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Ruined (The Eternal Balance, Book One) by Jus Accardo is new adult novel from Entangled's Embrace imprint...

Hell is looking for a way to break loose...

Jax lost the genetic lottery. Descended from Cain, the world's first murderer, he's plagued by a curse that ...
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Overview


Ruined (The Eternal Balance, Book One) by Jus Accardo is new adult novel from Entangled's Embrace imprint...

Hell is looking for a way to break loose...

Jax lost the genetic lottery. Descended from Cain, the world's first murderer, he's plagued by a curse that demands violence in exchange for his happiness. He left everything behind, including the girl he loved, but thriving on the pain of others is lonely… And it's killing him.

After a series of heartbreaking losses, Samantha put rubber to pavement and headed for college as fast as her clunker could carry her. But she can't outrun her problems. When an attack at school drives her back home, she's thrown into the path of a past—and a guy—she's been trying to forget.

Sam strains Jax's control over his darkness, but running isn't an option this time. Someone—or, something—followed her home from school: a ruthless monster with a twisted plan centuries in the making. Forced together to survive, and fighting an attraction that could destroy them both, Jax and Sam must stop a killer bent on revenge. 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781622661848
  • Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
  • Publication date: 12/30/2013
  • Series: Eternal Balance
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 340
  • Sales rank: 117,209
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author


Jus Accardo spent her childhood reading and learning to cook. Determined to follow in her grandfather’s footsteps as a chef, she applied and was accepted to the Culinary Institute of America. At the last minute, she realized her path lay with fiction, not food, and passed on the spot to pursue writing. Jus is the author of YA paranormal romance and urban fantasy fiction. A native New Yorker, she lives in the middle of nowhere with her husband, three dogs, and sometimes guard bear, Oswald.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2014

    Lindsay

    *Walks in and unpacks*

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  • Posted April 27, 2014

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    Ruined by Jus Accardo was everything I had hoped it would be and

    Ruined by Jus Accardo was everything I had hoped it would be and then some!  I have always, ALWAYS enjoyed Jus Accardo’s books and this one blew me away!

    The cool part about this book is that the main character, Jax, is descended from Cain…you know, the story from the bible where Cain killed his brother, Abel.  Basically, Jax has to live with a demon inside of him who wants nothing more than to repeat history and have Jax kill his brother, Chase.  So, to protect his brother and get rid of the clawing need to kill his brother, Jax leaves town…leaving the only father he has ever really known, Rick, and the love of his life, Sam.

    But because life likes to throw in those curve balls, Jax finds himself back in town because of Rick’s health.  Not only does he confront his brother again (who btw, the demon still wants to kill – absence makes the heart grow fonder – NOT), but he comes face to face with Sam.  Old feelings come to the surface, and Jax knows that he needs to get the heck out of dodge, but something…or rather someone is making it difficult for him to say goodbye.

    Samantha had left town to go to college to get away from memories.  But when she gets attacked on campus, she heads back home to try and start over again.  But a blast from the past shows up from nowhere, and Sam has to revisit feelings that she has tried to forget.  But it seems someone is out to get her, and no matter where she goes, her life is in danger.

    Jax vows to keep Sam safe…Sam vows to keep her feelings for Jax under control.  Throw in a little supernatural excitement, and you’re in for one heck of a ride.

    Ruined by Jus Accardo had pretty much everything I want in a book:  dark, mysterious, sexy bad boy?  Check.  Intriguing supernatural element? Check.  Some sexy time that will leave you a little hot and bothered?  Double check.  Various twists and turns that leaves your head spinning?  Checkity check check.

    As in all Jus Accardo’s books, it literally only takes the first few pages to get you completely hooked in the storyline.  The characters in the book are ones that have their own personalities, and ones that readers will come to adore…bad traits and all.  I loved reading how much difficulty Jax had in trying not to kill his brother, and how we are shown the flipside (aka the demon side)  of what Jax’s demon wants to do to the brother.  Very visual…very awesome!  I will admit that there were a couple of plot twists in this book that had me gasp aloud and utter a shocking “no way!”.

    One of the cool aspects of this book that really had me wanting to read it was the twist on the story of Cain and Abel.  Ruined by Jus Accardo kind of reminded me of Dexter, with a dash of Supernatural and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.  And speaking of BTVS, any book that references this iconic television series will always be a big WIN!

    Fans of supernatural reads and are curious about the Cain and Abel spin will completely devour Ruined by Jus Accardo.  As a New Adult read, there is a little bit of something for everyone!  And it also helps that Jax is hella fine…

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2014

    Mckenna

    Walks in and unpacks.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2014

    Poseidon's Cabin

    His kids go here

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2014

    Good

    Good

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  • Posted January 28, 2014

    This is my first taste of Jus's writing. The book takes an intri

    This is my first taste of Jus's writing. The book takes an intriguing spin on the tale of Cain and Abel, a story outline I remember from my Sunday School days long ago but not the finer details.

    Twins, Jax and Chase are polar opposites in personalities, and they are both trying to win the heart of the heroine, Samantha, a girl the boys grew up with. The boys have very different agendas for why they want Samantha though. From the start we know that a demon is attached to Jax as penance for their ancestors sins, but the author added a clever twist near the end about what exactly Chase's penance was. Up till that point you thought Chase didn't have one but he was sneaky about keeping his a secret his whole life.

    An enthralling read about love with a dark paranormal twist. Very refreshing writing style that helped me enjoy a taste of life from a demon's point of view as I normally read books about angel and vampire paranormal elements.

    4.5 stars

    *arc kindly provided by publisher via netgalley for honest review*

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  • Posted January 17, 2014

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    I received this book in exchange for an honest review. Okay so

    I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

    Okay so the Flynn boys are just a-maz-ing! No joke! Chase is a bad good boy and Jax... Jax is a very bad but very very good boy, they are brothers and they are twins.

    I had no problem keeping the read going with this one. This is a book I say clear your day for. Um yeah... that good.

    It's gritty and rough and I love that. The characters are great the Flynn boys, yes! Uncle Rick and most definitely the strong willed Samantha. Even the dive bar employees are great and Jus Accardo paints such a good picture I could feel the sticky floors of The Viking and feel the shivers that Sam did from each touch from Jax.

    It was gripping and the plot was a mesmerizing thrill ride with twists and turns like I have never read before. The whole Cain and Abel thing was a really intriguing concept to say the least. The town of Harlow was a great backdrop to all of the interesting events.

    The entire situation kept me glued to the pages and reading as fast as I could, I zoned everything and everyone out on this read and got lost in all that is the turmoil of Jax Flynn.

    I was along and loving every twist, every agonizing revelation and every painful pleasure.

    And wow the climax and ending of this story are not what I expected and unpredictable and I like that alot. Jus Accardo is a brilliant author that I will most definitely be reading more of!

    I would most definitely recommend this NA Paranormal Fantasy read to anyone with a love for swoon worthy, action packed, supernatural plots. This one is unique in nature and as chilling as it is steamy and gripping.

    I don't thing five measly hearts is a high enough rating for the book that kept me hanging on every single word like my life depended on it.

    I received an ARC copy and it had very few errors. I would read this book again for sure and most likely will before the release of book 2 in The Eternal Balance series by Jus Accardo.

    Ruined was the subject of my Fab Read Friday #FRF2014

    This is a snippet from that post...

    "I am smack dab in the middle of this book. I started reading Ruined this morning and have put it down reluctantly. I even missed dinner! It's been that good so far. I like the grittiness of the story and the storyline is pure genius.

    It is most definitely skyrocketing to the top of my favorite couples list of 2014 for sure. I realize it's early on in the year but I am pretty sure this one is gonna stay with me.

    It is indeed turning out to be the best NA Paranormal Fantasy I have read lately.

    Jax and Chase Flynn make this a swoon worthy read too. *sigh*

    Team Jax! (heehee)

    Samantha brings the edgy good but bad girl vibe to the table very well. Love it!

    The whole plot is really great and unique. I like something fresh and unlike anything else I have read. The characters are well developed and I am loving the interaction and the twisted nature of it all. It is action packed and has just the right amount of steamy goodness." - S.V.

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  • Posted January 14, 2014

    The premise of Ruined is very different.  From the synopsis you

    The premise of Ruined is very different.  From the synopsis you have a very good idea of what the story is about.  I just can’t imagine the pain of always living with another being inside that is always hungry for pain and fear. 




