Ruining You

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.

4 STARS out of 5
TITLE: Ruining You
AUTHOR: Nicole Reed
GENRE: New Adult

You know a sequel is really good when you need not read the blurb of the first book, only the quick gushing review you’ve made a couple of months ago – and you could still relate with the main character at the very first chapter.

That was Ruining You for me.

This book takes us to the time after Jay, the main character, almost took her life. The angst in this book felt so raw and real, I can’t help but feel empathetic towards Jay.

Sometimes the bad things that happen in our lives put us directly on the path to the most wonderful things that will ever happen to us.

She met another wonderful guy inside a nut-house. I just can’t forget their first conversation so I had to include the guy’s response here:

"Uh, I was just going to introduce myself, but since you seem to think you’re God’s gift to guys, I’ll move out of the way so someone else can kiss your ass." - Eli

Later, Eli will hold a special place in her heart. It’s just sad when I found out what he is. I thought he’ll be competing for Jay’s heart too. Oh well, I still love their friendship.

    One makes me laugh...  One makes me cry...  One touches my heart...  One owns it.

This book reminded me of That Boy by Jillian Dodd, but in a more angsty sense. Like Jay, I actually felt at odds between the two guys. I also want Kane, but I don’t want to let go of Rhye either.

Oh, I just love it whenever things become dysfunctional for Jay. I seriously dig the kind of angst in this book.

IMHO, that was the main reason why this series actually even worked. There was confusion as to who Jay will really pick in the end. I mean, who wants to read about straight cheesy romances with MCs who can’t seem to keep their hands off each other all the time? Certainly, not me!

So when the book made a serious turn on that direction at exactly 3/4 through the story, I can’t help but feel let down. This could have been another favorite of mine.

And oh another thing, Jay’s constant refusal to testify against that effing DOM also got on my nerves.

Then there was her inner monologue about why she doesn’t want to testify. And I’m like, 'Aw okay, I get it.'

Then I realized – 'well, actually, no I don’t!' The first few times, it was okay. She just got back from major emotional trauma, so I’m cutting her some slack. But you know, it gets tedious after awhile. I just want to shake Jay and tell her – 'What! You’ll stay indifferent and will it solve things?'


For the record, I enjoyed reading this book.

This got a star less of 5 stars because I just felt disappointed at how things turned out.  Zizz did an amazing job of pointing it out. Actually, when I read about authors who say that they also adore books that grips the reader from the beginning and never let go, I can't help but sort of make some expectations for their book – especially when the said book has really great potential from the start.

So when this book actually “let go” in my opinion, I felt falling from my high. I was so sure that this book will take another space in my faves shelf. Well, I was wrong. Lesson learned, never expect.

Anyway, if you still haven’t read the first book, do yourself a favor and READ IT SOON -- then jump straight to this one.

Regardless of my rants, I can’t deny the fact that this series is really really good.