About the Book:
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.
Eve Hart's Romance Review:
I have been waiting for a WHOLE YEAR for this book to come out! I even started a paper chain in November to count down the days to it’s release – then took all of Tuesday off to dedicate my time to reading this book.
Holy HELLS! This book was one of the BEST books I’ve ever read. No, I’m not easy, I am actually VERY picky about my books. Fortunately, Kresley Cole pushes all my BEST EVER buttons. Unfortunately, she only releases ONE Immortals After Dark book a YEAR!
Sweet Ruin is the 15th in the series, and one would think that after so many books, the series would become stale or boring or annoying (see The Dark Series by Christine Feehan), but Kresley’s stories only seem to get better. In this book we’re introduced to a covey of new characters, including the Evil Doom Bringers, The Møriør. I cannot TELL you how excited I am to meet there Primordials, and I am even more excited to learn more about them. We learn the barest amounts about these incredibly powerful beings – coming to earth to…herald the apocalypse – whatever the hell THAT means.
Jo is a great, fun heroine with a lot of spunk, power, and deep emotions for her brother, Thaddeus (the phanpire from Lothaire and Ellie’s story). While I enjoyed reading about her, I definitely didn’t like how needy and sappy she was. She TOLD the hero that he HAD to commit because they were mates – even before there was proof of matehood. She practically begged him to give up everything and commit to her – just because. For a heroine with so much power, she was incredible immature about EVERYTHING! Even when it came to her brother, all she thought about was HERSELF – she never thought about how Thad might be happier where he was, with the friends he had. I hate females like that. It didn’t ruin the story for me, though.
Rune Darklight is an interesting mix of broken hero, sexy immortal, and forever whore (yes, I said that, but to understand what I mean, you’ll have to read the book). His life was a terrible one, but it made him a stronger being – unfortunately, it also made him a manwhore who screwed everything in sight – for information, of course.
The sexual tension was off the charts, the dirty, sexy talk in Rune’s voice (I listened to the audio book as well – Robert Petkoff makes me wobbly), their non-sex sex, and their ACTUAL sex (on top of Ayers Rock), was LAVA HOT! Dear LORD! Reading the love scenes of Rune the Insatiable definitely satiated me – but it also made me hungry for the next book.
I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED learning more about Nix and her powers. She kicks serious ASS! Also, it was pretty kickass to see all the characters from the other books – couples brought together by Nix’s meddling – stand behind her on the battlefront, ready to do battle.
When is the next book coming out?
I give this literary sorcery a well deserved: