Monday, March 10, 2014

Book Review+Tour Goodies: Toxic (#2 Ruin) by Rachel Van Dyken... GIVEAWAY!!

Title: Toxic (#2 Ruin Series)
Author: Rachel Van Dyken
Genre: New Adult


Everyone has a secret...

Gabe Hyde is on borrowed time. He's been hiding his identity for over four years-hidden from the world that used to adore him--obsess over him--driven to the edge of insanity by one poor choice. 
But that one choice, altered the course of his life forever. 
Pretending isn't all it's cracked up to be, especially when pretending means hiding your real self from the people that care about you the most. But if anyone ever discovered the truth it wouldn't just be his life at risk--but hers.

Saylor doesn't hate men. 
Just Gabe. 
Only Gabe. 
He's a reckless, happy-go-lucky, silver spoon fed pain in her ass. Everything about him makes her more and more confused. Unfortunately they both donate time at the same Group Home. If she wasn't afraid of flunking, she'd be long gone. She hates that she's attracted to him almost as much as he hates that he's attracted to her--and she can tell, especially since their first encounter ended up making her knees so weak she couldn't form coherent sentences for weeks afterwards. But the closer she gets to him, the more confused she becomes. He isn't who he says he is, and he's hiding something big. 

What happen when two worlds collide? Two worlds that never should have met in the first place? Some secrets are too big to be hidden forever--the only question? Will his destroy everyone he loves? Or finally bring about the redemption he's been craving for the past four years?

Everyone has a secret...What's yours?


My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Find this Review at Taryn Lee's Book Blog

I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This book is straight up emotional. I'm talking even more gut wrenching tears than Ruin... and that book made me weep like a baby!

This is the second book in the series and it centers around Gabe. In the first book, we meet Gabe who is friends to both Kierstan and Wes. But now it's his turn to share his struggles. He may come off as a man-whore looking for nothing in life but a good time, but what he makes you believe and what lies beneath the mask is a man who is suffering. Saylor (by the way, gorgeous name!) is a music student who needs to graduate in order to get a job and support her nurse mother and autistic brother. She feels swamped and dispassionate with her music. There's so much holding her back, yet meeting Gabe and understand who he really is might just be the kick in the butt she needs to find that passion for her music.

  "The most erotic touch a man can experience is that of a woman digging her nails into his skull and giving a little tug" -Gabe H, Wes M, and all men...everywhere

Gabe's past is really messed up, but he finds love in this music student. Saylor makes him realize that not only are passed mistakes meant to stay in the past, but never letting them go will only hurt him, his friends, his family, and anyone he ever meets. This is another tragic story in the ruin series, but I'm relieved to see Gabe able to share that pain he holds for so long.

  "You didn't cause the distruction, Gabe. You were just an unfortunate victim- and sometimes that's worse than being the cause."  -Saylor

Overall, I'm giving this book 5 STARS out of 5 STARS for being something truly special. Tragedy leading to happiness is something you can never take away from someone, and everyone in their own way deserves it. I love Rachel Van Dyken's writing style. I love every book she writes, so there was no doubt in my mind that I wouldn't love this book!

Read by Taryn Lee on March 9, 2014
Reviewed by Taryn Lee on March 9, 2014
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Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she's not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor.
She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband and their snoring Boxer, Sir Winston Churchill. She loves to hear from readers!



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