Ruin Series - Book Review

At Christmas time, I belong to a group of Elf's who surprise each other with books.  Well my Book Elf gifted me the amazing gift of the Ruin Series by Deborah Bladon.  I'd never heard of them before, but my Elf checked my reading list twice and saw what types of books I like.  Book Elf high five, you did good kid!

The three books are novella's no  more than 90 pages each, so they are a quickie!!  Nothing wrong with that.  There is hot sex, a great guy with plenty of dirty talk.  Links are below to purchase the book.


Sitting next to a stranger on a flight from Boston to New York City alters the entire course of Kayla Monroe's life. In her quest to escape the pain of rejection she jumps into the bed of an irresistible man who offers her a night that she'll never forget.

Their connection is fierce and undeniable. When their paths cross again, a twist of fate brings her to the realization that the man she's using to mend her broken heart is Dr. Ben Foster, a compassionate and respected physician.

Warnings about his past threaten Kayla's future. She knows she should believe the rumors, but the moments she spends in his arms, and in his bed, wash away any doubt in her mind.

She sees a future with Ben but those closest to her won't let her forget that the man she's falling for has left a path of ruin in his wake that may impact her in a way she never saw coming.


Kayla is running from a broken heart, she returns home to NYC.  On the way she meets Ben, a stranger and has the time of her life.  After running into him again, the passion/fire is still there for both of them and so it begins.  What they don't know is that there is a connection between them other than sex and lust.  But can this connection make it all crumble to the ground?  Could the demons from Ben's past haunt their future?

You can feel the connection between Ben and Kayla.  Their lust for each other.  As the book goes, you realize how much Ben needs Kayla and how much Kayla needs Ben.  I like how Kayla is so open, how she is accepting.  Call it naive, but I disagree, she is not stupid, she is wise for her age.  And it shows in how Ms. Bladon writes Kayla.  


Kayla Monroe had fallen hard and fast for Dr. Ben Foster. He was everything she needed and wanted after being dumped by the man she thought she loved. What started as a one night stand quickly turned into a blossoming relationship. Then the complications of his youth halt everything in its tracks.

The voices around her are telling Kayla that Ben isn't the man she thinks he is but her heart is telling her something completely different. She's drawn to him like a moth to a flame and as she listens as he explains his past, she sees the promise of a future with him that she desperately wants.

She's the thread that will weave a path for Ben back into the family he has lost. She senses it and as she takes on the task of releasing him from his burdens, she discovers that the man she has been sharing her bed with is, more complicated than she ever imagined.

Just as Kayla is about to step into her future with Ben, she ends up in a place where she's forced to accept a truth that she never knew existed.the next few weeks


The truth of Ben's past is laid out for Kayla.  Kayla being who she is believes it was an honest mistake.  Ben would NEVER hurt anyone.  NEVER.  But the people around Kayla are telling her that Ben is a bad person, who will hurt her.  And these voice should know, right?  Ben explains his side of what happened, lays his heart out for her.  Then Kayla listens to the other side.  In her heart of hearts she knows Ben, knows he wouldn't have done that.  He is innocent and made a mistake.  A mistake that cost him dearly.  

Right at the end you are left wondering if Ben and Kayla can survive it all.  Or will they drop off the cliff and perish.  Parker comes back into the picture, causing grief for Kayla.  She is over Parker, and has moved on with Ben.  But what Parker talks about rocks Kayla.

You are pulled into this book.  The tension is thick around this book.  I hoped like hell that Kayla would remain true to herself and what she see's in the world and she did!  For that I was glad.  She took the information given to her, but still followed her heart.  


Kayla Monroe felt safe in the arms of Dr. Ben Foster. He was helping her move past a broken heart and she was guiding him towards a reclaimed relationship with the brother he'd lost years ago. Their bond was unique, strong and bordering on a love that would change them both forever. 

Then Kayla found herself thrust into the middle of a triangle she wanted no part of. She heard things that altered her reality completely. There's no one for her to rely on but herself and she has to decide whether a familiar voice from the past holds more weight than the promise of a future she can't quite grasp yet.

Trusting her heart has never been easy for Kayla. Trusting others has never been easy for Ben. Together they have to determine whether the sins of the past are too much to bear or whether a connection that is undeniable is worth the risk.


The past comes out about Ben.  Noah and Ben both spoke their peace about it.  Kayla has accepted Ben for how he is.  A great man, a physician, and her lover.  But the past with Parker in Boston are nipping at her heels.  What she over heard was enough to send her reeling.  She needs to know what's the truth and what's a lie.  Is Parker still in love with her?  And does it matter?  Did Ben interfere with her relationship with Parker?  Why?

why a 3.5 star for me?  I felt like the story with Parker was just put in to create more drama.  Unnecessary drama.  There was already enough tension with Ben and Noah that could have been built upon.  Parker left Kayla, end of story.  He didn't need mentioned any more.  He left.  Kayla moved on, end of story.  But the lies Parker told, really didn't effect Kayla.  She was done, that door was closed and she was in a good place where she was loved, by BEN!  And the ending all wrapped up in a nice bow.  I'm not against it, but I wanted more for Ben and Kayla.