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Title & Series: SWEET RUIN (Immortals After Dark #16)
Author: Kresley Cole
Release date: December 1, 2015
Publisher: Gallery Books
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook
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An immortal assassin is caught between desire and duty in this sizzling new novel from Kresley Cole’s #1 New York Times bestselling Immortals After Dark series.
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 enchanting 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.
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NOTE: This review is based on an ARC received from the publisher in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book.
Kresley Cole never ceases to amaze. SWEET RUIN is an absolute standout in a series that just keeps getting better and better. It is exciting and sexy and funny. It is thrilling, action-packed, riveting. The lore is fascinating. The world is expansive. The characters are interesting, intriguing, and immensely entertaining, and ones you can’t wait to get to know.
Josephine is a bit of a mystery. Her characteristics and abilities don’t immediately reveal what she is. But her fiery temper, her sharp tongue, her determination, her self-assurance, and her fierce protectiveness, coupled with glimpses at a softer, more vulnerable side, make her instantly likable. And the fact that she can kick some serious butt and stand up to a millennias-old badass like Rune Darklight makes her impossible not to love.
She is young, impulsive, and reckless. Everything Rune isn’t. Yet he is curious about her, attracted to her, and even somewhat rattled by her. With his tortured past, poisonous blood, fearsome reputation, and a skill set that doesn’t allow for monogamy, he in no way sounds like the man for Jo. Even with his incredible stamina and his ability to please.
The two couldn’t be more different. But they challenge each other. They complement each other. Their chemistry is incendiary. And they have a common goal – take out Nïx the Ever-Knowing.
SWEET RUIN delivers page after page of unputdownable awesomeness. From the mystery that is Josephine Doe, to the conundrum that Rune is facing, to the games that Nix plays and the strings she continues to pull, to the building tension with the nearing of the Accession, to Jo and Rune’s angst-filled and highly combustible relationship, to the questions about the Møriør’s goals, to the introduction of new characters and cameos of series favorites, to a wild goose chase, to impressive displays of some awe-inspiring powers, to an abundance of sexual tension, to a number of surprising twists and turns, it is an intense, electrifying, scorcher of a read and an outstanding and integral addition to the Immortals After Dark series.
Every moment will keep you enthralled. Kresley Cole is a master at writing wickedly entertaining, edge-of-your-seat, all-consuming stories with characters who are passionate, kick-ass, delectable, savage, and absolutely extraordinary. And she brought all of that and more to SWEET RUIN, a definitely-must-read-right-now installment.
Like In-N-Out Burger‘s infamous secret menu this one deserves my off-the-menu 6 star rating.
About Kresley Cole
Kresley Cole is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the electrifying Immortals After Dark paranormal series, the young adult Arcana Chronicles series, the erotic Gamemakers series, and five award-winning historical romances.
A master’s grad and former athlete, she has traveled over much of the world and draws from those experiences to create her memorable characters and settings.
Her IAD books have been translated into twenty foreign languages, garnered three RITA awards, a Hall of Fame induction, and consistently appear on the bestseller lists, in the U.S. and abroad.
Cole lives in Florida with her family and “far too many animals.”
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