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Ashleigh Chase has always had big dreams. But when she wakes up in hospital with no memory of how she got there, her bright future dissolves around her. Ezra Bennet has always felt like the odd one out. But this time, he really screwed up and he has no choice but to face the consequences. Forced to retake their senior year, Ashleigh turns to Ezra only to find him cold and crue Ashleigh Chase has always had big dreams. But when she wakes up in hospital with no memory of how she got there, her bright future dissolves around her. Ezra Bennet has always felt like the odd one out. But this time, he really screwed up and he has no choice but to face the consequences. Forced to retake their senior year, Ashleigh turns to Ezra only to find him cold and cruel and determined to keep her at arm's length. He's the guy she always wanted. She's the girl who was never good enough for him. But now there's a secret between them, one that she's determined to uncover. She thinks she can save him. But she doesn't realize yet... He's the one who ruined her.


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Ashleigh Chase has always had big dreams. But when she wakes up in hospital with no memory of how she got there, her bright future dissolves around her. Ezra Bennet has always felt like the odd one out. But this time, he really screwed up and he has no choice but to face the consequences. Forced to retake their senior year, Ashleigh turns to Ezra only to find him cold and crue Ashleigh Chase has always had big dreams. But when she wakes up in hospital with no memory of how she got there, her bright future dissolves around her. Ezra Bennet has always felt like the odd one out. But this time, he really screwed up and he has no choice but to face the consequences. Forced to retake their senior year, Ashleigh turns to Ezra only to find him cold and cruel and determined to keep her at arm's length. He's the guy she always wanted. She's the girl who was never good enough for him. But now there's a secret between them, one that she's determined to uncover. She thinks she can save him. But she doesn't realize yet... He's the one who ruined her.

30 review for Ruined Hopes

  1. 5 out of 5

    The Romantic Rush Blog

    3.5 stars Ashleigh and Ezra finally get their story- and oh my, it is an arduous one. So much stands in the way of these two- Ashleigh’s forgotten past, the past Ezra would like to forget, their varying identities and life experiences, and all of their baggage. This is a very slow burn relationally and romantically- LA really wants us to feel their distance- it ratchets up the angst, makes the journey feel even more hard fought, even if we are desperate for answers and for these to figure it out 3.5 stars Ashleigh and Ezra finally get their story- and oh my, it is an arduous one. So much stands in the way of these two- Ashleigh’s forgotten past, the past Ezra would like to forget, their varying identities and life experiences, and all of their baggage. This is a very slow burn relationally and romantically- LA really wants us to feel their distance- it ratchets up the angst, makes the journey feel even more hard fought, even if we are desperate for answers and for these to figure it out. Their journey is not easy, at times they are frustrating, but when they finally come together it is so sweet and tender. Two of the gentlest souls in the series- they just needed a little push to get it together. While I can appreciate this story from a creative standpoint, it pains me to admit that a lot of it did not work for me. I’ve grappled with why- was it great but just not that story I expected (ie just a me thing) or were there elements that just didn’t land? And truly, it was a bit of both. I spent a lot of the book just waiting for these characters to connect. They actually have quite little page time WITH each other- and it took a good 30% for us to even have them in the same scene. Creatively, I know this is meant to accentuate their angst, the longing, heighten our anticipation, but I found myself skimming parts early on simply because the lengthy meta-reflections started to feel a bit repeated- I just wanted some progress. Once we see them interact, the story picked up a bit- but the burn was REALLY slow, and the pacing felt off for me. Not only did it take too long for us to dig into their issues (for me personally), but the majority of the book is longing or denial- we get very little of them actually being together at all- their relationship was basically denial and longing for the majority of the book and then bam, they are together. It felt so easy for them to just finally get together after one jealous conversation- but it was a relief too. The parts where they are together are AMAZING- tender, sweet, full of sincerity and emotional content. I wish we’d just gotten more of that, gotten to linger in that longer. In truth, I don’t love the amnesia trope- but it can be an effective catalyst to build mystery in a story, and it also can be a strong character tool- nothing forces a character to confront themselves more than being forced to figure out everything about yourself in the face of forgetting who you are. But unfortunately neither of those played out here- and I think the armenia trope hurt rather than helped us-it just created a lot of distance. It distanced us from the characters and their history, it became a red herring to the plot or characters growing, and the revelation at the end felt anticlimactic- so much just felt not necessary in terms of how things panned out with these two. And perhaps that’s the point- it took this giant tragic thing to happen to force them to realize just how ridiculous it all was. But I’m not sure they really did. And the result is also that we don’t know much about their past at all- which is hard because they have so much history. I felt like we didn’t really get to know them as characters, or see their chemistry develop- because of the combination of amnesia + them spending most of the book not interacting. I love this series, and while I didn’t love this story like I wanted, I still liked these characters, and I’m glad LA gave us the story they wanted, even if it wasn’t the story that I particularly wanted. I still can appreciate its creativity, and the last part of this book alone was worth some of the parts that didn’t work as well for me. I’d HIGHLY recommend reading the others in the series- not only because they are great (and Tragic Lies is her best book, in my opinion), but because I think that we get to see these two characters a bit more (especially Ashleigh), which helped me connect to their chemistry and arcs a bit more than I think I may have otherwise. Not my favorite of the series, but I still enjoyed spending more time with these two characters. I’m so excited for the rest of the series- Poppy’s book sounds like an angst explosion, and I can’t wait!

  2. 4 out of 5

    ✨ Lucy ✨

    “Because Ashleigh had always been my one weakness. But the thing about weaknesses… In the end they ruined you.” I don’t even know where do begin. I was waiting for this book since forever. And I have to say it was pretty AMAZING! It was much more than what I expected , so much more than what I wished for . Ezra , is definitely one of my top favorite L.A. Cotton’s characters HANDS DOWN! And Ashleigh is this strong, caring , kind human, who has been through a lot . The feelings , the passion and all th “Because Ashleigh had always been my one weakness. But the thing about weaknesses… In the end they ruined you.” I don’t even know where do begin. I was waiting for this book since forever. And I have to say it was pretty AMAZING! It was much more than what I expected , so much more than what I wished for . Ezra , is definitely one of my top favorite L.A. Cotton’s characters HANDS DOWN! And Ashleigh is this strong, caring , kind human, who has been through a lot . The feelings , the passion and all the unsaid words make this story just too much to handle, in the best possible way. “But sometimes the thing we shouldn’t want, the thing we think we don’t deserve, the thing that is off-limits, is exactly the thing that we need” I don’t even know how to describe this rollercoaster of emotions, I feel like words won’t make it justice. So the best next thing I’m gonna tell you is this: You should definitely read this one, and only then you’ll be able to understand why I’m experiencing this massive book-hangover . I NEED MORE OF THEM! “Life isn’t supposed to be pretty , E. But that doesn’t mean we can’t find beauty in it” I won’t spoiler anything , but you should get ready for some very emotional times and some other that will make you angrier but at the and you won’t help falling in love with Ezra and Leigh’s story! And yes, ALL THE DADS WILL MAKE THEIR GLORIOUS ENTRY AS ALWAYS. I gave this one absolutely 5 stars “My best friend. My anchor. The girl who saved me.” Now I’ll be waiting for Poppy and Aaron’s story. I can’t already wait!!!! I hope you’ll enjoy it like I did! my Blog *ARC IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW*

  3. 5 out of 5

    NiCoLeTa E. {Addicted To Books}

    ***4 "Buttercup!!" stars*** NOW AVAILABLE!!!! "Maybe it was for the best she didn't remember. Remember me. Us. And how epically I'd fucked things up." I love this series very much and I was anticipating Ezra and Ashleigh's story!!! I might admit that I had high expectations of these two, but honestly, I didn't get what I truly wanted... Intensity, angst, hate-lustful moments... Lots of fight... Still.. I'm not disappointed by what I got, even though it wasn't enough. This was a very emotional ***4 "Buttercup!!" stars*** NOW AVAILABLE!!!! "Maybe it was for the best she didn't remember. Remember me. Us. And how epically I'd fucked things up." I love this series very much and I was anticipating Ezra and Ashleigh's story!!! I might admit that I had high expectations of these two, but honestly, I didn't get what I truly wanted... Intensity, angst, hate-lustful moments... Lots of fight... Still.. I'm not disappointed by what I got, even though it wasn't enough. This was a very emotional story with a very slow paced, almost non existent romance, a journey of self-discovery when everything are falling apart around you... This was Ezra and Ashleigh's story!!! Two people from different worlds whom to each other, they were the only other person who could sooth their souls!!! "Ashleigh had always been my one weakness. But the thing about weaknesses... In the end they ruined you." Ashleigh woke up on the hospital to realize that she had lost from her memories all her senior year... She doesn't remember anything that had happened the last ten months of her life and everyone around her is acting in a strange manner... Also, Ezra is nowhere to be seen when he was the one who was in the car with her... She just needs some answers but noone is giving her any... Plus, she has to see all of her friends to leave her and go to college, while she is stuck to repeat her senior year... And not only that, but the distance between her and Ezra had become bigger than before and he is unapproachable!!! "For reasons I might never understand, Ezra had ruined us.He'd ruined any hopes I ever had of him being mine." Ezra fucked up, but he always knew that he was a disaster in the make... He is living with the Bennetts for seven years already, but he is still refusing to let his guard down and let them in... Plus, the only girl that meant something to him is a girl that he doesn't deserve and he is determined to make everything on his power to keep her on arm's length, especially since it was his fault that she was ruined... Unfortunately, he has to repeat senior year too and he is being forced to join the Rixon Riders as a part of his 'punishment'... "I was broken. Damaged. My heart was made up of jagged shards that no longer fit quite right. I had nothing to offer a girl like Ashleigh Chase..." I liked this story so much... Ashleigh and Ezra were amazing individual, but I needed more of them together... Their encounters throughout the book can be counted on the fingers of one hand and that wasn't enough for me... I was missing the connection that it had to be between them... There was emotional distance and I didn't like that!!! Still... I liked how they discovered themselves throughout this book!!! They needed a clean cut beginning in order to find their way to each other!!! "He wanted me. It was in his eyes every time he looked at me. But something was holding him back. Something always held him back." I'm kind of addicted to Rixon High and its adventures.... I like seeing the first generation as the adults and how they are dealing with their kids issues... I love seeing the new blood on their own journeys and honestly, I'm craving Poppy and Aaron's story!!! I think that it will be crazy intense!!! If you haven't tried this series yet, you should change that soon!!! "If I'm going to fall in love with anyone, it's going to be you." **I received an ARC for the exchange of an honest review**

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sukhmani

    *arc provided for honest review* OK so I’ve loved the Rixon Raiders + Rixon High series so far, but the one critique I have for all or most of the books is the underdeveloped relationships, and this is a huge part in a romance book for me (for obv reasons lol). I feel like we’re told in these books that the main characters gravitate towards each other and like each other but you don’t really know why because you don’t see it play out. In the case of Ruined Hopes, I felt like this was especially *arc provided for honest review* OK so I’ve loved the Rixon Raiders + Rixon High series so far, but the one critique I have for all or most of the books is the underdeveloped relationships, and this is a huge part in a romance book for me (for obv reasons lol). I feel like we’re told in these books that the main characters gravitate towards each other and like each other but you don’t really know why because you don’t see it play out. In the case of Ruined Hopes, I felt like this was especially the case, because I didn’t really see much of their relationship development and didn’t understand why they even wanted to be together. Still cute and sweet- I really liked Ashleigh as a character, and felt for Ezra and his past. PS: Gavin is the best side character, I love him. I can’t wait for the next book (I think it’s gonna be my fav + hopefully there’s childhood flashbacks🤞🏼), but even that relationship was hinted at from the first Rixon High book and the connection we’re told they have isn’t really shown, which hopefully we get in their book.

