Ruby Hill [NOOK Book]

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From her earliest memories, Ashley Pearce has been drawn to Ruby Hill Lunatic Asylum, and she's not the only one. Decades after the abandoned hospital ended its institutional reign of torture and neglect, something lurks in the shadows. Since she’s a paranormal investigator, it's Ashley's job to find out what.

Crime scene expert Corbin Malone doesn't believe in ghosts. A born skeptic, he has no interest in entertaining the hype surrounding the ...

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From her earliest memories, Ashley Pearce has been drawn to Ruby Hill Lunatic Asylum, and she's not the only one. Decades after the abandoned hospital ended its institutional reign of torture and neglect, something lurks in the shadows. Since she’s a paranormal investigator, it's Ashley's job to find out what.

Crime scene expert Corbin Malone doesn't believe in ghosts. A born skeptic, he has no interest in entertaining the hype surrounding the mysterious deaths at Ruby Hill, but he won't turn his back while more women die. He agrees to an overnight investigation, never expecting his first encounter would be with the woman he pushed away a year ago. But when he discovers Ashley is a target, he learns his greatest fear isn't living with his own demons, but losing her for good.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781622662258
  • Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
  • Publication date: 9/30/2013
  • Series: Entangled Ever After
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 57
  • Sales rank: 745,184
  • File size: 2 MB

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Sarah and her husband of what he calls "many long, long years" live on the mid-Atlantic coast with their six young children, all of whom are perfectly adorable when they’re asleep. She never dreamed of becoming an author, but as a homeschooling mom, she often jokes she writes fiction because if she wants anyone to listen to her, she has to make them up. (As it turns out, her characters aren’t much better than the kids). Though she adores romantic suspense, she writes in many genres. Her ever-growing roster of releases may be found at sarahballance.com.
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  • Posted November 2, 2013

    I receive this book for a honest review in exchange.Like most of

    I receive this book for a honest review in exchange.Like most of the books i`ve read by now I dint`t read the description of this book.But by the cover i`ve figured that is about ghosts.I like scary storys,but this book I dint`t like it at all.It`s hard to…I don’t know…to read a book and have great expectations about it.I dint`t say that it is so bad,but it is not good.

    Even that it is a short staory,the action it`s so push it.The actions are so short and you don`t understand much of that.This book needs more details,more action that have some meaning,to be bound.That make a book great.Tha idea of this book was super ok,but the content, essence was by far good.My sorry,this is my opinion,maybe,somebody else will love this book.

    And do not forgot about the end.When I need it more,to give more chances for this book,the end was in flames, fog.But it is a short book so you have to give it a chance.Maybe,like a sad,you will love it.

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  • Posted October 31, 2013

    Novellas are usually a hit or miss. Ruby Hill was a definite mis

    Novellas are usually a hit or miss. Ruby Hill was a definite miss. It’s the first story I read from the Entangled Ever After line, and I’d kind of expected it to be better.

    The story is all over the place. Ashley Pearce has been drawn to Ruby Hill Asylum for as long as she can remember. It’s an abandoned institute, once home of cruel experiments, torture and doctors who prefered hurting their patients over helping them. She works in a ghost hunting show, and as a gifted medium, has let tons of cases and ghost hunts.

    She’s not prepared to meet Corbin Malone however. Corbin is a cop, a born skeptic, and he’s reluctant about letting ghost hunters on the scene, even though the rest of the force thinks it’s their only chance, given how many people have died in Ruby Hill Asylum over the last few years, including Corbin’s own brother.

    Corbin and Ashley used to date, and that brings forth more complications than either of them can handle on the most stressful night of their lives.

    From the plot, you can probably gather that this book set up to be a complicated, intriguing read, and that it’s almost impossible to cover so much subject matter in a novella. You’d be right. It doesn’t work. Too much is thrown in, too many subplots are never investigated, and the story goes nowhere. The characters are as one-dimensional as they can get. Ashley is just there. If we get any emotions from here, than they’re told, not shown. Corbin has a little more emotional reaction, but even he remains dull and boring.

    It’s never explained why the asylum is haunted, or why these ghosts suddenly have the ability to actually kill people. There’s no atmosphere because the story is rushed, which makes this book about as scary as watching a Disney movie. The romance is unbelievable, and it’s incredibly rushed as well.

    I felt no connection to the story or characters, which was double dissapointing. First, because the story had a lot of potential – insane asylum, murders, ghost hunters, what could possibly go wrong? – and because this sounded like it would be right up my alley. I love gothic horror, and from the description, that’s what it would be.

    It ended up being a dull and boring read, and it was way too rushed to be intriguing. If they’d made this into a full-length novel, it probably would’ve been a lot better. As it stands now, I wouldn’t recommend it.

