Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Review: Ruin by Samantha Towld

And the new heavyweight champion of the world is...

Those are the words that Zeus Kincaid has been waiting to hear since he first put on a pair of boxing gloves. He just didn’t think they would come with a tragedy that would change how he viewed the sport forever. 

Cameron Reed was in her second year at Juilliard when her childhood sweetheart, Zeus Kincaid, walked away from her. A few months later, Cam realized that she would never fulfill her dream of dancing for the New York City Ballet.

Now working as a dancer in an upscale club in Manhattan, Cam is brought face-to-face with the man she once loved. And it’s her turn to walk away from him.

After five years of missing Cam, Zeus isn’t prepared to let her go again. But when he finds himself standing on her doorstep the next morning, things don’t go quite as he expected…

‘You’ll be smitten with everything about this entertaining, steamy and feel-good romance’ USA Today’s Happy Ever After on Breaking Hollywood

4 stars
Review by Lisa Kane

Zeus “The God” Kincaid is preparing for his next big fight. He’s undefeated and is well on his way to being the number one fighter in the world.

Twenty-five years old, I’m undefeated. Olympic champion. International Boxing Federation and World Boxing Council World Heavyweight Champion.

As expected, he wins against Kaden Scott, who held the World Boxing Organization title. It’s now Zeus’. But it came at a terrible price.
When he’s in the ring fighting, he can forget everything.

Because it’s what I do when I fight. Lose myself. I forget everything and everyone. Forget my regrets, my mistakes.
I forget her.

Cameron Reed is a dancer at an upscale club in Manhattan. She once had dreams of being a ballerina, but things don’t always go the way according to plan.

I’m a go-go dancer at this upscale club in Manhattan. Granted, this wasn’t the stage I expected to be on when I was growing up. But life throws curveballs at you, and you have to go with them.

The last person she expects to see in the audience is Zeus. He’s as shocked to see her as she is him. Five years have gone by. Five years since he dumped her and never looked back. But now that he’s back, he’s determined to make up for all the regrets he has. He might have had good intentions at the time, but he knows he made a terrible mistake.
Cameron is equally determined not to let Zeus in to her heart. Been there. Done that. She’s come a long way from that heartbroken girl that he left behind.

Most of the time, he doesn’t even have to hit people to hurt them.

Ruin goes back and forth from the present to the past, filling in all the gaps and the reasons why things went down the way they did. These two were childhood sweethearts, totally devoted to each other.

“Dove?” I blink up at him.

“Yeah. Doves represent peace because they look beautiful and appear gentle and fragile. But they’re actually feisty as hell. They have more fight in them than people realize. Just like you.”

Secrets, lies, and regrets creep up for both Zeus and Cameron. The shocks keep on coming and they no sooner deal with one before another one is exposed. Are they destined to never find happiness with each other? Can Cameron forgive Zeus?

I love anything that Sam Towle writes, but I will admit that I had a few problems with Zeus. He chose to hurt Cameron five years ago-he may have had her best interests at heart, but he chose to break up with her. I had to overlook that and forgive him. I love a second chance at love romance and this one had just enough angst and drama to keep me turning the pages!

This man…he ruins me. Every word. Every look. Every touch.


SAMANTHA TOWLE is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. She began her first novel in 2008 while on maternity leave. She completed the manuscript five months later and hasn’t stopped writing since.

She is the author of contemporary romances, The Storm Series and The Revved Series, and stand-alones, Trouble, When I Was Yours, The Ending I Want, Unsuitable, Wardrobe Malfunction, Breaking Hollywood, Under Her and Sacking the Quarterback, which was written with James Patterson. She has also written paranormal romances, The Bringer and The Alexandra Jones Series. All of her books are penned to the tunes of The Killers, Kings of Leon, Adele, The Doors, Oasis, Fleetwood Mac, Lana Del Rey, and more of her favorite musicians.

A native of Hull and a graduate of Salford University, she lives with her husband, Craig, in East Yorkshire with their son and daughter.

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