REVIEW: RUIN (Slay #2) by Laurelin Paige

RUIN (Slay #2) by Laurelin Paige
Release Date: October 29th


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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My Review

Ruin is an apt title for book two in Edward Fasbender and Celia Werner’s Slay Quartet, and from my perspective, this is round 2 of an all out battle of wills, and while readers won’t truly be able to declare a winner until the final page of the last book in Edward and Celia’s story, what’s most intriguing is that there isn’t a clear front runner, not because they both don’t plan to be the victor of this tête-à-tête, but because they have an arsenal of moves that haven’t been played yet, and when they are, the winner will be the one who manages to outplay the other, but, as of right now, it’s too soon to decide.

Edward continues to show his alpha bastard tendencies. His plan for revenge keeps him from fully giving into his attraction and desire for his wife. He wields a commanding presence, both with his words and his actions, and he seems to get off on throwing her off her own game. He is quite the manipulative sadist, but Celia also brings out other parts of Edward’s personality that have laid dormant for quite some time, and what that means for Edward’s endgame and this sham of a marriage remains unclear.

For so long, Celia has felt nothing, but now her emotions overwhelm her, forcing her to do and to say things that are definitely out of character for the Celia readers have loved to hate, but, just like in book 1, Laurelin Paige continues to show who Celia truly is and how she became the vindictive bitch readers met in Hudson and Alayna’s story, and I can’t believe I’m saying this, but my feelings for her continue to change as Paige delves deeper into Celia’s past and provides necessary insights for the person she couldn’t help but become.

Slay: Ruin alters the dynamics of Celia and Edward’s relationship in a multitude of ways. Neither imagined that their feelings for each other would be anything of substance, but with each wall that seems to be torn down, each secret that is unburdened, they are evolving as individuals as well as husband and wife. But because readers are only halfway into this quartet, there’s a significant amount of Celia and Edward’s story that remains to be told and what that means for their respective game plans as well as their fluctuating feelings for each other has yet to be revealed.

4 Poison Apples


Yes, she was calculating and manipulative, and she was very spoiled about getting her way, but that was all surface. She was an onion. There were layers and layers underneath, parts of her that she held away. Parts she showed no one. For whatever reason, I’d caught sight of what she kept hidden, whether she’d meant for that to happen or not, I couldn’t be sure. Regardless, I was captivated. There was so much to see there, so much to take down. So much of her to know and own and destroy and redesign, and like an old habit, I couldn’t break away.

She was an addiction, and I wanted to feed on it. She wasn’t supposed to be like that.

She wasn’t supposed to want to bend to my whims. She wasn’t supposed to open up and give what I asked for. She wasn’t supposed to be so eager to take what I gave her. She certainly wasn’t supposed to see past my own curtain, wasn’t supposed to ask to see more.

I’m here for this, she’d said.

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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