Saturday 24 March 2018


Gods #1
By Samantha Towle
Releasing March 6th, 2018
Hatchette Books

From Samantha Towle, the New York Times bestselling author of Wardrobe Malfunction and Breaking Hollywood, comes a dramatically powerful and passionate new contemporary romance.

And the new heavyweight champion of the world is...

Those are the words that Zeus Kincaid has been waiting to hear since he first put on a pair of boxing gloves. He just didn't think they would come with a tragedy that would change how he viewed the sport forever.

Cameron Reed was in her second year at Juilliard when her childhood sweetheart, Zeus Kincaid, walked away from her. A few months later, Cam realized that she would never fulfill her dream of dancing for the New York City Ballet.

Now working as a dancer in an upscale club in Manhattan, Cam is brought face-to-face with the man she once loved. And it's her turn to walk away from him.

After five years of missing Cam, Zeus isn't prepared to let her go again. But when he finds himself standing on her doorstep the next morning, things don't go quite as he expected...

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In Ruin (Gods #1) by Samantha Towle, it was hard for Zeus Kincaid to walk away from Cameron Reed, but he did so they both could achieve their dreams. However, when Zeus finds Cameron dancing in an upscale club in Manhattan, he knows he did wrong by her. Determined to make things right with Cameron, he didn't realize how much he'd have to make up for, especially with the surprise waiting for him when he rocks up at her front door. Will Zeus be able to win Cameron back, or is what he did in the past too painful for her to give Zeus a second chance?

What a splendidly-crafted and fast-paced second chance romance Ms. Towle has penned in this first book of her Gods series, which is fabulously named because Zeus and his siblings are each named after Gods. The way this story started had me liking the story immediately, as Zeus faces a tough fight that has him wracked with guilt because of what happens. However, it was from the moment the hero and heroine come face-to-face for the first time since they went their separate ways where this story gets really interesting, as the hero is surprised by the heroine being in the place where they meet. Why is the heroine there? Did she accomplish her dreams? 

As for the dialogue, it was intense due to the main characters back stories and the obstacles these two face on their journey to happy ever after, as the heroine doesn't know if she'll ever be able to trust the hero again after the way they broke up that left her devastated. However, I also liked how this story went back and forth between the past and the present, as the hero and heroine's relationship was so sweet and full of love when they were younger. Was the hero's career as a boxer so much more important than his relationship with Cameron? Why did he think going their separate ways was a good idea back then? Will Zeus be able to win Cameron back?

With the main characters, they were absolutely captivating, as the heroine is a good mom that would do anything for her daughter. Cameron is also resilient and courageous in giving Zeus a chance to get to know their daughter, even though it isn't easy for her to be around him. I also liked how close she and her aunt are. The woman is more her mom than her aunt and I liked the advice the older woman offered Cameron because it's palpable the heroine and Zeus are very much still in love with each other. Will Cameron be able to give Zeus a second chance? While Zeus, he's worked hard to have a good career as a boxer and I liked the success he's achieved, even though his success hasn't all been roses, especially with what happened to someone he now considers a friend instead of an opponent. I also liked how driven he is by his guilt to help someone that doesn't have the support he needs. Will Cameron understand why Zeus needs to continue to box to earn money? Yet, what I liked most of all about the hero was his determination to prove to the heroine that she and their daughter are the important people in his life, which he does by making past wrongs right. 

Overall, Ms. Towle has penned another incredible read, which launches a brilliant start to this series and where the chemistry between Cameron and Zeus was off-the-charts; the romance full of heat and passion and showed how much the hero wants the heroine back; and the ending had me loving that the hero and heroine finally get their happy ever after, especially since the hero isn't about to let anything stand in his way of being with Cameron. I would recommend Zeus by Samantha Towle, if you enjoy the second chance romance trope or books by authors Lauren Blakely, Sandi Lynn, Adriana Locke and Katy Evans.

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