Ruin

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I'm not your typical girl. I've been running away from the memories that haunt me for so long that the shroud of depression has become my only comfort. Ignorant, I was content in the darkness... until Wes Michels offered to be my light.

I didn't know that time wasn't my ally, that every second that ticked pass was one closer to the end of something that was starting to mean the end of myself. He tried to warn me and promised me what he was able...

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Overview

I'm not your typical girl. I've been running away from the memories that haunt me for so long that the shroud of depression has become my only comfort. Ignorant, I was content in the darkness... until Wes Michels offered to be my light.

I didn't know that time wasn't my ally, that every second that ticked pass was one closer to the end of something that was starting to mean the end of myself. He tried to warn me and promised me what he was able to offer, each moment as it came, but it would never be enough.

Sometimes you have to laugh to keep from crying. And when you think it's the end, the final curtain, sometimes that's only the beginning. Wes thought he could save me, but in giving me everything, he ruined me. Because after one kiss, one touch, I couldn't... I wouldn't ever be the same. And from that moment on, his heartbeat became my own.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781492121169
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/11/2013
  • Pages: 250
  • Sales rank: 202,816
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Meet the Author

Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she's not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor.
She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband and their snoring Boxer, Sir Winston Churchill. She loves to hear from readers! You can follow her writing journey at www.rachelvandykenauthor.com
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2013

    Rachel Van Dyken, you have rendered me speechless, for the umpte

    Rachel Van Dyken, you have rendered me speechless, for the umpteenth time. My brain cannot process how you continue to deliver such incredible stories in such short periods of time, but trust me, I am thanking the good lord that he blessed you with this amazing talent.

    RUIN had me on an emotional roller coaster, one minute I was swooning and the next I was biting my nails off trying to guess what was going to happen next. This story beautifully depicts how two complete strangers can change each others lives forever. Kiersten is by no means looking for Wes when she finds him and I think that makes it all the more exciting. They both find each other when they are least looking for a companion and because of that they are able to build a friendship that blossoms into an amazing love story.

    The love, dedication and willingness to fight for one another had me rooting for Kiersten and Wes from the very beginning. I can promise anyone who reads this book that you will fall absolutely in love with it and not be able to put it down until you are finished; and even after that you’ll be picking it up to re-read over and over again.

    As always Rachel, your work never ceases to amaze me.

    I received an ARC of this book in return for an honest review - and will still be purchasing a copy when it releases on the 12th!

    12 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 14, 2013

    AMAZING!!!  You will be happy you read this book!!! Ruin wasn't

    AMAZING!!!  You will be happy you read this book!!!

    Ruin wasn't what I expected, it was better! It is a story that I didn't foresee, a topic I didn't think could be tackled, and a journey I didn't want to end. Ruin is raw; pure raw emotion. You will cry, your breathing will hitch, you will tell yourself 'this can't be happening' over and over again -- and you will continue to read because this story is powerful and has the ability to change you -- change your outlook on life, on love, on time. I feel blessed to have read this book (yes I just said 'blessed' in a book review). Ultimately Wes and Kiersten's story will become a movie in your mind as you experience it first-hand. Gabe and Lisa will become your friends too because this story feels real. Wes, Kiersten, Gabe and Lisa show what true friendship and love it all about. Because you never know what hand life will deal you, only you can decide what to do with the hand you are dealt. Ruin is heart-wrenching, packs an emotional punch (or two) and takes you on a journey you never thought you would take. Words honestly cannot describe how incredible this novel is. Ruin spans multiple genres because this inspiring novel will bring even the harshest critic to tears.
    "Do it afraid." ~Wes
    "...we'll keep our own time." ~Kiersten
    I received a copy of this book for free.  This is my honest review.

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 27, 2013

    This story is ok but definitely not what I was expecting, should

    This story is ok but definitely not what I was expecting, should be listed as a Christian Fiction/ Romance. I'm not saying I didn't like the story but as a non-religious person all of the references of God were a little much.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2013

    Anonymous

    This book brought me to tears and laughter many times. I honestly believe this is the best book I've read all summmer. The characters are so inspiring more so than my normal read. The author did an amazing job with this book and I know for the next week this book will be on my mind only in a way a life changing book can be which is actually inspiring me to be better and always tell your loved ones you love them. Thank you so much for this book!

