Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Review: Ruin Me by Jessica Sorensen

A part time student, CNA, and caretaker for her slightly deranged mother, Clara McKiney doesn’t have time for a relationship. That’s why her friends with benefits arrangement with sexy and ridiculously charming Jax Hensley works perfectly. 

But Jax has other ideas.

The moment Jax met Clara he was instantly drawn to her wittiness, confidence, and gorgeous smile. Even though he agreed to the friends with benefits arrangement, he secretly hopes for more than their weekend hook ups.

When Jax's estranged mother mysteriously disappears, he sees an opportunity to spend more time with Clara. After convincing her to return home with him, a new agreement is made. One road trip and week together to find out why his mom vanished into thin air. 

Things are about to get complicated.

4 Star Review by Jen Skewes

Ruin Me is the fifth installment in the Nova series.  I love this series and for the most part we have seen the characters in this series go through some really rough and dark times.  But Ruin Me is a bit different from the rest of the series, and that is a really good thing.  It wasn’t dark and there wasn’t much angst but for me that is what I loved about it.  It was honestly a bit refreshing and Jax and Clara were just so adorable together.

Jax and Clara started out as friends and one night they “accidentally” took their friendship to another level.  No they are not dating, they are just friends with benefits.  Jax likes Clara and wants more, but Clara cannot be anything more than what they are right now.  Jax will take what he can get right now when it comes to her but he wonders what it is that is stopping her from taking their relationship further.  He knows it has to do with her home life and losing her father but until she is ready to open up to him then friends with benefits is what is has to be, for now.

Clara likes Jax but right now she has so many responsibilities to deal with that dating someone is out of the question.  She doesn’t want Jax to get mixed up in her crazy world but I think the biggest issue is that she is afraid of giving herself to someone and getting hurt.  She is afraid that Jax will walk away once he knows the truth.  But Jax is different, and he’s seen and dealt with far worse than what Clara is hiding.  When Jax and Clara take a road trip back to Jax’s home town she sees exactly how he grew up and along the way she starts falling for him even more.  But she is still holding back due to fear.  And until she can open up to Jax and tell him her secrets she can’t move forward with him.  The fear is still stopping her.  Is Jax really different?  Or will he run once he knows what she is hiding?

We met Jax in Wreck Me and I loved him then.   Wreck Me was about his sister Avery and Tristan.  Jax’s sister has always taken care of him since they were kids so when it was time for him to help his sister and nephew he was there for them.  He is still the same sweet, caring man that he was when we first met him but we also see how sexy and adorable he is and how good he is at talking dirty.  I loved his relationship with Clara.  They were just adorable together.  The flirty banter between the two of them had me smiling.  He liked her and you could see just how much but he was patient with her.  He knew something was holding her back and hopefully given some tiems she would open up to her.   I loved Clara and felt for her.  She was a young girl who had a lot to deal with since a tragic accident took someone she loved.  She made promises she intended to keep and as much as she should be living her life and be that carefree spitfire she once was, she just couldn’t.  This book made me smile.  And there were some tough times in it and I felt for Jax because he had a shitty life and mother and we see that in this book.  But he was a strong young man who managed to be a better person because of it.  I wish this book was a bit longer.  I would love to see more of Clara and Jax.  They were two characters that just made me smile. Another great addition to this awesome series. 

No comments:

Post a Comment

How to Configure Numbered Page Navigation After installing, you might want to change these default settings: