Book – Ruined (Ethan Frost #1)
Author – Tracy Wolff
Publication Date – January 7, 2014
Type – Part of Series (Cliffhanger)
Genre – Romance
Rating – 4 out of 5 Stars
ARC provided by Loveswept via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Fans of Fifty Shades of Grey, Bared to You, and Release Me will be hooked on Ruined, an electrifying journey of emotional and sexual discovery that pushes two damaged souls to their breaking point—and beyond.
He’s the last man Chloe Girard should love . . . but the first she ever could.
Ethan Frost is a visionary, a genius, every woman’s deepest, darkest fantasy—even mine. And, somehow, I am his.
He stole into my life like a dream. Turned my reality upside down and made my every desire come true—especially those I never knew I had. He demanded everything I had to give and gave me everything of himself in return.
But dreams don’t last forever, and ours is no exception. Because my nightmares are darker, and my wounds deeper, than I could ever reveal. And as much as Ethan wants to protect me, the secrets we share will only tear us apart.
I enjoyed this book but I wouldn’t compare it to FSOG or any other controlling BDSM book. It is much softer without the “dominant” side to it. Yeah, Ethan wants Chloe and will stop at nothing to have her, but that is where it ends. I enjoyed the sassiness of Chloe and laughed at the “Smoothie” episode plus I loved the whole banter between the two of them. Ethan was “the man” and he stole my heart with how sensitive and caring he was for Chloe.
It did kinda irk me how weak Chloe seemed to be about sex even when she was falling in love with Ethan and knew that she could trust him.
The writing style was exceptional and I felt like I was watching each scene unfold as it happened. I was able to connect with the characters and felt each emotion as they were living them.
Chloe starts a new job as an intern at Frost Industries and on her first day at work, she gets into a “show of will” match with the “Smoothie guy”. Little does she know that it is really Ethan Frost behind the counter waiting on her. She returns home to find a present from Mr. Frost himself and Chloe won’t have any of it. She tries to return the next morning and gets into another confrontation with Ethan, but he will not step down when he wants something ---- and Ethan WANTS Chloe.
Chloe is too emotionally damaged and only wants to concentrate on her job and becoming a lawyer. She doesn’t have time for relationships nor does she have the mental capacity because of her troubled past. Ethan is patient and continues to try to win her over by wooing and courting her gently.
When Chloe finally opens up to Ethan and explains her past --- then comes the fireworks and the reader believes that everything is going to end HEA!! But noooo….it’s not that way at all…instead we are left with an “Epilogue” that ends all cliffhangers!
If you are looking for a FSOG twin…this is not the book for you but if you want a sweet and cute romance with angst at the end…..then pick this one up!
About the Author
Tracy Wolff collects books, English degrees and lipsticks and has been known to forget where—and sometimes who—she is when immersed in a great novel. At six she wrote her first short story—something with a rainbow and a prince—and at seven she forayed into the wonderful world of girls lit with her first Judy Blume novel. By ten she’d read everything in the young adult and classics sections of her local bookstore, so in desperation her mom started her on romance novels. And from the first page of the first book, Tracy knew she’d found her life-long love. Now an English professor at her local community college, she writes romances that run the gamut from contemporary to paranormal to erotic suspense.
And for all of those who want the unedited version:
Tracy Wolff lives with four men, teaches writing to local college students and spends as much time as she can manage immersed in worlds of her own creation. Married to the alpha hero of her dreams for twelve years, she is the mother of three young sons who spend most of their time trying to make her as crazy as possible.
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