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Wasted Heart (Ruining Book 3) by [Reed, Nicole]
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Recommended for readers 17+ due to sexual situations, violence, and language.

“Who are you?” I quietly ask myself.

The image in the mirror that stares back at me, feigns disinterest. Rock star? Recovering addict? Murderer? How can you explain to someone what it’s like not to care. Not about yourself or the person standing next to you. I’ve lost that inside of me, the ability to feel and show affection. I have a heart. Sometimes when I chase the dragon, it thunders through my head like a drum, reminding me that it still beats. It’s still there. Just…hollow. Empty. Wasted.

My agent says I have one more shot. A single solitary chance to stay in the music biz; however, there is one massive problem. HER. Syn Landry.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6076aa4) out of 5 stars Rhye Clark is simply irresistible! Oct. 23 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on
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Nicole Reed has done it again!!

Is it possible to fall in love all over agin? After reading Nicole's first novel, Ruining Me, I was Team Kane all the way. It wasn't until I re-read it (for the fifth time I might add) that I converted over to Team Rhye. I began to finally feel his pain of loving someone that will never love you back. Nicole writes, "You can't choose who you love", and that is oh so true.

When she told me she would be writing a spin-off from Rhye's POV I was super ecstatic!! Rhye is my lover boy. Hot, sexy, talented, up and coming rock god...who wouldn't drool at the sound of his name?!

As I began reading Wasted Heart, the first paragraph really caught my attention. She writes, "We all have weakness. Something that unleashes our eternal demons to gnaw away at our morality until it is picked clean from the bone. Sometimes, it leaves us with nothing. Numb from all emotion. Blind from what is right in front of you." Another phrase that caught my attention was, "Love. A four letter word. So beautiful in its spelling. So simple in its arrangement. So innocent in its meaning. So fragile in its time. So devastating in its aftermath." This pretty much sums it up for me.

Rhye Clark, front man of the hot rock band, The Mavericks, is ruined and wasted. At the peak of losing everything, he is given one more chance to prove to his record label that he is worth their time and money. After falling into the shadows of drugs and alcohol and giving up on pretty much everything and everyone in his life, he comes face to face with his past demons haunting his every thought. Contemplating suicide and giving up, he takes the deal that his record label hands him and moves to Nashville to work with another artist along with some different writers and producers to create a new album. He is not happy about any of it. The label sticks him with a "life coach" aka babysitter and some uppity, overly happy blonde country chick to work on the new material. Little does he know that smiley, country girl is about to rock his world.

After reading the last few chapters of the book I formed a new understanding. Love is hard. It can kick your ass! Especially when the one who has your heart is fighting with all of their being to not feel it too. You will love, hate, cherish and sometimes want to strangle Rhye Clark, but you'll find a way inside his once wasted heart.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6076cf0) out of 5 stars Simply wonderful! Oct. 22 2013
By mjlovestoread - Published on
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I truly loved Wasted Heart.

This story of a broken soul who thinks he can't be saved and the country singing spitfire who vows to prove him wrong was just wonderful.

This spinoff of the Ruining Me/Ruining You books features Rhye Clark, gorgeous rockstar who is on the borderline of being thrown off is label unless he cleans up his act and makes some music.

Syn Landry is the country star who is the one he is supposed to make the music with. But the music making isn't just confined to the studio. Sparks fly between these two and it will be up to Syn to see if she can get through to the moody man.

Rhye was featured as a "boyfriend" and supplier of drugs and alcohol to Jay Stevenson, the troubled heroine of the Ruining series. Jay broke his heart and several tragedies finally broke Rhye. In those two books, I was rooting for Kane David to be Jay's savior. I mean, c'mon we're talking about Kane here!

But with Wasted Heart, Nicole Reed gives up the story behind all of Rhye's demons and the difficult yet beautifully painful love affair between he and Syn.

It is a story of hope, redemption, forgiveness and true friendship. Getting an "update" on Jay, Kane, Cal and Molly really made me smile. You couldn't help feel the healing that had started just by Rhye's visit to his former love.

I loved that music played such a big part of their story as well. The songs we get to witness are just great and evoke both the pain and joy of being in love.

It is a simply wonderful book that I recommend highly. You will not be disappointed :)
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6076f30) out of 5 stars LOVE this Rhye! Oct. 23 2013
By Hang Le - Published on
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Nicole Reed truly delivers in this story!!! IMO, her writing gets better with every book and this one is no different. Wasted Heart shows maturity in the writing and is filled with so many well written phrases. For anyone that is a fan of her Ruining Series, this is a MUST READ!!!

We met Rhye Clark in Runing Me but, a lot has happened since then. The Rhye in Wasted Heart is a jaded and tortured man. Life as a rock star hash't worked out so well and we find him at rock bottom.

"Death is my reality, and it beckons me. She sings sweetly in my ear and plays the perfect strains of music in my head…"

He is one of the most beautifully broken characters I've read in a long time. I LOVE him….the demons, battles, flaws, vulnerability, EVERYTHING. He's certainly not all bad, in fact there are some heart melting moments that won me over but, this book is not called Wasted Heart for nothing. And, while Nicole Reed has showed us that she could do angst like no other, this isn't all angst. It couldn't be, not with a MC like Syn. I must admit that I was unsure about Syn for the first 20% of the book. She was soooooo wholesome and navite. She's the epitome of the lovable dorky girl… so endearingly silly and sweet that I couldn't resist her. By the end of the story, I not only liked Syn, I wanted to beat Rhye FOR her. I realized that she needed to be the light to Rhye's dark in order to be strong enough for him…FOR THEM. Rhye does not make it easy to love him, he's cruel, resisting and hard but, Syn can't help it, even at a cost to herself. Syn's love for Rhye had me frustrated more times than I could count. I honestly believe most people would of been out the door in the first five minutes. I kept thinking "Oh hell no! Get out of there! Why put up with this?" He put her through so much crap that I think her sweetness was the only way she could endure it.

