Sweet Ruin (Immortals after Dark Series)

Sweet Ruin (Immortals after Dark Series)

by Kresley Cole

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An immortal assassin is caught between desire and duty in this sizzling novel from Kresley Cole’s #1 New York Times bestselling Immortals After Dark series.

A foundling raised in a world of humans
Growing up, Josephine didn’t know who or what she was—just that she was an outcast with strange powers. Protecting her baby brother became her entire life. The day he was taken away began Jo’s transition from would-be superhero…to enchanting villain.

A lethally sensual enforcer on a mission
Archer Rune the Baneblood never fails to eliminate his target. In his sights: the oldest living Valkyrie. Yet before he strikes, a vampiric creature pierces him with aching pleasure, stealing his forbidden blood—and jeopardizing his brethren’s secrets.

A boundless passion that will lead to sweet ruin…
Could this exquisite female be a spy sent by the very Valkyrie he hunts? 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781451649987
Publisher: Pocket Books
Publication date: 06/21/2016
Series: Immortals after Dark Series
Pages: 528
Sales rank: 94,509
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Kresley Cole is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Immortals After Dark paranormal series and the young adult Arcana Chronicles. Her books have been translated into over twenty foreign languages, garnered three RITA awards, and consistently appear on the bestseller lists in the US and abroad. Before becoming a writer, Cole was a world-ranked athlete, coach, and graduate student. She has traveled over much of the world and draws from those experiences to create her memorable characters and settings. She lives in Florida with her family and “far too many animals,” and spends any free time traveling. You can learn more about her and her work at KresleyCole.com or Facebook.com/KresleyCole. Sign up for Kresley’s email newsletter to receive the latest book release updates, as well as info about contests and giveaways (KresleyCole.com/Newsletter).

