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Publisher's Summary

New York Times, Wall Street Journal, & USA Today best-selling stand-alone novel...

I'm not your typical girl. I've been running away from the memories that haunt me for so long that depression has become my only comfort. 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 past was one step closer to the end of something that was beginning to mean the end of myself. He tried to warn me. He promised me all he was able to offer - each moment as it came - but it would never be enough.

Sometimes when you think it's the end, it'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.

©2013 Rachel Van Dyken (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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  • M. Ellen
  • 27-12-14

Loved this book so hard.

If I could say one thing about this book, one thing that would convince you to read it, that thing would be "Wes Michals." The story is wonderful, so is Kiersten, and so are the secondary characters, Gabe and Lisa, but Wes Michals is a guy that stands out about other guys, a guy that stands out among book boyfriends everywhere, and he totally makes this books.

Kiersten is a freshman in her first year at college. She is a beautiful girl, even if she doesn't realize it. She has also had a very hard time as the result of a tragedy in her life, something that has left her scarred emotionally, something that has almost wrecked her, something that has sent her into the pits of depression so deep sometimes she didn't know if she could make it out......until she meets Wes Michals. Wes is a senior, the all-star quarterback, oh so very hot, charming, and oh so swoon-worthy. Wes Michals also ends up being the light that brings Kiersten out of her pit of darkness. Wes normally doesn't date, especially freshman, but there is just something about this girl that captivated him from the moment he met her, something he just can't resist, despite the secret that he is living with and the future that secret holds for him. Sometimes though, love and miracles go hand in hand........

I loved Ruin, absolutely loved it. The story itself will make you smile, swoon, cry, laugh, and leave you completely sated by the end. Wes and Kiersten's story is heartbreakingly beautiful and I just loved it. The secondary characters, namely Gabe, were also fantastic and Gabe kind of stole my heart to. His story is next in the series and I loved it as well. I love Rachel Van Dyken's writing and she has done an outstanding job of creating a contemporary romance that will captivate you. Ruin is one of those books you will remember for a long time and I am so glad I took the time to read/listen to it.

Audio Review:
Narrated By Eileen Stevens, Stephen Bel Davies
I really enjoyed the audio of the books, but the narrator for Wes though he was a good narrator, sounded like an old man, way too old to be Wes. That didn't deter my enjoyment of the book, but I would have definitely picked someone with a younger voice. The narrator for Kiersten was great though.

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  • CandyAmazonGirl
  • 18-08-16

Male narrator ruined it for me

I liked the story. It was cute. However, I absolutely hated when the male narrator read. He sounded like he was 60 years old instead of the young, hot college student the character was supposed to be. The female should have just done the entire book. Otherwise, it was a cute love story.

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  • Sharon Todd
  • 16-07-18

Best Read Ever

I didnt know what to expect with this book unit was well worth it, Rachel fans will enjoy this terrifically wonderful book. I can hardly wait to read the other book. If you are looking for a great love story this is one of the best

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  • K. parkinson
  • 01-10-15

Sweet

This was a sweet love story! I liked how clean and innocent it is. My only gripe is that the male narrator sounds about 70.

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  • Ashley Hedden
  • 01-05-21

Great Read

Ruin (Ruin #1) was a great read by Rachel Van Dyken. Kiersten is running away from the memories that have haunted her for a long time. The only thing she has felt comfort in is her depression. That is until Wes Michals offered to bring her out of the darkness. Little did Kiersten know, each second could bring the end to her. Wes tried to warn her that it may not last forever but they still moved forward. I enjoyed this book and can't wait to read more by the author.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 01-10-20

I love this story, and kirstens narration.

This is an amazing love story. However, Wes's narrator sounds way too old otherwise it would have been 5 stars across the board. Probably my favorite rachel van dyken book. I just wish that a younger voiced narrator could have done Wes, or even the narrator who did Kirsten, Eileen Stevens, did a great Wes during Kirstens chapters that he spoke. It really does matter.
I still recomend thee book though.

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  • Sophy Sorn
  • 14-04-20

Great book!

I forgot how good this book was. It was so sweet. Eileen Stevens and Stephen Bel Davies did an excellent job at narrating

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  • LaToshia D. Morris
  • 12-02-20

True Fan of Rachel

I love this story. Read it twice in book format. I loved the female narrator, wasn’t fond of the male narrator. He had his moments, however his voice was too old for Wes’ chAracter.

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  • KSwear79
  • 03-10-18

Great story

I loved the book, but I was not a huge fan of the male narrator.

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  • Kristi L
  • 13-10-17

Struggle

Struggled to finish because the male narrator sounds like a old man's voice when the character is supposed to be 21 yrs old. Also when you see the cover of the book and then you hear the characters voice, very disappointing. If you pick someone to narrate your books make sure they somewhat match how they are supposed to protray the character. The female narrator was just fine.