By Shiloh Walker
We gave this a B. AAR's Maria Rose wrote:
Shiloh Walker has come up with another entertaining and emotional romance in her Barnes Brothers series with Ruined in which Sebastian, the golden boy of Hollywood gets to play the hero in a way he never expected. While he's had a crush on Marin, a close friend of his older brother (and a fellow actress he enjoys working with) for years, she's been careful to stay clear of anything intimate with him, his easy playboy ways not what she's looking for in a partner. But when Sebastian's ex-girlfriend comes for a visit and ends up dead, with Sebastian having taken the knife from her abusive lover and killed him with it in turn, the physical scars he's left with are no match for the emotional ones. Through his year of recovery from the trauma, Marin stands by him and is the only friend he can countenance being around him. With alcohol a complement to his pity party, his memories of some of what happens when she is around are fuzzy. But when the alcoholic fog clears, and he sets his sights on the future, he knows what he wants - and it's Marin. But will his efforts be too little, too late?

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