  5. 4 out of 5

    queen_of_the_books_18

    Sometimes it takes almost losing somebody to realize what you’ve got. I have been dying for Ashleigh and Ezra’s story for soooo long and L.a Cotton didn’t disappoint. There were moments when I was reading that I got SO mad with the characters and I wanted to bang their heads together but the more I read and understood what was going on in their heads, the more I fell in love with them both. Ezra, is Mya and Asher’s adoptive son and if you don’t know who Mya and Asher are, they are the OG Rixon Ra Sometimes it takes almost losing somebody to realize what you’ve got. I have been dying for Ashleigh and Ezra’s story for soooo long and L.a Cotton didn’t disappoint. There were moments when I was reading that I got SO mad with the characters and I wanted to bang their heads together but the more I read and understood what was going on in their heads, the more I fell in love with them both. Ezra, is Mya and Asher’s adoptive son and if you don’t know who Mya and Asher are, they are the OG Rixon Raiders and you should go and binge that series immediately. Ezra stole my whole heart. Reading his chapters gutted me and several times I felt like I’d been daggered in the heart but my god was it worth it. His character arc was amazing and Ashleigh was the perfect girl for him. One of my favourite things about these books is seeing the OG’s as parents and my god did I laugh so hard at the dads! #ARixonRaiderStoleMyHeart

  6. 4 out of 5

    Danielle's

    Tragedy to pull two people together or make them stronger. Ezra is a complex guy with a troubled past. Ashleigh is the girl who’s just survived a bad accident. This is a story of magnets and a bond that can’t be broken. They say times a healer but so is love. I really enjoyed this. I love the Rixon world and everyone in it. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  7. 5 out of 5

    jordane

    “If I'm ever going to fall in love with someone, it's going to be you, buttercup.” 4.5 stars 🌟 Ruined Hopes is the third book in the Rixon High series and follows Ashleigh and Ezra. I was dying to read Ashleigh and Ezra's story and even more so after the ending of Tragic Lies. Both are intriguing characters, and I really wanted to know more about them and their connection. Ezra has been going through some horrible things while growing up. He's been living with Mya and Asher for a few years now “If I'm ever going to fall in love with someone, it's going to be you, buttercup.” 4.5 stars 🌟 Ruined Hopes is the third book in the Rixon High series and follows Ashleigh and Ezra. I was dying to read Ashleigh and Ezra's story and even more so after the ending of Tragic Lies. Both are intriguing characters, and I really wanted to know more about them and their connection. Ezra has been going through some horrible things while growing up. He's been living with Mya and Asher for a few years now and was officially adopted by them, but he's still haunted by his past. After what happened to Ashleigh, he is even more closed off and does everything he can to avoid her at all costs, even though he can't stop thinking about her. Ashleigh has always been attracted to Ezra and has wanted to understand him and help him feel like he belongs. Having suffered retrograde amnesia after a car accident, she woke up from a month-long coma having lost the last ten months of her life. She feels lost and frustrated at having to repeat her senior year, but still hopes to crack Ezra's wall. Ashleigh and Ezra's connection was so strong and only grew stronger throughout the book. They were both protecting each other in their own way and cared so much about each other that you couldn't help but root for them. They have very different personalities but are made to be together, and seeing them finally come together was very beautiful and emotional. The angst between Ezra and Ashleigh was also palpable to the point that I couldn't stop reading their book and finished it in less than 24 hours. Individually, Ashleigh and Ezra were very interesting characters, and I loved learning more about each of them. Both are strong and evolve a lot throughout the story, and I enjoyed following their journey from beginning to end. With Ashleigh repeating her senior year, we saw a lot more of Poppy, Sofia, and Aaron. I'm already looking forward to their book, especially Poppy and Aaron's because I know their childhood best friends to lovers romance will be full of angst. As always, the first generation characters were amazing, and I'm glad they have a big role in this series too! Overall, Ruined Hopes was a rollercoaster of emotions, and I was engrossed in Ashleigh and Ezra's story page after page! This series keeps getting better with each book, and I can't wait to see what L.A. Cotton has planned for the rest of the characters. *ARC kindly provided by the author and Candi Kane PR in exchange for an honest review

  8. 5 out of 5

    Elsa Gomes (BookishAurora)

    ➳ Rate:  4,5/ 5 stars “I’m bringing angst back, yeah.“ Sang Lianne. These two, these two!!! Immaculate! Lianne made my heart hurt with both their personal journeys and then made it hurt even more with the journey to their happily ever afters! It was impossible for me to put this one down! I just wanted to keep reading and see what would happen next. I needed to get some happy moments. But every interacting had my heart squeezing with emotion. From the couple, to the friendships, to the parents, i ➳ Rate:  4,5/ 5 stars “I’m bringing angst back, yeah.“ Sang Lianne. These two, these two!!! Immaculate! Lianne made my heart hurt with both their personal journeys and then made it hurt even more with the journey to their happily ever afters! It was impossible for me to put this one down! I just wanted to keep reading and see what would happen next. I needed to get some happy moments. But every interacting had my heart squeezing with emotion. From the couple, to the friendships, to the parents, it all had me a bit of a mess. Seeing the original gang as parents is amazing! I love how they are willing to do anything for each other, their families and the other’s kids. When it comes to the secondary characters, I was living. Gavin had my heart and I’m glad Lianne sort of gave us a happy ending for him too in Ruined Hopes. All the little bits we got of the characters of the last two books in this series had me screaming. I’m so ready for both those stories, specially after some of the events in this book! Ruined Hopes was so much more than I had hoped for! Such a beautiful story with an angst fest, many many emotional moments and a slow slow burn romance. ➳ARC kindly provided by the author, in exchange for an honest review. ➳ Order at: Amazon US ➳ Follow me on: Instagram ⁕ Facebook ⁕ Tiktok

