Author: Samantha Towle
Genre: Sports Romance
Release Date: 6th March, 2018
Cover Design: Najla Qamber Designs
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
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Reviewed by Emma-Louise on behalf of KFF
Just when you’re lead to believe that an author can’t possibly write a book any better than their previous, you discover their latest release is better than anything else they have ever created. I don’t know how the author keeps on pulling it out of the bag.
“You’re the love of my life, Dove. It’s always been you. From the first moment I saw you at the fair, I was a goner.”
‘This man…he ruins me. Every word. Every look. Every touch.’
A large part of each book this author writes is filled with information about a trade or career this author has so clearly researched. In Ruin it’s boxing. I can’t comprehend how much research it took, but it’s clear for all to see that said research was not done with a lacklustre approach, quite the opposite, in fact. This author uses family as a key factor in all of her books. To the character they are emotional stability, a port in a storm, and an unending source of unconditional love and support.
‘…remind me of how good things used to be between us. How hot we used to be for each other. How amazing he always made me feel. How easy things between us had been back when we were younger and in love.
Now, nothing’s easy when it comes to Zeus and me.’
Both Zeus and Cam sacrifice so much for their families. Even to the point of sacrificing themselves in certain ways. Ruin is a book that is translatable to many of us. Each reader can and will take something different out of it. It’s not an easy book to put down. Like so many other books penned this author; they are personality driven reads. The toing and froing, back and forth between two characters who clearly had a past and a combustible relationship. More water under the bridge than could fill the River Thames, Zeus and Cam shared many firsts together and their history has a complexity to it that very few authors could weave together in a convincing way. Like the characters, I kept asking myself how someone lets go of pain and anger of something they believed to be true, but is in fact not what they believed it to be.
‘Life happens the way it’s meant to. And I was never supposed to be with Zeus for life.
I might have thought that he was the love of my life. And I can’t deny that I still have feelings for him.’
‘…He’s my first love, so I’m always going to have an emotional attachment to him.
But, beyond that, there’s nothing more.
Zeus and I were over a long time ago.’
Boxing is Zeus’ passion and he’s very good at it, but I always got the feeling that there was some guilt there over his chosen profession and the sacrifices he has made for it.
“Letting you go was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do.” His voice is rough. “Harder than watching my mother’s body being lowered into the grave. I loved you so much, Dove. I still do. I’ve never stopped loving you. And I’ve spent the last five years missing you.”
I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention how much that I adore when this author throws a character or two from a previous book into the mix. If only a small part, it’s nice to hear familiar names. As a reader who has read a few of this author’s books, I’m so glad I took a jump into this one. It’s full of heart.
SAMANTHA TOWLE is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. She began her first novel in 2008 while on maternity leave. She completed the manuscript five months later and hasn’t stopped writing since.
She is the author of contemporary romances, The Storm Series and The Revved Series, and stand-alones, Trouble, When I Was Yours, The Ending I Want, Unsuitable, Wardrobe Malfunction, Breaking Hollywood, Under Her and Sacking the Quarterback, which was written with James Patterson. She has also written paranormal romances, The Bringer and The Alexandra Jones Series. All of her books are penned to the tunes of The Killers, Kings of Leon, Adele, The Doors, Oasis, Fleetwood Mac, Lana Del Rey, and more of her favorite musicians.
A native of Hull and a graduate of Salford University, she lives with her husband, Craig, in East Yorkshire with their son and daughter.