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.
*I received a copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
It feels like forever since I read a paranormal story so well-balanced. Sweet Ruin, for me, was a perfect mixture of action, romance, lore, and humor. I honestly admit I haven’t read the last two or three books, but I was still able to follow along perfectly, as the focus was mostly on Jo and Rune.
Jo, a vampire like being, with no clue about what she really is, and what other supernaturals there are, but an attitude you can respect. I mostly liked her confidence, and vulnerability, which is quite the contradiction. She is so sure of her powers, and strength, but when it comes to socializing, things are more strained. It’s not always easy to hide the fact that you have superpowers, and life can become lonely when you’re living on the outside.
Upon meeting Rune, she can’t believe how much her luck has changed. Her first encounter with another being like her isn’t completely what she expected it to be, though she’s definitely digging the guy. Especially since his blood almost seems to call out to him, and he’s pretty much sex on legs.
On the other hand, the last thing Rune needs is an inexperienced girl derailing him from his mission. Except you know, the temptation is too much, creating some very fun, and mostly sexy scenes. The interactions between these two characters, inside, and outside of the bedroom, were off the chain, and definitely the best part of the book.
You should read this if you’re a fan of Kresley Cole, are into the supernatural, enjoy to read witty banter, and sexy times, or enjoy some action also outside of the bedroom. To sum it up, there is no real reason you should not want to read Sweet Ruin. Easily one of my favorites in this series.
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*While I recommend reading the books in order, I believe you can read Sweet Ruin as a standalone, if you focus just on the romance*