    Poor Jax, my heart broke for him.  He tried so hard to be good, knowing all the time that a demon lived inside of him.  It must be a terrifying feeling of helplessness. However, he is strong, loyal, with a big sense of responsibility and a healthy dose of ‘I don’t care’. Of course, it always helps that he's hot, sexy and strong. 




    I’m not sure what to think of Samantha.  She is definitely Jax’s match and partner in crime.  She is stubborn, strong, and tries her best to be fearless.  I admire that she was able to accept Jax because I don’t think I would be able to.  Jax and Sam’s relationship is really complicated and I suspect that it will become more so.




    Chase is supposed to be the good twin brother, but I just didn’t like him from the beginning.  He was way too happy to torture his brother and he was an expert at letting others take the blame for everything he did. Overall, the characterization is good, I really sympathized with Jax and his predicament.




    The plot is good and some of the twists and turns are unexpected, but I have to confess on having my strong suspicions from the beginning.  The demon world building is based on common believes and well fleshed out. This is obviously the first book in a series and the ending left a lot to be desired.  The writing is really good and the hotness level was way up there :)




    This book was different from my usual YA reads.  Not bad by all means, just different and definitely more for NA and adult readers.








    I will definitely read the next book in the series, I need to know what happens with Jax and Sam next (a loophole please!) 

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  • Posted January 13, 2014

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    Unique New Adult Paranormal I was just talking to someone the o

    Unique New Adult Paranormal

    I was just talking to someone the other day about how saturated the New Adult market is with Contemporary stories. Which is not to say I don't love a good Contemp, but I think that if "New Adult" is to become a solid, recognized genre, there needs to be a broader range of Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Paranormal and Dystopian available.

    RUINED is a great start to the NA Paranormal! It''s unique, entertaining, and puts a whole new spin on the "bad boy". The story of Cain and Abel and the curse their descendants have to deal with is one that I have not come across yet in any level of my reading. It's fast paced, action packed with plenty of romance but the romance isn't what drives the plot - another plus in my book. It's nice to read a NA that doesn't just focus on getting to the sexy parts and staying there for the rest of the book. I enjoyed this, and I'm curious to see where the next installment of this series goes.

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  • Posted January 13, 2014

    Review of Ruined by Jus Accardo¿ Okay, if you¿ve read my blog fo

    Review of Ruined by Jus Accardo…
    Okay, if you’ve read my blog for any amount of time you’ve probably noticed a theme when it comes to my reviews. I only post reviews of books I like. First, because—big surprise—I like them and think you might like them too. And second, because I don’t like posting bad reviews. I know how much work goes into writing a book and how personal an author’s work becomes. I don’t want to write a review, which are always subjective, that may be considered negative. After all, what I don’t like, you may and vice versa.  I mean, I remember when Pulp Fiction (the movie…remember that one?) came out and the critics fell all over it. They thought it was the best thing since the invention of the wheel. Me? I turned it off after twenty minutes. I didn’t see the appeal. To each his or her own. So there. That’s why all my reviews are positive.  The negative reviews I file away in my secret little drawer called the shredder. 
    So, that being said (or typed as the case may be), you won’t be surprised by my next sentence. I LOVED “Ruined” by Jus Accardo. I could end my review right now because, really, enough said. The book is that good. It doesn’t need a review. It stands on its own.
    “Ruined” was one of the most original, creative pieces I’ve read relating to demons in, well, ever. In fact, it’s probably one of the most creative stories I’ve read in months. I loved the whole Cain and Abel angle. The “demon within” and fratricide thing. It was so very new and exciting. I read the book in a day and still wanted more.
    This was the first book of Accardo’s that I’ve read. It’s always a crap shoot when you pick up a new author’s work. You never know what you’re going to get (yeah, I thought about making that whole “life’s like a box of chocolates” joke. I barely restrained myself. Mainly because I’d really like some chocolate right now.) But I was really surprised by “Ruined.” Accardo’s work is not only original, but well thought out, has great pacing and well-defined and likable characters. And writing style that most readers will appreciate. What more can a reader ask for?  
    Oh, I’ll answer my own question…Jax. More Jax, puhleese! Yeah, he’s part demon, but he’s all kinds of swoony-male-hotness. Just the kind of brooding bad boy that makes for great male characters. But the thing about this bad boy? He’s not all bad. Even if he thinks he is. And that just makes him all the more swoon-worthy. Yeah…Jax. Sigh.
    But the good characters might start with Jax, but they don’t stop there. “Ruined” is filled with them. Jax is the evil twin, so of course there is a “good twin.” Enter Chase. He seems to have life wrapped up and tied with a golden bow, but things aren’t all that they seem. Then there’s Samantha, the jilted ex. She’s a great female lead. She’s not perfect. She has her own set of problems to deal with. She’s relatable and likable. She makes the perfect second half of Jax’s character.  “Ruined” also had a well-rounded cast of secondary characters that I found added a lot to the story, instead of being storyboard cut-outs.
    Bottom Line: Jus Accardo hit a home run with “Ruined.” She’s written a great story that’s entertaining and has a cast of great, well-rounded characters. But it’s also a story about familial ties, forgiving yourself, trusting others, and learning to believe in yourself. Layers, layers, layers. It’s more than just a paranormal romance. There’s substance between the lines of “Ruined” if you look for it. And that’s what’s going to make me search out more of Accardo’s work!