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jocelyn H

    Ezra and Ashleigh are two broken people who no matter how much they try they can't stay away from each other. This slow burn gave the characters time to heal and to learn that they really dont know what they have until they lose it. Love all the Rixon Raiders characters and it was super awesome revisiting them in this book. Ezra and Ashleigh are two broken people who no matter how much they try they can't stay away from each other. This slow burn gave the characters time to heal and to learn that they really dont know what they have until they lose it. Love all the Rixon Raiders characters and it was super awesome revisiting them in this book.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Liz [reads books]

    Girl wants boy and boy doesn't want girl - but only because he doesn't think he's good enough for her. They go back and forth and even try dating other people. But eventually boy gets his head out of his you know what, and voila. HEA. 4 stars Girl wants boy and boy doesn't want girl - but only because he doesn't think he's good enough for her. They go back and forth and even try dating other people. But eventually boy gets his head out of his you know what, and voila. HEA. 4 stars

  11. 5 out of 5

    Amour.Rebelle92 (Bran.d)

    I knew Ezra had some ghosts but Omg😢 I just want to hug him! He just has the weight of world on his shoulders with his past and then with graduation night🥺 I can’t imagine being in Ashleigh’s shoes. To be in her position knowing everyone you love has had their life move on and you are frozen in time. I love that she is a friend first to E. That she only wants the best for him even though her heart is breaking while she does what she thinks is best😢 Fave quotes: “You’re a good guy, Gav,” I said. “Do I knew Ezra had some ghosts but Omg😢 I just want to hug him! He just has the weight of world on his shoulders with his past and then with graduation night🥺 I can’t imagine being in Ashleigh’s shoes. To be in her position knowing everyone you love has had their life move on and you are frozen in time. I love that she is a friend first to E. That she only wants the best for him even though her heart is breaking while she does what she thinks is best😢 Fave quotes: “You’re a good guy, Gav,” I said. “Don’t ever forget that.” “You know what they say about good guys, Leigh Leigh?” “What?”“Good guys always finish last.”—I love their friendship & how they look out for each other. And I’m so happy that Gav might have a shot at an HEA 💗 “You ground me, buttercup. You tether me to this place, this life, in ways I can’t even explain. So yeah, I might be broken and damaged and ruined… but you make me want to fix myself. You make me want to be more.” “Don’t just want it, Ezra. Do it.” His brows furrowed, panic washing over him. “What if I can’t?” “You can. I know you can.” Because I’d be with him every step of the way.—-🥰🙌🏻

  12. 5 out of 5

    Megan Lowe

    This was a solid book. The amnesia trope isn’t my favourite, but I love this series so I soldiered on. At times I felt like things were too drawn out and it took too long for things to come to a head. I also felt at one specific point that Ezra’s feelings for Ashleigh were specifically because she liked him. But the main reason why I’m not a massive fan of next gen books is because the previous characters always change into people we don’t like. This happened a lot in this book. Also, Asher’s consta This was a solid book. The amnesia trope isn’t my favourite, but I love this series so I soldiered on. At times I felt like things were too drawn out and it took too long for things to come to a head. I also felt at one specific point that Ezra’s feelings for Ashleigh were specifically because she liked him. But the main reason why I’m not a massive fan of next gen books is because the previous characters always change into people we don’t like. This happened a lot in this book. Also, Asher’s constant use of “son” was more than a little bit annoying. Still, as I said, I like this series, and the angst level here is great. I’d honestly recommend this book to newbies if they haven’t read the original Rixon series.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Patricia Rohrs (words we love by blog)

    I finished this emotionally beautiful book a day ago but I needed time to process before I did this review! I knew Ashleigh and Ezra were going to be an emotional read I just didn’t expect to feel so much! So many emotions in this book and it’s a slow burn but its worth the wait because These two are pure magic! I love the strength Ashleigh posses even in her weakest moments she finds a way to rise! Both had so much to work through and LA did their stories justice! I love this series so much and I finished this emotionally beautiful book a day ago but I needed time to process before I did this review! I knew Ashleigh and Ezra were going to be an emotional read I just didn’t expect to feel so much! So many emotions in this book and it’s a slow burn but its worth the wait because These two are pure magic! I love the strength Ashleigh posses even in her weakest moments she finds a way to rise! Both had so much to work through and LA did their stories justice! I love this series so much and I love the growth each character has gone through and can’t wait to see what comes next!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Heidi

    Ruined Hopes - L. A. Cotton Ashleigh has always felt a connect with Ezra. A desire to somehow help him without fully knowing how. It’s hard to help someone who doesn’t feel like they need or deserve it. An accident leaves her with a TBI and memory loss and she finds herself navigating through her new reality, trying to make sense of it all Ezra is a complicated soul. Instead of wasting his time trying to fit in when he knew he never would, he just stopped trying all together. In the long run it’d se Ruined Hopes - L. A. Cotton Ashleigh has always felt a connect with Ezra. A desire to somehow help him without fully knowing how. It’s hard to help someone who doesn’t feel like they need or deserve it. An accident leaves her with a TBI and memory loss and she finds herself navigating through her new reality, trying to make sense of it all Ezra is a complicated soul. Instead of wasting his time trying to fit in when he knew he never would, he just stopped trying all together. In the long run it’d seemed like the better choice. Coming into the Bennett’s life with a closet full of skeletons and a bag load of bad memories, keeping people at a distance is what he does. The life altering event is sure to leave everyone changed. Things definitely aren’t the same anymore and it’ll take a long time for things to return to some form of normalcy. Maybe they never will, but perhaps that’s a good thing. Maybe this was what they all needed to somehow get closer. Ever since Ezra was first mentioned in this series, he’s had a special place in my heart. Something about him just ‘spoke’ to me and I couldn’t let him go. So when Lianne announced he’d be getting his own book, I knew immediately it’d be one of my favorites. I can’t say enough positive things about it. Sure Ezra comes off as a giant douche, but like with every other story there’s a reason for it! I know the series is coming to an end and I’m not sure I’m ready to let go of the world of Rixon High. But I have a feeling Lianne is going to make it the best ending possible. She certainly nailed it with Ruined Hopes! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  15. 4 out of 5