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  • Posted October 13, 2013

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    I don't know where to start. I don't think the writing is bad, j

    I don't know where to start. I don't think the writing is bad, just that this author isn't very good at writing very short novellas. Which I feel is very had to do. If the author had written a long story I think it would have been much better. I did like the characters for the small amour of time we spent with them. 




    I was given this ARC for a honest review.

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  • Posted October 13, 2013

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    I was pulled into this story right away just for the fact that i

    I was pulled into this story right away just for the fact that it was set at an asylum.  Just the word asylum evokes thoughts of despair, horror, torture, general creep factor.  Corbin was there to "babysit" some ghost chasers.  They thought that a ghost had been killing women at the asylum.  Skeptical Corbin doesn't believe that for a minute.  His night just keeps getting better when he discovers the paranormal investigator is his ex, Ashley.  When his brother died in the very same asylum months earlier, it drove a wedge between him and Ashley.




    During the next few hours he encounters the unexpected and at times questions his own eyes.  He discovers the victims all had ties to the asylum in some way, including his brother.  But Ashley also had ties to the asylum.  As it dawns on him that she may be the next victim, his skepticism starts to fade.




    This was a good little horror story, just right to start off October's readings.

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  • Posted October 11, 2013

    ***Received from Entangled Publishing for an honest review*** (T

    ***Received from Entangled Publishing for an honest review***
    (This is a short story/novella. This review is not based on story length but story content as length has very little to do with how much I enjoy a book.)

    I'm all for a good ghost story, but I'm 100% sold on an awesome ghost story. This was that kind of story.

    The demonic/poltergeist aspect of this story is what sets this apart from other ghostly tales I've read. It's rare that I come across a piece of fiction that includes this facet of the spiritual world. I love that Ms. Ballance included this and did so in amazing, chilling detail.

    While I enjoyed every heart-stopping ghostly moment in the asylum, I fell in absolute love with Corbin and Ashley. Their different beliefs regarding ghosts/spirits and their existence had always been a part of their relationship, but it was the death of Corbin's brother and his own harsh words to Ashley that ended their relationship. It was heartwarming to read how they reconcile their relationship, how Corbin comes to terms with Ashley's beliefs, and how he in turn ends up believing.

    A terrifically written paranormal that I will, for sure, read again.

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  • Posted October 9, 2013

    If you are a fan of the ghost hunting shows on television, then

    If you are a fan of the ghost hunting shows on television, then you will enjoy reading this short romance story.

    The hospital has been abandoned for decades, but there is something that has always drawn Ashley Pearce to Ruby Hill. When the local police department asks her to bring in her ghost hunting team to prove that the Lunatic Asylum is not haunted, she readily agrees. She did not expect to find out that her ex-boyfriend was the crime scene expert who was going to oversee their night locked in the building. 

    Corbin Malone blamed Ashley for the death of his brother, but he has not stopped loving her. Deep down he knows it was not her fault that his brother went to Ruby Hill alone. He does not want to be in the place where is brother died, especially with her. He knows she’ll never forgive him for blaming her and walking away while they were both grieving. When he learns that Ashley is the next target in a series of murders, he realizes there are more things to be afraid of than his own demons. 

    I received an e-ARC of this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2013

    I am a huge fan of anything paranormal I only gave this book 4 s

    I am a huge fan of anything paranormal I only gave this book 4 stars because it took me a while to get into the story otherwise it is a great read. It has a little bit of everything, a love gone awry due to unforeseeable circumstances, ghost, crazies and lover's reunited. It's a great quick thrill read that is for sure :)

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  • Posted October 7, 2013

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    From her earliest memories, Ashley Pearce has been drawn to Ruby

    From her earliest memories, Ashley Pearce has been drawn to Ruby Hill Lunatic Asylum, and she's not the only one. Decades after the abandoned hospital ended its institutional reign of torture and neglect, something lurks in the shadows. Since she’s a paranormal investigator, it's Ashley's job to find out what.

    Crime scene expert Corbin Malone doesn't believe in ghosts. A born skeptic, he has no interest in entertaining the hype surrounding the mysterious deaths at Ruby Hill, but he won't turn his back while more women die. He agrees to an overnight investigation, never expecting his first encounter would be with the woman he pushed away a year ago. But when he discovers Ashley is a target, he learns his greatest fear isn't living with his own demons, but losing her for good.

    Review:

    This was a quick read with two of my favorite things, scary stories and romance.

    I enjoyed this story one day on my lunch hour. For me I think it is hard to convey a story in so few words, but the author did a good job of setting the feel of the story. I liked the back story and anything set in an abandoned asylum automatically gets me on edge. I liked the two main characters and would have liked to get to know them better...again short story you cannot have everything you want.

