Ruined: An Ethan Frost Novel

Ruined: An Ethan Frost Novel

by Tracy Wolff

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ISBN-13: 9780804179263
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/07/2014
Series: Ethan Frost , #1
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 52,649
File size: 6 MB

About the Author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Tracy Wolff wrote her first short story—something with a rainbow and a prince—in second grade, around the same time she forayed into the wonderful world of girls lit with her first Judy Blume novel. By ten she’d read everything in the young adult and classics sections of her local bookstore, so in desperation her mom started her on romance novels. And from the first page of the first book, Tracy knew she’d found her life-long love. A one-time English professor with over fifty novels to her name, she now devotes most of her time to writing romance and dreaming up heroes. She lives in Austin, Texas, with her family.

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Though it’s one o’clock, I’m still not very hungry—residual nervousness from my first day still has my stomach flipping a little—so I head over to the juice bar. A smoothie sounds about right for lunch today. It’s not too heavy, but it is substantial enough to get me through until dinner. Besides, the juice bar is the closest thing to me, and at this point, every step counts.

When I get there, there’s no line—everyone seems to be hanging at the pizza and Indian food stations today. There are two guys behind the counter, neither of whom seems in that big a rush to take my order. Which is fine, since I don’t know what I want yet anyway.

The menu’s not that extensive—eight different smoothies, and six different juices, including wheatgrass and beet, neither of which is high on my list of things to try—so it doesn’t take me long to make up my mind. And still neither guy tries to wait on me. I’m more intrigued than annoyed, though, especially since it looks like I’m not the only one who is new today. One of the guys is definitely instructing the other on the fine art of smoothie making, and he’s being very particular, talking about things like the proper juice-to-fruit ratio and how important it is to make sure that the frozen yogurt is just the right temperature. He even goes so far as to instruct him on exactly how many blueberries should go into the smoothie he’s making. It turns out thirty-eight is the right number. Not thirty-seven. Not thirty-nine. But thirty-eight.

Coming from another guy, the whole speech probably would have sounded jerky. But this guy is so passionate about smoothie making, so determined that it be exactly right, that he doesn’t sound jerky at all. Instead, he comes off like the Dalai Lama of blended-drink making. Patient, wise, omnipotent.

And the guy he’s talking to is hanging on his every syllable, like the words that fall from his lips are actually directions on how to reach nirvana. I’m amused despite myself, and am almost sorry to see the lesson end when the smoothie finally gets poured into two cups. Or I would be if the minutes of my lunch hour weren’t ticking rapidly away.

“Excuse me,” I say when it eventually becomes obvious that they’re both more than happy to stand around staring at the reddish blue smoothie in front of them for many moons to come. It’s like they’re both completely entranced by the drink, and I can’t help thinking that maybe Frost Industries doesn’t take their no-illegal-substance policy all that seriously. Because these guys have to be high on something, right? Otherwise a simple smoothie just wouldn’t be all that interesting. “I’m sorry to bother you, but I’m ready to order now.”

The trainer looks up at the sound of my voice, his dark blue eyes immediately zeroing in on mine. That’s when I realize he wasn’t as oblivious to my presence as I’d thought. He’d been testing me as surely as he’d been testing the other employee, waiting to see how each of us would handle the situation.

The knowledge gets my back up. It’s just a stupid drink, just a stupid little power play, but I don’t enjoy being manipulated. Even over something as ridiculous as a drink.

“No need to order,” he says, pressing a lid down onto one of the cups before sliding it across the counter at me.

“You can have this one. It’s the Ethan Special.”

“No, thank you.” I don’t even glance at the cup. “I’d prefer a Hawaiian Sunrise.”

“How do you know that’s what you’d prefer? You don’t even know what’s in the Ethan Special.”

Judging from his behavior, I’m thinking grass of the non-wheat variety. And since this is my first day, I’m not exactly prepared to risk it, no matter how hot he is. “I don’t have to know what’s in it to know that I’m in the mood for” —I glance back at the menu— “A refreshing blend of strawberries, bananas, pineapple juice, and orange sherbet. None of which appear to be in the drink you just made.”