    jess

    *ARC provided for an honest review* Ezra has been one of the most intriguing characters for me when his character was first introduced so to finally be able to read his story with Ashleigh was exciting! Ezra and Ashleigh have this connection that’s so strong and only grew throughout the story. I love the way both of them are different from each other but somehow COMPLETE each other. It’s the way their personalities just makes them feel right. Getting to know Ezra’s character was interesting to me. *ARC provided for an honest review* Ezra has been one of the most intriguing characters for me when his character was first introduced so to finally be able to read his story with Ashleigh was exciting! Ezra and Ashleigh have this connection that’s so strong and only grew throughout the story. I love the way both of them are different from each other but somehow COMPLETE each other. It’s the way their personalities just makes them feel right. Getting to know Ezra’s character was interesting to me. I really felt for him and finding out more about his past broke me. If anything he’s absolutely strong and him having Ashleigh in his life is something that’s amazing and worth to become even more stronger and better. With Ashleigh I LOVE her character!! The way she cares deeply about things and always wants to be there for someone is something I could totally relate to. She’s everything I love in a character. Overall Ezra and Ashleigh’s story was a rollercoaster of emotions!! Both have gone through things that end up making their connection become so strong and filled with so many emotions. Ruined Hopes also has moments between side characters that have me excited for what’s to come in the series!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Nina

    “I wanted to know him. To unravel the quiet boy with the weight of the world on his shoulders.” Ruined Hopes is Ashleigh Chase & Ezra Bennett story, he is somewhat of a mystery, and his story is heartbreaking. He’s an angry young man, who never lets anyone get to close, always holding people at arms length. The story picks up after the accident at the end of Tragic Lies & everything has changed. There are so many lies & secrets between these two, that they really have to fight hard for their HEA, “I wanted to know him. To unravel the quiet boy with the weight of the world on his shoulders.” Ruined Hopes is Ashleigh Chase & Ezra Bennett story, he is somewhat of a mystery, and his story is heartbreaking. He’s an angry young man, who never lets anyone get to close, always holding people at arms length. The story picks up after the accident at the end of Tragic Lies & everything has changed. There are so many lies & secrets between these two, that they really have to fight hard for their HEA, it was heartbreaking watching them & at times emotional, because you just wanted to shout at them to get there act together. Whilst I really enjoyed Ruined Hopes I was also a little disappointed, I felt like they should of sorted all their problems out a lot sooner, we only see them get their HEA at about 75% which means we didn’t get much of them as a couple. I honestly needed more after everything they had been through. I wanted to see Ezra & Cameron interact, I wanted the emotion of their first family dinner after all the secrets. I CANNOT wait for Aaron & Poppy’s story because after that ending, you can bet that Lianne is going to bring all the ANGST with these two. I’m also secretly hoping that Gavin gets a book, because he was such an amazing character.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Tammy -

    It's been a bit since I devoured a YA romance as quickly as I did Ruined Hopes by L.A. Cotton, and since this is the first book that I've read in the Rixon High series, I now have the two previous books that I need to add to my out-of-control TBR. I'm hooked! In Ruined Hopes, Ashleigh wakes up with partial amnesia after being in an accident. She's forced to retake her senior year of high school right along with Ezra, the broody outcast that she's been crushing on for years. Now though, everything It's been a bit since I devoured a YA romance as quickly as I did Ruined Hopes by L.A. Cotton, and since this is the first book that I've read in the Rixon High series, I now have the two previous books that I need to add to my out-of-control TBR. I'm hooked! In Ruined Hopes, Ashleigh wakes up with partial amnesia after being in an accident. She's forced to retake her senior year of high school right along with Ezra, the broody outcast that she's been crushing on for years. Now though, everything has changed. Ezra is not only distant, he's cruel and seems to hate her, and she doesn't understand why. Something has obviously happened that Ashleigh can't remember, but she's determined to find out the secret that has ruined them. This book drew me in from the very first chapter and I read it in nearly one sitting. I loved all of these characters, and since the damaged bad boy has always been my weakness, I especially loved Ezra. He is so broken, and Ashleigh wants so badly to be able to fix him. This is a really easy yet emotional read that gave me all the feels. I already crave more and will dig into the first two books in this series before the next one comes out. If you are a fan of angsty high school romance, then you'll definitely want to read this one.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kera’s Always Reading

    This was a great read, especially taking into consideration that I am jumping into the middle of a series that happens to be a spin-off from another series I haven’t read… but even though I felt like there were some little details and small nuances that I was kissing, it was still such an enjoyable story that can absolutely be read separately. Ashleigh and Ezra were in a car accident but while he walked away with only scratches, she endured so much more trauma. When she wakes up in the hospital, This was a great read, especially taking into consideration that I am jumping into the middle of a series that happens to be a spin-off from another series I haven’t read… but even though I felt like there were some little details and small nuances that I was kissing, it was still such an enjoyable story that can absolutely be read separately. Ashleigh and Ezra were in a car accident but while he walked away with only scratches, she endured so much more trauma. When she wakes up in the hospital, having lost months of her memory, all she wants to know is how Ezra is… Both Ezra and Ashleigh have to deal with so much pain. For Ashleigh, trying to piece her life back together after the accident. And Ezra, dealing with a whole life of pain and carrying secrets from that night that he cannot tell her about, not to mention the life he has lived leading up to this point. Oh he was just the sweetest thing… I really loved this book and the evolution of both Ashleigh and Ezra individually, as well as together. It was such a beautiful story filled with pain and so so so much growth and love.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Whispered Secrets