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2013

    Save your money and time

    Dumb. No depth to characters from beginning to end. Cant believe so many gave this five stars.

    5 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2013

    I liked the book overall, however, to me it seems the author swi

    I liked the book overall, however, to me it seems the author switched writing syles or genres toward the end. It was worth the few dollars I paid for it. It did draw your emotions, but I was a tad bit let down toward the end and the way the author wrapped up the book. Again, it was a decent book, but I was wish the author would not have ended the book so abruptly or in such a way that did not fit with the how the story flowed throughout most of the book.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2013

    Wow!! Fantastic book. Emotional and beautiful story. Outstanding

    Wow!! Fantastic book. Emotional and beautiful story. Outstanding job by Rachel Van Dyken.

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2013

    Where do I even begin, This is such an amazing story. Have the t

    Where do I even begin, This is such an amazing story. Have the tissues ready and you wont be sorry!

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2013

    I have no idea why this book is rated 4.5.  The plot is extremel

    I have no idea why this book is rated 4.5.  The plot is extremely shallow, so I never felt connected with any of the characters.  Also, towards the end I felt like all of the religious references were a bit much.   

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 26, 2013

    Mmmmm.....no.  People, this is not a 5 star book.  Way too many

    Mmmmm.....no.  People, this is not a 5 star book.  Way too many loose ends, implausible medical story, weak ending.  Why did Wes 's old girlfriend make up that lie?  Why can the child of cave divers not swim?  How can she then  just learn in an hour?  Not funny, not smart, not anything.  Have some better standards before you review please!

    4 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2013

    Beautiful Story

    I bought this book only because it was $0.99. I had just finished a book earlier that day and thought nothing could compare to the one I had just finished. I bought this book after reading a few great reviews. I finished it in just a couple days. I have to say- this is the best book I've ever read. I was laughing, crying, falling in love with the characters, and stayed on my toes wondering what would happen next. This is an amazing story about living life, falling in love when you least expect it, and making friends that will be with you for a lifetime. I recommend this book to everyone. It is definitely a must-read!!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2013

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    Recommend!

    Awesome book for anyone...we all struggle with illness, death, loved ones who we never wish to let go of... This story simplifies & prioritizes the most important part of our lives...time. I lived & loved & shared those precious moments with each character. Embracing with a grateful heart!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2013

    Inspiring

    I recommend this book to everyone. Its a beautiful story full of hope and inspiration. Meaningful. Read it! You wont regret it!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2013

    Moving, Engaging, A GOOD Read

    Unexpectedly captivating in its intensity. Characters so real with lives so eevery day ordinary that all you want for them is a happy ending.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2013

    Really enjoyed this - would love a story about Gabe!

    Really enjoyed this - would love a story about Gabe!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2013

    Perfect

    So when I read books, I never feel any emotion.... but holy crap I did with this one. I cried so hard at some parts of the book and laughed at others. I totally recommend this book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2013

    Oh my goodness!!! I have so many good books and loved them all !!! Yet this is my favorite one yet!! I love the Wolf and the Lamb !!! So heart touching and such a special love!!! It is a must read!!!!

    Well get your tissues reading cause your going to need them!!! I laughed alot and then i cried alot!!! Such a great book!!! I love the Wolf ,and the Lamb!!! Well all the characters were awesome!!! A hard book to put down!! It just touches your heart!!! I had to give it 5 Stars!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2013

    Amazing!

    I could not put this sob-inducing book down! I am speechless. So well written and moving. Just WOW!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2013

    Loved

    I have read close to 200 books this year, this one was one of my faves.. the ending was to quick.. that was my only real complaint.. have tissues ready.. this one will bring the water works.. ;)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2013

    Amazing

    When an author can ring such deeply felt emotions out of a multitude of readers, you know there is something special going on. I have read and enjoyed a few books by this author and while I did thoroughly enjoy them, this feels like her finest work yet. Yes, you have to get past some minor editing issues but I promise it is worth it. Read this book. It will change you.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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