Ruined

Ruined

by Kinley Baker

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Overview

Jessa is one healing away from death. Under the thrall of her gift, the Court's Senior Healer risks giving her life in exchange for her patient's.

Vale is a rebel ruler. When his brother is killed, he's given the throne and the decree from the Court to produce an heir or lose his family's hold on the land--and his deceiving advisors aren't afraid to use murder as a weapon if their directive to stay away from the Senior Healer goes unheeded.

But Vale burns to possess Jessa. The heat between them leaves a wake of smoke, and even the powerful forces above want to bind them in a union that lasts forever. Vale taking another would be a betrayal neither could survive.

Their enemies fear a child born of such a powerful Healer and Warrior, but the true threat lies in the bond forged in shadows and fused in fire.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781937254148
Publisher: Crescent Moon Press
Publication date: 07/16/2011
Pages: 282
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.64(d)

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Ruined 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
HomeLoveBooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is without a doubt a paranormal romance. It has all the elements you would need to make it a paranormal book, but it is also very heavy on the romance. I do really enjoy paranormal romance books, but often times I find that paranormal romances feel like they need to be so romance filled, that they put in a lot of unnecessary sex scenes that don't actually propel the plot. This was not at all the problem for this book at all, the romance in the book was instrumental to the plot of the book and helped move it forward. I really enjoyed the book overall, there were a wide variety of characters, and lets just say that Jessa and Vale had some serious opposition to them being together. It pretty much seemed like everyone was out to keep them apart. It could have been repetitive but each one of the characters who wanted to keep them apart had their own unique reasons for it. I think it made it all the more interesting to watch Jessa and Vale try to find a way to be together in spite of everything that was going on. The novel starts with a tragedy, the death of King Zander (Vale's brother), and this death is a huge undertone to the entire book. Mystery shrouds what happened to him and why. And as this book is going to have a sequel I am pretty sure more of that mystery will be revealed (at least I hope so). You find others had a hand in his death, and as you read you want to find out more. In fact so many of the characters all had their own little parts to play that all indirectly or directly played a role in some serious changes for the kingdom. The villains in this book Vierty and Andre are really well written. They both have their own motivations, and are sometimes willing to work with others to get their goals achieved, but one thing is clear about them, they are only in it for themselves. They are master manipulators who are interesting to watch, because as you are reading the book you just can't help but hope someone brings them down a notch. One of the most sad things about this book was the group of basically refugees that are introduced. They have lost everything, they lost their home, and they lost the women of the kind. There is so much despair in these people, and you can't help but feel for them. Overall, I really enjoyed the book. I am going to give this book a "Good" rating because while I enjoyed all the elements listed above, I did feel like the pace of the novel got very quick towards the end, which sometimes made the characters actions feel rushed or inorganic. But other than that it is a great read, and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys paranormal romance, or someone who enjoys romance but wants to try out a book with paranormal elements.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
wicked-romance More than 1 year ago
What a unique and deep world Ms. Baker has created in Ruined. I'm jealous I didn't think of it myself. This is a worthy read on many levels. The Well of Souls holds the power of the people and Vale has to watch his brother's life extinguish and the mantel of power fall solely on his shoulders. Jessa is the King's healer and too great a temptation for for the new king. The odds are against the two who struggle to understand their feelings for each other. This is a must read for those with a love of romance.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is soooo awsome!
LynnRush More than 1 year ago
Wow. Great read. I fell in love with these characters. I just couldn't put down the book. I had to know what happened next and I love that. Though I lost some valuable sleep it was worth it!! The passion and intense emotion was captivating. Kinley Baker wove a deep, complex tale that kept me engrossed from start to finish. Well done!!
gymmom_027 More than 1 year ago
Jessa has had her named besmirched all because she's a healer. Everyone in her village thinks she has given herself to Vale's brother, King Zander. She's tarnished, wanton, used. When Zander goes missing, she's called to confirm whether she can feel his life force even as it ebbs away. She can't save him if she can't touch him. Though her heart breaks with the loss of her friend, now she'll be forced into the service of his brother, Vale. Vale believes the rumors, that Jessa uses sexual healing and has willingly given herself to his brother, Zander, and it burns into his soul. When he's forced into the Kingship, he stubs the young healer, thinking to replace her, but no one has her talent. When she saves his life, he realizes his mistake. Slowly, as he spends time with the healer, she reveals her secrets, and Vale comes to realize, he must have her for his own... and it is forbidden. A race from a distant place crosses into their realm, hoping to find a home, but what they find is a woman, beaten and battered, something intolerable in their society. Instead, they find themselves forced into war not of their own making and just when King Vale's kingdom finds itself in near shambles. Ruined by Kinley Baker is a fast, fun read with twists and turns, and there's not only a tortured hero, but a tortured heroine, each made for the other. Their people have learned to use the shadows, gifted. When Zander goes missing, Vale is forced to take his place, bringing Jessa and the rebel King together. Vale and Jessa are like coal and flame, and it takes but a spark to ignite their fire. But, even as they consummate their relationship, Vale discovers they can never be married, he must choose another. Though it goes against everything in his soul, he's forced to ask another to be his wife, someone he doesn't want and can't ever love, someone who is already in love with someone else. Crushed beyond reasoning, Jessa agrees to stay, but another problem arises, one she can't share with her lover, Vale, because he has vowed to marry another. Jessa has to make plans to escape his castle, and if she must, their kingdom. To watch Vale with another woman is beyond her capacity. When she recognizes that Vale's intended is pregnant, she knows the time to leave has come. There is evil brewing in the realm, ready to take Vale's place, and this evil is like nothing the realm has seen. Can Jessa live without the one person who stirs her blood? Can Vale understand that Jessa can't share his bed while he beds another? What will become of the love Jessa and Vale share? Ruined is a great read, from the first pages of the book, I was rooting for the love shared between Jessa and Vale, even before he can understand and acknowledge their love. Jessa is an innocent wrongly accused. Vale is the misunderstood brother of the King, hoping to never have to fulfill his obligation. When these two come together, they share more than love, the ancients brand them, one for the other, a perfect match. Both choose to ignore this branding as law forbids Vale to marry any healer. Ruined is a story of lost love and hope, a love story that ignites the pages. It takes Jessa's disappearance for Vale to realize he can't live without her. Evil is brewing in their kingdom, waiting to take Vale's life and his kingdom. Ruined captured my heart as the two young lovers struggle to be together. Paranormal romance lovers and historical lovers should give this one a try. I'm glad I did. 5 fairy kisses!