Ruin by Rachel Van Dyken

I just finished Ruin and I have to say that this is probably one of the most beautiful books I have ever read, from start to finish (dedication included) this book stole a spot in my heart.

Ruin Cover

Kierston is being crushed by something in her past; Wes is being crushed by something a bit more…physical. Both Kierston and Wes have things that are slowly destroying them, the difference is Wes has accepted his lot, while Kierston is stuck in a recurring nightmare. After an interesting introduction into one another’s lives…

“…and ran smack dab into a tree. Or at least it felt like a tree. But trees weren’t warm. And they didn’t have one, two, three, four, six, Good Lord, eight? Eight packs? Furthermore, had I actually been feeling said person’s eight pack? And, dear God, I was counting. I had touched each muscle. And great, my hand was still firmly placed against the guy’s stomach.”

Wes integrates himself into Kierston’s life and through helping her face her fears he begins to heal.

This is one of those books where you feel like if you say too much you’ll end up telling the whole story. This book was beautiful, (I keep saying it because it’s true) while reading I had uncontrollable bursts of laughter, breath stopping heart squeezes, a few tears, and thousands of jealous sighs (Wes is now one of my book boyfriends). One thing I really liked was that the author was really able to make me connect with the characters and understand their feelings.

“‘Oh.’ I hated how my stomach dropped to my knees, like he’d just told me he hated Christmas and wanted to burn every last romance book on my Kindle.”

I mean really? You see what I mean? Made my stomach drop, (You don’t even mention the words burn and book in the same sentence unless it’s to describe the events happening in said book).

I give this book a 4.3 out of 5 stars because it was powerful and beautiful (said it again), I feel like I highlighted half the book with quotes that every woman needs to hear at least once in her life.

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