Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Mini-Review: Sweet Ruin (Immortals After Dark #16)

 An immortal assassin is caught between desire and duty...
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.
Rating: 4.75  stars
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 Ok where to even start with this story.  There is so much going on that I’m really afraid to spoil anything, so I will just be sharing my overall impressions of this one in hopes you will read it for yourself and enjoy the crazy and sexy story of two people so obviously meant for each other.  Jo and Rune’s story is one that I didn’t know I would enjoy, mainly because it’s been so long since I read the last one that I had lost all the connections to the characters in the story so it took a while for me to remember what was going on in the overall story of the Immortals.  Rune is the kind of guy that has always really appealed to me as a hero, because under all the pain and trauma of his past, his heart is truly good and he has his own—sometimes strange—code of honor that keeps him from being truly a bad guy.  Jo similarly is a bit on the crazy side, misguided and certainly left to fend for herself, leaving her completely unprepared and ignorant of the world she belongs to.  I enjoyed getting to know both of these characters, even though more often than not I wanted to kick Rune is the ass for the way he was treating Jo and/or thinking of treating her.  There were a lot of laughs, tears, and moments of complete WTF in this story, but seeing Jo get the one thing she’s always wanted more than anything, a family, was wonderful and more than enough to make up for all the pain we had to experience with her.  Jo and Rune are both obviously unique characters, but the passion and emotion they bring out in each other makes their match oddly enough made in perfection.  I am looking forward to the next story in this series and getting to see just what happens to these immortals as the Accession comes to bear.  So if you like to laugh at the crazy antics of characters, cry along with them as their hearts are broken, and ultimately fall in love right alongside them, you will love Sweet Ruin, especially if you are a fan of Cole’s previous novels. 

*ebook provided by publisher (via netgalley) for the purpose of an honest and unbiased review.  No compensation was provided.

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