Series: Gods #1
Published by Self Published on 3/6/18
Genres: Sports Romance
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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 come with a tragedy that would change how he viewed the sport forever.
Cameron Reed was in her second year at Juilliard when her childhood sweetheart, Zeus Kincaid, walked away from her. A few months later, Cam realized that she would never fulfill her dream of dancing for the New York City Ballet.
Now working as a dancer in an upscale club in Manhattan, Cam is brought face-to-face with the man she once loved. And it’s her turn to walk away from him.
After five years of missing Cam, Zeus isn’t prepared to let her go again. But when he finds himself standing on her doorstep the next morning, things don’t go quite as he expected…
I loved this book. Sure, Ruin is not without its flaws. I could sit here and list a handful of things I wish were said or done or drawn out, but nothing changes the fact that Ruin was a deliciously angsty, unputdownable, unbelievably romantic story that I ABSOLUTELY LOVED. I love second chance romances. I love love love Zeus Kincaid in this book.
4.5 “OMG. LOVE” Stars!
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 compare it to those previous reads even though I tried my hardest not to. My first impression of Ruin was that I wanted more detail. It felt rushed at times, details were glossed over at certain moments that I so wished had been explored more thoroughly. We were teased with a few flashback chapters that took us into the past relationship between Zeus Kincaid and Cameron Reed and I longed for more of that. Ruin is a fast paced story that would’ve been kicked up a few notches if it had been slowed down just a bit, the build a bit more drawn out, the story fleshed out a little more.
It was not difficult to get over what I initially thought was missing when I got caught up in everything that Ruin actually is. There’s a lot to be said about a fast paced romance that you can easily devour in one sitting. Truth be told, I had a hard time putting this book down. It completely consumed me and I couldn’t NOT think about it even when I was forced to step away. Ruin gave me all the angsty feels I can so clearly remember getting from Jake Wethers in The Mighty Storm. This book is heavy with angst, heavy with raw emotion and rippled with that delicious push and pull I crave in a good second chance romance. I honest to God LOVED every bit of it.
Zeus is a fighter and winning back the one that got away shapes up to be the biggest fight of his life. They were each other’s first love but lies and mistakes tore them apart. But there’s a lot more to their story. There’s one monster surprise Zeus never sees coming when he knocks on Cameron’s door determined to win her back. It sets in motion a turbulent roller coaster of heartache and hope that I never wanted to end. It demands these two characters face everything that tore them apart in the first place and everything that stands in the way of their second chance. It hurts and it’s sexy and it’s intoxicating and I couldnt get enough.
I loved this book. Sure, Ruin is not without its flaws. I could sit here and list a handful of things I wish were said or done or drawn out, but nothing changes the fact that Ruin was a deliciously angsty, unputdownable, unbelievably romantic story that I ABSOLUTELY LOVED. I love second chance romances. I love love love Zeus Kincaid in this book. I love his delicious words and his sexy smirks and his determination in getting the girl. I love Samantha Towle’s storytelling and the way she creates lush romance that cuts deep before sending her reader off completely fulfilled by all of it. By the end of this book, Ruin was easily near the top of the list of my Sam Towle favorites. Ruin is an absolute MUST READ second chance fighter romance that came out of nowhere and knocked me right out with how much I enjoyed it!
About the Author
SAMANTHA TOWLE is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. She began her first novel in 2008 while on maternity leave. She completed the manuscript five months later and hasn’t stopped writing since.
She is the author of contemporary romances, The Storm Series and The Revved Series, and stand-alones, Trouble, When I Was Yours, The Ending I Want, Unsuitable, Wardrobe Malfunction, Breaking Hollywood, Under Her and Sacking the Quarterback, which was written with James Patterson. She has also written paranormal romances, The Bringer and The Alexandra Jones Series. All of her books are penned to the tunes of The Killers, Kings of Leon, Adele, The Doors, Oasis, Fleetwood Mac, Lana Del Rey, and more of her favorite musicians.
A native of Hull and a graduate of Salford University, she lives with her husband, Craig, in East Yorkshire with their son and daughter.