Thursday, January 31, 2013

Review - Ruining You (Ruining # 2) by Nicole Reed

For a girl who dared to tempt death, living is the only promise that matters now.

Jay’s life almost came to a forced end when her darkest secrets were revealed and the one who she chose to give her future to was ripped away. Now, everything she kept hidden is the topic of everyone’s conversation, and not all are sympathetic. Someone wants her horrific past to dictate her future, and another is determined to help her choose a different path.  In conclusion to Ruining Me, Kane and Rhye know that Jay is worth the fight, but waiting for her to find herself may ruin them all.

 Release Date: January 26, 2013
Publisher:  Self Published
Pages:  216
Genre:  New Adult, Contemporary Romance, Contemporary Fiction
Purchase at: Amazon or Barnes & Noble 

Ruining You is the conclusion to the emotional and oftentimes intense story of Jay Stevenson and her climb from the depths of fear and depression to the realization that her life is very much worth living.

This book opens up with Jay in a rehabilitation center.  She has voluntarily checked in and is attending therapy regularly.  After an attempted suicide after the events that occurred at the end of Ruining Me, Jay battles with her inner demons.  She is haunted by the past - in her mind, in her dreams and in every waking moment.  Jay has become a shell of a girl and with the help of a new friend, Eli, she is able to start fighting for her life and happiness.  

My soul is broken into a million pieces, and I find new fragments every day.  The deconstruction of me is painful, but there are reasons why I can't finish what I started.

After some time in therapy, Jay decides to return home.  Things have changed since she's been away - some good changes, and some bad ones.  Kane is still in the picture, and although he would wait forever for Jay, he continues living his life.  Rhye is also part of Jay's recovery, and the lusty attraction between the two is evident.  Jay has a decision to make - not which boy she wants, but what will maker her happy.  Jay begins a journey of self-discovery - deciding for herself, without any one else, that her life can be happy.  

The best change that occurred while Jay was gone is the change her parents are making.  Jay's parents accept responsibility for their part in Jay's former life.  They treat her like an adult, and although they have some conversations with her that would have had me running from my parents, they support her 100%.  Jay's parents don't try to keep her locked up in a box, and they don't patronize her in the least.  They show that they are there to comfort their daughter and although they cannot change the past, they are committed to helping her have a brighter and more stable future.  

"You make me happy.  You make me want to live for me, to have this forever.  To have you forever."
Jay is a survivor.  This is one of the reasons I fell in love with her - she has fought tooth and nail to come back from such extreme depths in her life.  The hits keep on coming in this book.  The myriad issues this girl faced are complex and had the potential to destroy her.  I was rooting for her the entire way, and although I had a boyfriend preference, it was Jay that I wanted the happiness for.  She learns that no time is guaranteed with the people that she loves and she vows to live every day as well as she can.

"You want the truth?  Those two years you could have ended your life, but you didn't because you wanted to live.  You weren't looking for a way out, Jay,  You were looking for a way back in."

Kane, Kane, Kane.  Although the green-eyed, sexy and dimpled man wasn't my first choice, he proved himself to Jay and to me in this book.  Kane is able to give Jay the space that she needs, and does not force her into anything that she doesn't want.  Even when Jay wants to find oblivion with him, Kane pulls back, knowing that what Jay wants isn't always what's best for her.  He became one of the best book boyfriends I have!

Oh, and the freaking dimples.  I want to kiss each one.  Every time he smiles, they wink at me.  They are speaking to me.

Rhye, my sweet, sexy, talented and tattooed Rhye.  What can I say about this guy?  He bared his soul to Jay, and helped her out in ways that I didn't think possible.  Rhye lays his cards on the table and offers Jay support - different support than Kane, but support nonetheless.  Jay couldn't have found two better men to have in her corner than Rhye and Kane.

"You can say that you hate me/ As your eyes devour me tonight,/ Tell me you don't care / When you know it feels so right. / If you need someone to blame / For the lust that burns too bright / Just hit me, hate me, damn, me / But please let me have one more night"

Although I'm so happy with the conclusion of Jay's story, it's bittersweet.  I hate saying goodbye to these characters.  They were illustrated so clearly by the talented Nicole Reed, and I will miss them, even after only knowing them for two books.  Reed has proven that she is an author to watch.  Please do yourself a favor and read this two-book series.  You will be so happy that you did!  


Lisa (Lost in Literature) said...

I haven't heard of this series before, but it definitely sounds awesome! Thanks for sharing... I'll be sure to check this series out! :)

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