Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Book Blitz: Review, Excerpts & Giveaway ~ Ruin by C.J. Scott

(Summer in Winter # 1)
By: C.J. Scott
Pub. Date: August 21, 2013
Publisher: Self
Pages: 124
Source: Netgalley

I received this galley in exchange for an honest review.

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.

What first drew me to this book was it's cover. How can it not? It's beautiful! The combination of the cover and the synopsis made me so excited to read Ruin. I went in it with high expectations, and I am happy to say that all of those expectations were met.

Kate Bell is home for the summer. She hates the small town that she is from, but continues to visit to keep her parents happy and see her best friend Jane. Thinking it's going to be a long and boring summer, she is very surprised when a stranger, Ben Parker walks in to the diner. Ben is super quiet, but gorgeous, and Kate will make it her mission to get to know him!

I wasn't a huge fan of Kate. I found her annoying and dramatic and it was really hard finding any type of connection with her. I really liked Ben though. It was pretty easy to figure out the mystery behind Ben and why he was in the town of Winter, but I really enjoyed learning all of the specifics of his life. My heart absolutely melted for this boy and what he's been through.

Ruin was a really short and quick read. I definitely wanted more of this story because I enjoyed it so much! I really loved the romance between Kate and Ben. It was so sweet and very different from other NA romances out there.  C.J. Scott's next story is about Jane and I can't wait to read it! 

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I also have an excerpt to share as well!

He gave me a sad smile. "I'm not a monk, Kate. If you kiss me...I can't stop there."

His words probably had the opposite effect to what he wanted. It spurred me on, because now I knew he was on the brink of giving in. On the brink of falling into the abyss with me.

I touched his face. His jaw was rough from his stubble. A small muscle pulsed against my fingers.
"Kate, please," he whispered. But he didn't pull away. Didn't stop me getting closer.

I stroked his lower lip with my thumb, and he groaned deep in his chest.

"Ben," I murmured.

He brushed my hair off my shoulder. His fingers caressed my neck, sending tiny tingles racing down my spine. My heart hammered against my ribs to the tune of kiss me, kiss me, kiss me. I wanted this man. Wanted to know him intimately.

My head told me it was impossible that I could feel this way after such a short time, but my heart was ignoring it, lost in a mad, chaotic rhythm of its own.

Ben's hand cupped my hip, his other pressed against my back. It was all the encouragement I needed. I closed the final small gap between us until I was crushed against his body. It was hard and ridged, warm.

Our lips met in a kiss that turned my legs to jelly. My knees buckled, but Ben's arms circled my waist. He held me there, firm yet gentle, like I was something precious. I felt dizzy and weightless. The world spun one way and I the other, out of control. I didn't care. It was exactly what I wanted to feel. Exactly how I'd always imagined a kiss should feel.

Yet I wanted more. The kiss filled me with longing that clawed at my heart. It wasn't enough. Not nearly enough.

About the Author:

C.J. loves reading stories that take her away to another world. If she’s in the middle of an amazing book, she’ll keep reading while cooking or cleaning (when she can be bothered doing either).

She likes interesting artwork but can’t paint, sketch or make anything more complicated than a snowman from plasticine. She enjoys beautiful gardens but hates gardening. She also hates housework, cooking (see above) and writing about herself.

C.J. loves connecting with readers. The best place to interact with her and other fans is via her Facebook page. That’s where she posts teasers and other stuff from her books.

Author links:
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