16 August 2013

Ruined by S. Pratt - Book Tour, Book Review, Giveaway

Title: Ruined
Author: S. Pratt
Genre: Contemporary Romance

“So I live my life according to the rules of others while my secret festers its way through my body. It bleeds slowly out of my heart and into my veins. Each word of my secret pulsing through me as it gets closer to the surface. I imagine one day it will get so close to the surface it will spring forth from my lips and reveal the monster I really am.” – Ruined. 
Bailey Michaels is living a lie. She has a handsome and successful fiancé, a great job and a house in a town she adores. Her friends and family know her as the perfectly crafted individual she has created in their minds. Her deception knows no bounds when it comes to keeping the truth from everyone else. But it’s not enough. She craves the love of the one man she can’t possibly have – the only one who shares her secret. 
Despite her angst over continuing her forbidden affair, nothing can keep her from Angel.
His dark looks, chiseled jaw and broodiness make it impossible for her to ever deny him anything. So when presented with a choice, Bailey knows she finally has to make a decision. Keep living the lie with her fiancé, Carron, or finally be with Angel – the man who’s had her heart since she was fifteen. 
The funny thing with life though; just when you think you’ve got it all figured out, fate has a way of stepping in and turning the best laid plans to ruins.

I will never wake up in a world where loving angel is okay. I will only ever be able to have him in the snippets he allows.
I have spend more than a half of this novel wondering who in the world Angel is and wondering why they can't be together. It looks like they were head over heels in love with each other, their chemistry is bursting all over the place. The intensity of emotions is palpable, their anguish is felt. So, whats the dig? 

It was probably the driving force of the novel - it drives reader to curiosity of figuring out the mystery behind Bailey's ultimate love. Why couldn't she give herself to anyone, even to the almost-perfect Carron? 
I want him, I need him. He is the one person who will ruin everything else good in my life for, despite how bad he thinks our relationship is.
I do not like cheating and I don't condone cheaters. Why allow yourself to be in a relationship when you are in love with another? Why sneak behind your partner's back when you are no longer happy? Why not break the relationship off? 
I am too ruined to really be in a relationship with anyone, but I can't help clinging on to the fact that he brings me comfort.
I do not like what they did to Carron. It was unfair, uncalled for and he didn't deserve any of it. So why would I forgive Bailey and most especially Angel? What would make me love them? I had no idea at first actually. I was torn between stopping and continuing to read the book. The emotions were brewing all throughout novel, until finally the secret was revealed. 

I was knocked off of my seat, I didn't see it coming. I know they were not supposed to be together, I was still hoping for her and Carron to get back together. But finally knowing the reason why - I understood why they tried to go their separate ways. Why Angel thought it was best to let her go. Yet, love is a powerful force that even the strongest man cannot stop. No matter what they do, who they are with or what they are to each other - love will always find a way for them to be together. I just wished it was not at the expense of someone as good and nice as Carron. Can he have his happy ending too? 

Ruined is something out of the ordinary, something different, something new. I can't say I fell in love with Ruined as much as I did with Sanctuary of Mine, I had a problem with the characters, their actions and their choices. But despite all of these, S. Pratt managed to intrigued me, had me on the edge of my seat with anticipation, and piqued some intense emotions not only with her words but with the choice of plot that Ruined has. 


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We all have secrets. Some are just buried deeper than others. But they’re there – hidden deep within. Mine I bury in that little red box people call a heart. Sometimes I wonder if I have a heart at all, for if I did I surely wouldn’t do the things I’ve done. Some people have that line they just don’t cross, while others have never had to draw it in the sand in the first place. They already know what is right from wrong. They know the consequence of stepping over it and they are just not willing. Others go barreling clean over it. No care for boundaries at all. Me, I know what ramifications my actions would have. Well, if anyone ever found out about them. But they won’t. I will never tell a soul my secret. It will just be mine.

S. Pratt is a multi-genre author who lives on the east coast of Australia in northern New South Wales with her husband and two children. She has a choc Labrador, Scooby-Doo, and two little mice that the kids promised they'd look after. This is now Shelly's job, amongst other things. Things you may not know about Shelly? She has four tattoos and would love more, is only now in her 30's becoming a wine whore and is a fiercely, loyal friend.
Shelly's breakout novel, Ruined and companion novella, Ruining Angel are contemporary romance fiction books available on kindle and print from the Amazon store.
Sanctuary of Mine is her latest work in the New Adult Romance genre. (Graphic Design by Cover It Designs). Available NOW.
Beloved Soul by Shelly Pratt is available through Amazon and is published through Eternal Press. Please note that Beloved Soul's cover artwork, editing and publication are all done through Eternal Press.
All other novels are written and published by S. Pratt. Editing acknowledgements go to those who are listed on each individual book title.

(2) Winners – One Signed Paperbacks of Ruined per winner.
(10) Winners – One eBook of Ruined Angel per winner.
(2) $5 Amazon Gift Card

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