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  • Posted January 12, 2014

    Ruined by Jus Accardo is the first book in her new Eternal Balan

    Ruined by Jus Accardo is the first book in her new Eternal Balance series. Lately I have read a lot of stories about Angels and Demons. Ruined is mostly about demons or tainted (humans and demons sharing the same body), but this story is totally different than most, as the bases of the story revolves around Good & Evil, or Cain and Abel.

    We meet our flawed hero Jax, as he returns home to visit his dying uncle. Jax considers himself the unlucky one, cursed with being a descendant of the world’s first murderer, Cain. He lives with another being inside him, a demon named Azirak. Jax left town a few years back to protect Samantha, the girl he loved, from danger of his fierce anger, that is part of him. But now that he is back, it all starts again, as he sees Samantha talking to his brother Chase, who is the one everyone loves.

    Before he has a chance to leave town again, Samantha’s life is now in danger, as she has been marked by a demon. Jax has to fight his feelings for Sam, at the same time find out why and who is targeting her. Together, he and Sam try to resolve this, and at same time not act on their raging sexual chemistry. Making things difficult is Jax’s needs to keep his demon under control and fed. Easier said then done, especially with the demon side showing interest in Sam. The other thorn is Chase’s continued interest in Sam, and his ability to create havoc against his brother.

    As for Sam, she tries to understand why Jax left originally, but she knows she loves him. When she begins to understand the truth about demons, and Jax’s violent mood swings; Sam is still determined to find a way to save Jax, at any cost.

    When I first started this book, I was not sure if it would keep my attention, as it was a bit perhaps redundant, with Jax constantly being angry, and talking to his demon or being nasty to Sam. He wasn’t very likable, and you sort of thought you knew why the town hated him; though I never liked Chase from the start. But about a third of the way in, the story got very exciting, with lots of action, which kept me anxiously turning the pages. We learn more about the curse, Jax, his demon, and Sam.

    The ending of this book was revealing with some twists, and just when I was somewhat relieved and starting to relax, Jus Accardo throws us for loop with a damn cliffhanger. Oh well this is a series, and their will always be good versus evil. If you like action, suspense, demons, violence, good vs evil, hot sex, heartbreak and a couple that are truly in love, than Ruined is for you.

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  • Posted January 11, 2014

    Ruined is the story of Jax. On the surface, he is your typical b

    Ruined is the story of Jax. On the surface, he is your typical bad boy. But underneath all that smug attitude is a guy who is tormented constantly by the demon that lives inside him. Forced to cause pain and misery to others in order to feed the demon and lead some semblance of a life, Jax also fights against the struggle to kill his own brother every time they are around each other. Jax is a descendant of Cain and is cursed to repeat the sins of the past. After leaving town to save Chase's life, Jax returns to see his uncle who is very ill. Expecting that Chase is out of town, Jax is shocked to run into not only his brother but the love he left behind years ago. Sam is everything he wants but can never truly have. After being thrown together because of a recent attack on Sam, the two find themselves unable to deny their attraction.

