Monday, December 28, 2015

Quote-tastic/Review--aaaaaaand tug!--Sweet Ruin by Kresley Cole

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Woohoo! Kresley Cole! The IAD series was one of the very first I picked up when I got hooked on reading a few years back. Sexy, full of action and freaking hilarious. They've been a good time. I love the characters and how they...get each other. While this one wasn't my favorite of the series it had some great moments. This one had me smirking...

"Why do you want more from me?"

Breathless, she said, "Because you're mine."

"Why. Me?" He grasped her nape. "I'll tell you--because I'm the first Lore male you've ever known. If you'd met another before me, your attentions would be fixated on him."

Dickwad! As if she didn't know her own mind? And he was harshing her buzz.

"You're too bloody young and inexperienced to--"

She cupped his sac and tugged.


"You're making me sound like an idiot. Which doesn't mesh with me being extraordinary in every way, now does it?" Yank.

Groan. He eased his legs farther apart for her and rocked his hips.

"If you underestimate me, Rune, I will always have you like this: by the balls. Get me?"

His gaze locked on hers. "Two can play at that." He cupped her pussy with a firm grip.

She sucked in a breath.

He rubbed the heel of his palm against her clit as he murmured, "Do you want to play nice with me?"

Jo did, she really did. 

Sweet Ruin (Immortals After Dark #16)

So. Sweet Ruin. I was a bit behind in the series so jumping in and, whew, new characters for the hero/heroine! That are technically the bad guys! Huh, right? Plus a semi-new plotline. Eeps! But it still works no problem. The quick of it is that Rune is kinda an assassin and he's been sent to kill Nix (normally one of the good guys). He never fails but this time he misses his mark. Because of a woman. One who's seemingly clueless about the Lore, gets under his skin right quick and tempts him something fierce, and that may just be in cahoots with his enemy. Best keep her close, right?

Jo wasn't the easiest of heroines. There were moments I loved her. She's brash and does whatever needed to survive. She's a tough chickie. But then other moments I wanted to push her off a fucking curb for being childishly bratty--ie breaking an entire room of priceless items because she was jealous over a male that wasn't even hers. She was also incredibly ignorant about the Lore which isn't a big deal except HOW she presented herself. Her lack of knowledge or care about it made her reckless and frustrating. So she was a mixed bag for me.

Rune, though. The hero. Total manwhore. But I liked him. He's 7000 some years old and rather stuck in his ways. He could be a bit obtuse but he did what he thought was right even in tough situations. He nearly went too far now and again but managed to save himself from being a total fuckoff. So I was on board with this guy. *nods*

The romance. Eh. It wasn't a total win for me this time. I didn't FEEL the romance because there really wasn't one. They're fated. They bicker. They tempt one another. But I didn't quite get to feeling they should be together. I can't quite pin point why either. The heat was there-though limited.

The action was interesting. It's intense as they hunt Nix! I actually started to really dislike the "good guys" of the series which was curious. And I absolutely HATED Nix. I kinda wanted her to get blown all up as she taunted the hero and heroine through the dimensions and led them on a merry chase. I was really surprised how much I loathed her. She's usually an odd one but quirky in a fun way. In this one she was really a bitch.

All in all, I enjoyed Sweet Ruin in that it kept my attention and was impossible to put down. It didn't totally do it for me but there were a good number of bits I enjoyed. I loved the hero. I loved the curiosity of the heroine. I loved the title and cover after reading the book as well. They're both surprisingly fitting. So. Enjoyable but not the best of the series.

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 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.

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. 

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