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I met Mathias Sloan in a club.
I told him I was twenty-four.
I told him my name was Olivia.
I thought that I would have a one-night stand and be done with him.
I didn’t know that he was my new piano instructor for the next six months…
We would come together and fall apart. After him, every man was ruined.
If I knew what I know now, I wouldn’t have walked to him. I would’ve turned and run…
Now I thought I knew what I was getting with Calia Read's "Ruin You Completely" but how wrong was I? This was unlike any other teacher/ student romance I've ever read and actually, it was a refreshing change. This was not the kind of book that filled me with excitement with all the cloak and dagger secrecy surrounding a forbidden romance. Instead I read with a heavy heart and a fear of dread at what was to come. There was no sunshine and rainbows where Mathias and Katja were concerned, instead their relationship was full to the brim with pain, heart ache, sorrow and regret. God their story nearly damn well crushed me.
The prologue really did set the scene on how this book would unfold, giving us the ending before the beginning. It wasn't pretty.. not by a long shot and so I prepared myself for what lay ahead, knowing full well, it was more than likely going to devastate me. It did. This wasn't just a love story. It was a fight between right and wrong, a war between heart and mind, a brawl between the past and the future but mostly, it was a battle of wills and there would only be casualties on both sides.
I looked back on my time with Mathias Sloan as na experience- one that couldn't be
dodged or ignored. He swept into my life like a hurricane, destroying everything in his wake.
If only the obstacles that lay in this couple's path were something so simple as the fact that Mathias was Katia's piano teacher... trust me that would have been easier to deal with compared to all the underlying issues that left this couple well and truly ruined. Page after page I prayed I'd see a glimmer of hope that something.... anything would change... that there was a HEA even if it was a million miles away but this author wasn't going to be so kind to her readers. Instead, her characters chose to rip my heart out, have a good kick around with it and leave it in the gutter to rot.
Mathias was an impossible puzzle. People met him and tried to put him together.
A few pieces clicked in place, but when luck ran out and there were no more matches,
the novelty started to fade. Soon they gave up, telling themselves that they’d come back.
But they didn’t. I didn’t give up that easy, though.
Mathias' character was an enigma. Having not read the previous books in the series, I knew nothing about him and despite getting pretty much half way through his story, I was none the wiser. He was a closed book. What I did manage to decipher was that he was cynical about life and equally cynical about love and thus closed himself off from everyone. No one got in and he gave nothing away. He was one of those characters you knew was broken somehow and all I wanted to do was put him back together. And because of this, I found myself forgiving him for so much... what can I say, I'm a sucker for a tragically flawed character.
Katia on the other hand was an open book. She knew exactly what she wanted and wasn't afraid to say. I loved her strength and resilience and I absolutely loved the growth in her character over the course of this book.
"I don't know what you think I can give you, Katja."
"Everything," I whispered. "You can give me everything. I know it."
"Ruin You Completely" was set (for the most part) in Germany and Calia Read really made the setting feel authentic. The way the characters spoke, the imagery, Katja's studio... I could picture everything so clearly in my mind and it was perfect... different but perfect.
If you love teacher/ student romances, if you love a book that is fit to burst with sexual tension, that is angst ridden beyond belief, that will give your heart rate a thorough work out, then honestly, you can't go wrong with this third addition to the Sloan Brothers Series. Mathias and Katja's story was soul destroyingly brilliant and I rated it ❤️❤️❤️❤️
Trying to seduce a Sloan was like taming a wild animal. It wasn't an east feat.
But if you finally got them to give up, they would give you everything they had
“Katja,” he growled as he grabbed my arm.
“Let go,” I hissed.
I pulled away and hurried to open the door. His hand landed on the door and shoved it back in the frame. I whirled around, realizing I was caged between his arms.
“Move away, Mathias.”
My lips still tingled from his kiss. It was too soon to be this close to him. His hands remained splayed against the door. He leaned in and I felt the heat of his body as if it was my own.
“Why did you come and see me perform?” I asked.
He tilted his head to the side. “Why do you think?”
“I don’t know,” I pressed my body against the door.
Mathias smiled, but it was dark. “Why do you keep moving? Think you can run away?” He smiled bitterly. “I’ve tried that. It doesn’t work.”
“What do you want me to say?”
“I want you to tell me you’ve thought about me as much as I’ve thought about you.”
I pressed my lips together in a flat line.
Mathias’ eyes were glued to mine. “You haven’t thought about me at all?”
I stared at him, wanting so badly to tell him I hadn’t, but knowing I couldn’t. It would be the biggest lie I’d ever told. I glanced away.
“Don’t look at the floor,” he demanded. “Look at me.”
I didn’t want to look at him. At that second, all I wanted to do was stare at the ground; it was safe to look there.
“Tell me the truth,” Mathias said. I felt his lips brush against my ear.
About the Author
Calia lives in Indiana with her husband and their four kids.
Giveaway: The author is giving away:
A signed series set of The Sloan Brothers including Every Which Way, Breaking the Wrong and Ruin You Completely AND a signed copy of Unravel
A $25 Amazon Gift Card