    Now that's how you start a series! Honestly, I've been avoiding paranormal romance since I started getting tired of the same old thing over and over again. I was drawn in from the very beginning with this one. I've read a couple other books from the author but this book just blew every one of them out of the water. It even blew me out of a reading slump. So thank you for the swift kick in the butt that I needed, Jus Accardo. The author took the whole demon concept and somehow made it original and fresh. Using the story of Cain and Abel as the reason for the curse definitely made for a dynamic relationship between Jax and his brother, Chase. Not only did the author construct a well written story, but she also threw in a fiery romance. Jax and Sam reminded me so much of Katy and Daemon from the Lux series. Their chemistry just ignited the pages. I swooned. I giggled like an idiot. I was outraged when Jax pushed her away. I wanted my very own Jax. Add in the twisted triangle with the demon. The demon falls for Sam and she realizes that by loving Jax, she has to accept the demon too because he's a part of Jax. It was just so twisted and insane but it worked. Ruined had such a perfect balance of romance, mystery and action that I could not put it down. I sacrificed sleep to know what happens with Jax and Sam. I hated Chase but I loved him at the same time. As for the demon inside Jax, Azirak, I never would have imagined liking him, but I did. I normally don't like alternating POVs and find them very distracting, but I loved it for this book. Jax and Sam both had such a distinct voice that I never got confused as to who I was reading. Sam, while probably having the worst sense of self preservation ever, was such a delight as a character. She was spunky and strong. She wasn't your normal good girl changing the bad boy. She accepted him unconditionally and she was a little bad in her own way. I loved it. And the two characters just complimented each other perfectly.

    I have no complaints other than the ending, which was actually very good, but so many things were left unanswered. Bombs were dropped and the aftermath neglected to address them. But I will give the author a chance to rectify this with the next book in the series. After all, you have to leave 'em wanting more. And that's exactly what I wanted after reading this book. More. Now, please!

    *I was given a copy of this ebook from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

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  • Posted January 7, 2014

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    Jus Accardo... Yes! Just yes. Ruined was a new adult demon fest

    Jus Accardo... Yes! Just yes. Ruined was a new adult demon fest of sexiness that I just could not put down! It's full of darkness, forbidden secrets, and so much tension that it was just strangled the pages with it's amazingness. I'd say another slay (pun intended) by Jus Accardo, for sure!




    I've read about demons before, but nothing like this. Nothing about Cain and Abel that I was actually interested in. Nothing like Jax. Jax stole me right from the beginning. He never pretends to be something he's not. He doesn't push down his darkness, yet at the same time you see deep down how good of a person he actually is. There were so many times I wanted to hug him, kick him... Hey, even jump him. Watching Jax struggle with his demon, his family, and Sammy just stole my heart.




    On the other side is Samantha Merrick, she was a lead girl that I absolutely loved. She constantly was bad ass, strong, and had her head in the game. There was nothing weak about her. The other thing I loved was how set she was on Jax... There was no teter-tottering feelings and I absolutely loved to see that. I feel like a lot times we see these girl characters who know they love the guy, but are like "maybe it's for the best if I stay away"... not Sam. Sam was all "I know who I want and I'm getting him!" and it completely rocked my world, ha!




    There was nothing about this book that wasn't bad-ass. I absolutely adored the world, adored the concept, adored the seductiveness of not only the characters, but the demons, too. Jus Accardo outstandingly wrote this new adult stunner, and I cannot wait to read the next one!

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  • Posted January 7, 2014

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    RUINED is the story of Jax and Sam, best friends and would-be lo

    RUINED is the story of Jax and Sam, best friends and would-be lovers kept apart by Jax’s demon. Yup, I said demon. Jax is a descendent of Cain, the world’s first murderer, and he’s cursed by a demon as a result. The demon feeds on violence, and hates Jax’s brother, Chase, so Jax left town three years ago, leaving Sam and his family behind to save them.

    But when Jax comes back to say goodbye to his dying uncle, he gets thrown into a mess with Sam. Minutes after their first meeting in years they’re in a car accident when Sam’s brakes don’t work. The action doesn’t let up after that, and what starts out as tension-filled banter turns into a story of good and evil. Jax and Sam’s relationship, which goes back and forth as Jax tries to keep Sam safe from his demon, is a big part of the book. But so is the demon storyline, which turns out to have much more importance than I originally thought it would. I’m really curious to see where the author will take that part of it, because I enjoyed her take on demons and good versus evil.

