In Ruins (Danielle Pearl)


She wanted to start again. To be someone—anyone—different . . .

Freedom. When Carleigh Stanger thought of college, that was the word that came to mind. Freedom from her unhappy home life. Freedom from high school mistakes. Freedom from the memory of that terrible morning. Only instead of bringing a sweet escape, Carleigh’s first campus party traps her in the scornful gaze of the last person she wants to see, Tucker Green.

It wasn’t long ago that being close to Carleigh was everything Tucker wanted. But that was before he realized she was just another scheming girl who’d do whatever it took to get her way. Even lie to the guy she claimed to love. Unfortunately while Tucker’s brain remembers the pain Carleigh caused, his body only remembers the pleasure.


That is literally all this book was about. Well, and some thrown in drama that was completely random but nothing that really kept me reeling. And not just adult sex but a lot of 17 & 18 year old sex. Like, to me the hero just makes the heroine mad so that he can have some rowdy sex. I’m not put off by that by all means but I think this should have almost been a YA novel.

I’m a huge fan of Danielle’s Something More series. Rory and Cap were some of my favorite characters of 2015 but this book just fell really short for me.


The twist. It was okay. It was the best part of the book for me because I had no idea what was gonna happen. But then I was instantly turned off because the twist was ridiculously silly. Another thing I wasn’t drawn to was the reason why Tuck and Carl weren’t together. It was silly. Petty.

There was just so much going on in the story that I never had an opportunity to connect with any of the characters. I was already worried about that in the beginning because I wasn’t necessarily drawn to Carl in the first three books in Danielle’s other series.


I was however excited to see that Bits was getting her own book. I think I wanted that more than I wanted Carl’s. But all in all, it was a quick and easy read with writing that didn’t make me want to stab my eyeballs out.


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