RUIN YOU

RUIN YOU

by Molly O'Keefe

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BN ID: 2940155041238
Publisher: Molly O'Keefe
Publication date: 11/07/2017
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 155,606
File size: 396 KB

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RUIN YOU 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
RUIN YOU is the third full-length instalment in Molly O’Keefe’s contemporary, adult THE DEBT dark, romance series focusing on a group of former teens thrown together in the foster/ juvenile system of San Francisco, California (more specifically the St. Jude’s Home for Court Place Juveniles) -Tommy, Beth, Simon, Rosa and Carissa. This is journalist Simon Malik, and chef Penny McConnell’s story line. RUIN YOU can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from the previous story lines is revealed where necessary with the inclusion of a prologue that reveals some of the background and events leading to the debt owed by Tommy, Simon and Carissa to the mysterious Mr. Bates. There is a FREE short story prologue available -THE DEBT. The same short story prologue is also contained at the beginning of Tommy and Beth’s story-Lost Without You. NOTE: RUIN YOU, like book one-Lost Without You- begins seven to eight years earlier in which we are witness to the horrific acts of violence perpetrated on five young souls who will be beaten and broken for any number of offenses deemed inappropriate or wrong. The introduction reveals five ‘young offenders’ destroyed by a sexually and physically abusive foster family, only to discover that freedom came at a cost- all debts must be repaid; anytime, anywhere, without question or fail. Told from dual first person perspectives (Simon and Penny) RUIN YOU begins eight years earlier as the reader is given a glimpse into Simon’s past and his first encounter with our story line heroine: the events leading to his incarceration in the juvenile offender’s system, and the fall out when Simon and his best friend Tommy (LOST WITHOUT YOU) took measures to ensure their foster family was no longer a threat to their safety and health. Fast forward to present day wherein Simon’s debt-the cost of his freedom-must be repaid. Enter Penny McConnell aka Tina Andreas, Simon’s target and the woman with whom our hero will fall in love. What ensues is the building relationship between Penny and Simon, and the fall out when Tina’s (Penny) father discovers the whereabouts of his long, lost daughter, and the truth about Simon’s mission is finally revealed. RUIN YOU is a story of second chances; of lies and betrayal; of romance and love. Penny McConnell is not who she professes to be but neither is Simon Malik who sets out to seduce the woman who may or may not have access to the information he so desperately wants. The relationship between Simon and Penny is one of immediate attraction and insta-lust but our heroine knows that to get involved would mean having to reveal the real person behind her professional façade. Simon’s undercover assignment follows a two-step plan in which retribution and revenge are a by-product of a debt repaid. The $ex scenes are limited but intimate, erotic and passionate without the use of over the top, sexually graphic language and text. RUIN YOU is a slow paced story; a sweet burn romance;with a conflict resolution that was over too quickly. Tommy and Beth (Lost Without You) make a cameo appearance, as well as the mysterious Mr. Bates, Carissa, Penny’s business partner Megan, and Tina’s father Dale Simpson. I suspect there is some history between Carissa and Bates; we learn a little more about Mr. Bates’ connection to the group home survivors.The premise is entertaining and engaging; the characters are charismatic and determined; the romance is fated.
LoriP123 More than 1 year ago
This is the third book in Molly O'Keefe's The Debt series and it will definitely keep you reading. Simon is going to get revenge finally after all of these years and the best way to get revenge is to use Penny and the secrets she knows about her father. Penny has been hiding and lying for years, but when she meets him at the opening of The Paintbrush Inn the attraction is immediate and intense. He makes her push the boundaries and break all of her rules. I was given an ARC from the author/publisher. All conclusions are mine and mine alone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a pleasant surprise!! This book sucked me in from the first page...great characters, a fantastic plot, just enough heat. It kept me up all night reading.
Shadowwolf36 More than 1 year ago
