Sweet Ruin by Kresley Cole (Immortals After Dark #16)

Sweet Ruin by Kresley ColeAvailable: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Gallery

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Nikki

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.

The best thing about the Immortals After Dark series? The fact that I can pick a book up, in any order at all, and still understand what’s going on, because that’s how incredibly awesome Kresley Cole is. She just has this ability to fill in all the gaps without me even knowing she’s doing it. Before I realize what’s going on, I’m caught up on the series and invested in the characters she’s decided to bring to life this time.

Josephine has been on her own for years. Lurking in the dark corners and avenging those who have wronged the women on the streets. After having to give up her baby brother as a child, she’s longed for a connection to another person. She doesn’t even know what type of creature she is because there has never been anyone to teach her.

Rune the Insatiable is known for his legendary way with the ladies. He’s skilled at getting them off without ever becoming invested. Usually in a bid for information they may be holding. He’s as cold in the bedroom as he is on the battlefield. Until he meets Jo, the vampire with extraordinary powers he can’t explain. She makes him feel emotions he’d rather not experience and she claims she’s the mate he hasn’t found in several thousand years and he’s slowly starting to fear she may be right.

I absolutely ADORED Josephine because she was 100% kick ass with a softer side she was afraid to show. Having been on her own for so long, her communication skills were a bit rusty when it came to anything other than being a vigilante. Yet her need to connect with people was still so strong she often resorted to possessing someone in order to experience those feelings and thoughts of her hosts. She didn’t even have a clue of what kind of paranormal she was or how many others roamed the streets just like her. Meeting Rune, she knows instantly that she craves him but she’s unwilling to surrender herself completely until he does the same and admits that they were meant to be mates. Something he is steadfast in denying.

Being thousands of years old, Rune is convinced that if he were meant to find a mate he’d have done so before now. He wants Jo but only because she won’t fully give herself to him. He’s like a dog with a bone trying to get her into bed the majority of the book. He doesn’t understand the feelings she’s stirring, especially those of jealousy when he’s out plowing through nymphs like a linebacker. I really liked the slow progression of his attachment to her throughout the book as he desperately he clung to the idea he could never have a mate. Silly male. He was also charming, witty and their banter back and forth was engaging and light.

Sweet Ruin is an incredible paranormal romance set in a world that is both exceptional and intriguing. Steamy, action packed and even sweet at times, this is definitely one I can recommend!

I give Sweet Ruin by Kresley Cole 4.75 stars!

 

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