Ruin - Rachel Van Dyken


By Rachel Van Dyken

  • Release Date: 2013-08-12
  • Genre: New Adult
Score: 4.5
From 841 Ratings


I'm not your typical girl. I've been running away from the memories that haunt me for so long that depression has become my only comfort. I was content in the darkness...until Wes Michals offered to be my light.

I didn't know that time wasn't my ally -- that every second that ticked past was one step closer to the end of something that was beginning to mean the end of myself. He tried to warn me. He promised me all he was able to offer--each moment as it came--but it would never be enough.

Sometimes when you think it's the end, it's only the beginning. Wes thought he could save me, but in giving me everything, he ruined me. Because after one kiss, one touch, I couldn't--I wouldn't ever be the same.

And from that moment on, his heartbeat became my own


  • Love It

    By Mackenzie Kadwell
    So beautiful and very emotional. I cried for most of the book. Excellent job!
  • I never write reviews

    By SabCab9
    Like the title says, I never do reviews but this book I just couldn’t not write one. This book made me feel everything the characters were feeling: happiness, sadness, love, heartbreak, everything. It isn’t just a book about a boy and a girl it’s a story that everyone can relate to and take advice from. I have read a couple hundred books in the past few months and this is one that I would highly recommend. Thank you RVD, you nailed this one.
  • I Love Love Love this book!!!!!!!

    By LaNayaaaaaaaa
    Its literally AMAZING i finished this book in less than 24 hours.. I couldn't stop reading i was HOOOKED!!!! cant wait to read the rest of the books!!!!!!
  • Romantic and Heartbreaking

    By Mimi9250
    Rachel Van Dyken evokes such emotion and turmoil in your heart you will not be able to put the book down. She writes of a beautiful heartbreakingly tragic love that will definitely make you cry. I absolutely loved this book
  • Tearjerker

    By Grandma PNR
    Very good emotional love story. About hope and it's okay to be afraid and learn from your fears.
  • ❤️James

    By Cpugmom
    I was really touched by this book. My husband had Hodgkins Lymphoma when I was pregnant with my first child. He had a very large tumor removed from his chest, close to his heart. I could feel for Kirsten and James. This is a beautiful story full of beautiful characters.
  • You Will Need Tissue!!!

    By Whisper 40
    You will laugh and you will cry. It has been a long time since I went through a box of Kleenex while reading a book. This book is so well written and the characters come to life right in front of you.
  • Amazing, must read!!!!

    By Ryatsko
    Saw this title on Rachel Van Dyken Facebook listed for free so I one-clicked.. After reading several of Rachel's book thought it was romantic comedy... I was wrong!!!! This book is amazing ! I laughed... I cried... And cried some more... And cried some more... You are pulled right in... .. feel everything the characters are feeling... Anticipating and willing what will happen next !!! Worth every tear! Must read!!!!!!!
  • Ruin

    By Jasmyn9
    This was an incredibly emotional ride. There were a few times I expected everything to go wrong and turn into a tragedy - but we do have an HEA, and this was one of the best New Adult romances I've read in a long time. That doesn't mean it wasn't perfect. There were a few places I rolled my eyes just a tad and said "Yeah right." But they were minor in comparison to the chemistry and love between Wes and Kiersten. An unlikely pair from the very beginning, it takes them a long time to realize they are more alike than anyone (even the reader) really thought. Rachel Van Dyken leads the reader on quite the ride trying to figure out what is going on with Wes, and have a box of tissues handy for when it all comes out. They are one of those couples that everyone seems to envy, and they are just so adorable together you sometimes want to get a little sick (but in a good way). There are some amazing friends in the story that really help bring out everyone's personality in a way that had me laughing right along with them. I want more "Wes Words of Wisdom" - that guy has some seriously good moments and speeches. I have put Rachel Van Dyken on my inta-buy list for new titles and she has quite the backlist for me to explore - I can't wait to start!
  • Love unabated...

    By lmpanthermom
    Wow! I can't even begin to describe what an incredible story of hope and love this is. I love Wes and Keirsten son hard but Gabe and Lisa were just as awesome. I literally laughed out loud and cried at the same time. So heartfelt and well written.