    Not American Horror Story, but if you want a quick shot to get your blood pumping; then take a break and enjoy this story!

    3.5 stars

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  • Posted October 7, 2013

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    Ruby Hill is an asylum that has recently been the site of ¿myste

    Ruby Hill is an asylum that has recently been the site of “mysterious deaths”. Ashley and Corbin appear to have distant ties to the asylum and more recent romantic ties to each other. Something happened to end their relationship. Will they have a chance to re-build it or will Ruby Hill claim another victim?

    This is a novella (approximately 57 pages), so the characters and back story aren’t as fleshed out as they would be in a novel. I thought Ms. Ballance did a great job at letting us see the relationship between Ashley and Corbin and in explaining Ruby Hill. There were some scenes, well crafted, that created some unnerving visuals, but having said that, I didn’t find it to be too scary – just a really good ‘ghostly’ story!

    For this reader, there was the right blend of suspense, romance, and supernatural spookiness. I liked it and would recommend it; makes a nice addition to the Halloween list of favorites for me.

    Rating: 4.5

    Heat Rating: None

    Reviewed by: Karen C

    Courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

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  • Posted October 6, 2013

    I read this short story about Ruby Hill. There is a short back g

    I read this short story about Ruby Hill. There is a short back ground in the beginning of the book and then you jump right into the story. The main characters,Ashley and Corbin, have a romantic history but due to Corbins' brother dying they were no longer speaking. There is short romance both characters, but just not a lot of passion. As for the ghosts and fear factor of the book it was excellent. The descriptions of the asylum were great and definitely parts of the books made me look over my shoulder.

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  • Posted October 6, 2013

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    Crime scene investigator and skeptic Corbin Mallone resents the

    Crime scene investigator and skeptic Corbin Mallone resents the fact that his boss has tricked him into spending the night babysitting a group of paranormal investigators at Ruby Hill asylum, the scene of his own brother's death six months earlier. Real murders have been committed there of late, and in his opinion the ghost hunters are only going to pollute the crime scene. Then he finds out that his ex-girlfriend is leading the paranormal team, and his day gets infinitely worse.




    Ruby Hill is in Ashley Pearce's blood. Her grandmother served as a nurse there, and even died of a heart attack on the premises. Her great-grandfather was its founder and first head administrator. She's not afraid of the old asylum's ghosts, but its human history has long been a source of unease. Though she and Corbin were polar opposites on the paranormal front, it had never mattered where their relationship was concerned. Their connection had been deep and lasting--at least it hsd been, up until Corbin's brother's untimely death within its walls.




    Now they're both back at the place where their relationship ended. And they're definitely not alone....




    Ruby Hill by Sarah Ballance was deliciously creepy. I loved every spooky minute of it, and was darn glad to be reading it during the glaring light of day. I might, however, re-read it some night in the not-so distant future, in honor of the season. It's the perfect length for a late night impulse read.




    The romance was nicely done here. Somehow, even though it was less than sixty pages long, Ruby Hill felt like a complete story in a way that many novellas fail to achieve. Just enough of Ashley and Corbin's past relationship is revealed to inform the reader without it turning into an info dump. Their return to each other is handled well, and the story has just the right amount of steam in it.




    All in all, this was a satisfying read. I'll definitely be looking for more from this author. B+ rating.




    I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Posted October 5, 2013

    I loved this Novella! It had all the spook factors needed to kee

    I loved this Novella! It had all the spook factors needed to keep me on the edge of my seat. The characters were amazing and fit very well together. Definitely recommend reading this one, especially with Halloween being right around the corner. I received an ARC from the publisher for an honest review.  

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  • Posted October 4, 2013

    Creeptastic! This book was creepy with a capital C. You could p

    Creeptastic!

    This book was creepy with a capital C. You could pretty much tell from the start that it would be - not every book opens with something like "Death had a flavor." Yep, that right there set the tone for the rest of the book.

    Corbin, jaded cop and cranky non-believer, is forced to work with his paranormal researcher ex-girlfriend Ashley as they spend the night in the abandoned institution where people seem to end up dead. A lot. Not necessarily the best place to try to repair a broken relationship, but I'm not complaining.

    Usually I like to talk characters and plot in my reviews - and Ruby Hill has no issues on either front - but to truly understand what was so absolutely creeptastic about this story, you have to read the descriptions of the building itself. Because that is where the true fear is built.

    **Quote** One last bend in the road, and Ruby Hill Asylum loomed. It had a way of doing that - looming - even washed in the fading sunlight. With a thick overgrowth of vines on the walls and an army of saplings standing at attention on the neglected lawn, nature had long marched to reclaim the facility. But despite the greenery, a sense of evil seethed.

    Not creepy enough? How about this.