    Ruined Hope by LA Cotton is book 3 in the Rixson High Series. I have been dying for Ezra and Ashleigh’s story. I knew Ezra had to have some deep seeded issues to be as closed off as he was. He was bound and determined to keep everyone out of his life. One drunken mistake turned it all around…or made it even worse. Either way…I had a hard time with it all being Ezra’s fault and what happened after. But then I realized he was in a dark place…he was hurting and suffering and just made a mistake…a d Ruined Hope by LA Cotton is book 3 in the Rixson High Series. I have been dying for Ezra and Ashleigh’s story. I knew Ezra had to have some deep seeded issues to be as closed off as he was. He was bound and determined to keep everyone out of his life. One drunken mistake turned it all around…or made it even worse. Either way…I had a hard time with it all being Ezra’s fault and what happened after. But then I realized he was in a dark place…he was hurting and suffering and just made a mistake…a deadly mistake…but a mistaken none the less. The fact that Ashleigh was able to see the good in Ezra just proves the kinda person she is. Loyal, dependable and a better person than most. She’s also fun, doesn’t care about climbing the social ladder and others opinions. She’s beautiful inside and out. Which is why Ezra doesn’t believe someone so broken could possibly deserve someone so pure. It’s a beautiful disaster of a love story. I received a free advanced copy to read and review. Now to wait for Poppy and Aaron’s story. It’s gonna be epic I just know it. I love this whole series and the series leading up to it. Enjoy the Rixson Raiders in both series.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Bel

    This second generation series from Rixon High has been an absolute blast. I love that we still get to see what the parents are up to and how they have all remained tight knit, to the point that they are not friends anymore, but rather they now see themselves as family for life. Ashleigh has always had a crush on Ezra, but as a foster kid he has never really felt like he belonged. Having suffered retrograde amnesia after a car accident, Ashleigh has woken up from a month long coma having lost the This second generation series from Rixon High has been an absolute blast. I love that we still get to see what the parents are up to and how they have all remained tight knit, to the point that they are not friends anymore, but rather they now see themselves as family for life. Ashleigh has always had a crush on Ezra, but as a foster kid he has never really felt like he belonged. Having suffered retrograde amnesia after a car accident, Ashleigh has woken up from a month long coma having lost the last 10 months of her life, her entire senior year. It almost felt like a do over, where both Ashleigh and Ezra find themselves repeating their senior year. There was so much angst with this one. Every time Ash tried to engage Ezra, he just kept pushing back, they really had to work for their HEA. I think they definitely grew and learned a lot about each other during their second time of going through senior year. Another great sports romance, I'm loving this series and so sad it's almost finished.

  21. 5 out of 5

    sarah

    ashleighezra!! It was so good reading about the rixon raiders & rixon high again! I was excited to read about their story after the sneak peek in tragic lies! Ashleigh and Ezra went through a traumatic experience together and were left to pick up the pieces. I love Ashleigh’s character and she always cared about what was best for everyone else around her, putting them first. Ezra was interesting to finally learn about after getting hints of him in the previous books. It was sad to read about what ashleighezra!! It was so good reading about the rixon raiders & rixon high again! I was excited to read about their story after the sneak peek in tragic lies! Ashleigh and Ezra went through a traumatic experience together and were left to pick up the pieces. I love Ashleigh’s character and she always cared about what was best for everyone else around her, putting them first. Ezra was interesting to finally learn about after getting hints of him in the previous books. It was sad to read about what he had gone through but I was happy to see him get his happy ending with Ashleigh. These two had been through so much and it was definitely a whirlwind of emotions. I also loved how they were different from one another’s personalities but were perfect for each other. I think Ashleigh is one of my fav characters now of the series along w Lily:’) It was great to see a little bit of the previous characters and also the hints of the upcoming books. I’m excited to read broken ties and missed notes in the future!! *ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review*

  22. 4 out of 5

    Julie Workman-Bookaholic Sisters Blog

    Ah, the enigma that is Ezra. He's anyways intrigued me,  quiet and withdrawn, Always watching, never taking part. I warmed up to him quite quickly  I absolutely love love love him. Ashleigh, ive loved her for a while  but damn  my heart broke for her so many times for many different reasons. Once I started I couldn't stop,  from cover to cover I read it in one sitting. This book has it all and that's why I love this author, love, loss and heartbreak, anger, angst and confusion. The emotions flowed Ah, the enigma that is Ezra. He's anyways intrigued me,  quiet and withdrawn, Always watching, never taking part. I warmed up to him quite quickly  I absolutely love love love him. Ashleigh, ive loved her for a while  but damn  my heart broke for her so many times for many different reasons. Once I started I couldn't stop,  from cover to cover I read it in one sitting. This book has it all and that's why I love this author, love, loss and heartbreak, anger, angst and confusion. The emotions flowed off the page and hit me right in the heart. Cant wait for Broken Ties. With each book I read in this series im more blown away each time. This is one of my top 2021 reads and highly recommended

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lynne Rainbow

    Oh my Ezra my heart literally broke for our adopted Raider! Of all the kids his character development has to be the most incredible. He’s always been an island on his own, withdrawn and impenetrable. No one gets through his defences except for maybe Ashleigh not that he’d admit that to her. Following the aftermath of the crash Ezra only wants one thing and that’s to stay away from Ashleigh. Trouble is what can he do if she won’t leave him alone but push her away the only way he knows how. Their Oh my Ezra my heart literally broke for our adopted Raider! Of all the kids his character development has to be the most incredible. He’s always been an island on his own, withdrawn and impenetrable. No one gets through his defences except for maybe Ashleigh not that he’d admit that to her. Following the aftermath of the crash Ezra only wants one thing and that’s to stay away from Ashleigh. Trouble is what can he do if she won’t leave him alone but push her away the only way he knows how. Their chemistry is heartbreakingly beautiful. However there’s too many secrets and lies between them add in a healthy dose of amnesia and you have the recipe for some major angst.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Gen

