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June 4, 2014

Year 3.1: Ruin Me by Jamie Brenner - A Mother, Her Heiress & Bad Boys + Giveaway

Ruin Me
Jamie Brenner
New Adult | Stand-Alone
St. Martin's Press
May 6, 2014
The sexy New Adult e-original from Jamie Brenner, in which Lulu has everything except the one thing she never knew she desired—until now.

She lives in a world of beauty.

His life is shrouded in darkness.

When they meet, she must choose between everything she has and the one thing she has always desired.

Lulu Sterling thinks she has it all figured out: with one more year left at NYU, she’s spending her summer interning at her mother’s iconic art gallery, determined to overcome the long shadow of her father’s suicide and prove herself to her critical mother. With her boyfriend, rising artist Brandt Penn, Lulu also hopes she will finally experience the love and desire that have always eluded her. But passion comes where she least expects it in the form of a brilliant, reclusive street artist known only by the tag GoST, and Lulu must decide how much she is willing to risk – and how far she is willing to go -- to claim it.

I don't read New Adult that much but when I do, I make sure that I will like it at least. Jamie Brenner's latest release is a winner, it's smart, angst-ridden and well written. The story takes place in the New York art world. Very tumultuous and full of intrigue. But what resonated with me was the mother-daughter relationship between Anna and Lulu. Very delicate, tense but filled with great intentions. Here's Jamie to tell us more about that...




Like Mother, Like Daughter. Until We Meet the Bad Boy.

By Jamie Brenner


​Mother’s Day got me thinking about that all-important relationship in everyone woman’s life: the one we have with our mother. She is the person who first helps us define ourselves, and influences the choices we make in love. This influence is especially strong for the heroine of RUIN ME.

​Lulu’s mother is a power mom – the type of woman it’s easy to fall into the shadow behind. Think Anna Wintour, except Lulu’s mom is an art gallerist instead of a fashion editor.

​A power mom isn’t just good at what she does; A power mom never hesitates to tell her daughter what to do and how to do it. For Lulu, this means telling her instead of taking a trip with her best friend for the summer, she’ll be working in the art gallery. And it means telling Lulu that when it comes to art, mother knows best.

​But Lulu has her own ideas about the Next Big Thing. And it’s not the high-price art hanging on the walls of her mother’s gallery. It’s street art done under the cover of night, by daring guy who runs from the cops to paintimages that make Lulu feel alive. For Lulu, his is the only art that matters.

​The fact that Lulu’s mother has no interest in street art makes it all the more appealing to Lulu. It’s her discovery, her passion – and hers alone. Soon, she finds herself not only obsessed with the art, but with the artist – a mysterious guy who goes by the name GoST.

​When Lulu finds a way to meet him, she keeps it a secret from everyone, especially her mother. But Lulu also hides the truth from GoST; She realizes that GoST hates everything her mother stands for. And if he finds out who she is, their relationship might be over before it even begins.

​Can we truly be our own selves without distancing ourselves from the woman who first defined us? Maybe.Does mother know best? Not always. But for better or for worse, our mothers shape our relationships: Our roles, our choices, our mistakes. When we’re younger, we try to escape it. When we’re old, we can’t deny it. Mom is, after all, our first love.



Literary yet still very pop fiction, that's my summation of Jamie Brenner's new adult novel, RUIN ME. Maybe it's just me or whatever shiznit I'm on but the tone of the story is highbrow artsy like the story. - My Review


Jamie Brenner is the author of THE GIN LOVERS, chosen by Fresh Fiction as one of their Top 13 Books to Read in 2013. Jamie also writes erotic fiction under the name Logan Belle. Her debut novel, BLUE ANGEL, was the first in an erotic trilogy published by Kensington, followed by the erotic romances NOW OR NEVER, THE LIBRARIAN and MISS CHATTERLEY. Her novels have been translated into a dozen languages. She lives in Manhattan and is busy raising two daughters who aren'tyet allowed to read her books.


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Jamie is giving away 3 digital copies of RUIN ME which is bundled up with other books so you get a chunkier prize.

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36 comments:

  1. I have had my eye on this book and I really think I will enjoy it. Thanks for the great post!

    Teresa @ Readers Live A Thousand Lives

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    1. It's a different type of NA, the main characters aren't as messed up as the supporting ones which I loved

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  2. Oh, I remember your review! Your praise caught my attention, with you being picky about NA. And I love this post. The mother-daughter conflict is one we can all identify with in some way.
    Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Very true, I guess that kind of relationship is universal.

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  3. I actually have this on my wishlist. I am anxious to read about this mother-daughter relationship and love that you enjoyed this one.

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    1. I'm certain you'll like this if not love it as much as I did

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  4. I remember your review of this one, Braine. I was intrigued then...you know how I love me some NA...all that angst and emotion. I really, really like this guest post. It is very thought-provoking, especially as a daughter and a mom of daughters. My mom was absolutely a power mom. I'm gonna go out on a limb and say I'm nowhere close. :)

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    1. LOL I guess most of us say that about our moms. I say the same thing and I think the reason why I related most to the story is coz my mom & i went through this phase too where we're just horn locking all the time

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  5. This sounds like a great read. I haven't heard of it before, but I love the cover and I know I'd enjoy it! Thanks for sharing!

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

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    1. You're in good hands, JBrenner is a wonderful writer, i hope you get to try her soon!

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  6. I'll really have to read more NA! I read one last week, I'm proud of me. This one sounds nice first time I hear about it.

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    1. Proud of you. YOu gotta try it at least once

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  7. And I still have not tried NA ;)

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    1. I don't know if I should encourage or discourage you...

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  8. I am in a little new adult slump. They all seem the same to me, but if you are backing this one, then I will have to look into it.

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  9. I find it intriguing how this book has such a big focus on the mother. Lovely guest post, thanks for featuring Braine!

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    1. Mother/daughter relationship, it ended well but it's a rocky one that's for sure

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  10. Ruin Me sounds truly great, Braine. And I haven't heard of Jamie Brenner before, but now I'm going to check out her books. Thanks for sharing!

    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

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  11. Hi! Sorry I haven't been around as much, but congratulations on your 3rd blogoversary!!! And to many more fabulous blogging years! ;)

    Great blog post too.

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    1. That's ok, thanks for stopping by!

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  12. Hey Braine great post/review. I love Jamie and this is on my list. Her The Gin Lovers was fabulous too!
    thanks for the contest

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    1. Thank you and I have that book, need to read it ASAP. I so love her writing voice

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  13. these authors are new to me so i cant wait to read them

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  14. Love this guest post! I lost my mom a few years back, so this topic is close to my heart. Thanks for sharing, and for the chance to win!

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    1. Sorry to hear that, Carmel, I'm sure she's watching over you

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  15. I'm a sucker for this kind of stories, I love all the elements you described I really think this will be a winner for me too.
    Great review by Jamie.

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  16. Ahh I remember this cover. Okay. Thinking I need to give it a go now.

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  17. I enjoy NA Contemp Roms but I also like the ones that steer a little different from some of the more constant recipes that are around. I want that little bit more these days from a NA Contemp Rom. Glad you got that in this one :D I checked your review out. Great guest post, although not all of us unfortunately got that mother /daughter bond thing. Some mums just aren't cut out for doing that, but that's ok. :D

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  18. This is definitely different from most NA.

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  19. I loved this book. It was a great story and very unique.

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    1. Isn't it?! Love the whole art thing

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