    **Quote** Though the air boiled, inexplicable cold sluiced Corbin's spine. He glanced toward a window. Dusty and broken, it had a morbid effect on the sunshine attempting to filter through from outside where the world blazed deep orange. When he turned to shut the front door, he realized the darkness on the inside was far worse.

    Seriously, the building almost seemed alive and aggressive.

    I gave this book four stars. Perfectly scary and mysterious with a little second-chance romance thrown in for good measure. I loved it.

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  • Posted October 4, 2013

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    An Eerie Read

    The Novella, Ruby Hill by Sarah Ballance was a quick eerie read that’s just in time for Halloween. Police officers and paranormal investigators were sent to investigate the mysterious deaths of several victims found at the Ruby Hill Lunatic Asylum. Corbin is one of the police officers assigned to the team. The backstory was well-developed and it set the stage for what Corbin would have to face as he spent the night at Ruby Hill. As he faced the ghosts/demons from his past, the story was hair-raising. I never quite knew what event or supernatural entity to expect next as Corbin and Ashley rounded each bend in the asylum’s hallway, the same hallway in which his brother died. Although some scenes were perplexing, the overall story was spellbinding. I recommend Ruby Hill for adults who like paranormal romance novels that are both unnerving and mysterious. Rating 4/5 I received an E-ARC of Ruby Hill from the publisher in exchange for an honest review, thank you.

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  • Posted October 4, 2013

    A ghost story, a haunted hospital and a tragic death that breaks

    A ghost story, a haunted hospital and a tragic death that breaks up a couple....and learning to believe in ghosts and each other.. Interesting story

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2013

    I enjoyed this story it just wasn't what i was expecting. I had

    I enjoyed this story it just wasn't what i was expecting. I had expected more romance an though there was some it took a back seat to the ghost story, which i did enjoy the mystery of it but i got a bit confused toward the end.

    If spooky ghost storied are your thing then you will probably love this book.

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  • Posted October 3, 2013

    Ruby Hill by Sarah Ballance Ruby Hill. "In a hundred years

    Ruby Hill by Sarah Ballance

    Ruby Hill. "In a hundred years of operation, tens of thousands of residents called the asylum home. Most never left alive. Hundreds, dumped anonymously in unmarked graves never left at all."

    Corbin Malone is on assignment as a cop at Ruby Hill because there have been two recent murders in the long closed building. The press is calling it ghosts. "The media grabbed the story like rabid dogs, shredding and tearing the meat of the so-called facts until nothing was left but gristle and hyped-up gore." Ashely Pearce is part of an assigned paranormal team set up to debunk the myth of a ghost murdering people. 
    Corbin and Ashley had a history together that fell apart when his brother died. Now they have to work together to solve the mystery in the asylum.

    Terrifying. Intense. Brilliant descriptive writing as quoted above. This short story grabbed me and had me turning on extra lights and turning on some music just for company. I hope I don't have nightmares tonight! 

    I received a copy of this novella from the publisher.

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  • Posted October 2, 2013

    Corbin Malone is a cop assigned to babysit a crime scene and a b

    Corbin Malone is a cop assigned to babysit a crime scene and a bunch of ghost hunters, at an abandon insane asylum, Ruby Hill, which also happens to be the place his brother had died.
    He doesn’t believe in ghosts and thinks the whole thing is ridiculous. But the public has attributed the mysterious deaths to a “phantom killer”, so they brought in the ghost hunters to prove there is no such things as ghosts.
    Ashley Pearce is a ghost hunter and Corbin’s ex. She has her own reasons for being at Ruby Hill, but Corbin isn’t happy to see her.
    Together they not only discover Ghost exist, but they can be deadly.

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  • Posted October 2, 2013

    I really enjoyed reading this short story, but like others who

    I really enjoyed reading this short story, but like others who reviewed, I felt that it should have been a novel to include the back story of the two main characters. I didn't quite get their past relationship. However, it was nice and spooky, just like I enjoy my reads. The writing was top notch and I liked the characters...if it was a novel, I'd probably give it 5 stars.

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  • Posted October 1, 2013

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    This is a short story with romance, suspense, ghosts and a spook

    This is a short story with romance, suspense, ghosts and a spooky insane asylum.
    Ashley is a paranormal investigator and she is asked to investigate the Ruby Hill Asylum.  Corbin is a detective investigating two murders that occurred at the asylum.  The two have a painful past that they have to put aside, if they want to stay alive.
    This story has plenty of spine chilling spooky events and intrigue to keep the reader entertained throughout this story. But I felt that it lacked some details that could have made it better.
    I liked the romantic conclusion to the story.  I really wish the author had made this a longer story, because I love the plot and characters.  It is still a great ghost story that could be shared with friends around a camp fire, especially on Halloween.

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