Sweet Ruin is so full of everything I want and need in a paranormal romance. ~ Kimber, Guilty Pleasures
An immortal assassin is caught between desire and duty…
A foundling raised in a world of humans
Growing up, orphaned Josephine didn’t know who or what she was—just that she was “bad,” an outcast with strange powers. Her baby brother Thaddeus was as perfect as she was flawed; protecting him became her entire life. The day he was taken away began Jo’s transition from angry girl… to would-be superhero… to enchanting, ruthless villain.
A lethally sensual enforcer on a mission
A threat to the Møriør has brought archer Rune the Baneblood to the mortal realm to slay the oldest living Valkyrie. Whether by bow or in bed, he never fails to eliminate his target. Yet before he can strike, he encounters a vampiric creature whose beauty conceals a black heart. With one bite, she pierces him with aching pleasure, taking his forbidden blood – and jeopardizing the secrets of his brethren.
A boundless passion that will lead to sweet ruin…
Could this exquisite female be a spy sent by the very Valkyrie he hunts? Rune knows he must not trust Josephine, yet he’s unable to turn her away. Despite his millennia of sexual conquests, he can’t ignore the unfamiliar longing she arouses deep within him. When Jo betrays the identity of the one man she will die to protect, she and Rune become locked in a treacherous battle of wills that pits ultimate loyalty against unbridled lust.
Review copy provided for an honest review
MAJOR book hangover happened after reading this one.
Sweet Ruin is book 16 in the Immortals After Dark series by Kresley Cole. Folks, this book is so full of everything I want and need in a paranormal romance. There’s action and twists, a perfectly written dark tale with kickass characters, lots of sexy times, and loads of KC humor and shenanigans to keep you on the edge of your seat waiting to see what happens next. Oh, the hours of sleep I lost reading this book because I could NOT put it down. I know a lot of work goes into these novels and they are all really good, but seriously, KC has written us an amazing romance. I just love these two. They are perfect for each other in every way.
Rune is a killer demon archer with a haunting past. He’s also a master of sex and persuasion, only his guiles don’t work on Josie. Everything with her is different. One kiss or one drop of his blood and you’re dead. He has to be very careful. However, Josie is immune to his poison so of course he’s taken with her. She is a mystery he must figure out. Josie is new to the fey world. Growing up, she had no idea what she was or that she was different from any other human. One deadly incident throws her into the world of the unknown. I seriously felt so bad for her. She wandered on the streets of New Orleans for several years before she was encountered by others of her kind. Growing up as an orphan she knew to trust no one on the streets. When Rune comes along, yes, she’s skeptical of him to a degree but she also opens up to him like she’s never done with anyone else. Both of their vulnerabilities come out when they are together. While Rune is only in it for the sex (so he keeps telling himself), Jo is waiting for THE one. She’s a romantic. Rune is too but he just doesn’t know t right off. She changes him. They change each other. It’s a beautifully told story with the sweetest of moments and the steamiest too. Yowza! Holy hotness Batman!
Things I’ve pondered since I’ve finished. There are so many contrasts in this book, especially with the characters. Rune is so powerful, yet gentle. He’s commanding, confident, and arrogant, yet uncertain and even humble. Josie is naïve yet skeptical. One minute, she’s fighting, being fearless, kicking major butt, the next she’s timid, unsure, and scared. The story is contradicting as well. These are dark and dangerous times, yet there’s humor around every corner. The bad guys are really the good guys? And the good guys have a bit of an evil streak? Nothing is as it seems. Kresley kept us on our toes with this one and I loved every second of it.
This one left me wanting more. So much more! Jo is Thad’s sister, so having his sweet adorable self in the story was a plus and the way things ended with him? OHHH, do I really want his story. And what about all the Morior (small group of sexy otherworldy beings who fight together and bring doom to anyone who makes them mad)? Books for every single one of them. I needs! I needs! Nix. What can I say about her? Well, besides Girl Crush! She’s still whackadoodle and I still love her. There are so many possibilities left to explore so my hope is that this series never ends. We don’t need the world to end, right?
Sweet Ruin is definitely one of my favorites in the series. I had a blast reading it and now talking about it. It exceeded my expectations but honestly, that is no surprise because Kresley Cole’s writing gets better and better with every book. I say this every time I write a review for one of her books, but Imma say it again, I cannot recommend her series enough. ALL of them.