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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.
Let me say right away, this was just an okay book for me. I was really intrigued by the plot, and even as it became clear what was going on at the hotel, I was really curious to see how it would all end.
I didn’t care much for the romance, so my lack of interest in that aspect of the story probably contributed to my lukewarm feelings about the book overall.
And I don’t want to spoil the ending, but there was something about it that really disappointed me. I kind of wished for a different outcome, I guess.
I’m feeling very mixed about Hotel Ruby – I liked the setting and spooky atmosphere, but disliked the romance and the ending. I didn’t get a sense of who the characters were, either, and just didn’t connect on an emotional level with the story. I enjoyed aspects of it, but Hotel Ruby was an uneven read that left me with lots of questions.