Review: Ruining Me by Nicole Reed

Eighteen year old Jay Stevenson is living a horrible nightmare. Two years ago, she had the world in the palm of her hand, but in one moment, it was ruined. Secrets, lies, and the worst imaginable betrayal haunt her new reality. Burying her problems under a cold façade seems to be the only way to cope until it all catches up with her. Soon, she loses control of the lonely world she built around her, and the past, present, and future collide. Three guys are there when it all comes crashing down: JT, the perfect boyfriend she never wanted to give up; Rhye, the local bad boy “rock star” who made her forget the past; and Kane, the funny and sweet tattooed bartender who wants her future. Secrets must be kept. Choices must be made. Is it possible to move forward while still chained to the wicked vices of the past?

Eighteen year old Jay Stevenson is living a horrible nightmare.
Two years ago, she had the world in the palm of her hand, but in one moment, it was ruined. Secrets, lies, and the worst imaginable betrayal haunt her new reality. Burying her problems under a cold façade seems to be the only way to cope until it all catches up with her. Soon, she loses control of the lonely world she built around her, and the past, present, and future collide.
Three guys are there when it all comes crashing down: JT, the perfect boyfriend she never wanted to give up; Rhye, the local bad boy “rock star” who made her forget the past; and Kane, the funny and sweet tattooed bartender who wants her future.
Secrets must be kept. Choices must be made. Is it possible to move forward while still chained to the wicked vices of the past?

Ruining Me by Nicole Reed

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I am always a little torn when I read these types of books. You have to remember that all the cast of characters are young, in this case the heroine is still in high school. Even though she is 18 now she has been hiding a horrible secret for two years. The shame of that secret made her push all the good people out of her life, her perfect popular jock boyfriend and her best friends. She total alienated herself from everyone except for a bartender at a bar she frequents with a fake id. During the course of the two years she ends up with 3 guys that are prominent in her life. Two of them she tries to avoid – her ex jock boyfriend TJ and another classmate who is the singer in a band, Rhye, who she had a fling with after the traumatic thing happened. She also meets a new guy, Kane through the bartender and they become hot and heavy pretty quick even though neither wants a relationship. None of the guys are bad but she was a different person at a different time in her life which each one. Right off the bat I was rooting for Kane.

Even though Jay chose to keep her secrets someone should have seen the signs of what happened to her. She certainly showed the behaviors but her parents and friends were pretty clueless. The end of this book finds Jay going back to TJ and her secret being revealed in front of the whole senior class which then snowballs into another tragedy which is how this books ends.

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