In Ruins

In Ruins

by Danielle Pearl

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She wanted to start again. To be someone--anyone--different . . .

Freedom. When Carleigh Stanger thought of college, that was the word that came to mind. Freedom from her unhappy home life. Freedom from high school mistakes. Freedom from the memory of that terrible morning. Only instead of bringing a sweet escape, Carleigh's first campus party traps her in the scornful gaze of the last person she wants to see, Tucker Green.

It wasn't long ago that being close to Carleigh was everything Tucker wanted. But that was before he realized she was just another scheming girl who'd do whatever it took to get her way. Even lie to the guy she claimed to love. Unfortunately while Tucker's brain remembers the pain Carleigh caused, his body only remembers the pleasure . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455568345
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 10/04/2016
Series: Something More , #1
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 192,131
File size: 634 KB

About the Author

Danielle Pearl is the bestselling author of the Something More series. She lives in New Jersey with her three delicious children and ever-supportive husband, who---luckily---doesn't mind sharing her with an array of fictional men. She did a brief stint at Boston University and worked in marketing before publishing her debut novel, Normal. She writes mature Young Adult and New Adult contemporary romance. Danielle enjoys coffee, wine, and cupcakes, and not in moderation.

To learn more, visit: @danipearlauthor

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In Ruins 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved Normal and was pleasantly surprised with this book. This is not just a sequel. It is its own story and can be read as a standalone.
ethan golan More than 1 year ago
Best New Adult I've read in years. College romance felt a little overdone at one point, and then authors seemed to veer away from it and into everything else, until everything else started to feel overdone as well(mc, dark, stepbrother, billionaire, and so on an on). But a great book is a great book, regardless of the subgenre or trope an In Ruins by Danielle Pearl is a great book. I read this author's indie books Normal, recap and Okay, and I'll never forget how they left me ruined for days. How appropriate that her next book would be called In Ruins! This book was Carleigh and Tucker's story, who are the main character's best friends from Normal, though In Ruins was obviously written as standalone. I don't want to give away any spoilers. I highly suggest you just go in blind to be honest. Just open the book and start reading, trust me. You'll fall in love with Carleigh and Tucker's past and you'll fall in love with them all over again in the present. Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow. Just wow! This book makes you laugh, makes you cry, keeps you on the edge of your seat, and makes you wish you had your very own Tucker! Another fantastic book! Can't wait for Beth's story!
Reads-By-Rose-Book-Blog More than 1 year ago
Tucker- oh my god. TUCKER. If this was the first book in the series I seriously cannot wait for what is to come. To put it simply, it was amazing. so good. so TUCKING good, you guys. It has so much angst that I was constantly on the edge of my seat. I loved how it wasn’t a love/hate story. it was more of a i-hate-that-i-love-you-this-much kind of story. I read it in one day and there was no way in hell I was going see that twist at the end coming. I saw something coming but holy hell that was definitely not it. All I could think of was how accurate the name of this book was considering the fact that I was indeed- IN RUINS. I just really loved this book. I loved the authors writing style, I loved the characters, I loved the love between them- i just loved everything. I could go back and reread it right now. There was nothing that I would have changed. I can’t wait to see what happens next! *Disclaimer: A Review Copy was kindly was provided to Reads By Rose by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. My reviews will always remain truthful, unbiased and respectful.
Musings_of_Madjy More than 1 year ago
*4.5 Stars Rounded Up This is a truly excellent second-chance romance! Tucker and Carleigh are freshman just starting college after very recently breaking up. Carleigh shoulders basically all of the guilt, but tries to push through it and enjoy the "typical college experience." Tucker is a lacrosse player (off-season for this story, so there are only a few sports references) with a jealous streak, who is also trying to move on from what he feels was a betrayal. And that's about as much as I'm going to tell you because everything in this is unraveled expertly from the first page, using a mix of flashbacks and explanations from Tuck and Carl. There are several twists and turns as we get the bigger picture of the very tangled web that was actually *not* woven by our two leads. I did have an inkling or two about some of the twists, but very few were immediately obvious and this turned out to be much more thoughtful and suspenseful than I had expected! I really did thoroughly enjoy how their relationship and breakup were revealed, slowly and in chunks. It made me a bit sad for them at first, seeing how close they had been and how sweetly things came together for them before they blew up! Both of their feelings and actions as they are dealing with the aftermath of their breakup felt spot-on. This is set on a college campus and I definitely got an excellent sense of their college life and it felt very authentic. There is a good amount of discussion woven in about sexual assault, date rape, and how important blatant consent is, including an interesting angle of getting that message across. This book sells that message incredibly well on multiple levels and I think it's perfect and incredibly relevant for a New Adult book. Besides the undeniable connection these two have, there is also some sizzling hot chemistry and a variety of both sweet sex scenes, "angry" "hate" sex scenes, and many in-between. There is no denying that these two are burn-down-the-house HOT together!! I would highly recommend this to fans of the New Adult Romance genre!
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mrsdiddy More than 1 year ago
An emotional rollercoaster of secrets and lies, In Ruins had me fanning myself, laughing, crying and swooning. Tucker and Carleigh have such an intense pull between them it will suck you in, spin you around and spit you back out. Then soothe the hurt with a perfect HEA. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
xxBianca More than 1 year ago
