Review: Sweet Ruin by Kresley Cole

Author: Kresley Cole
Series: Immortals After Dark #16
Release Date: December 1, 2015
Publisher: Gallery Books
Source: Net Galley
Pages: 529
Reviewer: Elizabeth
Rating: 5 Stars
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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.

Elizabeth's Thoughts
I gotta say, I was very sad that I didn’t love the last book in the series, DARK SKYE—Lanthe and Throno’s story. Mainly because Lanthe’s character and past—and current—behavior really rubbed me the wrong way. So I was unsure how I’d feel about this new book, especially since the main characters were never heard of or even mentioned in previous books of the series. After finishing SWEET RUIN, I will be begging and pleading Kresley Cole for more!

Jo and Rune’s story was “specter-tactular”! I absolutely LOVED IT! Jo is a strong, snarky female Lorean—creature of the Lore—and I loved her. Her wicked mouth and constant ribbing of Rune had me laughing out loud on several occasions! Jo is kick-ass hybrid that’s also a hopeful romantic and is in desperate need to feel loved and be a part of a family. Her brother Thad—who’s made several appearances in the series—was taken from her year ago and although it was for the best, Jo’s heart aches to be reunited with the one person she loves more than anything. That is, until she meets an irresistible dark fey with a penchant for nymphs and blood so poisonous that it’s lethal to human and immortal beings…well, except Jo.

Rune is sex incarnate. He’s also an archer, assassin and keeper of secrets for The Møriør—an alliance of otherworldly beings, the strongest and oldest of each species. Rune has been tasked by Orion the Undoing—leader of The Møriør—to bring in the head of a certain bat-shit crazy Valkyrie. During the mission, Rune encounters the sweetest smelling female. She’s also short, voluptuous and is pierced in several places, most where he cannot see but soon hopes to discover J

Needless to say, Rune underestimates the powerhouse that is Jo and the pair fall into a dangerous dance of power, sexual heat and provocative proclivities. Jo and Rune soon become temporary allies when faced with a mutual enemy. What happens next is an extraordinary story full of action, adventure and sexual awakening full of an explosively passionate inferno heavily laced in forbidden pleasures.

Holy Wet wipes, Batman! You’ll definitely need a cool down after reading several of Jo and Rune’s scenes together. The couple literally burn up the pages with their dangerously unbridled lusts. Not only is the heat level set to scorching, there’s also an exciting storyline filled with characters old and new.

I’m so excited to witness this new direction Ms. Cole is taking with the series and I think other fans will also agree! I’m in desperate need to know who the next book is about so I hope Ms. Cole doesn’t keep the news to herself for too much longer. It would be a nice Christmas present for the fans *hint hint*

SWEET RUIN is hands down the steamiest book of the series. I absolutely loved it and I know many other readers will as well.

I was gifted an eBook copy from the publisher via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. All conclusions reached are my own.

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