RUINED BY APRIL WILSON
Updated: Aug 15, 2019
"Hey, as long as we have plenty of lube, I'm good to go."
Coming out of the closet was easy. Falling in love with a man twice my age was not. Cooper grew up old-school, hiding his true self. He may be the love of my life, but I can't be his dirty little secret any longer. He needs to man up and claim me if he wants to keep me.
Just when I think we're finally making progress, his past comes back to bite him with a vengeance. His old demons might just want to kill him, literally. But not if I have anything to say about it. I'll gladly bleed for him.
Ruined is book 6 in the McIntyre Security Bodyguard Series, but it can be read standalone.
• REVIEWS ARE MY SOLE OPINION •
There is a lot to love about Ruined by April Wilson.
First off, Ruined is a captivating story from start to finish. I instantly liked Sam—the first main character we are introduced too. He isn't a wishy-washy character by any means. Sam is stubborn, almost to a fault but he knows what he wants, knows what he stands for an no one is going to boss him around—outside of bed in any case.
Cooper, the main heartthrob is no push over either. But he loves Sam and that makes him want to be a better person, someone that deserves Sam so to speak. His desire to do right by Sam pushes him to confront a terrifying past. And of course, all Hell breaks loose.
One of my favorite things about Ruined is just when you think the story is over, that a happy ever after looms, you are shocked out of your misconception and reminded not everything was wrapped up in a bow. There is plenty of story left to love after Sam and Cooper sort themselves out which was nice to read.
Despite all that, how much I loved the characters and storyline, I found myself endless frustrated by the repetition. Not so much of phrases though there were a few times I gritted my teeth because I'd read the same phrase what felt like a dozen times.
Instead, I mean the repetition of details and conversations.
I can't recall how many times it was mentioned or how many different ways it was said that Sam had a parachuting accident that ended his military career. Or how many times we were told he was struck by a car to save his best friend, and how he would do it all again in a heartbeat. At one point, it is mentioned that Shane and Cooper will take turns babysitting Beth and Sam in the penthouse. But not long afterwards, Shane and Copper have a full blown conversation about it which felt unnecessary on page. There were times when it felt like Sam and Cooper were having the same conversation but in a slightly different way.
My smallest nitpick is just how hot and glamorous everyone in Ruined is. And just how many times Sam has to describe everyone as such. Actually, I kind of like it because looking back it makes me smile and giggle because you could always count on Sam to notice the cute guy or pretty girl in the room.
Did the repetition take away from the story? No. Absolutely not. But it was frustrating enough to warrant mentioning.
Did I enjoy reading Ruined? For the most part, I really did.
Would I read it again? For the sex and romance, probably because both were spot on.
START: JULY 8, 2019 @ 12:20 PM
END: JULY 8, 2019 @ 11:45 PM
April Wilson is a full-time writer, with over a dozen contemporary romances published. She lives in Ohio with her daughter and more than a few cats and dogs. When she's not writing, she's working in her garden or reading romance novels.