Carleigh (Carl) Stanger is looking for a new beginning. Freedom. That is what college will bring. She can start over. No longer carry the heavy baggage she once did in high school. This is until one night at a party she sets her eyes on the man who was once the love of her life, Tucker Green. He doesn’t look happy to see her. He looks disappointed. Disgusted. And all the pain and their past comes rushing back with what she did. But there’s also something in his eyes that she will never forget. The way they still spoke to her heart. Yet, Carl can’t believe she is looking into the eyes of the man who simply let her go. “Because I didn’t know then that he could do something worse than end us. That he could erase us.” Carl and Tucker find it impossible to ignore each other on campus. So they simply exist, at times ignoring each other even while in the same room. Their circumstances keep them apart. Can they ever go back to what they once were? Is friendship even an option? Their emotions are still so raw. There are battle wounds there that are not healed. Their deep connection? Now severed. There were words exchanged that cut each other deep. And the love for each other? In ruins. But their love still remains. It still stands. What will it take for that love to come to light? “That’s what Tucker is. He is light in darkness.” Tucker Green. His love protects. And you feel it the moment the first time he sees Carl since their devastating breakup. Despite the lies, the heartbreak, and the unspoken truths, their love is palpable. Your heart will ache for them. And the time they have lost. Their unwavering current of love is inspiring. Transcending. Consuming. Absolute. Their earth shattering love story will annihilate your heart yet slowly piece it back together. The writing is absolutely flawless in its delivery and captivating in it’s execution. I was consumed from the very last page and did not put the book down until the very last. The author inherently and masterfully weaves a touching story about two people with an unequivocal and powerful connection that were ripped apart because of secrets and uncovered truths. With her unparalleled talent, Ms. Pearl has this innate ability to deliver riveting and vivid scenes. This was highlighted as she effortlessly placed readers between past and present with dual POVs. In Ruins is a powerful and astoundingly moving story that simply defies everything you ever felt about getting a second chance at love. Carl and Tucker battle a lot of their own demons, but it is their love that will make your heart race. This is no cookie cutter love story. It will leave you speechless as you are placed within the pages. The courage to love again is compelling. The perseverance of their love will inspire you. Their pure unadulterated love will make you weep, smile, and promise to never doubt what love can truly endure. The author is authentic in her approach to showing that love is more about loving someone through darkness rather than loving them in the light. She is skillful in how she tackles relevant themes in this book. Emotional, gripping, and brilliantly written, In Ruins easily holds a spot as one of my top reads this year.
iheartyabooks More than 1 year ago
The Something More series is one of my favorite companion novel series. Danielle Pearl is an absolutely amazing storyteller. I have never read a book by Pearl that, once I start reading, I’m unable to put the book down. And Pearl has done it again with Carleigh and Tucker's story. I met Carl and Tuck in the first books, which is Rory and Sam's story. Even though I only got glimpses of them, the tension between these two was intense, and I knew that Carl and Tuck's romance was going to be an extremely emotional read. And yes, I was so right. Carleigh is ready to go to college to find freedom from her family's past, but she’s also trying to escape a broken heart. That escape is going to be impossible when the one who caused the broken heart to begin with is going to be with her at the same college. Tucker Green, the boy she has loved her whole life, and the one she thought would be her forever. Tuck has wanted Carl forever also, but when he finally got her, the girl he loved and thought was his forever shattered him after he discovered the secret Carl was hiding. Tuck wants to be done with Carl, but she's at the same college and every time Tuck sees her, he can't deny he still wants his beautiful princess. Tuck and Carl's hate to love romance tore my heart to pieces with so much emotional hurt and pain between these two. In Ruins is definitely a true title for Tucker and Carleigh's love story. If you haven't been reading the Something More series by Danielle Pearl, then you're missing out on one of the most awesome New Adult series on the market. In Ruins is a so must, must read, along with the other books in Something more series.
Debby43 More than 1 year ago
This book is New Adult Romance, it is a second chance at love story. I'm a such a sucker for second chance love stories. In Ruins follows Tucker and Carleigh from high school sweet hearts into college enemies. Of course since they were in love in HS they planned on attending the same college. You can tell right off the bat that they will be bumping into each other a lot through college. Let's start with Tucker... while I get where his anger is coming from he's a little to possessive for an ex. He obviously still loves Carl but doesn't know what to do with those feelings since he broke up with her. Tucker doesn't seem like he would be an in depth emotional character, but when you get to see the flash backs of the relationship throughout the book you become more attached to both of them. Tucker is trying to move on from Carl but she is constantly put into his orbit and now they have to do a class project together. I loved the relationship between not only Carl and Tucker, but Tucker and Cap his best friend. It goes to show how men can rely on each other through thick and thin. Basically if you need help just call no questions asked. Carliegh was a great character... while you get to see she lives in a great mansion and could want for nothing she actually wants a lot. What she wants you can't buy and that is a united family unit. Her mom is always jet setting, her dad is away, and her brother has outgrown looking up to his sister. I really admired how Carl just stepped up to the plate for her younger brother. In the flashbacks you can see that Carl's friends are her family. Carleigh would bend over backwards to help anyone, including the man who hates her... Tucker. She can't blame him for the rage he feels towards her. After all she is the one who ruined their relationship. However as Carl begins to experience college life she realizes that Tucker is being unfair to her as a person. I love how towards the end of the book she starts standing up for herself. Overall I really felt for these characters and loved the writing. Why the three stars you ask then?? The only couple things that really bugged me were unrealistic expectations of steamy scenes. Don't get me wrong steamy scenes in books can be very realistic but most teenagers don't understand the female anatomy the way that it was portrayed in this book. I get it, it's fiction so it bothered me but not enough to put me off continue reading it. Also I felt the end was a bit rushed, a lot happened in the last couple chapters that was just like .. what.. just...happened...and...why??? This book is a spin off of Danielle Pearl's previous YA novels. So if you have read the YA novels I assume Carl and Tucker are in there. However since I did not read the previous books I would like to say that I did not feel left out at all. Most of the background story was covered without being overwhelming. Also even though this is a NA novel I felt it was a little bit more steamy than the normal NA novels.