Date Published: November 3, 2015
Published By: Simon Pulse
Edition Read: Hardcover
Goodreads Synopsis: Stay tonight. Stay forever.
When Audrey Casella arrives for an unplanned stay at the grand Hotel Ruby, she’s grateful for the detour. Just months after their mother’s death, Audrey and her brother, Daniel, are on their way to live with their grandmother, dumped on the doorstep of a DNA-matched stranger because their father is drowning in his grief.
Audrey and her family only plan to stay the night, but life in the Ruby can be intoxicating, extending their stay as it provides endless distractions—including handsome guest Elias Lange, who sends Audrey’s pulse racing. However, the hotel proves to be as strange as it is beautiful. Nightly fancy affairs in the ballroom are invitation only, and Audrey seems to be the one guest who doesn’t have an invite. Instead, she joins the hotel staff on the rooftop, catching whispers about the hotel’s dark past.
The more Audrey learns about the new people she’s met, the more her curiosity grows. She’s torn in different directions—the pull of her past with its overwhelming loss, the promise of a future that holds little joy, and an in-between life in a place that is so much more than it seems…
Welcome to the Ruby.
My Thoughts: This was an okay book. I ended up figuring out the plot twist pretty early on while I was reading, and I feel like if I hadn’t figure it out and I found out when it get revealed then I probably would have liked it a little more and rated it a little higher. It was a good plot twist and there was one part of it that I didn’t see coming that was a nice little shock. I enjoyed all of the characters, even the one I hated for being so mean. The one thing that really knocked my rating for this book was the insta-love. The romance happened in such an unrealistic way, and while I liked Audrey’s love interest, it just wasn’t done in a good way. The setting had to be my favorite thing about this book. I just kept imagining the most beautiful hotel with all kinds of amenities while at the same time keeping very old fashioned in decor and just the overall feeling of the hotel. In the end, not my favorite book but also not the worst book I’ve read.