Series: IAD #16
Narrator: Robert Petkoff
Published by Simon & Schuster Audio on December 1st 2015
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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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. 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.
There’s been some talk from other readers that Sweet Ruin felt different from the other books in the IAD series. I don’t understand where that’s coming from. Jo and Rune’s story fits perfectly into the world; they are like every other couple that’s been featured.
I love the humor that Cole puts into this series.
A twelve-year-old Jo telling a three-old-Thaddie to tit-pinch an older woman for taking care of them is just funny as hell.
I almost died at all the Axe cologne references. Jo (and maybe Kresley Cole) hates the stuff and I’m with her!
The heroines of the IAD world are snarky and dangerous. And the males are always full of themselves.
“Because I pay them well in their favorite currency: stiff fuckings with a stout cock. It just so happens I’m rich beyond measure.”
Sweet Ruin is full of Cole’s trademark snark and hot romance. We get a new couple that ties into the world through Jo’s connection through her younger brother Thaddeus that we’ve seen in a few other books. Plus we get to see some of Nix and the valkyries. Cole continues to weave a web that will bring us closer to the Accession and now we that Nix is not the only one pulling strings to align people where she wants them. If Nix is the Queen of the chess board of immortals and now we’ve met the King of the chess board. And I think the King and Queen might end up together. We’ll have to wait and see.
Petkoff delivered another outstanding performance with the audio. He just gets Cole’s humor and characters so well that I feel like he is the characters living their lives and adventures.
Take a listen to a note from Robert Petkoff and a sample
After 17 years I've finally finished my BA in English (no I do not want to be a teacher). Before majoring in English I would not have touched anything labeled "classic", but I have enjoyed a few along the way in my college career.
While I hated to read growing up, I am now an avid book reader and audiobook listener. I love rejecting reality one book at a time. I only read fiction within my favorite (at least to date) genres which include: most romance (paranormal, contemporary, D/s, BDSM, M/M)Urban Fantasy, and a few YA (mostly PNR or UF from favorite adult authors, but I'm slowly stepping out of my comfort zone after enjoying a few contemporary YA novels in adolescent literature class I took).