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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Shame by Rachel Van Dyken

I have been an exceptionally lucky book blogger lately. Why you ask? Well because I've been given the BEST books to review and Shame is no exception. I'm in love.
I read my first Rachel Van Dyken book earlier this year and simply adored it. I was also lucky enough to interview her and I can tell you that she's not just an incredible author but she's also a wonderful person.
Anyway we're here to talk about Shame not about all the great books I've been reading or my love for the great Rachel Van Dyken.
Shame follows Lisa who is a character we're first introduced to in Ruin. Before we meet Lisa she was in a highly abusive relationship with a boy named Taylor. Not only was he verbally abusive-we're talking like serious brainwashing abuse-he was also physically abusive. While together Taylor would have Lisa do horrible things to people to embarrass them while he taped everything., then he would put the videos on a website called Shame. 
Taylor ends up truly trying to ruin Lisa by committing suicide in front of her.
Now it's years later and Lisa is trying to live a normal life while attending college in Seattle. Normal isn't an easy achievement however because Lisa is receiving threats in the mail.
Lisa goes to class one day and here we meet the oh so yummy Dr. Tristan Blake the hot new professor. When we first meet him he's a..well..he's a jackass. Turns out the new professor has a copy of Taylors twisted journal and is here seeking answers as to why Taylor killed himself.
One night Tristan attends a charity masquerade ball that Wes and Gabe are a part of and is instantly drawn to Lisa...funny thing is he doesn't know who she is because hello it's a masquerade ball so she's wearing a mask. The two dance and spend the evening together promising not to remove their masks until midnight. Well tick tock goes the clock, off go the masks and surprise!
Fortunately for us this isn't the last we see of the two together because after that night they can't stay away from each other.
The more the book goes on we get to watch them grow closer but there's also trouble ahead. Lisa isn't just receiving hate-mail now, someone is also breaking into her dorm room.
I can't really tell you much more because I don't want to be a ruiner but I can tell you-again-that I loved this book. I loved getting to see our favorite characters again and I loved meeting Tristan.
This book was not only romantic and sexy it was also funny at times and extremely suspenseful. I freaking loved it.
Normally this is where I'd say, "If you like suspense you'd like this book," or "If you like new adult you'll like this," but this time I'm saying, "If you like to read then pick this up! It won't disappoint."

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About The Author:
Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she's not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching the Bachelor.
She keeps her home in Idaho with her husband and their snoring Boxer, Sir Winston Churchill. She loves to hear from readers! You can follow her writing journey here

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