Ruin (Summer in Winter #1)
by CJ Scott
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.
I got a copy in exchange for an honest review
After participating in the cover reveal for this book I wanted to read it, so when I noticed it on Netgalley I didn’t hesitate and requested it. This book was different than I expected, but it was really well written and the story was so intriguing.
Ruin is about a small town called Winter, winter is such a boring town and there isn’t really anything left there. At first we see Winter through Kate her eyes and even I felt the need to escape from this small and stiffling village. It was almost creepy how well the author described the village. Then ofcourse there happens something unexpected a stranger enters winter. From that moment on I started speculating about why he was there and it’s only at the end of the book that we found out and all my quesses where horribly wrong. There is a lot mystery and even a bit danger and romance. The stranger called Ben, makes the reader see another side of Winter. The book is written from Kate her perspective, but when she talks with Ben I could suddenly see how beautifull Winter could be.
I really liked the author her writing style, I really felt like I was there in Winter and while the story is a bit short, it’s not rushed. The pace is perfect and the ending was great too. The ending wraps up the story of Kate and Ben, while leaving room open for more stories to take place in Winter. And I can’t wait to read the next book in this series.
I liked Kate, although sometimes I was a bit surprised at how she reacted. She get’s angry at her parents once and I flinched when I heard what she said to them. At first I wasn’t sure what to think of Ben, he was a stranger and he never told them his reason for being there, while Kate trusted him almost immediately I thought she was a bit quick to trust him, because he was suspicious. I wasn’t sure what to think of Jane and am curious to leanr more about her in the next book, because in this book she came across as a bit weak and not really having a mind or dreams of her own. I really liked Jane her grandma, Mrs M. She was a grumpy old lady, but for some reason all the conversations with her where funny and she was still really perceptive despite her old age.
There also is some romance in this book, but I felt that it clashed a bit with the rest of the story sometimes. The relationship develops a bit fast and Kate keeps saying Ben is a good person, while she hardly knows him. I also couldn’t get a really good feel of both characters and maybe that’s why I didn’t really feel the romance.
To conclude: I enjoyed Winter, it’s a bit short, but the pace is right. I really liked the smal town setting and the mystery. I found it a bit difficult to connect with some characters and I didn’t really feel the romance. The ending wrap this storyline up nicely, while making me look forward to the next book in this series. I like the authors writing style and it fits the story perfectly.
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