Thursday, 19 September 2013

Ruin (Summer in Winter #1) by C.J. Scott

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author C. J. Scott, and Netgalley.
Ruin (Summer in Winter, #1)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Kate Bell isn't perfect. Not even close. The things she got up to in college would cause her parents to fall off their pedestals in shock. Home for the summer vacation, Kate settles in for a long, boring break in the tiny backwater of Winter with folks who still treat her like she's twelve.

Then Ben Parker arrives and suddenly Winter gets interesting. He's hot, mysterious and good with his hands. Kate falls for him instantly, but her cop father warns her to stay away. But how can she stay away from someone as compelling as Ben? Someone who thinks she's perfect just the way she is?

When Ben's secrets catch up to him, not only is Kate's heart in danger of being broken, but Ben's entire future could be ruined.

RUIN is a new adult contemporary romance intended for mature readers. It contains strong language and sexual situations.

Ruin by C.J. Scott

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Ruin (Summer in Winter, #1)(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author C. J. Scott, and Netgalley.)
20-year-old Kate is home from college in the small village on Winter where she grew up, when 24-year-old Ben arrives in town.

Ben is broke and has nowhere to stay, so Kate suggests he stay with her friend and her grandmother and in return work on their house for them. This also means that Kate will get the chance to get to know him better.
Who is Ben though? What is he doing in Winter? And will he give Kate what she wants?

This was an okay erotic romance story, but I felt that the sex happened quite quickly.

Kate was an okay character. She seemed determined to do what she wanted to do, no matter what anyone else thought of her, and she was pretty determined that once she saw Ben she was going to have him.

The storyline in this one was okay, but it didn’t take long for Kate and Ben to end up in bed together, and it just seemed like it was about the sex rather than anything else as they barely knew each other. The relationship started out as lust on Kate’s part, and there didn’t really seem to be much emotion and feeling involved until later in the story.
The erotic parts of the story were okay, and fairly short, and again I didn’t feel like there was all that much emotion involved.

The mystery of who Ben was and what he was doing in town was quite interesting, and I didn’t guess what was really going on, or why Ben was so secretive. I thought that the ending was okay, but was a little surprised at the way things worked out as Kate was going to be leaving to go back to college quite soon after the events in this book, so the pair wouldn’t be together when that happened anyway.
Overall; an okay erotic romance, with a mystery storyline, but lacking something for me.
6.5 out of 10.

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