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Ruin: Gods 1 by Samantha Towle

Ruin Book Cover Ruin
Gods Series #1
Samantha Towle
Fiction, Contemporary Romance,
March 6th 2018

From Samantha Towle, the New York Times bestselling author of Wardrobe Malfunction and Breaking Hollywood, comes a dramatically powerful and passionate new contemporary romance.

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

Megan’s Review

“The man is my weakness. My downfall. My ruin. He always has been. And it seems that he always will be.”

Ok, I know I’m a little late to the Samantha Towle bandwagon, but better late than never right? Another new-to-me-author and OMG what a story to start with. I am a huge sucker for angsty second chance love stories and Ruin had it in spades. I adored Zeus and Cameron’s story to the point where I couldn’t stop reading even if I wanted to. Samantha Towle wrote a highly addictive story about second chances, love lost, love found and the heartache and regret of giving up that one person who completes you.

Zeus ‘The God’ Kincaid is at the height of his career; Olympic Boxing champion, International Boxing Federation and World Boxing Council world heavyweight champion, wow what an achievement. It may appear to the outside world that Zeus is untouchable, invincible perhaps, but he has had to pay a heavy price to be the best.

Cameron has always dreamed of becoming a professional ballerina. She is a phenomenal dancer, even to the point of being accepted to Julliard on a full scholarship, which was to be the first stepping stone to achieving her dreams. As we know however, life can sometimes get in the way and plans don’t always work out as expected.

While Zeus is out there in the world fulfilling his dreams and becoming the best boxer in the world, Cameron is still stuck in New York living with her aunt and making a living as a go-go dancer, which is a far cry from the life she was meant to lead.

Zeus and Cameron were childhood sweethearts who met at a fair on Coney Island when they were just teenagers. From the moment they met, two became one and they were attached at the hip. They fell madly and irrevocably in love; they had the kind of intense love that people can only hope to one day experience. Zeus and Cameron’s blissful happy ever after was not to be, with a mixture of Zeus’s intense boxing schedule, misunderstandings, secrets and lies. I just felt so bad for both of them and wanted nothing more than for them to come back together again, because a love like theirs should last forever.

When Zeus and Cameron come face to face once again a few years later, Cameron is very wary and untrusting towards Zeus. He has torn her heart to shreds, what’s to say it won’t happen again. Cameron has felt so much heartache over losing the love of her life she doesn’t think she can survive the second time around. Will Cameron be able to forgive Zeus and will she give her heart to him once more? The angst and anticipation literally kept me on the edge of my seat and after suffering such a turbulent ride to get to this point, I wanted nothing more than to see this couple get their long sought after HEA.

“We’re the real fucking deal. Our love is what most people spend a lifetime searching for and never find. Don’t throw us away, please.”

Your first love is always the hardest to get over, it’s the one that always hurts more deeply and shatters your heart into a million pieces. You may not remember your second or your tenth love, whatever the case may be, but you will always remember your first love and Ruin really showcased this to me. How devastating and heartbreaking it can be to lose the first love of your life, a love that should last a life time.

I absolutely adored Ruin and if you’re anything like me and are a sucker for angsty second chance love stories then you should seriously check this one out. The storyline was crafted thoughtfully and engaging, the characters were lovable and I was completely enthralled from the very first page. I highly recommend.

Val’s Review

4+ Stars

This was super cute.

I loved the premise, I enjoyed the characters, and best of all – there was GROVELING and BEGGING and it’s like crack to me, folks.


Plus, I love that the heroine didn’t just immediately cave.

She actually had a brain in her skull, was reasonable, and didn’t start panty gushing like a total tool just because the h said, “Sorry.”