Everything done in darkness, will eventually be brought into the light.
I ran, but all it did was keep me one step ahead of my past. I tried to start over; new name, new identity. But you can’t change your soul. A fresh start at college was just what I needed. For a while, it worked. I was the party girl, the one that seemed confident, but it was a lie.
When guys kissed me–I felt only pain.
When they touched me–Nothing but fear.
Deep inside, every girl wants to be the beauty in the story, to find someone that will see you as their world. But the truth? I was the beast. And as much as I wanted redemption, I wasn’t fool enough to think I’d ever get it.
Until he walked into my life.
I wasn’t prepared to fall for someone. My scars were too deep, the wounds too raw. But he offered me peace, he offered me security. I should have known it was just another lie–I should have known that falling in love with my professor was a bad idea.
But I was powerless to stop myself from falling.
And he was powerless to catch me.
Because the darkness finally caught up to me, and as fate would have it, a cruel twist almost bled me dry. But I’m stronger than I knew. I’m stronger than you think.
You think you know my story, but you don’t….after all everyone has Shame in their lives– and I’m no longer afraid to show you mine.
Ruin Series Box Set
Contains Ruin, Toxic and Fearless
Whitney’s Four Star Review
Shame is the continuation of the Ruin series which should be read in order to get the full benefit.
I’ve loved this series from the start and one of my favorite aspects is the weaving of the other characters throughout the storyline. While Shame is undoubtedly Lisa’s story, we get enough Wes and Gabe to satisfy their fans. And we have a new love interest as well.
Tristan is Lisa’s college professor (a very young one) but he is hiding a big secret. Getting close to Lisa is his end game but what will he choose to do when he finally earns her trust? Thankfully, this is dual POV so we get to know Tristan and although Lisa doesn’t know his secrets, the reader does.
We also learn about Lisa’s past which is quite frankly, terrifying and tragic. I’d say this is the darkest book of the series and some of the aspects of mental illness are tough to read about.
While I really enjoyed the story, I didn’t love it as much as the others. Rachel’s writing is solid but the story seemed a bit repetitive at times, almost too long and drawn out for what happens. That being said, a four star rating is proof that I did enjoy it!
Tristan is a bit of a tortured soul although pretty darn sexy. The chemistry he and Lisa have is palpable. Rachel’s sex scenes are clean, no details but there is still quite a bit of tension.
I highly recommend this series as a whole. You get everything… some laughs, some tears, and an wonderful tale of friendship and love intertwined through all three stories.
About Rachel Van Dyken
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! You can follow her writing journey at http://www.rachelvandykenauthor.com