by Jess Michaels


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• * A hot historical romance from USA Today Bestselling Romance Author Jess Michaels
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When Claire found out a devastating secret about her family, the famous Woodley clan, she ran straight into the arms of a criminal and disappeared for years. But now she's desperate to escape his clutches and get back what he's stolen from her: her child. She turns to longtime family horse master Warrick Blackwood, knowing his secrets can get her close to her target.

War doesn't want to return to the dangerous life he left behind, even to help Claire, but he has no choice. Not only does she know the truth about his past, but he's never been able to resist her. Her frantic attempt to save her daughter will bring them close, revealing both War's dominant nature and his heart, but it may also destroy any hope at the future both secretly long for.

Length: Full-length novel
Sensuality level: Hot and steamy

This book can be read as a stand-alone novel, but is part of a series (The Wicked Woodleys).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781523950713
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 03/08/2016
Pages: 248
Sales rank: 785,768
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.56(d)

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Ruined (The Wicked Woodleys, #4) 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Clare's story was awesome!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great story with Claire finally coming home. Claire will do anything to save her daughter even blackmail the man she has loved for 10 yrs. War Blackwood. War agrees to help Claire but he gives her an ultimatum that she must see her family that she abandoned over 2 years ago. A wonderful read with a great ending.
Historical_Romance_Lover More than 1 year ago
This is book 4 in the Wicked Woodleys series. Several years ago, Claire Woodley found out a secret about her family that caused her to run into the arms of a criminal and be lost to her family for years. She now needs help in retrieving her daughter and the only one she can turn to is her family's house trainer, Warrick "War" Blackwood. A secret that he has kept hidden could be the key to helping her. War has been in love with Claire since their first meeting and can't deny her anything, even if it means revisiting a past that is better left forgotten. Being with Claire again is torturing him and they soon give into their mutual desires. Can War help Claire find her daughter without losing himself in his past? I've been waiting for Claire's story since this series began and Michaels DID NOT DISAPPOINT!! We finally learn why Claire ran away and what kept her from coming back to her family. This is a reunion story in two ways. Claire is reunited with her family but Claire and War were also reunited. Both knew that each had feelings for the other before Claire left, but they had never acted upon it. When they are finally reunited, that passion between them faired back to life and was unstoppable. As with the rest of the series, once you start this book you won't want to put it down!! I can't wait for the next book in the series, Seduced, which starts Jack and Letty whom we met in this story! Thanks go out to the author via NetGalley for a copy of the book in exchange of an honest review.
sportochick More than 1 year ago
Priceless is the word to describe this book. The author describes to great detail Claire and War's thoughts, feelings and desires drawing the reader into their secrets and struggles as if they were them. Her eye to detailed descriptions of their actions and surroundings continues to draw the readers in so intensely that you will not want to put the book down. Added to all of this is the steamy, steamy, hot love making between these two that will curl your toes. Claire from the start was someone I could relate to even if I didn't agree with all her actions. As you progress further into the story you have an understanding of why she acted as she had all those years ago and if you didn't like her before you will like her by the end. War, I fell in love with him on the first few pages. He is one of those men you trust and want in your life. His strength of character and how the author shows his softer side take away from the impact of his past when you read it. Though this book can be read as a standalone I had a little disconnect when references were made to the couples from the first three books but it had nothing to do with the story as much as I distracted myself and kept wishing I had read those books to see more of the storyline from the past. After searching through my eBooks I discovered I already owned one of the books and it got missed going onto my reading list. Now I am going to head over to get the other books and patiently wait for the next book. I give this 5 stars for the mystery around these two and how it was resolved. An ARC copy was gifted in exchange for an honest opinion via Netgalley.
TammyS32 More than 1 year ago
When Claire discovered a shocking family secret she ran into the arms of a scoundrel. Now, desperate to escape his life and get the child back he stole from her, she goes to the only man who can help her, War. War has been in love with Claire from the first moment he saw her and will do anything to help her evening if it means letting her go in the end. So emotional as Claire reunites with her family and such wonderful chemistry between Claire and War, so steamy. This historical read has it all, drama, suspense and great sex scenes. Loved It!
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
Ruined #4 in "The Wicked Woodleys", but can be read as a stand alone. Finally, Claire's story! I have long awaited to learn more of the secrets she holds, and why she keeps running from her family, and I was not disappointed! Fast paced, with all passion and seduction set aside, Claire's story is devastating, secretive, powerful and compelling. Claire' discovery of her family was not only devastating but took her on a destructive path. Written with Ms. Michael's usual aplomb and seductive powers of storytelling. The characters are well developed, engaging, and intriguing. The storyline, powerful, compelling and emotional. The mystery helps build the suspense, while, learning the intricate sides of Claire and the blossoming love between herself and Warrick Blackwood aka "War", her families' horse trainer, who has secrets of his own. Together they embark on finding their HEA, reunite Claire with her family and find her truest treasure. A hot, sensual Historical Romance. Another wickedly, seductive "Woodleys" story. A must read and another keeper!! I would suggest reading "Tempted"," Deceived", and "Forbidden", they are all awesome reads as well. "Ruined" was my favorite and most anticipated of this series! Adored this story! *Received for an honest review" Rating: 5 Heat rating: Hot and sensual Reviewed by: AprilR
stanhope3234 More than 1 year ago
I love Jess Michaels and I love this series! The Wicked Woodleys series is full of great characters, true love matches, hot wicked sex and nail biting suspense. Claire Woodleys has been lost to the family for several years now ashamed and guilt ridden for the things that she's done she does not want to see her family. Warwick "War" Blackwood has worked for the Woodleys for years as the horse trainer. War has wanted Claire since he first laid eyes on her but knew he was far beneath her. Claire desperately needs War's help and is willing to do anything to get it. Claire demands War's help but War has his own demands but it may be more then Claire can give. I love War and Claire together. They both have a past that controls their actions and secrets they will do anything to protect.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
It seems like I have been waiting forever to find out Claire's story. Throughout Jess Michaels Wicked Woodleys series she has dropped little clues. The anxiety over this young woman's plight has been a staple in each and every book in the series but caused an abundance if tension between Josie and Evan in Deceived, and almost cost Gabriel his chance at happiness in Tempted. Now we get to experience Claire's courageous journey and learn the story behind her disappearance in Ruined. I received an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review. With Ruined Ms. Michaels gives her readers a love story that is larger than the characters themselves and as treacherous, perhaps more so than the other books within this series. It lived up to the hype for me.