Review: Ruin by Samantha Towle

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Title: Ruin
Author: Samantha Towle
Publisher: Headline Eternal
Publication Date: 6 March 2018
Rating: 4/5

Synopsis from Goodreads

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…

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Zeus and Cameron were each others first love, with a relationship that they felt would withstand the trials and tribulations of long distance when Cameron goes to college and Zeus pursues his boxing dreams. Unfortunately, external influences create an impenetrable barrier for a future together.

Over the next five years Zeus and Cameron’s lives take very different directions, yet, there is still an indefinable bond tying them together. A bond that is re-enforced with a chance encounter in a nightclub and subsequent surprise visit from Zeus.

Working through their emotional baggage is challenging especially for Cameron as she had to deal with the devastating consequences of the damage to her relationship with Zeus. Zeus, on the other hand, has his world flipped upside down in the space of minutes while still reeling from the residual guilt and feelings of responsibility over his last fight. Determined to make amends for the past five years, Zeus sets out to prove his stability and permanence to Cameron.

Zeus has made some very big mistakes especially where Cameron is concerned BUT his heart was in the right place, he truly believed his actions were for the best. Righting the wrongs of the past adds a dual plot level to the narrative. A tantalizing blend of romantic and passionate, Zeus quickly burrows back under Cameron’s skin. Unfortunately, the emotional scars on her heart run deep and are not easily or quickly healed. Ultimately, Cameron has to decide if she can trust Zeus with her heart again.

Ruin tells the story of two incredible characters who encounter emotional hardship while trying to make their way in the world. True love conquers all ♥


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