Review: Ruin – C.J. Scott

Posted 6 January, 2015 by Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookworms in Reviews / 12 Comments


Warning: This book includes mature content such as: sexual content, and/or drug and/or alcohol use, and/or violence.
Review: Ruin – C.J. ScottRuin by C.J. Scott
Series: Summer in Winter #1
Published by Selfpublished on 21 August 2013
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Pages: 124
Format: eBook
Source: Kindle Freebie
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3 Stars

Kate Bell isn't perfect. Not even close. The things she got up to in college would cause her parents to fall off their pedestals in shock. Home for the summer vacation, Kate settles in for a long, boring break in the tiny backwater of Winter with folks who still treat her like she's twelve.

Then Ben Parker arrives and suddenly Winter gets interesting. He's hot, mysterious and good with his hands. Kate falls for him instantly, but her cop father warns her to stay away. But how can she stay away from someone as compelling as Ben? Someone who thinks she's perfect just the way she is?

When Ben's secrets catch up to him, not only is Kate's heart in danger of being broken, but Ben's entire future could be ruined.

RUIN is a new adult contemporary romance intended for mature readers. It contains strong language and sexual situations.

Ruin is a quick read, and the characters are quite well done for such a short story.

My Ruin review:

Kate and Ben met by chance in Winter’s only diner, and all Kate could think about from the start of Ruin was how hot she thought Ben was. Kate’s best friend, Jane, is one of the only people her age who stayed in Winter when everyone else left for college, and she is nervous about strangers in general, and Ben in particular. When it’s obvious that Ben won’t be able to leave their little town that day, Kate decides he should stay with Jane and her grand-mother, work on their crumbled mansion for room and board at least for a day or two.

Unfortunately, novellas are hit or miss with me, and while there were things I enjoyed in Ruin, there were some other things that were a little difficult as well. Kate changed between a self-assured young woman and a petulant child – depending on whether she was with Jane or with her parents. While I can agree that her parents were a little overwhelming at times, Kate knew how they were, and that her dad never put his cop-hat off.

Ben was quite the mysterious character, but I never really got the attraction. OK, so he was good-looking and polite, but someone holding back as much as he did just wouldn’t do it for me the way he did for Kate. I enjoyed Jane and her grand-mother quite a lot, though, and they made Ruin more interesting than it would have been without them.

Written in first and third person past tense point of view, the readers were still kept in the dark about Ben until Kate finally found out about him, and I think it took something away from the story overall that I, as a reader, wasn’t in the know.

Some Ruin quotes:

“You and I are very different,” she said. “You think that guy’s hot, for example, but I just see a potential ax murderer.” I laughed and she laughed too. She wasn’t as uptight as she appeared.

I had to snap out of that mind-set. I didn’t usually get sucked in by a sexy voice and polite manners. A good set of shoulders and eyes, yes, but not on such an early acquaintance.

We ate dinner at six and talked about nothing in particular. It was nice, but dull. Time dragged. 

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Lexxie is an English as foreign language teacher and has a Master's degree in English Language and Literature. She's an avid reader, blogger, compulsive one-clicker and a genre omnivore. Ever since she learnt how to read she has been seen with a book or two in her hands everywhere she goes.

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12 responses to “Review: Ruin – C.J. Scott

  1. I enjoyed this one, but the romance didn’t really work for me. I also had some small issues with the characters and how they reacted at times. I did like the mystery. I still haven’t read any other books in this series even though I was planning to, I actually forgot about this book already until I saw your review. Great review Lexxie!

    • The mystery was OK, I guess, and I really think I could have liked almost everything more if the story had been a little longer, Lola 🙂

  2. Hmm…I have this one on my kindle and I just may put it off a little longer. :/ I’m glad that Jane and her grandma made the book interesting for you, Lexxie. You know I love a strong grandma character. 🙂 But Kate, as you’ve described her, makes me worry. As does Ben. Well, I’ll get around to it eventually…must clean off the ereader. *ha*

    **BIG HUGS**

    Bookworm Brandee recently posted: **#ShelfLove ~ My To-Be-Read Shelves**
    • Definitely must clean out that e-reader, Brandee! And yes, you should definitely wait a while before you read this one… it really was nothing special.
      *BIG HUGS*

    • Yeah, some things that really need a little more time can’t get that in novellas. Oh well, at least it was short, and free, Berls 🙂

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