When the advanced copy of Sweet Ruin arrived it was an unexpected and awesome surprise. I hurried and changed my schedule so I could do a book binge. It took me an afternoon / evening and the next morning to finish the book. I'm not as fast of a reader as I used to be, but I'm still a voracious reader compared to the average person.
Sweet Ruin is not to be read as a stand alone book. This is number sixteen in the Immortals After Dark series. This is the only series I've ever lasted this long into. So I think that says something about the authors work and writing style. Kresley Cole keeps things fresh. The characters are always changing, but old ones come and visit and are still important to the overall series arc. With each new book I'm always craving the next one and the one after that.
So lets get into this installment. In Sweet Ruin we get two brand new main characters that are both very edgy. The male, Rune, is an assassin and his kiss / body fluids are poison. He is promiscuous and uses sex as a way to get close to his victims. Jo, aka Josephine, is our heroine. She too has a long backstory that really makes her real and someone to root for. Much of her childhood past is gone as she has amnesia. But she's a real bad girl seeking a future with a loving and faithful male. But can Rune be that male? Can he be faithful, do his job and provide his family with what they need? Will Jo be able to be with Rune with his poison kiss? Well those questions are answered in this story. Plus readers of the overall series get looks into miss crazy pants.
Long time Cole fans will really enjoy this pair and getting to see the overall arc expanded. I'm now awaiting the next book. I know it will be awesome.
If you haven't started this series yet, jump on board with the first book to see if this series is just right for you. I'm loving it and hope you will as well.
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 ruthless 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.