Ruby: Uncut and on the Loose

Danica Avet
Ruby: Uncut and on the Loose
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Siren-Bookstrand, Inc.
Release Date
February 2011
Book 1 of The Veil
Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, Paranormal Romance, Vamps & Shifters Romance

Ruby Fontenot, a Cajun hermit, loses control of her life when she's tapped to become the last Lineage Chieftain in a paranormal world she had no idea existed. With the power to change the face of The Veil by choosing its leaders, Ruby is now a wanted woman. Once she meets a member of the Veilerian High Council, what began as a fight for her life turns into a fight for her heart and her freedom.

As the High Council Representative, Lucian Ravenswaay has spent decades searching for the elusive Lineage Chieftain only to discover she's his life mate. But this vampire has bigger plans than settling down; he wants a Council seat and to get it, he'll have to turn Ruby over to them. The line between what he wants and what he needs is blurred and making the wrong choice could mean the destruction of an entire society.

Book Review by Mia (reviewer)
Mar 08, 2011   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
395 people found the following review helpful
Have you ever read a book so crazy good that you had to re-read it immediately just so that the story wouldn't end? I know for me this has happened only a handful of times, so whenever I stumble upon a book that intense, I know how valuable it is. Prepare yourself to be addicted to RUBY: UNCUT AND ON THE LOOSE.

Ruby Fontenot is a self-proclaimed cajun hermit who with her English bulldog Briggs is more than content to stay away from people and live alone. She is not your average girl. Being over 6 feet tall tends to make you an outcast in society. The male species has always made her nervous with their constant remarks and attempts in getting her into their bed. So keeping to herself has always been a necessity, especially after her father passed away. Ruby convinces herself that she is happier this way, that no one can hurt her if she is alone.

Then we have Lucian Ravenswaay, a vampire who has spent decades searching for the elusive Lineage Chieftain. His loyalty to his family and The Council keeps him focused on his job as the Oculum-se, "the eye". Someone has killed off all of the other Chieftains, a powerful group who are crucial in keeping the balance between good and evil. To keep the evil Eturi group and their leader Malachi Cromwell from taking over the world, Lucian must find the last remaining Chieftain and ensure his safety. Nothing and no one will stand in the way of his mission. Not even if he stumbles upon his life mate, a rare occurrence that only happens once and is desired most by every immortal being.

Everything changes when Ruby stumbles upon Julius Blue, the last Lineage Chieftain, hiding in her shed. Talk about your normal day getting seriously off course. Being attacked by a tiny geezer dressed in a loincloth was not how she pictured her end. But then, just when she was sure she was a goner, that old pygmy man had the nerve to transfer his powers into her and die in her arms.

Now Ruby finds herself in a strange position -- she just became "Ruby Fontenot-Blue, the last Lineage Chieftain of the Elkfire line." This is just dandy because now, not only does she have powers she can't figure out, she just happens to be wanted by everyone in a supernatural world she had no idea even existed. Being hunted by seriously weird creatures is not her idea of fun.

Overcome by the overwhelming urge to flee, Ruby must decide quickly who she can trust and who is out to capture her. Danica Avet has written this story in a way that the reader becomes suspicious of every character Ruby encounters. I was so positive when I started the book that I knew who was responsible for killing off the Chieftains, but later on, it became clear that not every shadow hiding in the dark is evil.

I really enjoyed reading when Lucian discovers that the old man he was supposed to find turned out to be Ruby, the unsocial Cajun girl. It was hilarious to read the instant change in Lucian as he went from a tough intimidating vampire to a blubbering idiot. You don't encounter many male characters turning into putty the instant they set eyes on a female.

The sexual tension between Ruby and Lucian instantly slaps you in the face. The harder both of these characters try to ignore what is happening to them, the stronger those strings get pulled. I am not sure if their stubborness is good or bad. Honestly if they would just go with the flow and accept their connection sooner instead of fighting it, it would've saved me from looking like I completely lost my sanity. But of course, it was that refusal of accepting fate that made these characters so unforgettable.

Throughout all the turmoil and chaos of good and evil, the heart of the story is about Lucian and Ruby finding out who they really are. Can Lucian put Ruby first in his life? Does Ruby have to choose between her independence and love? I became glued to every page, desperate to find out these answers. Danica Avet has done a superb job in not only creating characters that you fall in love with, but through this story she helps you discover what life is truly all about — finding love, discovering where you belong, growing and learning from your past.

I couldn't get enough of RUBY: UNCUT AND ON THE LOOSE. I absolutely LOVED it. I can honestly say that it is one of the best stories I have read in a long time. Danica Avet showed us how creative she is by building up an exciting supernatural world filled with every imaginable character. This story will have you immediately going back and re-reading it again. I definitely recommend this book to anyone and hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
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