Today I am thrilled to be sharing my review on the blog tour for Ruby by Heather Burnside. This was released on the 5th of December published by Aria Fiction.
Ruby by Heather Burnside
Release Date: 5th of December
Format: Kindle Edition
Print Length: 368 pages
Genre: Crime Thriller
THE STRONGER SEX.
Ruby has always been strong. Growing up with a feeble mother and an absent father, she is forced to fight the battles of her younger siblings. And when a childhood experience leaves her traumatised, her distrust of men turns to hatred.
ON THE STREETS.
With no safe place to call home, Ruby is desperate to fit in with the tough crowd. She spends her teenage years sleeping around and drinking in the park, and by the time she is sixteen, prostitution has become a way of life. But Ruby has ambitions, and she soon moves up the ladder to become the madam of her own brothel.
But being in charge of a brothel has its down sides, Ruby faces her worst nightmare when an enemy from the past comes back into her life, and gang intimidation threatens to ruin everything. Can she find a way to beat her tormentors? And will she be strong enough to see it through?
Heather Burnside is back with this breath-taking, heart-racing series, perfect for all fans of Kimberley Chambers and Martina Cole.
Ruby is the second book in the working girls series and is one hell of a read. I was gripped right from the start and it was impossible for me to put it down! Full of drama, action and suspense, it starts with a prologue in the current time of the books setting that doesn’t waste a second in throwing you into the story, where you know you are going to be taken on one wild ride. And what a ride it is! On multiple occasions my heart was racing and I was on the edge of my seat flipping the pages frantically on my kindle to see how it was all going to unfold. I also love the cover of this book which brings the image of Ruby to life perfectly.
Heather has created a plot, based solely on Ruby’s story, that alternates from different time frames, in the past and present, which I really enjoy in a book. We are taken back to Ruby’s childhood (where she was then known as Trina) and are given a brilliant backstory. It starts in her late childhood through her teenage years and shows us how one tragic event and other circumstances drove her to prostitution at just 16 years old. We see how she uses her experience in this line of work to build a successful business as a madam in the current day. But when someone she knows from her past comes back into her life seeking revenge, she will do whatever it takes to protect those she loves and her business that she has work so hard for no matter how dangerous the outcome could be for herself.
Ruby is such a kick ass character who is a force to be reckoned with and I absolutely loved her! She is brought to life through amazing writing that encapsulates her strength, a need to succeed, her fight for survival and protect what is her’s. She is of course no saint, but you can’t help but love her and you are just on her side throughout the whole story. She is fiercely loyal to those she loves, does not back down and stands up for herself and those in her trusted circle. The supporting characters in this story are a mix of likeable and unlikeable sorts that are all very realistic, believable and have also been written extremely well.
I really enjoyed Heathers writing which is fluid and engaging as well as visually on point. Drawing from her own experiences living in one of the toughest housing estates in Manchester as a teenager, Heather nails it in showing an extremely realistic view of the dark and seedy side of the city with its crime, gangs and unsavoury types. I was really impressed with how quickly she was able to get my attention and keep ahold of it whilst building the tension in each chapter where it all leads to a satisfying conclusion. This is the first book I have read from Heather and it definitely won’t be my last.
Although this the second book in the series, Ruby can be read as a stand-alone and Heather does give you enough information from book one to be able to follow along. Given how much I enjoyed Ruby, I will go back and read the first book. I am really excited about this series and I look forward to the third instalment and hopefully many more. It was an absolute pleasure to read and review Ruby which I highly recommend.
Thank-you to NetGalley, Aria Fiction and Heather Burnside for allowing me to read an advanced copy of Ruby which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
The Ruby Blog Tour
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Let’s Get to Know Heather Burnside
Heather Burnside spent her teenage years on one of the toughest estates in Manchester and she draws heavily on this background as the setting for many of her novels.
After taking a career break to raise two children Heather enrolled on a creative writing course. Heather now works full-time on her novels from her home in Manchester, which she shares with her two grown-up children.
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