    “But memories made you who you were. They shaped you, influenced the road you walked on. Without them, was I even me anymore?” I was dying to jump into Ashleigh and Ezra’s story. One click ore order for Ms. Cotton every time. We pick straight up again, with Ashleigh following their accident. Lots of teenage angst in this series, and age appropriate reactions are spot on. This is a slow burn book as you’d expect with the two characters involved. Not only did Ashleigh need time, Ezra needed space to “But memories made you who you were. They shaped you, influenced the road you walked on. Without them, was I even me anymore?” I was dying to jump into Ashleigh and Ezra’s story. One click ore order for Ms. Cotton every time. We pick straight up again, with Ashleigh following their accident. Lots of teenage angst in this series, and age appropriate reactions are spot on. This is a slow burn book as you’d expect with the two characters involved. Not only did Ashleigh need time, Ezra needed space to heal. “I had the clothes on my back, a boatload of bad memories, and a closet full of skeletons.” Heartbreaking to read his story, as I’d expected. While embraced by the Bennett’s, Ezra remained skirting the edges of this close knit group. “But something inside of me was broken. Jagged and cracked. And I didn’t know how to fix it.” This! Sums up so much in both their relationship, and of course Ezra’s life as a whole, before the Bennett’s, and during this story as those around him attempted to put him back together. Loved the first generation series, and the ensuing Rixon High books have proven to be a good solid read. 4.5 ⭐️

  25. 4 out of 5

    S ( Bookish.vibes.reads )

    𝗥𝘂𝗶𝗻𝗲𝗱 𝗛𝗼𝗽𝗲𝘀 𝐄𝐳𝐫𝐚 ♥ 𝐀𝐬𝐡𝐥𝐞𝐢𝐠𝐡 .... another beautiful and amazing book in the second generation of Rixon High Series by 𝑳𝒊𝒂𝒏𝒏𝒆. This book was so painful yet SO Stunning!!! After the Accident 𝐄𝐳𝐫𝐚 & 𝐀𝐬𝐡𝐥𝐞𝐢𝐠𝐡'𝐬 life completely changes and the way they go through so much after it was so heartaching & sorrowful. 𝐀𝐬𝐡𝐥𝐞𝐢𝐠𝐡'𝐬 life after the accident goes 180 degree reverse and how she tries to figure out everything & everyone's behaviour that happens. 𝐄𝐳𝐫𝐚'𝐬 guilt was way to much because of the accident & 𝗥𝘂𝗶𝗻𝗲𝗱 𝗛𝗼𝗽𝗲𝘀 𝐄𝐳𝐫𝐚 ♥ 𝐀𝐬𝐡𝐥𝐞𝐢𝐠𝐡 .... another beautiful and amazing book in the second generation of Rixon High Series by 𝑳𝒊𝒂𝒏𝒏𝒆. This book was so painful yet SO Stunning!!! After the Accident 𝐄𝐳𝐫𝐚 & 𝐀𝐬𝐡𝐥𝐞𝐢𝐠𝐡'𝐬 life completely changes and the way they go through so much after it was so heartaching & sorrowful. 𝐀𝐬𝐡𝐥𝐞𝐢𝐠𝐡'𝐬 life after the accident goes 180 degree reverse and how she tries to figure out everything & everyone's behaviour that happens. 𝐄𝐳𝐫𝐚'𝐬 guilt was way to much because of the accident & everything that happens. 𝐄𝐳𝐫𝐚 tries to separate himself from 𝐀𝐬𝐡𝐥𝐞𝐢𝐠𝐡'𝐬 life but the intense chemistry they had, they tried to move on with their life after the incident but couldn't. Gahhh...It was such a slow burner and so so heartachingly painful. 𝘉𝘌𝘈𝘜𝘛𝘐𝘍𝘜𝘓 𝘉𝘌𝘈𝘜𝘛𝘐𝘍𝘜𝘓 𝘉𝘖𝘖𝘒!! And I was so so excited to see some of the side characters once again & I'm so excited for 𝐀𝐚𝐫𝐨𝐧 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐏𝐨𝐩𝐩𝐲’𝐬 Story 𝘖𝘔𝘎𝘖𝘚𝘏 it's going to be sooo amazing. 𝘍𝘰𝘳 𝘮𝘦 𝘪𝘵 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘢 4.5 𝘚𝘵𝘢𝘳 𝘙𝘦𝘢𝘥. *𝒂𝒓𝒄 𝒓𝒆𝒄𝒆𝒊𝒗𝒆𝒅 𝒊𝒏 𝒆𝒙𝒄𝒉𝒂𝒏𝒈𝒆 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒂𝒏 𝒉𝒐𝒏𝒆𝒔𝒕 𝒓𝒆𝒗𝒊𝒆𝒘*

  26. 5 out of 5

    booksandbubbs

    I have really enjoyed this second generation of the Rixon Raiders series and Ashleigh and Ezra's story was another enjoyable installment! These two leads both carry their own emotional baggage after an accident that changed both of their lives. Ashleigh is trying to pick up the pieces while Ezra struggles with an immense amount of guilt. My heart broke for both of them at different parts of the book as they both struggled with their identity and their relationship with each other. And as usual, I have really enjoyed this second generation of the Rixon Raiders series and Ashleigh and Ezra's story was another enjoyable installment! These two leads both carry their own emotional baggage after an accident that changed both of their lives. Ashleigh is trying to pick up the pieces while Ezra struggles with an immense amount of guilt. My heart broke for both of them at different parts of the book as they both struggled with their identity and their relationship with each other. And as usual, I enjoyed their connections to other characters from the inter related books. And the ending definitely gave me the sweetness that I needed!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Athena D.