    RUINED is told in alternating viewpoints from Jax and Sam, which allowed me to get inside both of their heads. Sam is a character I really liked, because she doesn’t break down when bad stuff happens to her. And let me tell you, *lots* of bad stuff happens to her. But she doesn’t let it get to her — she just keeps going, and tries to cope as best she can. Jax is a sweet combination of a bad guy and a softie, a guy who has a *good* reason to be bad. The further away he keeps loved ones, the less chance his demon will hurt them.

    The chemistry between Jax and Sam is super strong, and there’s a ton of romantic tension. There were a few times where I wanted to tell them to just get on with it already! But once they do, it’s definitely worth the wait.

    The ending of RUINED did disappoint me a bit, because there’s a lot of buildup to it… and then it’s over. I expected more, but as RUINED is the first in a series, I’m sure more will come in subsequent books. I also had trouble connecting with the characters at first, which I think was due to the author’s writing style. I did get used to it eventually, and I’d definitely try another Jus Accardo book.

    Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest view. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2014

    I swear Jus has done it again with another amazing series. This

    I swear Jus has done it again with another amazing series. This author is one of my favorite writers because she creates such complex characters that even though they are flawed and messed up you can't help but to fall in love with them. She has done it again in the form of Jax. Oh my where do I start with him. Jax is such a sweet guy even though he has a demon inside him. He fights so hard to control it and sometimes it works but most of the time it doesn't. I felt for Jax from the start of this book because he was so unhappy and couldn't have the one person that he wanted in his life which was Sam. I hated seeing them both so unhappy when it was obvious they were meant to be together. 




    As we get further into this book we learn why Jax has the demon inside him and I felt the author created a unique story line with the way she told this well known tale. Jax quickly learns that Sam is in trobule and he has to stick around town to help her out. I mean after all he loves her and can't let anything happen to her. I have to say that once we learn who is after Sam I wasn't really shocked but I felt so bad for Jax. I knew he didn't want it to come to what it does but I was rooting for him and Sam to come out on top. The author threw in a good plot twist with that one and it took me by surprise.




    Overall this was another amazing read and the scenes with Sam and Jax were so hot and amazing. The author wrote such great chemistry between them that they were burning up the pages. I loved seeing them together and even when they were apart you could feel the love between them. I would highly recommend this one as a hot read for this great winter season. If all NA reads are as great as this one I will be adding more of them to my shelves to read.

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  • Posted January 6, 2014

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    When I started Ruined by Jus Accardo, I wasn't sure if I was goi

    When I started Ruined by Jus Accardo, I wasn't sure if I was going to like the story. I did want to read the story, because of the cover. Then I read the book blurb, which intrigued me more. Once I started reading I wonder what I got myself into. As I progress in the my reading the more the storied developed and was taken aback. 

    Anyway, the story is about twin brothers who have hate each since birth. Chase has been viewed as the good brother, while Jax has been viewed as the bad seed. However, Samantha has always viewed that Jax as the one who has gotten a bad rapped and sees more in him. Also, she doesn't believe Chase is all that good. That girl might be on to something. Another thing about Jax is he has a demon living inside him. 

    So, you have these brothers vying for the same girl, but the girl has chosen who she wants. However, Chase will stop at nothing to get everything he wants. Now there is a plot twist I wasn't expecting it has to do with Chase. I have to say that it truly blew my mind. 

    Anyway, Ruined was pretty good once the story started to pick up. I think the twist in plot was mind blowing, and I can say "I didn't see that coming". However, by the end of the book you know there is more to the story, because there is a subtle cliff hanger. I wonder what is going to happen next and how some of the problems are going to work themselves out. Is there hope for Jax and Samantha or is it a doom relationship. I seriously, hope there is a chance for them to be together. So, if you are looking for a start of a new series that centers around demons, you might give Ruined a chance. 

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  • Posted January 6, 2014

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    Pretty Good Book!

    Pretty Good Book!

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  • Posted January 5, 2014

    Nooooo!  This story cannot end this way!!!!  I am not going to g

    Nooooo!  This story cannot end this way!!!!  I am not going to give anything away but let me tell you book 2 better have some quick fixes.  This is a suspenseful, steamy and didn't see that coming book.  Ruined is one of the best paranormal books I have read in a long. time.  Hot, sexy twins, demons, a hard headed damsel and lots of action.  What more could you ask for?   I am eagerly waiting for the next book.  




