Sweet RuinSeries: Immortals After Dark #15
by Kresley Cole
Published by Simon & Schuster, Gallery Books on December 1st 2015
Genres: Paranormal Romance
I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
An immortal assassin is caught between desire and duty...
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.
Have I been away from paranormal romance (PNR) too long or did I just forget my immense love for the Immortals After Dark series? There are so many reasons for my severe case of “the book smiles”* while I was reading this book. I ate up every single page of Jo and Rune’s story. Ms. Cole has nailed my kind of paranormal romance story and I got everything I expected in a story from her!
First, let me get my disclaimer out of the way: I am behind in the IAD series. The last book I read was #6, Dark Desires After Dusk. A LOT has happened in the NINE books in between! But some things stay the same; Nix is still “nucking futs Nix”…
Accession is coming and Nix is getting ready for it. Trust me, this is NOT a spoiler! This has been on it’s way since the beginning of the series. It’s a time when all the creatures of Lore come out of the woodwork and clash, make merriment, and generally make a mess of the world they call Gaia, but we know it as Earth.
In this book, we meet Josephine (Jo), a girl who has no clue who and, more importantly, WHAT she is. She wakes up one day with no memories of the eleven years before that day, with her newborn baby brother to take care of… on her own. Jo survives foster care using her “supernatural” intimidation tactics and goes to live on the streets raising her baby brother. Jo is amazing! This girl is spitfire, lava, deep love and devotion all rolled into one little girl. She doesn’t waver, she sticks to her principles, and she’s all about shooting first and asking questions later. LOVE her!!!
Rune is an archer from a group called the Møriør. He is tasked to end Nix and her precognitive ways. Rune is the “master of secrets” and he uses whatever means necessary to get those secrets. While Rune is on the job in New Orleans (aka Lore central at the moment) “collecting” intell, he runs into Jo and she is not impressed with Rune in the least bit. Oh how the guys fall for these tough girls 😉
“I like a guy with passion. When you finished back there, I couldn’t tell if you’d gotten your nut or muffled a sneeze.”
Jo is a force to reckon with. Rune, on the other hand, is flat out an idiot throughout the book and honestly, I hated him for Jo. But, ya know, the heart wants what the heart wants. And eventually Rune comes around.
With characters like Nix running amok and Ms. Cole’s super fantastical imagination for characters with powers that are beyond amazing, I still gave this book a resounding five stars! Easily one of my favorites of the year.
Jeez, I need to get caught up on this series. I’ve forgotten how HOT she writes her PNR…. sizzling!
Do you want to read the extended excerpt? It’s HERE and its beautifully formatted just like the book. Check it out!
*That stupid grin that stays on your face while you’re reading; makes those around you uncomfortable.
Because I have my ARC copy, I have a hardcover copy to give away (Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster rocks!)
Open in the US because, yeah… shipping and all. Open to readers 17 years and older, my standard giveaway rules apply, blah, blah, blah…