Friday, 30 January 2015

Ruined by Marian Cheatham


RuinedRuined by Marian Cheatham
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was provided with a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

The story revolves around a feast of characters - Blythe and DB who are suffering from nasty post-breakup withdrawal symptoms; Bonni, Blythe's chirpy and good-natured cousin; Paolo, DB's teammate and Cori, a friend of Paolo's and DB's Jon, Paolo's half-brother. At an awards ceremony, when all these people are thrown together, Cori and Bonni are irresistibly drawn towards each other and fall in love at first sight. Jon, angered by some exchanges with the couple, determines to break them up. He cooks up scandalous pictures of Bonni and Paolo and circulates them in the students' circles, ruining Bonni's reputation, making Cori leave her with a broken heart. Paolo is as bewildered as Bonni is, about this ridiculous rumour, but neither of them is able to convince that they have nothing to do with each other. The only souls to believe them are DB and Blythe who put aside their differences and team up to help their friends. Do Cori understand Bonni's heart? Does this venture also unite DB and Blythe? These are the questions that the book answers for us.

Wow! I loved this modern take on Shakespeare's super fun comedy "Much Ado about Nothing". The plot is interesting and so was the narrative. The characters are all well defined and their conversations and exchanges in many instances leave the reader with a smile. I would have loved the pace to have been a tad more brisk. Nevertheless, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this and I would definitely recommend this to all book-lovers!

My rating: 4 stars

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