Review: SLAY: RUIN by Laurelin Paige

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Slay: Ruin by Laurelin Paige
Series: Slay Quartet, book 2
Genre: billionaire, erotic romance
Publisher: Paige Press LLC
Publication Date: October 29, 2019
Rating: ★★★★★

Slay: Ruin is a bewitching and mouth-watering must read!

After that hellacious cliffhanger we were all forced to endure from book one, we finally find out what happens next with these two wicked characters. To say I wasn’t prepared…*pfft*, truest understatement of the year.

But wait…you NEED to read book one first before reading this book. If that wasn’t obvious by now, then this is me telling you. So, you’ve been warned…

Slay: Ruin starts right where Slay: Rivalry ends. Literally. (Thank God.) The author wastes no time getting right into the thick of things between Celia and Edward. As much as we were all tortured with that cliffhanger, we were put out of our misery right away. But oh, the author does find other methods in which to torture us as the book progresses.

Hell bent on “breaking down” Celia, Edward leaves her stranded on his private island after their honeymoon, only returning a handful of times. If that doesn’t reek of CONTROL, then I don’t know what does. Throughout the story, we’re given full access to Celia and how she handled her “imprisonment”, with only a few, very brief insights into the mind of Edward. The progression of the plot is an erotic mix of mind games, domination, and discipline. But above all of that, truth and honesty. Multiple times throughout the story, I had a very strong dislike for Edward. I wanted to hate him, truly I did. But there was just something about him, something working in his mind that we hadn’t seen yet, that piqued my curiosity. He’s such an enigma of a man that even Celia was blindsided more than once. And Celia!….Gah, I didn’t know I would ever have a compassionate or supportive bone in my body when it came to her. The internal pain, misfortune, and insecurities she’s carried with her is truly shocking, and explains WHY she is the way she is. And as more of Celia’s truths become revealed, you ultimately see why Edward is so determined to break her.

I could not put this book down. I thought I knew where this story was headed, but I had NO IDEA! Slay: Ruin doesn’t necessarily end on a cliffhanger (unlike book one), but it does leave the story open to an array of possibilities and interpretations…along with a ton of questions. But most importantly, there’s still the chilling reminder of that shocking cliffhanger from book one…was Edward serious? Or did their newly formed connection make him have a change of heart?

I seriously cannot wait for Slay: Revenge. I have an idea, but just like the first two books, I am in no way going to be prepared for what’s in store with these two characters. I’m on the edge of my seat with anticipation!

5 Stars!


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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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