Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Review: Ruin Me by Jamie Brenner

Rating:  ★★★★ stars
Date published: May 6th, 2014
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Synopsis: The sexy New Adult e-original from Jamie Brenner, in which Lulu has everything except the one thing she never knew she desired—until now.

She lives in a world of beauty.

His life is shrouded in darkness. 

When they meet, she must choose between everything she has and the one thing she has always desired.

Lulu Sterling thinks she has it all figured out: with one more year left at NYU, she’s spending her summer interning at her mother’s iconic art gallery, determined to overcome the long shadow of her father’s suicide and prove herself to her critical mother. With her boyfriend, rising artist Brandt Penn, Lulu also hopes she will finally experience the love and desire that have always eluded her.  But passion comes where she least expects it in the form of a brilliant, reclusive street artist known only by the tag GoST, and Lulu must decide how much she is willing to risk – and how far she is willing to go --  to claim it.

What I Thought:

I do believe this is the first New Adult novel set in the art world I've read.  I had no idea the art world was so cut throat!  I'm not sure what it was I was expecting, but this book was full of drama and action.    

As a fan of art in all its forms I was surprised to see the disdain with which street art like GoST's was treated compared to traditional art like Brandt Penn's.  Now seeing how one art installation caused traffic to shut down and the bomb squad called out, I can see why it's not looked on so favorably.  After all the purpose of art is to convey a message or capture a moment in time and everyone interprets things differently.  

I really liked Lulu.  She knew what she liked and she went after it.  I liked how even though she was afraid of her mother, once she gained confidence and herself, she didn't let anyone hold her back.  I admired GoST for the same reason.  Not only was he trying to convey a message to the public but he stood behind his art.  He wasn't going to let anyone else take credit for it or let anyone get hurt because of it.

Chances are I'm not doing a really good job at conveying how good this book was.  Give a try. It took me about 10% to really get into it, and then I had a very hard time putting it down. This is the first book by Jamie Brenner that I've read.  I'm surprised I haven't heard about her before.  Now that I know she's written other books, I'm definitely going to check them out and keep my eyes and ears pealed for whatever she writes next.

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About the Author

I say “true love if full of drama” because 1) that’s been my experience in life and 2) while growing up, everything I learned about love came from Aaron Spelling TV shows and Judith Krantz novels.

My 1920’s novel THE GIN LOVERS (St. Martin's Press) was named by Fresh Fiction named as one of the Top Thirteen Books to read in 2013.My first New Adult novel, RUIN ME, will publish in May. 

I also write contemporary romance and erotic romance under the name Logan Belle (always with an HEA – though with plenty of twists and turns along the way): NOW OR NEVER, MISS CHATTERLEY (Pocket Star/Simon & Schuster), THE LIBRARIAN (translated into a dozen languages), and the burlesque trilogy Blue Angel (Kensington). 

I live in New York City with my husband and two daughters. For updates and obsessions, follow me on Twitter and Facebook.

* A copy was provide by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for a honest review.  All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for them in any manner.*

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