3 emotional train stars!
This book is New Adult Romance, it is a second chance at love story. I’m a such a sucker for second chance love stories. In Ruins follows Tucker and Carleigh from high school sweet hearts into college enemies. Of course since they were in love in HS they planned on attending the same college. You can tell right off the bat that they will be bumping into each other a lot through college.
Let’s start with Tucker… while I get where his anger is coming from he’s a little to possessive for an ex. He obviously still loves Carl but doesn’t know what to do with those feelings since he broke up with her. Tucker doesn’t seem like he would be an in depth emotional character, but when you get to see the flash backs of the relationship throughout the book you become more attached to both of them. Tucker is trying to move on from Carl but she is constantly put into his orbit and now they have to do a class project together. I loved the relationship between not only Carl and Tucker, but Tucker and Cap his best friend. It goes to show how men can rely on each other through thick and thin. Basically if you need help just call no questions asked.
Carliegh was a great character… while you get to see she lives in a great mansion and could want for nothing she actually wants a lot. What she wants you can’t buy and that is a united family unit. Her mom is always jet setting, her dad is away, and her brother has outgrown looking up to his sister. I really admired how Carl just stepped up to the plate for her younger brother. In the flashbacks you can see that Carl’s friends are her family. Carleigh would bend over backwards to help anyone, including the man who hates her… Tucker. She can’t blame him for the rage he feels towards her. After all she is the one who ruined their relationship. However as Carl begins to experience college life she realizes that Tucker is being unfair to her as a person. I love how towards the end of the book she starts standing up for herself.
Overall I really felt for these characters and loved the writing. I really enjoyed that the author threw some real life situations into this novel. One of the big situations was people thinking it was okay to talk about having sex with unconscious women and how that is not acceptable. Why the three stars you ask then?? The only couple things that really bugged me were unrealistic expectations of steamy scenes. Don’t get me wrong steamy scenes in books can be very realistic but most teenagers don’t understand the female anatomy the way that it was portrayed in this book. I get it, it’s fiction so it bothered me but not enough to put me off continue reading it. Also I felt the end was a bit rushed, a lot happened in the last couple chapters that was just like .. what.. just…happened…and…why???
This book is a spin off of Danielle Pearl’s previous YA novels. So if you have read the YA novels I assume Carl and Tucker are in there. However since I did not read the previous books I would like to say that I did not feel left out at all. Most of the background story was covered without being overwhelming. Also even though this is a NA novel I felt it was a little bit more steamy than the normal NA novels.
This book is out today!!! So if it sounds like your cup of tea then by all means go buy it. Thank you to Netgalley, Forever Romance, and Danielle Pearl for my advanced copy in lieu of my honest review.
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