    Thank you Entangled Publishing and NetGalley for ARC.

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  • Posted January 4, 2014

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    A dark, thrilling, and engaging New Adult romance. Ruined was an

    A dark, thrilling, and engaging New Adult romance. Ruined was an absolutely brilliant read. I loved this book! It was just amazing. From the wonderful characters, to the action, to the shocking secrets, this book was perfection.

    Sam was a lovely heroine. She was incredibly strong and determined. Nothing was going to keep her from getting what she wanted and protecting her loved ones. I liked that she wasn't the type of character to needlessly hold a grudge (unlike some), especially once she knew the whole story. I really liked her. She was totally badass.

    Jax was also amazing. Despite his denials, he was a truly good guy who did his best in a bad situation. He might believe himself to be evil, but the contrary was obvious in how determined he was to protect not only his loved ones, but any innocent. He was really sweet when he wanted to be and I adored him.

    The romance was great. Sam and Jax were wonderful together. I thought it was so sweet how, despite their years they spent apart, they still had feelings for each other. I loved how both of them were willing to sacrifice for the safety of the other. And there was definitely tons of chemistry between them. I thought they were a lovely couple.

    One part of this book that I particularly liked was how the author portrayed the relationship between Jax and his demon (Azirak). I thought it would just be parasitic, with Azirak doing everything he could do make Jax miserable. But, Azirak was actually a fully developed character that I actually ended up liking. And, I really liked how Jax and Azirak complemented each other, basically two sides of the same coin. I just loved how it was done.

    The plot was fast paced and I was utterly hooked the entire way through. There were tons of thrills that kept me on the edge of my seat and quite of few surprising secrets that blew me away. This book definitely wasn't predictable. I really enjoyed the story and the ending has me anxious for book 2.

    Ruined was a brilliant New Adult paranormal romance. I absolutely loved this book. The romance, the action, the secrets, the unpredictability. It was all perfect. Romance lovers, this book is a must read.

    *I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

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  • Posted January 3, 2014

    When I picked this book up I was in a major reading slump, proba

    When I picked this book up I was in a major reading slump, probably my worst yet. With me being very busy at work I didn’t have time to read and then I just never got the desire to read anything. When I finally made myself pick up a book again I was so glad it was Ruined. I finished this in one sitting and it kicked that slumps butt. I love paranormal reads and I especially love when they are mixed with New Adult, because those are few and far between.




    Jax is cranky… so naturally I like him a lot. He is an antihero at its finest. He isn’t exactly a good guy, but he has a lot of redeeming qualities and he tries to do what is right. Also, it’s not really his fault and a lot of times that sounds like a cop out to make a bad guy good, but with Jax it is the truth. It’s kinda hard to be an angel when you have to share your body with a demon. He really has been dealt a crappy hand and my heart broke for him. His situation is pretty much impossible to deal with. 




    Then there is Sam and I really liked her. She is a wonderful heroine, not whiny or clingy and she deals with the paranormal aspects realistically without being frustrating. She is also strong and determined. She wants to be involved but realizes that she can’t do it all herself. I love that she knows what she wants and goes for it and that she is willing to sacrifice for things bigger than herself. 




    I really love the paranormal aspect to this one. It wasn’t just your typical demons and Jus Accardo gave them her own flair. Our story centers around the decedents of Cain (you know Cain and Abel). His descendants are still paying for his sins and that is how Jax ended up sharing a body with a demon. Not so fair if you ask me, but nobody ever said life is fair. As you can guess, that makes life difficult. Especially when you love a girl named Sam, but being near her makes you happy and happy isn’t so good for the demon since he feeds off fear and rage. Really all these things combined nicely for an awesome paranormal read. Now add in the other New Adult elements I love and we have a winner. 




    Now while I did really enjoy this book, I do have some complaints. Jax was moody and he is very much stuck on the “he is no good for Sam” thing. Which does have some truth, but Sam is a big girl and is making an informed decision. Also that repeats a lot throughout the story. I also wanted a bit more happily ever after in my conclusion. I know it’s a series and there is more to come, but throw me a bone! Give me some sort of hope. Right now I’m sad. I mean I still am dying for more, but I’m sad. 




    All in all, Ruined is a great read and one that paranormal fans are sure to enjoy. It’s a fresh twist on demons and also has a great forbidden romance that you root for. 

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