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Sweet Ruin 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 94 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my new favorite books in the series. For anyone who has read the others this one definitely pushes the accession forward in a big way. Can't wait for the next book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can not get enough of this whole series. I find myself anxiously awaiting each new book and dread the day the series ends. Sweet Ruin, like all the others, was hard to put down and did not disappoint!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved Rune and Jo, this has moved them almost to the top (still holding out for Nix...and maybe the Undoing?), but this book answered A LOT of questions, but created so many more! Cannot wait until the next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I love all the books in this series and Sweet Ruin has moved to the top of the list. In my opinion everyone should buy it. The only bad thing is that I finished it and now have to wait for the next book in the series to come out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book. One her best from this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent! Everything I've come to expect and love from Kresley Cole-complex characters, intriguging adventure, whitty dialogue, and snarky humor- Loved this story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A feisty heroine and a shameless hero captivates the reader from chapter one. Kresley Cole has outdone herself once again. Going back for a second read to see what clues I may have missed. Love the glimpses of old friends and how the morior seem to be aware of all that has been going on in Gaia
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my all time favorite series. It's amazing that 16 books in they are getting better! These new characters really started to pull everything together. Jo and Rune are an exciting couple, for me they are only passed by Bowen and Mariketa! Can't wait for the next!
LynnLTX More than 1 year ago
In this sixteenth book of the Immortals After Dark series, Kresley Cole tells a story that has some good parts with potential; however, there are some major caveats. I have seen a fair amount of criticism about the hero, Rune, who was an abused child turned assassin then sex slave and, finally, to Archer for the Moirer so his seven thousand years have not been champagne and roses. He spends much time “swiving” Nymphs and assorted other Loreans to gain information. Josephine, who is a mere twenty-five years old, has also lived a rough life from the time of her first memories which began at age eight. She seems to be a vampire with some unusual talents. She and Rune come together against a common enemy who happens to be Nix. And Nix always has some strange things up her Valkyrie sleeve. Nix’s behavior in this book was more mean than fun as she has been previously. Josephine has always yearned for someone to love for her own especially since she had to give up her brother, Thaddeus, her only family to be raised by someone else. Although a Lorean, she is very much alone and has not been raised in the ways of the Lore. Rune believes himself incapable and undeserving of love only seeing his body as a weapon to be used for his faction. While he and Josephine spend much time together, neither one seems to understand the other or really listen each other’s needs and wants. A really major problem with this story is that as paranormal romance, the romance end has fallen far short. Most of us do not want to read a story where the hero spends much of his time and thought on other women for mindless sex. While I can feel sympathy for what Rune endured as a child, others in the series have also suffered greatly without turning to mindless promiscuity to survive and then thrive. There are always choices to be made when sacrificing one’s soul. The most interesting parts of the story involve information about the major battle heating up between immortals to see who wins the Ascension.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have been a fan of Kresley Cole's for quite some time and she continues with Sweet Ruin to keep me a dedicated fan. New characters to look forward to are introduced and old favorites like Nix and Desh come into play. The dynamic duo, Jo and Rune, were an exciting couple to follow and I'm looking forward to how their future will pan out. Thank you, Kresley, for being one of the most captivating authors.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She did it again!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the better books in the series! So many questions answered .
Anonymous 7 months ago
S.Trucke 12 months ago
I will start out by saying that compared to other books in this genre Sweet Ruin is better than many, that being said it is in my opinion, one of the weakest of the IAD series by a substantial amount. It feels simultaneously like a rehashing of previous IAD installments while not feeling like a part of the series at all. Jo, the female lead, feels underdeveloped and wishy-washy, she starts out by seeming like a sexually darker deviation, something that I had been craving in this series, but turns into a clingy, crying "ghost" of the woman we meet in the first few chapters. Her lack of knowledge about the Lore feels like a crutch to prop up her character and to give a reason for Rune, the manwhore male lead, to talk to her about something other than how much he wants her to drink his blood. Rune himself spends more time thinking about sex with nymphs than he does about his new female, again unless it's about her blood drinking. He has very few thoughts about Jo that are loving or complimentary, the trademarks of mated males in this series thus far. His backstory feels like a thrown together reason for him to behave as he does, it is tragic and horrible (again an expected staple of IAD) but it felt wholly unoriginal and like Jo's ignorance instead of being a characteristic, it became his character. At the same time, their backstories felt like an afterthought and were not explored with even a fraction of the loving care that was given to the other mated pairs of the series. In fact, Rune's past wasn't dealt with at all, his whole vengeance plot took up one chapter from each of their POVs and that was all, it remains unresolved. I was however greatly enjoying the advancement of the main overarching storyline of the series until I reached the end of the book and realized that nothing had actually happened, in fact, I was left with far more questions than answers, and not in the 'I can't wait for the next installment!" way, but in the "Wait, I must have missed something, was that really it?" way. Besides introducing a whole new set of unknown characters and getting further away from the stories we die-hard fans are so keen for her to tell, very little occurred. This book felt like a writing exercise fleshed out to fill time between one book and the next. Maybe it's because I made the mistake of reading the series from the beginning before moving into the next set of them (I tend to let them pile up for a few years instead of reading them one at a time) but I had to force myself to finish this installment and convince myself that the next chapter in this series would be a return to form for one of my favorite authors.
AHopelessRomBooklandia More than 1 year ago
Oh my gosh! It has been too long since I've read one of Kresley Cole's books and I just can't tell you how amazing it was reading Sweet Ruin! And even though I knew that it was going to be a great read and that I would love it - that still didn't prepare me for this book at all. At first, I will admit that I wasn't sure how she would possibly be able to top Dark Skye, but I shouldn't have had any doubts because although Lanthe and Thronos' story will probably always be my favorite, Sweet Ruin is definitely Ms. Cole's best book yet! It was absolutely extraordinary and I wholeheartedly loved, loved, LOVED it!! Rune Darklight is one sexy immortal - I actually think I'm a little jealous of Jo! I mean, sometimes I want to kill or at the very least maim him because he can be such an idiotic jerk (which he will admit to) at times, but I really couldn't help but fall for him. Rune can be so sweet and when he gets all protective, possessive, dominant, and jealous with all the growling, intense fierceness? Well, whoo-ee, he's totally swoon/shiver-worthy - I just loved him! I think I have a new favorite female in Immortals After Dark series and her name is Jo! Seriously, Jo is just awesome! She's amusing and witty, confident and strong, and she's a little mischievous troublemaker. Jo knows her mind, she's honest, she's unflinchingly loyal and will do anything for someone she loves. It was just such a joy to meet Jo and I can't wait to see her again! Sweet Ruin in not the kind of book you can read while you're doing something else like watching TV, working, or socializing - it's the kind of book that demands your full attention, all of your focus, and needs to be savored. It is an exciting, outrageous journey full of passion, action, and heart. It will break your heart, get your blood pumping, keep you on the edge of your seat, and leave you gasping and wanting more! Sweet Ruin was utterly epic, incredibly phenomenal, and without a doubt the best book I've read all year! It has left me with a huge book hangover afterglow and I'm so sad it's over, but it's definitely one book that I will be visiting again. Even more than that though, I absolutely, positively CANNOT WAIT to see what more Ms. Cole has in store for us because if you thought the Immortal After Dark World was big before, then let me tell you - it just got a whole lot bigger! Sweet Ruin is a standalone, but it will be more enjoyable if the series is read in order. It is told from Rune and Jo's POV and of course, they get their happily-ever-after! ~Sonja, 6 Stars
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book in the series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Okay this was steamy!! I kind db of expected this story to be mild based in the cover , but i wad totally (and happily ) surprised!! These characters are amaxing, as always with Miss Kresley, and i couldn't put it down. Plus we introduce more new lore characters . ..which is great because that means more IAD books in the future!!!! Yes please
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A Badness supper heroes, That knows her own mind. Hooks up with a guy on the wrong side, that's doing a lifer Peat and repeat. Supper hero steps in to end the cycle. Cool.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has many twists and turns. I thought it was very good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So sexxy are her books,I have to restrain myself from flying thru them.She has never let me down,Kress Leyland is the BOMB of the paranormal world!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Having read and enjoyed all the Immortals After Dark books, including the installments after Sweet Ruin, that while this was an okay read it was far from my favorite. Everything after Dark Skye does not feel like IAD and its disappointing. Gone are the previously established characters and instead an unfamiliar and less appealing twist to the Lore world and yet the basic plot feels recycled. I really wish Ms. Cole would return to the Lykae, Valkyries, witches, vampires, etc.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sexy, witty, and fun!! I like the outcome of the story! amazing!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. Such an awesome writer. The main characters were badass and loved the lil plot twists involving Nic and Orion.