"There were good times, stolen moments when my world opened up to the possibilities of becoming a woman. Seconds when I would have given him anything he asked for because I thought that what I held in my arms was the most precious thing in my life."

I found myself laughing, crying and screaming several times throughout their relationship but, I understood by the end. These two had to be so different in order to work. IMO the ending was perfect, realistic, honest and true to these characters.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa607b1c8) out of 5 stars Wow! Just...WOW! Oct. 23 2013
By Becky Loves 2 Read - Published on
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I, like many, fell head over heels for Rhye when I first met him in Ruining Me. He was the perfectly imperfect bad boy. And though my heart wanted him to get his HEA with Jay, my head knew it wasn't meant to be. So, when I found out he was getting his own book, I was over the moon happy! If anybody deserved to find some happiness (besides Jay, of course) it was Rhye. There was just one little thing I didn't think about in that moment of joy.

That Rhye's story would be so damn heartbreaking.

To get to any happy ending for someone so lost, it is going to be hard. Rhye is fighting against some serious demons that he chooses to bury under a haze of drugs and sex. It has cost him everything, even his love for music. I believe he thought he would never connect with it again and that only propelled the drug usage and sex binges even more. His mentality was "what's the point of being sober when you have nothing left and no one gives a damn?".

"We all have a weakness. Something that unleashes our eternal demons to gnaw away at our morality until it is picked clean from the bone. Sometimes, it leaves us with nothing. Numb from all emotion. Blind from what is right in front of you. What happens then? What's left?"

Syn comes into his live when he needs someone the most, but would never admit it. She is the innocent to his bad, the pure to his dirty. If there ever was a couple that were worlds apart, it would Rhye and Syn. But that is the very thing that made them perfect for one another. She sees something in him that he no longer can see in himself. She believes enough for the both of them that there is a light at the end of the tunnel, even if there will be moments of darkness getting there.

"Syn doesn't offer me empty words, broken promises, or careless caresses. It's something I've never known: giving without getting back a single damn thing. I don't understand it, and I'm afraid I never will."

I loved that the darker side of Rhye's drug use was not glossed over. It was very much a real part of who he is and deserved to be present in his story. There is no magical fix and there are good days as well as bad. As someone who has seen the daily struggles addiction can bring to a loved one's life, I felt Nicole did a great job of making you really understand how tough it can be. I also commend her for how she ended things. As much I love my fairy tale endings, it is nice to have them be realistic sometimes too.

Wasted Heart holds true to the angst type storyline from both Ruining Me and Ruining You. It may not be as heart wrenching, but it is still tough, especially if you already love Rhye. And even though it is part of the Ruining Series, it could be read as a stand-alone, although I would say it would be easier to understand Rhye's struggles if you read the other two books. It is mild on the steam, but for me at least, that was fine because that is the way the story was meant to be told. Overall, just an amazing read from start to finish!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa607b4bc) out of 5 stars Fantastic Oct. 23 2013
By KOP - Published on
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I don't even know how to begin to tell you what an awesome punch this book packed. Admittedly, I love the bad-boy rock star. Who doesn't? When Nicole Reed said she was writing Rhye's story (you all certainly remember him from her Ruining Series), you can only imagine how excited I was.

We pick up four years after Rhye is discovered at the music showcase, and Rhye, well, he's different. My heart seriously breaks for him as we become acquainted with what has gone on in his life these past four years. Yes, he's made it big, but at what price? He seems lost, broken, worn-out, a shell of what he once was. His record label is ready to drop him, and they are giving him one opportunity to make this right, to get his act together. Rhye doesn't take the deal from the label for himself because he is past caring what happens to him; he does it for someone else, and I am quickly reminded of what a huge heart Rhye has and why I loved him as much as I did in the Ruining Series.

"The music doesn't run through my veins like it used to. It doesn't lead me. It doesn't sing through my blood and bleed out through my lyrics. It doesn't make me feel anything anymore."

Enter Syd. Our female lead here has her own difficult, grief-filled past, and she uses her music as a means of almost therapy. She writes songs and plays music to help her release that agony she felt in her younger years. Syd is my kind of heroine, strong, fiercely loyal, and not afraid to tell you what is on her mind. When she does anything, she doesn't do it halfway; she loves wholly, and this includes her relationship with Rhye. As many times as I wanted to slap some sense into him, Syd understands him; she gets him. Syd is so invested in him, and it is probably the first time in his life that Rhye has had someone so passionate about him.

"Sometimes we meet people and have this instant connection. I'm sure, in some cases, it can turn into love, but that's after getting to know someone so intimately that you're willing to take on their internal struggles as your own."

What follows is a fantastic story about love, loss, addiction, helplessness, and hope. Unfortunately, Rhye is a tortured soul, and there are many instances where it seems like he is fighting a losing battle to survive. He's struggling to find himself, to stay above water, to be a man worthy of someone's love and compassion, not knowing if he can truly be what Syd needs. Rhye fights to see the good in himself; he's lost his ability to love and to care, and he truly is "hollow, empty, wasted," but does that mean he always will be? Rhye has tough choices to make here, and the journey along the road of recovery is certainly never easy. It is something he will struggle with for a lifetime.

"I'm lost trying to find my way. Inside your wasted heart."

I won't tell you much more about this one; it needs to be experienced. As always, Ms. Reed has her characters dealing with real-life situations in real-life ways. There are no quick fixes; there is no magic wand to bring these characters their respective HEA's. Once again, Ms. Reed has improved upon her writing, and I feel privileged to be able to bear witness to it.