Sweet Ruin by Kresley Cole #Review

Sweet Ruin by Kresley Cole #ReviewSweet Ruin by Kresley Cole

Series: #16 Immortals After Dark
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Gallery Books on December 1, 2015
Pages: 432
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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Each time a new installment comes out in the Immortals After Dark series, I rush to get it. Things have taken an interesting turn as the Ascension is upon the Lore. Instead of continuing along as before, the series hangs a louie. There are new players on the scene and stuff just got real. I devoured this book and was left well sated. New players, Rune and Josephine are sizzling and the new series story arc was intense.

This is the sixteenth book in the series. It is not a standalone and the series needs to be read in order.

Josephine, the older sister to Thaddeus the phantom-vampire who was introduced in Dreams of a Dark Warrior, gets her story and there were some interesting reveals into Thad and Jo’s heritage. Jo is a hard-bitten cold-hearted snarky female whose only soft spot is Thad.

This is me.  I ghost.  I hurt bad guys.
No, I hunt them.
Realization struck her.  She’d always been hunting.
Been waiting for this.  All. My. Life.

Jo from Sweet Ruin

She had to let him go to human parents who could care for him, but plans to reunite with him. Her plans are interrupted by the arrival of a charismatic male who becomes intrigued by her and then can’t let her go when she accidentally snags his memories through his blood.

Rune Baneblood, a dark half fey with poisoned blood in his veins is an older being who comes from a world far distant from earth.

His lifeblood had never looked blacker than against her alabaster skin.
Like paper inscribed with ink, her flesh was marked by him.  Marked with his scent.  She was his 
possession.
Obsession.
Yet he knew nothing about her.
 

Rune the Insatiable.  He buffed his black claws.  “Wringing orgasms and breaking hearts for eons.”

Rune from Sweet Ruin (forgot to write down the page numbers)

His past is painful and sordid, but then he was accepted by Orion to the Morior Twelve. Orion has an assignment for the Morior assassin. Go to earth and take out Nix the Soothsayer to keep her from controlling the events of the Ascension and opposing the Morior’s plans for earth. Rune uses his skill learned as a sexual slave to go about his tasks. He feels nothing for the females he uses for information until he encounters one who is indifferent to his wiles and sexual appeal. He becomes more intrigued the more he learns about her and then he has to take her captive when she seems a threat to his mission. His duty to the Morior comes first. Always. But for once he is conflicted.

Alright, so as I said, this one didn’t continue with any of the usual suspects and plot threads everyone speculated about from previous books. A whole new group of players, the Morior are introduced along with what they bring to the time of the Ascension. They are explained as is their purpose, but only up to a point. I got the impression that things are going to get even more exciting than before.

I was surprised, but not disappointed by the hero and heroine introduced in this story. Jo’s background is rough and she’s a tough snarky gal as a result, but her past doesn’t hold a candle to what Rune went through. And it totally scared him so that he is messed up in matters of relationships, love, and sex. Jo warms to him and accepts a chance of being together while Rune is resisting and busy trying to figure out how to pump her for intel and use her. But Rune got a tiger by the tail. Jo’s pretty powerful even if she is nearly ignorant of who and what she is. There’s a great deal of push and pull between the two. I was into them up to a point as a result. It was a good crisis, conflict, and resolve in the end.

And that brings me to Jo and Thad’s race. They are hybrids and very powerful ones at that. An answer is revealed about them, but there is a lot more to come and I am excited to see where that goes.

The story focuses mainly on new characters with Thad and Nix being the only two regulars, sadly, that get any significant time though there are some cameo appearances. Nix was on her game and wielding the cray-cray oracle stuff well as she manipulates the players and events. She is growing darker it seems, but I am fascinated to see where it is going.

Things are moving forward, but on a much grander scale than previously. There are some tantalizing older threads along with added new ones that have my sweating for the next release in the series. The fresh reboot might not be to everyone’s taste, but I loved it along with the pair who got their story in this one. It is definitely one not to be missed by series fans and it is a series that I strongly recommend if you like paranormal romance.

I received a copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.
  • I’m very curious to know where this series is going. I just love it to pieces. Great review.

    • You and me both. I thought things were coming down to the end after the last book and then now we have the Morior on the scene. Now I’ve got more to wonder about. LOL!

  • Whew that’s one long series with 16 books so far, but sounds like it’s still going strong. I always like cameo appearances in books, even though this one does sound like it focusses more on the new characters. The overarching plot and how things move forward sounds very well done. Great review!

    • Yes, I’m glad it is still going strong after so many books and it is fun to see characters from previous books pop in with little updates. The new characters and plot twist seemed to come out of no where though there was a little hint in book fourteen. I’m interested to see where things go from here.

  • WOAH. This series though. O_O I haven’t started this one or the BDB one of Gena Showalter’s because holy guacamole there are so many books in each series. Four flames of heat though, that’s enticing. I’m glad you enjoyed this one, Sophia! 🙂

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    • Yeah, I know, long standing series like this one and those you mentioned intimidate me, too, Alyssa. I want to read them, but then shy back from how many there are before catching up.
      This was probably one of her hottest and most erotic of the series. It’s my opinion that she was flavoring it that way because she has a contemporary erotic series going on right now. But it was fine and fit the storyline.
      I was surprised about it since I expected other couples to get their stories first, but I did like this one.

  • I am a bit Cole:ed out at the moment

    • Yes, that can happen to me, too. I had to really push to catch up on another series recently b/c I dropped out to take a break for a few years. Makes a huge difference.

  • I got a complimentary copy. Planned to read it, see if I could get away with reading it as standalone. Alas I was advised not to. Oh well, maybe next year?

    Happy holidays, Sophia!

    • Good call, I don’t think this would make a good standalone. It starts a slightly new story arc, but the new arc is based on what has come before. Yeah, it will be there when you get to it. 🙂

  • I was wondering about his group. I missed the previous book so wasn’t sure what had been talked about in their regard. I liked these two but absolutely hated Nix with a passion. I usually like her but this time I was kind of rooting for them to manage to kill her. lol

    • Oh no, poor Nixie! LOL!

      I was trying to place this new Morior group. I thought I remembered something at the end of Macrieve that talks about someone new on the scene that are coming and would be scarier, more powerful, etc, but I can’t remember if it actually named this group. Then Dark Skye goes back to another plot thread and doesn’t mention them at all so I don’t know. Confused… I should dig out my copy of Macrieve and check my memory. 🙂 It is possible that I have this totally mixed up with another series. Haha!

  • vvb reads

    OK, got me curious about this series. Impressive that it is at book 16 still so popular.

    • There ups and downs with the series. I like some more than others. It’s action-packed and sexy, but funny, too.