Ruin & Rule

Pepper Winters
Ruin & Rule
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Hachette Book Group
Release Date
July 2015
Book 1 of Pure Corruption
BDSM, Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, Romantic Suspense/Mystery

"We met in a nightmare. The in-between world where time had no power over reason. We fell in love. We fell hard. But then we woke up. And it was over . . ."


She is a woman divided. Her past, present, and future are as twisted as the lies she's lived for the past eight years. Desperate to get the truth, she must turn to the one man who may also be her greatest enemy . . .

He is the president of Pure Corruption MC. A heartless biker and retribution-deliverer. He accepts no rules, obeys no one, and lives only to reap revenge on those who wronged him. And now he has stolen her, body and soul.

Can a woman plagued by mystery fall in love with the man who refuses to face the truth? And can a man drenched in darkness forgo his quest for vengeance-and finally find redemption?

Book Review by BJ (reviewer)
Jul 15, 2015   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
173 people found the following review helpful
4.5 "Tell Me the Truth" Stars! Wow, what an intense read! Defying classification, RUIN & RULE doesn't read like your typical MC romance, or, with the exception of a few minor elements, your typical dark romance either. Instead Pepper Winters has created her own unique hybrid with plenty of suspense, heat and mystery. Please note though, that while not as dark as Ms. Winters' Monsters in the Dark Series, there are definitely darker aspects of this story that will make you cringe and cause you to question whether you could ever fully like the characters or truly believe that a story like this could ever really happen. It is this visceral reaction, however, that, for me, makes it stand out and makes it worth the read. However, be prepared, if you want to learn the entire story, you will need to commit to reading Book 2 in the Pure Corruption Series, Sin & Suffer, which is not scheduled to be released until early 2016.

As a large part of the intensity of this read is the slow uncovering of the background that has led the characters to the untenable position they are in today, I will be brief in my background. Suffice it to say that the heroine is a woman torn between discovering her past and reclaiming her future. Suffering from amnesia, and waking up in the custody of the Pure Corruption MC, the heroine's sole chance at taking control over her life again is at the hands of her kidnappers, and especially one man--Arthur "Kill" Killian, the president of Pure Corruption MC--who could just as easily sign over her fate to ruin.

The scarier his actions become, however, the more she can't help the niggle of a feeling that convinces her that she knows and can trust him. But could entrusting her fate to a man hell bent on revenge and vengeance ever result in happiness?

Lovers of darker romances with suspenseful arcs will not want to miss Ruin & Rule. But please be aware, that as is frequently the case with dark romance heroes, not all of the hero's actions will be to your liking, even if they do magnify your reaction to this unique MC romance. Now I can't wait to see how this story continues in Sin & Suffer!
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