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Review: Shame by Rachel Van Dyken

Posted 2 October, 2014 in Reviews / 2 Comments

Review: Shame by Rachel Van DykenTitle: Shame
Series: Ruin #3
Author: Rachel Van Dyken
Genres: New Adult
Release Date: October 6, 2014
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Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review. Read more

About Shame:

Everything done in darkness, will eventually be brought into the light.

I ran, but all it did was keep me one step ahead of my past. I tried to start over; new name, new identity. But you can't change your soul.

A fresh start at college was just what I needed. For a while, it worked. I was the party girl, the one that seemed confident, but it was a lie.

When guys kissed me--I felt only pain.

When they touched me--Nothing but fear.

Deep inside, every girl wants to be the beauty in the story, to find someone that will see you as their world.

But the truth? I was the beast. And as much as I wanted redemption, I wasn't fool enough to think I'd ever get it.

Until he walked into my life.

I wasn't prepared to fall for someone. My scars were too deep, the wounds too raw. But he offered me peace, he offered me security. I should have known it was just another lie--I should have known that falling in love with my professor was a bad idea.
But I was powerless to stop myself from falling.
And he was powerless to catch me.

Because the darkness finally caught up to me, and as fate would have it, a cruel twist almost bled me dry. But I'm stronger than I knew. I'm stronger than you think.

You think you know my story, but you don't....after all everyone has Shame in their lives-- and I'm no longer afraid to show you mine.
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My Review:

This book was definitely unlike other books in the Shame series. Yes, it was full of secrets. Yes, it was full of mysterious characters. But unlike the other books, it had a lot of scheming. Plotting. I was waiting for Emily Thorne to show up with her red sharpie. It kind of reminded me more of Rachel’s Eagle Elite series.

It was kind of easy to guess Lisa’s backstory from what you find out in the other Ruin books. So even though we didn’t know how bad it was, we had an idea. So I didn’t really understand all the “mystery” surrounding that. But I loved guessing what Tristan’s motivations were, what part of him was driving his actions at what time. Sometimes, he was fueled by revenge. Others, by lust. And knowing those two sides made it hard to discern which part he was playing at any given time.

Lastly, I enjoyed how prevalent other characters from the series were in the book. I hate when a series follows a different couple in each book, but once a couple gets their happy ending, you barely ever see them again. Particularly, I loved, loved, loved Gabe. He is so protective of Lisa. It’s adorbs.

One thing, Lisa – the bad guy was in from of you the whole time and he always seemed sketchy. You should have seen that coming.

About Rachel Van Dyken:

rachel van dyken

Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she’s not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor.

She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband and their snoring Boxer, Sir Winston Churchill. She loves to hear from readers! You can follow her writing journey at

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