REVIEW TOUR: Ryan Ringbloom – FLAW

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Title: FLAW
Series: Flaw #1
Author: Ryan Ringbloom
Genre/Age Range: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Publisher: BookBaby
Release Date: January 23, 2014
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Synopsis:

What can be said about Josh Brewster? Nothing good, that’s for sure. Just ask anyone. They’ll be quick to tell you. Josh is a selfish, sweet-talking manipulator who will charm you in a minute, all the while planning his next move. He uses. He leaves. All Josh desires is things that come easy. Why actually work hard for something when you don’t have to?

When Josh comes to face to face with a girl who’s doesn’t make anything easy, Josh begins questioning the game he’s played so long. He’s suddenly eager to learn how to work for something he never imagined wanting. Can a player really change his ways? Better yet, will his past forgive? 

Aidan Turner has had a rough life, a life that has only become harsher as he’s gotten older. The scars across his face serve as a constant reminder of the haunting nightmares from his past life. Seeing himself as nothing but a monster, Aidan believes no one will ever be able to look past his flaws. 

His reasoning is about to change when his very own beauty comes barreling in, sparking emotions he’d thought he’d never feel. Love sizzles between them, but his friendship with another girl complicates everything, especially after the nature of their friendship becomes confused. Will friendship overshadow his true feelings and ruin both couples’ chances at happiness?

About the Author:

Ryan Ringbloom lives for anything Romance. The passion, love, angst, awkwardness… she loves all of it. When Ryan needs a break from reality she sneaks off to read a romantic story or write one of her own. Drinking coffee, reading Tweets and hugs from her five year old are the best part of her day.

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Review by Sandy

Hearts awarded by Sandy for Flaw  4.5 hearts

I was given an ARC of this book by the author in return for my honest opinion.

This book is one of those that for me are almost hard to talk about because I feel I might say too much and give away any spoilers. I really want to scream and shout about a few things ok a lot of things, but I can’t because it would spoil the book for you and you really should read it for yourself. I wasn’t sure at the beginning that I would like this story line but it really surprised me. The more I read the more involved I felt and the more the need to see this story through.

This was different then a lot of the typical romance books I’ve read in the fact that it was about 2 couples not just one. Two couples whose lives become intertwined with each other in a way that hooked me right in. The characters in this book while all had their flaws in their own ways they were very real to me and I was able to relate to them and understand their struggles and their fears. This is not to say that I did not want to slap them and scream at them for their choices at times, but I loved how through the book we watched these characters grow and change.

Josh was a spoiled rich brat who had everything given to him and treated women like yesterday’s leftovers. He lied to them, used them and never thought twice about it. His character grew on me through the book but at first I so did not like him.

Aiden is scarred not only on the outside but the inside as well and it’s the scars inside that keep him from being the person he can be and keeps him from reaching out and having friends other than Becca.

Becca is a quirky individual who has befriended Aiden and has issues of her own, she holds onto her friendship with Aiden has a way to cover up her own problems with relationships.

There were times in this book that I laughed, times that I thought oh no and then had to laugh,, note to the author , you know what I’m talking about and yes you got me, I bought in hook line and sinker. And also times when my heart broke right along with the characters

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Review by Michelle – ♥♥♥♥.5 hearts too!

Well again this is one of those books that I wasn’t expecting such a lively, entertaining read. 

Steam wise you have to wait a bit to get to some saucy action but I wonder at how many readers are going to automatically take a dislike to Josh.  I have to smile his character really is a manwhoring pig at the start, one of those characters that you love to hate and some of his actions where he has been coddled most of his life leave you a bit wide open mouthed! 

I loved Becca’s character, seemingly making a statement to be different and not conform she is the complete opposite to all of the people you come across in this book.  She’s very endearing and very likeable and I relate to a lot of the things she does.  I loved what she did with Mindy much to Josh’s horror – lol, us women must stick together!

Aiden, oh my now there’s a character and a half.  I didn’t want to have pity for him but I did and I felt wrong but some of what happens to him you can’t help but feel pity.  He’s so down to earth, his manners at the dinner table I could so see me wanting to do what Jordyn wanted to do straight away too lol.  I loved Aiden’s personality he was troubled as in traumatised but he wore his scars well I thought. 

Jordyn, hmmm I wasn’t too sure of Jordyn at the start, she seemed too nice and too thoughtful but I have to say this woman reduced me to tears at one point and I so wasn’t expecting that emotional outburst from me whilst reading this.  I ended up really liking her, I loved beginning to understand her and I understood where she was coming from when she did what she did, I didn’t like it but I got it. 

All in all FLAW is a visual read, it’s easy to place yourself in the apartments, the bar, Josh’s parent’s house, the gym, the fundraising event, the wedding – it really is.  This isn’t an action packed read but it jaunts along at a nice pace and it really flows nicely as we learn more about each character as they learn more about themselves and how they ‘fit’ into relationships and find their happiness.  I loved how the points of view changed from Part One to Part Two, that was a nice touch. 

I would honestly recommend this read to anyone who likes more than just reading sexy scenes, all four main characters and the supporting cast have a lot of depth, yeah some might say this is nothing that hasn’t been written before, but it hasn’t been written quite this way and with such colourful characters to keep us entertained.

Review discussion

M – Sandy was you expecting to like this as much as you did?  I had to smile when I saw your rating we both actually rated it exactly the same marks!

S – To be honest when I first started it I wasn’t sure, I thought it might not go the way I wanted LOL, but as u could see, I totally got into it.

M – I thought the way the characters were depicted was great, they all had flaws whether they wore them on the skin or the personalities it was fun watching them work out that they all did indeed have them wasn’t it.

S – Yes I totally liked that about the characters that they all actually had flaws, even perfection is a flaw, but somehow they managed to put them into prospective and move on with their lives. 

M – I don’t know about you but I will definitely be reading more books written by Ryan Ringbloom, I hadn’t heard of her before this so I will be checking out her other releases. 

S – I totally agree with you, I really liked how she worked the characters and even though there were moments of angst, we still had cute moments and even a few aha moments. And I think her next books could be even better.

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