Sweet Ruin

Kresley Cole
Sweet Ruin
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Gallery Books
Release Date
December 2015
Book 12 of Immortals After Dark
Paranormal Romance

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. Protecting her baby brother Thaddeus became her entire life. The day he was taken away began Jo's transition from angry girl…to would-be superhero…to ruthless villain.

A lethally sensual enforcer on a mission

Whether by bow or in bed, archer Rune the Baneblood never fails to eliminate his target. In his sights: the oldest living Valkyrie. Yet before he can strike, he encounters a vampiric creature whose beauty mesmerizes him. With one bite, she pierces him with aching pleasure, stealing 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. 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.

Book Review by debra taylor (reviewer)
Dec 11, 2015   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
102 people found the following review helpful
Kresley Cole has definitely done it again with SWEET RUIN! She has just changed this series in a brilliantly captivating way with her latest enthralling book. It is probably my favorite Immortals After Dark book yet, and that is saying something for the series that made my first introduction to the paranormal genre. I was overjoyed to get my hands on this book, but now I'm a bit frustrated at how to put together a kick arse review without gushing into fan girl status. So here it goes....

SWEET RUIN is the absolute best book I've ever read! How's that? No kidding, it honestly is the best. The plot was intense but masterfully crafted. I'm talking this is the most epic book in the series. That's because it changes the game in so many ways as the common arc takes a startling and so very welcome turn in our journey towards the Accession. Devoted readers will love this fact and probably watch as breathlessly as I while Nix totally plays her friends and foe alike and The Lore only grows more exciting than before.

It's hard to believe that Kresley Cole has somehow taken an already spectacular series and somehow made it even better. Yet that is exactly what she has done. No, I am not giving out secrets but I will say that several intriguing characters were introduced in this story. It seems that for all of her sometimes good deeds, Nix has been noticed by a new faction of The Lore. It's a death sentence for Nix, and Rune is the deadly assassin sent to take her head. Along the way he crosses paths with Josephine who fit right in with the misfit supernatural beings of NOLA.

My favorite part was all about Jo. She's a young hoodlum but the reasons for it broke my heart. She had the sarcastic wit that I've come to love from the kick arse heroines in this series. Then there was Rune with all his flaws and tragic past that made him into a ruthless, cold as ice, hit man. They were mutually fascinated and perfectly matched .... and just like always they had a lot to learn about each other and themselves. Jo had come into her destiny with much to learn and Rune had to realize he had a value beyond his seductive allure. This one is a heartbreaker and it seemed so unfair how much Jo and Rune suffered except for how they inevitably ended up together. They still had loads of adversity and issues that came between them so there wasn't even one moment for this story to slow down.

As a special bonus, Nix got to come out and play and that was magnificent to watch. I got pulled into the story and felt like a true spectator watching it all go down. I can also hint that there is more to be revealed concerning the Morior and their leader. They all have an interesting story and a part to play. I can't wait for it all to be unveiled.

I suggest that avid readers of the IAD series must not miss this book because interesting Lorean tidbits will be revealed. It will most definitely extend the series which is exactly what we all want. It's probably needless to say that I was supremely satisfied with this book. So Five Flying Stars from this happy reader!
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Book Review by BookAddict (reviewer)
Dec 22, 2015   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
106 people found the following review helpful
For a reader returning to the Immortals After Dark world after a hiatus, SWEET RUIN is a good one to start back up. This series can be read a bit out of order only after the first few books have been read. Starting on SWEET RUIN is possible as a standalone, but it may confuse some readers. It is recommended to read this series in order to enjoy the full impact and understand how the characters relate to each other. Specifically to understand crazy Nix.

As the saying goes, every story has two sides. In this tale, the Møriør, a group all the supernaturals fear, make an impressive entrance with Rune. Rune is a millenniums old warrior who uses his Lothario skills to gather information. His life is more or less meaningless because he has nothing which interests him. When he is sent on a job to remove the Nix from Earth, things spin out of control. He meets a female he never thought he would find, his soulmate.

Josephine is a wild child on the streets. She cannot remember her past. She only knows to keep her baby brother Thaddeus safe from others. Wandering the streets is not safe for a ten-year-old with a two-year-old child. When she is almost taken in by a loving family, tragedy strikes. Left alone to wander, she grows up to defend the weak and tries to learn about others who are also freaks like her. In her middle twenties, she finally finds more supernaturals when she drifts into New Orleans.

The characters in this story are well created. It is hard to decide whose past is worse, Josephine's or Rune's. Both have been dealt a raw deal and yet they somehow managed to turn out okay. Neither are victims. Both are rough around the edges and it is clear their past have made them who they are today--strong warriors who are stubborn. The romance between the two is amusing. I personally did not feel the chemistry between the two. I think it is because of Rune's inability for intimacy. I am not blaming him, just that his character is designed with intimacy issues and this translates into meh sex for me. Rune and Josephine do not come across as lovers, but more like best friends who constantly fight with each other. The constant friction became quite tiresome. Specifically, their interpretation of what sex means. This is a common theme where men view sex as physical and females are supposed to view sex as a treasured exchange. Since I'm a female who views sex as a physical exercise, the conflict in this story felt too contrived.

What I did enjoy is learning more about this world. Ms. Cole does a great job of adding detail to this complex world with each book. Although it does feel as though the books are dragging, as it is taking forever to reach this major all-out war. With the Møriør in play, it may be even longer before the end arrives. I am okay with this because it is a pleasure to meet each of the characters in this hidden world. Learning about all the different factions and how they see the world is also fascinating. Ms. Cole does a good job of showing how lines blur and what many believe to be fact may only be an interpretation.

After reading this book, I am enamoured of this series again and want to read the next one. The next one cannot come soon enough. This paranormal romance is recommended for romance lovers who enjoy love conquers all themes.
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