Review: Ruin by Rachel Van Dyken


Ruin by Rachel Van Dyken
Series: Ruin Series (# 1)
Release Date: August 11, 2013
Publisher: self published
Pages: 250
Source:  book purchased by the reviewer



I’m not your typical girl. I’ve been running away from the memories that haunt me for so long that depression has become my only comfort. I was content in the darkness…until Wes Michals offered to be my light.

I didn’t know that time wasn’t my ally — that every second that ticked past was one step closer to the end of something that was beginning to mean the end of myself. He tried to warn me. He promised me all he was able to offer–each moment as it came–but it would never be enough.

Sometimes when you think it’s the end, it’s only the beginning. Wes thought he could save me, but in giving me everything, he ruined me. Because after one kiss, one touch, I couldn’t–I wouldn’t ever be the same.

And from that moment on, his heartbeat became my own.


Review: The first of this three book series gives us the story of Wes and Kiersten. Wes we find out is what most would think of as your typical football star. Wes is not only the football star handsome as sin but he is hiding something. Kiersten is a small town girl off to college; also hiding the tragedy of her past.  Because of their past life seems ruined until…Wes with his demons/ sickness and Kiersten with her sadness/ tragedy come together to unite as one.

Right from the start I found it easy to relate to these two characters. Ms. Van Dyken has a way of breathing a breath of fresh air into them making them come to life. She made them both with their own set of problems yet giving them friendship in each other with a hint of happiness; something to believe in.

Each character brings depth to the story as Ms. Van Dyken switches POV’s back and forth allowing me to become more involved in their lives. I wanted to reach in and give them each a big hug. I also liked that the chemistry was slow to evolve making their relationship sweet giving Kiersten the change to grow and come out of her shell making her stronger along with an equal partner for Wes. With what he was going through he needed someone strong to love him and be there for him. As for Wes by helping Kiersten he was able to step back and ask for the help…to admit he needed help which only made him stronger.

Ms. Van Dyken gave us a story that touched us in an emotional way making the characters realistic.
I enjoyed this story and can’t wait to read more about Wes and Kiersten and their circle of friends. I would recommend not going to far from the Kleenex box when you read this one.