Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Review: Ruined (Barnes Brothers #4) by Shiloh Walker

*****4.5 Stars*****

Ruined is the fourth book in Shiloh Walker's contemporary Barnes Brothers series. I suggest reading the previous books in the series before picking this one up so you can get the full effect for the back story, but it could be read as a standalone. I've enjoyed all four books in this series, but this one is probably my favorite. I have always had a fondness for stories with injured heroes and age gaps.
Sebastien has led a pretty amazing life. He's got a wonderful family, a great acting career and plenty of women to keep his playboy lifestyle full. The only thing he wants that he can't get is, Marin. She is a fellow actor, they are good friends and he has always harbored a crush on her. When he finally mans up and asks her out she turns him down. Marin is at the point in her life where she is ready to settle down. She has already lived the fast life in hollywood and knows that Sebastian is still sowing his oats and not ready for the simpler life she wishes to lead.
Sebastien's life takes a drastic turn when he is injured trying to rescue a woman being assaulted. He goes from being Hollywood's golden boy to hiding out thanks to his newly scarred appearance. Marin attempts to get him to look at his life and realize beauty is more than skin deep and Sebastien attempts to once again convince Marin that he is the perfect man for him despite his old lifestyle and their age difference.
I loved Sebastien so much. I have been looking forward to his story and Shiloh Walker did not disappoint me. He turned out to be a sexy man full of heart and determination who had to overcome a terrible event to finally realize his dreams. I loved Marin too, even though I wanted to shake her at first because of her reluctance due to their age difference. This was a perfectly written love story full of heart and lots of steamy moments.

Reviewed by Rosemary Feil

From the national bestselling author of Busted and Razed comes an unforgettable story of a love that transcends tragedy...
As one of the Barnes brothers, Sebastien has always felt blessed. Not only does he have an amazing family, but he’s become a Hollywood golden boy who has everything he’s ever wanted—with one exception. He’s had a thing for Marin since he was a kid, but when he finally summons the courage to ask her out, she turns him down. Marin is ready to settle down, she wants commitment and stability, and Sebastien is still too much of a playboy, caught up in the wild life of the spotlight.

Still reeling from the rejection, Sebastien’s luck runs out later that night when he saves a girl from an assault. The shining knight role fits him just fine, but his armor—and his perfect life—become tarnished when the near-deadly attack lands him in the hospital. Physically scarred, he gives up acting and retreats from everybody.

If anyone can pull Sebastien back from the abyss, it’s Marin. But first she has to convince him that beauty is
not only skin deep...

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