Ruin You by Molly O'Keefe is the third book set in The Debt world. It can be read as a standalone but if you are like me, after reading this one you will want to go back and read the earlier Debt series books. As I began to read "The Then", I was intrigued about how this story would go. So much tragedy to young people early on. I couldn't imagine what would come in "The Now" but I was so pleasantly surprised by how the book went from there. When all you eat, sleep and breath is REVENGE, is there ever a time that the need for it will mellow or leave you? And when you are saved from tragedy only to be told that some day many years from now, you will be forced to honor and pay a debt to the man who saved you, will you do so without question? Simon and Penny have both been through separate, although both tragic wringers in life. The one thing that drives them is revenge...perhaps against the same man. But will they do whatever it takes to get that revenge, even at the risk of losing yourself? and possible love? I love how this story unfolds and all I know is I want Bates story badly. One of my favorite quotes is: "If everything else around us is a lie, I will make this the truth. I will wring and squeeze it out of us until we're wrecked".
SweetSexyEscape More than 1 year ago
This was my first Molly O'Keefe book. While this book is a standalone, I can't help feeling like if I had read the other books that I might have been able to get into this book more. Simon’s life fell apart and he most definitely had a lot of reasons to seek revenge. But it all came crashing down with one rock. If his life wasn’t already bad enough that rock just turned his life upside down. Unthinkable things happen to him, but he manages to rise above and make something of himself. Until one day his past meets his future and he has to decide if revenge is most important. This book is full of lies and secrets and hope and forgiveness...if that is even possible. Check out this book and find out if Simon gets his revenge or his HEA.
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
Oh goodness, the intensity of this series... Simon's story! If you haven't read Tommy and Beth's (books 1 and 2--or even if you did, and you need a refresher...) that's not a problem here, since you (re-)learn all you need to know about the debt in the beginning. Tommy and Beth have small roles, but the focus is really on Simon and Penny. (And gosh darn it, we still don't know much about Rosa or Clarissa...or Bates, for that matter. Write fast, Ms. O'Keefe, please!) It was really hard to see how Simon and Penny could possibly work out for a while there--though oh, you really wanted them to!--and though Ms. O'Keefe does do an adequate job of bringing them together in the end. I personally thought Simon should have done a bit more to re-earn the trust he pretty much trampled in the dust during their relationship's black moment. Still, this one really kept me turning the pages, needing to know right now how everything could possibly get resolved and bring them to their much-needed HEA. Bring on Rosa! Clarissa! and Bates! :) Rating: 4 stars / A- I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
mamalovestoread22 More than 1 year ago
After enduring a troubling childhood Simon has grown to be a broken and vulnerable man riddled with many questions and an unwavering obsession for getting revenge... but something stands in his way... a very beautiful and unexpected something. The moment he comes face to face with Penny he can't help but fall for her a little, the chemistry they share is unmistakable, but she also represents a part of his past that causes him so much anger, and inviting her into his world could be dangerous and reckless. But she has the answers he needs, so he will surrender a little to get whatever he needs from her to bury her father and put an end to the past that has been haunting him all his life... The moment Penny's eyes land on Simon she feels the pull between them, and it scares the hell out of her, she has spent so many years trying to put her horrible past behind her, and blend into the new world she has created, but the pull between them tugs her out of the shadows and into the light. He is unlike any other man she has met, he makes her feels things she never knew were possible, but there is an air of mystery about him too. She has always been so guarded, out of necessity, but with him she feels like she can tell him anything, but doing so could cost her so much... Ruin You is an emotionally charged read that will have you hooked the moment your eyes land on the first page, it's such an amazing story. Between the pages of this read you will find moments that will break your heart, moments that will fill your heart with hope, and moments that will have your heart overflowing with love. This well crafted couple will take you on a unforgettable journey filled with many bumps, and unexpected pleasures, but somewhere along the way you will also see a rebirth of sorts, a time when they are finally able to let their pasts go and rediscover a life they never knew existed, and it is a really beautiful thing to witness. This was my first visit to this series, and after devouring this one, I am determined to make a return trip and meet the other characters I missed in the first two installments, if their stories are anything like this one, then I know I will absolutely love them! Highly recommend you get your hands on this read, it will wreck you in the best possible way!! I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this title.