Book Review: Sweet Ruin by Kresley Cole

Reviewer: Andrea

The Summary:

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.

The Review:

I am a huge Kresley Cole fan. I’ve been following her IAD (Immortals After Dark) series for longer than I remember, and most have been fantastic. In fact, I devour these novels, often reading so fast they only last me a day or two at most. When I saw months ago this was her new release, I was beyond excited; however, when I actually went to download the ebook, I had severe second thoughts. At $14.99, this is the most expensive ebook I’ve ever purchased.  Upon searching it today, I see it has been reduced to $12.99, still crazy expensive for a digital copy. Don’t get me wrong; I enjoyed it but come on! For that amount, I could have waited for the paperback. Did I enjoy it $15 worth? Not really.

Even though this novel is the sixteenth in the series, Cole still manages to create an interesting novel. Was it predictable? Yeah. Was it structured like all the others? Pretty much. But that is part of the appeal of her series.  True to form the otherworldly hero is the typical bad boy, and the heroine was young and naïve, but their story interested me because they appear to be on the wrong side. We don’t typically follow from the POV of the bad guys, so it was refreshing. You can’t, however, pick this up and begin the series with this one. I would have been completely lost (and still was a bit) if this had been my first IAD.

I liked it, but wait till the price drops again.

4 Stars

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