With her heart literally in his hands, Celia will have to try and bargain with a devil.
Edward Fasbender is my captor.
Trapped on this island he owns everything on--including, it seems, me.
He told me he would break me, but I thought he meant in the bedroom. It turns out Edward is playing a completely different game.
And he won't stop until he's ruined me.
Slay Two: Ruin is the second book in the Slay Quartet. Slay One: Rivalry should be read first.
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But, now, back to this book.
For a long time, understandably I think, I have hated Celia. It's not just me who feels this way either.
I mean, she's not nice (understatement) and she is manipulative, and mean, and awful and I don't like her and, darn it, nothing is going to make me.
And then she meets Edward. I can't lie, at the end of the 1st book, I thought his plan was diabolical and awful, but I only cared because of what he was planning and not who he was plotting against. And, he felt the same way. She was a means to an end and not a woman woth feelings.
But, here's the thing. Edward isn't a nice guy (YAY for that) but I like him. If I can say that about him (and also like Hudson who is just as guilty of the things I hold against Celia) is she really all that bad? Or, more to the point, she is that bad. But why is she the only character I feel the need to continue to dislike, and is it fair?
No. Maybe there's more to her than I thought initially. Darn it. Maybe she's the villian in Hudson's story, but less of one in her own? Maybe in getting to know her, I can see the why behind the things she's done.
This book explores the past, how it shapes a person's life, and how much of this is something that can be controlled. Are you set in a certain direction never to deviate, or can honesty, self reflection, and acceptance move you to a different path?
There are so many nuggets in this book to give you an idea. Little statements that are said in passing (especially about her relationship with her family) that give you a pretty clear picture of Celia, that she is someone who wants to be loved, and love in return, but doesn't feel she's worth it. You think the same things about her that she thinks of herself. It's fascinating, really, how much you can get into her head in this, because this is your opinion of her too.
Until it isn't.
I can't wait to see where we go from here, and saying anything else is going to get way too close to spoilers, so I will just say this book is absolutely everything you want it to be and, at least for me, it pulls off the impossible. I am starting to like Celia.
I enjoyed and recommend this title.
About the Author
With millions of books sold worldwide, Laurelin Paige is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling Author. She is a sucker for a good romance and gets giddy anytime there’s kissing, much to the embarrassment of her three daughters. Her husband doesn’t seem to complain, however.
When she isn’t reading or writing sexy stories, she’s probably singing, watching Game of Thrones or Letterkenny, or dreaming of Michael Fassbender. She's also a proud member of Mensa International though she doesn't do anything with the organization except use it as material for her bio.
She is represented by Rebecca Friedman.
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