“This drink has strawberries in it. Seven, to be exact.”

Thirty-eight blueberries and seven strawberries. Is this guy for real? There’s a part of me that’s intrigued despite myself, but I’m not about to let him see that. So I just look down my nose at him and answer, “One out of four ingredients is not what I would call a perfect match.”

“Is that important to you?” he asks, one dark eyebrow raised. “That things match up perfectly?”

Absolutely. I’m obsessive about it, really, making sure things fit exactly where they’re supposed to. Making sure the i’s are all dotted and the t’s are all crossed and the rules have all been followed. Tori calls me OCD, but it’s not like that. It’s not the routine of doing something a certain way that appeals to me. It’s the order of the end result that I crave, the knowledge that things are exactly as they should be.
 

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Ruined: An Ethan Frost Novel 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 197 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well the title is appropriate considerating all the plot spoilers revealing the entire story line while bragging how they got their book for free for their "honest" review. Bn, please put a stop to the obnoxious plot spoilers who think they have to tell every detail of the story. Not only them, but these kids who use the book review section as a chat room and a role play game room. Cant they all be banned? Isnt that a term of service violation?????
IngaKS More than 1 year ago
My review: I have to admit that I was little sceptical about Ruined. The reason behind it is, that there are tons of books where a rich CEO meets an ordinary girl, they fall in love, face issues and then suddenly you have a trilogy. But believe me, when I am saying that this book is different. I loved the writing style! It was funny, sexy and there is much more to the story than you think in the beginning. It was genuinely well-written and a total page turner. And what a cliffhanger at the end of the book!!! Honestly, I can't wait to the sequel! Plot: Chloe has her first day of the internship at Frost Industries when she meets a guy blending smoothies at the company cafeteria. Ethan is laid back and he seems to know a lot about his smoothies. You quickly find out that Ethan knows much more than just about the smoothies. He is a handsome CEO of the Frost Industries and finds himself being very intrigued about Chloe. Chloe has a dark past which she tries to forget and her past is the reason why she doesn't want to have anything to do with Ethan. But Ethan doesn't give up. He does all the right things to win Chloe's heart. There are some interesting twists and turns in Ruined and the plot is not as obvious as it seems. It's a romance, but also deals with some serious issues like abuse, betrayal and family relations. What I loved about it was, that even though the author and the characters are dealing with heavy topics, the book was not dark and tormented and that is mainly because the story is told by the point of view of Chloe. That brings us to the characters. Characters: Chloe does have a dark past, but she has moved forward by deciding that she wants to live a normal life. That is her biggest strength and that is what made for so lovable. Whatever has happened she has decided to make the best out of her life and I admired her for that. She is strong, feisty and her voice is adorable! Ethan is puzzled and intrigued by Chloe. Chloe is not opening up very easily and that darkens their relationship. Luckily Ethan does right with her and wins her trust. I loved Ethan, he was persistent and sweet and hot as hell. Generally: Ruined is a great start for Ethan Frost series. It is a page tuner which you can't put away. It has some hot romance, well developed characters and it is fun to read. I highly recommend it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ruined was a great story, and although I'm not a fan of open endings I was with this book because I knew there was a sequel, ADDICTED, coming in June. The sexual tension, emotion, light scenes, realism and sex all worked, never forced into the story and made me long for more. Maybe that's why the ending didn't bother me -- I wanted to spend more time with the characters and now I'll get to in the next book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is incredible and you won't be able to put it down... BUT it is the first in a series and you will be DEVASTATED when you get to the end and find that you have to wait until JUNE for the next one...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful story that I couldnt put down. The characters, storyline and realness of the book quickly pulled me in and held me throughout the story. I simply can not wait for the next in this series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't get the good reviews. Everything in this book is unrelatable. A CEO of a biomedical company with no background or experience in biomedical research (took me a PhD and several years of postdoc to get there). Let us not forget she is a summer intern who has not even graduated from college, yet is assigned the research for a major merger of the company... on day ONE! I know I am reading romance involving a billionaire and all the things that rarely happen in real life, but a good writer transports you into the story as if it was real. Even the sex scenes were unrelatable. This was just teenage drama in a supposedly adult world. The writing was poor and unengaging, with pages and pages describing this girl's mental backs and forths. Incredibly boring. I skimmed through the wordy paragraphs without missing any real content. I bought the second book already, so I am going to read it no matter what. But the plot is already predictable, so I don't have high expectations.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
