Series: IAD

Audio Review: Sweet Ruin by Kresley Cole

Posted December 16, 2015 by Jennifer in Book Review | | 2 Comments

Audio Review: Sweet Ruin by Kresley ColeSweet Ruin by Kresley Cole
Series: IAD #16
Narrator: Robert Petkoff
Published by Simon & Schuster Audio on December 1st 2015
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
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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.

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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.

She swooped in to kiss Thaddie. “Mwah!” Then she whispered to him, “Bitch tries anything, you tit-punch her.”

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!

Or worse, he’d reek of cologne. Axe cologne. How could she put her tongue on skin saturated with that crap? Until someone invented a fang condom, she’d continue stealing from the blood bank.

The heroines of the IAD world are snarky and dangerous. And the males are always full of themselves.

“Why do you trust this information from your . . . nymphs? Allixta demanded of Rune.

“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

About Robert Petkoff

Robert Petkoff is an award-winning American stage actor known for his work in Shakespearean productions and more recently on the New York City musical theater stage. Petkoff has performed on Broadway, the West End, regional theatre, and done work in film and television. Petkoff was featured as “Perchik” in the Tony award-nominated 1994 revival cast of Fiddler on the Roof but is perhaps best known for his role as “Tateh” in the 2009 revival of “Ragtime” on Broadway. Petkoff has also provided the voices for over two dozen audiobooks, winning awards for his reading of Michael Koryta‘s So Cold the River. Married to actress Susan Wands, Petkoff has lived in New York City for the last twenty years, and often performs in benefit concerts for theater-district-related charities.

About Kresley Cole

Kresley Cole is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the electrifying Immortals After Dark paranormal series, the young adult Arcana Chronicles series, the erotic Gamemakers series, and five award-winning historical romances.

A master’s grad and former athlete, she has traveled over much of the world and draws from those experiences to create her memorable characters and settings.

Her IAD books have been translated into twenty foreign languages, garnered three RITA awards, a Hall of Fame induction, and consistently appear on the bestseller lists, in the U.S. and abroad.

Cole lives in Florida with her family and “far too many animals.” .