a matter of time before I started buying up her backlist. Ruin Me is told in the first person by Robin, who really loves her boyfriend, Jay, and would totally agree to marry him if it weren’t for the fact that she breaks
Oct 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of Cara McKenna
*** OCTOBER 28, 2012 ***

3.5 stars.

beautifully written. i get the feeling that cara mckenna pretty deeply respects each of her characters, vastly different from one another though they may be. this was a quiet poem of a story, laced with a sad yearning. mckenna managed to formulate a tricky plot set-up and resolve it in a satisfying way that was fair to the characters, believable, and nothing close to pat. somehow she manages to write her happily-ever-afters without ever veering toward
Emotionally, psychologically, and sexually complicated. I read McKenna/Maguire for her difficult (and realistic) heroines and the way she threads issues of power and struggle and desire into the relationships and not-relationships she writes, and Ruin Me didn't disappoint on those counts. The characters got under my skin, and the attraction and conflict between them all felt very organic and inevitable. McKenna has a consistently lucid writing style, clear and descriptive, and it's kind of neat ...more
Oct 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Hot hot hot hot hot hot!!
Elizabeth Brown
Jan 09, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: smutty-goodness
Girl can't get over some guy she has a crush on so her boyfriend tells her to get with the crush to get "him out of her system"!
Sierra Dean
Jul 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: erotic-lit, ebook, romance
I am an unabashed Cara McKenna fangirl. When it comes to thoughtful, emotionally provoking, sensationally written erotica, almost no one can match her skill (on par with Megan Hart, who is the queen of emotional erotica).

I read Willing Victim recently and it led me to buy everything of McKenna's I could get my hands on. I didn't love LOVE Ruin Me the same way I loved Willing Victim, but that's sort of like saying "I didn't love this fantastic and delicious ice cream as much as I loved that OTHER
Ana Valenzuela
Jul 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
I have only started reading Ms. McKenna's work this June. Now i have read three, going on to four books. Of all the books of hers that i have read, this one really had my mind in a maze. How can a girl who is inlove with her boyfriend not say yes to a marriage proposal over a guy she does not have any romantic or sexual relationships with?
(I guess in a way Ms. McKenna justified that as the Patrick is a hero in Robin's eyes.)
This is not really my favorte of her books, but still Cara McKenna's
Annabeth Albert
Sep 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the most *real* romances I have read. Not since The Paper Wife have I been so unsure how the romance would end-- someone is going to get hurt, hearts are is angsty perfection. Note: A decade ago, I wouldn't have survived this book without being reduced to a snively mess. If you are currently in the midst of a bad breakup, this might not be the book for you. It is a mature book--in every sense of the word. It is a romance for those of us who know real life is messy and ...more
Apr 21, 2013 rated it did not like it I really (4 stars) liked Willing Victim by Cara McKenna and After Hours by Cara McKenna . But this, this was just painful. It reads like an outline of a book. And I was not feeling Robin at all. I mean Patrick goes to JAIL for protecting her and she makes it sound like he was at camp. And what happens when Patrick gets out? Robin is kickin' it with someone else and Patrick isn't bitter? I finished it but I can never get my time or my $5 back.
Apr 17, 2014 rated it it was ok
This is the third book I have read by this author lately. Unfortunately I found it a bit too similar to the one I read before this one. The same 'sex talk' is used

I wasn't keen on the storyline and felt things between Robin and her boyfriend Jay were dealt with too quickly and the ending of the book was a bit rushed and I wanted to know more

I was a bit disappointed with this book although I did think Robin made the right choice I just wasn't convinced she was good enough for who she chose!
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Since she began writing in 2008, Cara McKenna has published nearly forty romances and erotic novels with a variety of publishers, sometimes under the pen names Meg Maguire and C.M. McKenna. Her stories have been acclaimed for their smart, modern voice and defiance of convention. She was a 2015 RITA Award finalist, a 2014 RT Reviewers’ Choice Award winner, a 2012 and 2011 RT Reviewers’ Choice Award ...more
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