## FABULOUS READ ! First let me say thank you to the reviewers that warned me this was a cliffhanger. I always appreciate that and thus waited for the conclusion to be released before I read this. Next, let me say a big FU to the lady that keeps griping about the plot spoilers in every book review I come across. She may not like it, but many of us readers do. I won't even buy a book unless there is a detailed review. If you don't like them, DON'T READ THEM. Simple. It's not rocket science! Finally....this book was tremendous! I couldn't put it down. It just captivated me. I found myself both smiling and tearing up. Wow, how refreshing that the hero wasn't an arrogant man-slut and that there wasn't a perfect Barbie-like ex out to destroy this couple. The hero and heroine had an amazing connection that you could feel jumping off each page. Man, Ethan was hot. Drool-worthy in fact. Yes, there is a cliffhanger but the conclusion is already available. Yes, like another reviewer remarked, there is some repetitiveness. HOWEVER, those are minor issues. LOVED IT.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
292 nook pages (260 actual pages to the story) of phenomenal reading and ends with a real cliffhanger. I can't wait for the sequel "Addicted" that is due out supposedly sometime in the summer of 2014.
SheBookBlogs More than 1 year ago
This is review is going to be to the point since I do not want to give anything away, but bottom line I liked the story, I liked the characters, I loved the cliffy. I liked the whole set up of the story.  I liked how the characters met.  The entire book kept my interests which has been hard to do lately. I cannot wait to read the sequel.  It was a great cliffy and I wonder how the characters are going to handle the new revolution.  Plus, I want to find out more about Ethan.  Even though he is a nice and very likable guy, he has some dark skeletons in his closet which I love for all hot rich heroes to have.  *wink* The story may have the typical rich guy meets sweet heroine, but this one was a little different in the sense of the heroine’s past.  I received an ARC of this book.  Whenever I get an ARC, I overlook the grammar and punctuation.  However, it is important that the publisher and author go back and rewrite certain chapters. There were a few chapters where the author did not make a distinction between two of the characters.  The books still needs major review in editing. A copy was provided by Random House Publishing Group – Loveswept.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book! I couldnt put it down. However I was upset at the end cause it totally leaves you hanging and the next book doesnt come out until June.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ruined is one of the best books ever. I can't wait for the next book. I read it in one day and loved getting into the pasts of both characters. No spoiler - just an honest review by an avid reader. It needs more than 5 stars. Tracy Wolff is a personal favorite of mine - a talented, imaginative writer that makes me want to quit my job and just read her books all the time.
Lisa-Lou More than 1 year ago
Ruined by Tracy Wolff is the first book in her Ethan Frost series. A steamy romance interwoven with a traumatic past and a promising future you will fall hard for these characters. Chloe Girard is a promising new intern at Frost Industries and is beyond excited about her new non-paying job. It's everything she ever wanted for her resumé and puts her one step closer to her Goal of being accepted into a prestigious law school. Ethan Frost is the owner, creator, and CEO of Frost Industries. He is approachable, hot, endearing and the second he lays eyes on Chloe he is beyond interested. When she gives as good as she gets at the smoothie bar he's hooked. The build up between these two is rapid and wonderful. It's instalove in a way that works so well for me as the author goes above and beyond to show the ways that they just "click" even when there are other forces pushing between them. Ends on a cliffhanger and is told from Chloe's POV only. An amazing read and thank goodness book two is out already ;-) Addicted.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Giggling my ass off before the end of the first chapter. And in a good way--like when the Disney princesses meet their prince charming but dont know it yet. That sounds corny, but read the sample and youll get what i mean. Its witty. Youll have to buy it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow! Fantastic book! I couldn't put this book down until I was finished! And now I have to start the next book now bc that ended with a bang! Great plot and great characters! Loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great read about how a girl with a troubled past works to see what the man of her dreams see the first moment he sees her, despite the fact he owns the company she is interning at. I loved this story so much I prerecorded the second book moments after finishing this one