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5 STARS Ruined Hopes by L.A. Cotton is an EPIC read that will join the ranks from the BIBLIO-ARISTOCRACY!!!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Booksisters21

    Where do I start. This book was everything and more. Ruined Hopes was one of my most Highly Anticipated books of the year and it doesn’t disappoint. Ruined Hopes was an emotional, all out page turner. I was completely blown away with this book. I was constantly glued to my kindle while reading. Chapter after chapter I just couldn’t put it down. The writing, the emotions, the characters, everything was just amazing. LA’s Rixon High series just keeps getting better and better. I can’t wait for the Where do I start. This book was everything and more. Ruined Hopes was one of my most Highly Anticipated books of the year and it doesn’t disappoint. Ruined Hopes was an emotional, all out page turner. I was completely blown away with this book. I was constantly glued to my kindle while reading. Chapter after chapter I just couldn’t put it down. The writing, the emotions, the characters, everything was just amazing. LA’s Rixon High series just keeps getting better and better. I can’t wait for the next book in this superb series.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Books, Booze & Bon Voyage

    Ruined Hopes is book three in the Rixon High series. It is the slow burn love story of Ezra Bennett and Ashleigh Chase. Following the same pattern as the rest of the series LA Cotton gives us High School drama and first love angst. I was looking forward to finding out what had happened to Ezra to make him the recluse he was in the previous books and wondered what would be the catalyst for Ashleigh finally breaking down his walls. The epilogue of Tragic Lies had left us on a cliffhanger over this Ruined Hopes is book three in the Rixon High series. It is the slow burn love story of Ezra Bennett and Ashleigh Chase. Following the same pattern as the rest of the series LA Cotton gives us High School drama and first love angst. I was looking forward to finding out what had happened to Ezra to make him the recluse he was in the previous books and wondered what would be the catalyst for Ashleigh finally breaking down his walls. The epilogue of Tragic Lies had left us on a cliffhanger over this couple when their celebrations of graduating high school had ending in a horrendous accident. Now we get to find out what exactly happened that night, the consequences and how the couple recover. Ashleigh had been in love with Ezra since he first arrived in Rixon. She was eleven when Asher and Mya fostered the quiet, mysterious little boy who kept to himself. Ashleigh knew he had problems and never let anyone get close to him but she was determined to get through to him. When she wakes up in hospital with no memory of the car accident she is confused but things go down hill rapidly when she realises that actually she has no memory of the last ten months. She is missing her whole senior year and will have to wait to see if any of her memories will return. Ashleigh is frustrated and trying to work out who she is now without her memories. Her parents and friends try to help fill in the gaps but she has lost the best year of her life. Things get worse for her when she has to watch her friends leave for college while she has to repeat her senior year. Ezra amazingly survived the crash unscathed but is struggling with the guilt and blames himself. He is also trying to come to terms with now being a Bennett since Ash and Mya adopted him. Things don’t improve for him either as he is made to redo his senior year which he’d failed and even worse for him, he is made to train with the Raiders.Ezra appreciates all the Bennett’s have done for him but still doesn't feel like one of them even after seven years and knows he’s a bitter disappointment especially since the accident. His childhood experiences still haunt him, he feels broken and has no idea how to fix it. It is heart breaking as Ezra battles with his demons and tries to accept the love he feels he doesn't deserve. He stays away from Ashleigh so she can recover but she refuses to let him continue to hide away. I loved how Aaron was determined to be a good brother to Ezra and tries so hard to make things between them better. He is very excited about them being seniors and Raiders together because it gives him the opportunity to really get to know Ezra. I thought Gavin was an absolute sweetie and glad things turned out well for him. It is such fun seeing the parents especially the dads trying to cope with their teenagers. They provide some hilarious scenes to break up the angst and show how their friendships are still very strong. Be prepared for lots of ups and downs in the love lives of all the Rixon Raider’s children. It takes quite a while for Ashleigh and Ezra to sort everything out that I was surprised at the quick turn of events in their relationship especially with some of Ezra’s issues. I felt she was struggling with her health but the story concentrated more on the emotional side of things. There is a good twist at the end and some painful parts when the secrets were revealed. I wasn’t happy over how Aaron was coping with being a senior and captain of the Raiders but it leads nicely into the next book and his relationship with Poppy. Ezra isn’t the only one who doesn’t realises what they have until they lose it.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Emma Louise Elks

    I always feel like I've returned home when I get to come back to the halls of Rixon High. There's a few things I tend to say when I talk about Rixon, and firstly it's if you love a sports romance then L.A Cotton is the G.O.A.T. Secondly, the whole rixon universe, from the OG Raiders to the next Gen, is just royalty in the sports romance arena. Thirdly, each new book we get blessed with always tackles an emotive issue, so I always know to come prepared to get up in my feels because as soon as I p I always feel like I've returned home when I get to come back to the halls of Rixon High. There's a few things I tend to say when I talk about Rixon, and firstly it's if you love a sports romance then L.A Cotton is the G.O.A.T. Secondly, the whole rixon universe, from the OG Raiders to the next Gen, is just royalty in the sports romance arena. Thirdly, each new book we get blessed with always tackles an emotive issue, so I always know to come prepared to get up in my feels because as soon as I pick that baby up, I am incapable of putting it down until I've devoured it, tears, tantrums and all! Ruined Hopes is book 3 in the Next Generation of Rixon High. If you've read the previous books then you'll know Ashleigh Chase and Ezra Jackson, well you'll know of Ezra but trust me, you'll realise you actually do not know a single thing about him, and I was prepared but damn it still hurt! Cold and closed off, emotionally and physically unavailable, troubled and scarred, this beautiful boy is going to be tugging at your heart strings. And then we have Ashleigh Chase, she was bubbly and outgoing, friendly and warm, the girl who had only ever really seen him. Between Ocean blue and burning Amber eyes, these two cannot divert their stares, never have been able to. I was rooting so hard for Ashleigh to keep fighting the good fight, even when it would have been more than reasonable that she tapped out. The plot of their story is tumultuous and laced with secrets, pain and serious ANGST! Wow, it was a perfectly slow burn, it had to be that way because this wasn't something we could rush through, it had to go through the motions and hurdles to get where it did, and L.A absolutely nailed the tempo, the drama and the intense build up. As expected it was a total masterpiece *Chefs kiss* 🤌🏻 And of course, we get to see all of our favourite OG Raiders, and I literally live for those moments with Jase, Asher and Cameron just being how we love them, protective daddies now (swoon) but still so full of banter, embarrassing their kids with stories of when they were their age, the dynamic between our beloved originals and our new favourites is simply beautiful 🥰 As expected, another faultless addition to the world of Rixon, another emotive story and another Raider to fall head over heels for!

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