Author: Danielle Pearl
Series: Something More, #1
On Sale: October 4, 2016
Publisher: Forever
Trade Paperback: $4.99 USD
eBook: $4.99 USD


28963779She wanted to start again. To be someone—anyone—different . . .

Freedom. When Carleigh Stanger thought of college, that was the word that came to mind. Freedom from her unhappy home life. Freedom from high school mistakes. Freedom from the memory of that terrible morning. Only instead of bringing a sweet escape, Carleigh’s first campus party traps her in the scornful gaze of the last person she wants to see, Tucker Green.

It wasn’t long ago that being close to Carleigh was everything Tucker wanted. But that was before he realized she was just another scheming girl who’d do whatever it took to get her way. Even lie to the guy she claimed to love. Unfortunately while Tucker’s brain remembers the pain Carleigh caused, his body only remembers the pleasure . . .




Danielle Pearl is the bestselling author of the Something More series. She lives in New Jersey with her three delicious children and ever-supportive husband, who—luckily—doesn’t mind sharing her with an array of fictional men. She did a brief stint at Boston University and worked in marketing before publishing her debut novel, Normal. She writes mature Young Adult and New Adult contemporary romance. Danielle enjoys coffee, wine, and cupcakes, and not in moderation.




When I requested IN RUINS by Danielle Pearl I read a bit of the synopsis and then immediately decided to read and review it. The small part of the plot that I read quickly hooked me and I knew it was going to be a good one. And come on.. just look at the beautiful cover!

Carleigh is a freshmen in college and is trying to move on with her life. She thinks she’ll be able to avoid her ex-boyfriend and longtime friend, Tucker, but as life would have it, that’s not what happens. They begin to run into each other everywhere and there is an evident connection, even though Tucker claims to hate her for secrets in the past.

IN RUINS is written a bit differently and usually I dislike stories written like this, but I feel that it worked PERFECTLY for this story. The story was written in past and present alternating chapters. We were able to move forward with Carl and Tucker’s lives. We were also able to not only hear about their past, but actually witness it for ourselves. Generally the reason I dislike stories like this is because I feel like the author waste’s too much time in the past and it ends up being just “fluff”. With this novel is was definitely not the case. The past chapters really affirmed their relationship and everything they went through.

This was the first book by Danielle Pearl that I’ve read, but it definitely won’t be my last! I’m excited to go back and read her other books!


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