KittyKelly28 More than 1 year ago
As posted on The Smutty Kitty reviewed by KittyKelly 3 out of 5 Licks Let's start by saying this book ends in a cliffhanger! While overall I did wind up enjoying the book, had I known the ending would be a cliffhanger I wouldn't have read it yet. Luckily for you book 2 comes out soon (July) so you won't have to wait long. As you can tell from the synopsis above the book is in first person. It tends to be much harder for me to get lost in a book that is in first person, especially since the entire book is all from Chloe's POV. Ethan and Chloe move a lot faster than I prefer my couples who don't know each other to move but I could see how having such an intelligent, attractive, and rich man fawning all over you could make you fall head over heels quickly. The connection between them strong and I was really getting into the book. Until we got closer to the end. That's when I could tell we weren't going to get resolution by the end. I really do not like cliffhangers. lol That being said it is worth a read. I am anxious to read the next one. I saw it coming, but I still want to know how this plays out!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I cannot wait for the next book. I thought this one started off just a bit slow, but picked up as she finally made it to her 1st days at work. Ethan seemed innocent and all so perfect and then the twist comes...and book ends. I am looking forward to the continuation of this story!! The development of their relationship is great, playing the romantic card more than the sexual dominant. However, I do hope it heats up in the 2nd book a tad more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I cant wait for the next one! Driving me nuts! Lol.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love a book that keeps me interested but is not a copy cat. I fell in love with the characters of the book. I eagerly await next book! Oh and HOLY COW CLIFFHANGER!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book!
TinaMarieReviews More than 1 year ago
Hotness Rating 3 out of 5 I have been hearing about Ruined and the infamous Ethan Frost for what seems like forever. Being as I'm not a huge fan of the drama and added angst that normally accompanies the new adult genre I've been putting off reading this book. I finally decided to read it and now I'm hooked. Don't get me wrong I still feel like there is a ton of drama and angst, but I don't feel like it's manufactured so much in this book. I get where it's all coming from and it's coming from a true place of fear and pain. Ethan Frost may be a very wealthy, sexy and successful man, but he's also kind and thoughtful. I enjoyed him immensely as a character. The fact that, although he has some things in his past that still haunted him, he realized his issues needed to take a backseat to Chloe's. Hers were much bigger and nothing was going to stop him from protecting her. Even if it meant leaving Chloe to do it. Chloe spent pretty much her entire life knowing that she had no one on her side. This isn't even just a young girl's impression of her past. Her parents made it loud and clear when they chose to take money for the hell Chloe was put through as a teenager rather than protect her and make the guilty pay. Chloe was blindsided when Ethan swooped into her life and tried to give her the love and protection that she deserved. The ghosts from Chloe's past made an ugly appearance and Chloe did the only thing she knew to do she tried pushing Ethan away. Together Chloe and Ethan could accomplish anything. They just need to learn to trust each other. Theirs is not an easy path and by the end of this book it was in no way any easier. Left with a cliffhanger that would make me scream if it wasn't for the 2nd book is already out we will now have to read Addicted to see if Chloe and Ethan get their happy. Overall I am very pleased with this first book of the Ethan Frost series and really hope the next book is as good as this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved, loved, loved this book. I couldn't put it down. Chloe is such an easy to connect to character that I read most of the book with a tear on my cheek and butterflies in my stomach.
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Can't wait to read the next book
ReneeEntress More than 1 year ago
4 star I was pulled right into this story. The story has laughs, pain, secrets, and heartbreak.  This is the start of Chloe and Ethan’s story. Chloe is broken and had a deep fear from things that happened in the past.  When Chloe get an internship at Frost Industries Ethan takes an interest in her.  She tries to keep him at a distance but he is having none of it.  He is sweet and gentle where she didn’t have that before.  Can she let down her guard and try for a relationship or in the end will it all blow up in her face? I felt I was able to connect with the characters and the story was a great read.  I highly this book and can’t wait for the next story from this author.