by Shiloh Walker

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Ruined 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I can’t believe I didn’t know about it or the series sooner. Awesome!
SJCReviews More than 1 year ago
A short but an enjoyable read in the series. Sebastian Barnes has always been the golden boy of the Barnes family. Seb is a respected actor in Hollywood who is missing one thing, a relationship with Marin Lassister. Sebastian has had a crush on Marin, an old family friend, since he was child. When he decides to make a move, Marin turns him down flat, explaining that she is looking for a serious relationship and that Seb has not shown he is willing to work for a stable commitment. This is when the book takes a turn - Seb had been in relationship with a women in his early 20's. Her current abusive husband comes after Seb after she ends it, and viciously attack both her and Sebastian. She dies and Sebastian has to learn how to live with survivors guilt and a disfiguring scar. This plot turn seemingly comes out of nowhere and changes the tone of the book from light and fluffy to tale of guilt and redemption, which Walker does handle well. Marin, who does care Sebastian despite turning him down earlier, coaxes and bullies him out of his depression and into working again. Marin is an interesting character but the book lives and dies with the portrayal of Sebastian and Walker once again does a good job in going deep into his insecurities and motivations. I did like this story and will probably read it again but there were some plots twists, the attack and an out of nowhere baby that pulled me out of the story and cause me to lower the grade. I've read the others in the series but this title really works as a standalone. I would recommend it for a rainy day when you are looking for something to read.
Maria-Rose More than 1 year ago
Shiloh Walker has come up with another entertaining and emotional romance in her Barnes Brothers series with Ruined in which Sebastian the golden boy of Hollywood gets to play the hero - in a way he never expected. While he's had a crush on Marin,a close friend of his older brother (and a fellow actress he enjoys working with) for years, she's been careful to stay clear of anything intimate with him, his easy playboy ways not what she's looking for in a partner. But when Sebastian's ex-girlfriend comes for a visit and ends up dead, with Sebastian having taken the knife from her abusive lover and killed him with it in turn, the physical scars he's left with are no match for the emotional ones. Through his year of recovery from the trauma, Marin stands by him and is the only friend who he can countenance being around. With alcohol a complement to his pity party, his memories of some of what happens when she is around are fuzzy. But when the alcoholic fog clears, and he sets his sights on the future, he knows what he wants - and it's Marin. But will his efforts be too little, too late? Despite the traumatic nature of the attack that Sebastian is involved in, the overall story while being emotional at heart doesn't descend into too much angst. Sebastian is definitely within his rights to struggle with what happened, especially when he is confronted by it in the mirror every day - his physical good looks are ruined by the scar on his face. As the attack takes place fairly early in the story, the majority of the plot deals with the aftermath, and the relationship he has with Marin. From friends to lovers, their relationship is complex and fraught with memories and dreams. They've both secretly lusted after each other but neither made a move to change that, until Sebastian's injury changed his view of the future. I like the way the story progresses, the steamy scenes between the two of the them as they struggle to figure out just what their relationship is, and how Sebastian becomes a man of much more depth than seen at the beginning of the story. There are a few scenes of misunderstandings and miscommunication that were sometimes frustrating for me as a reader and at times I wanted to give Marin and Sebastian a little corner time to talk things through. But overall I really enjoy them as a couple. Plus, it is nice to see an older woman/younger man romance in a Hollywood type story. Ruined is a solid addition to the Barnes Brothers series.
TammyS32 More than 1 year ago
This is a great story lots of emotion and drama. Sebastien is the Hollywood golden boy loving life and having fun until one night changes everything. Marin and Sebastien have been friends since they were kids but are in different places she wants a future, he wants fun. After they attack she is the only person he lets in, can Marin show him he is more than just the scars on his face? So emotional and the chemistry between Marin and Sebastien is great. The sex is steamy and I loved the story. Great Read!
PennieM More than 1 year ago
Sebastien and Marin have been in each other's lives for many years and he has loved her just as long. After a life changing event that leaves him scarred and withdrawn, Marin is the only one he wants around and now they are having a baby even if he doesn't remember making it. Drinking is a problem and he has not drank since that night. This is a fun book with a lot of twists and turns and I love Dash! **Received this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
RUINED is the fourth installment in Shiloh Walker’s contemporary, adult BARNES BROTHERS erotic, romance series focusing on the Barnes brothers. This is actors Sebastien Barnes and Marin Lassiter’s story line. RUINED can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from previous story lines is revealed where necessary. Told from dual third person perspectives (Sebastien and Marin) RUINED is a friends to lovers romance wherein our couple have been in love with one another for years but Marin is seven years Sebastien’s senior and ready to settle down; Sebastien has a reputation as a playboy and isn’t looking for anything but a good time. When an attack against Sebastien’s ex leaves our hero scarred both inside and out, he walks away from his career, leaving family and friends in the dust. The only person Sebastien is willing to acknowledge is the woman he has loved from afar but their last encounter before the attack was met with rejection, and Sebastien isn’t ready to face the world or the woman who broke his heart. What ensues is Sebastien’s year long struggle with guilt and remorse, and Marin’s battle with her heart - a drunken one –night stand is about to change their lives forever. All of the previous couples play secondary and supporting roles including the Barnes parental units who are heartbroken at their youngest son’s inability to move forward and let go of the past. The world building continues to focus on family and friendship; love and loss. The premise is dramatic and intense; the characters are emotional and passionate; the romance is fated but struggles with personal guilt, personal trauma, and misunderstanding.
ButtonsMom2003 More than 1 year ago
Heartbreaking, heartwarming, I loved it! Ruined is the fourth book in the Barnes Brothers series but it can be read as a stand-alone. Characters from the first three books appear in this one and, while I didn’t really feel like I missed anything that I needed while reading this one, I can’t wait to go read the other books in this series. I haven’t read any other books by Shiloh Walker and now I’m wondering why. Ruined was both heartbreaking and heartwarming and I loved it. If you’ve read the book’s blurb you know that the Hero, Sebastien (Seb) Barnes, is injured when he comes to the aid of a woman being attacked. But the blurb doesn’t really say too much about Marin Lassiter. Marin has known Seb forever; since he was in diapers. His parents are like a second mom and dad and his brothers are her brothers – but not Seb; she’s never had brotherly feelings for him. Marin is older than Seb so she finds her feelings for him a bit disconcerting. After the attack Seb crawls into a bottle and won’t talk to or see anyone except Marin. I alternated between wanting to knock him in the head and wanting to hug him until his pain disappeared. Marin is a very likeable character and way too good of an actress around Seb. I wanted to scream at her a couple of times – just tell him how you feel! Once again I’ve read a wonderful book that had my emotions all over the place – in a good way. Shiloh Walker has a way with words that kept me glued to my ereader until it nearly fell out of my hands at 4:00 a.m. It was the first thing I grabbed when I woke up (after only about 5 hours) so I could finish reading the story. There were characters in this book that I really want to know more about so I will be reading the first three books soon and even though Dash Harlow isn’t a Barnes brother I really hope he gets a book at some point. Are you listening, Ms. Walker. ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my review. Reviewed for ***** Xtreme-Delusions *****.
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