on February 3, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Romance
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I met Mathias Sloan in a club.
I told him I was twenty-four.
I told him my name was Olivia.
I thought that I would have a one-night stand and be done with him.
I didn’t know that he was my new piano instructor for the next six months…
We would come together and fall apart. After him, every man was ruined.
If I knew what I know now, I wouldn’t have walked to him. I would’ve turned and run…
Ruin You Completely is the third book in the Sloan Brothers series by Calia Read. We finally get Mathias’s story. In the first two books we received glimpses and teases of Mathias just enough to know there would be an epic story behind the moody, broody brother. I, for one, could not wait. I’m always gravitating to the bad boy, the loner, the outcast, what ever you want to call them. They’re the guys in the book that exude the killer vibe. Stay away and whatever you do, don’t try to talk to them. I love those characters. For as much as they want you to stay away, their personalities scream “look at me” and all those emotions they try to hide are blatantly obvious in their gruff exteriors.
I was captivated by Mathias. He’s exactly what I wanted, all brood and scowl. Don’t get too close because I ruin all that I touch. That was the underlying theme, after all. However, you quickly realize that the hard exterior is just a shell to a small broken boy. I found that my standoffish Mathias really wasn’t nearly as complex as I had hoped. For all the hype, I found myself disinterested and disappointed in his story.
Katja is Mathias’s piano student. She comes across as sheltered and naive the perfect victim for someone like Mathias. At first it was the perfect storm. Angsty male versus young and naive female. Just what the doctor had ordered. Can she save him from himself while he teaches her to blossom into a full fledged woman? Again the makings for a great, even epic romance. The story does indeed start out that way. They meet under fictitious circumstances. He’s enamored and she’s just having fun. When the two discover they are actually teacher and student I was excited. This was a perfect time for the push and pull, the torturous flirting, the wanting what we can’t have. EPIC delicious tease to the point where the sexual tension is palpable on the pages. But it wasn’t and it didn’t. For me it all just fizzled out.
I think my biggest concern for this story is the inconsistency. As an ARC reader, I expect to receive a story that is almost complete. I don’t expect perfection. The author needs to have another good look over, maybe catch that stray spelling error or fix some formatting. These books are readable meaning the typos won’t take away from the story. However, in Ruin You Completely, I kept getting stuck on the sentence structure and inconsistencies.
I am not a writer. I have enormous respect for those who do. The time, energy, thought, and perseverance is amazing to me and I have mad respect. I’m just looking at this from a reader’s stand point. I need fluidity. There are many inconsistencies in the book that had me going back over and over again to see if I’d comprehended something wrong. After the first few times, I was honestly ready to give up. And really it distracts from the heart of the story. For example, a dinner date is made with a group for the next night, and then the next day there is a big scene between Mathias and Katja where he convinces her to go out on a dinner date again.
I would say overall this is a mediocre read. I would have liked more bang for my buck. I didn’t think Mathias’ back story was enough for him to be as moody and broody as he was. There certainly was no closure to those events. It could have been so much more and I wanted more. I wanted to cry for Mathias. I wanted to weep for the little boy he once was. I wanted Katja to be the one that saved him from himself, or from her it wouldn’t have mattered. This one just didn’t live up to my expectations.
*A copy of this book was kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*