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Sweet Ruin

(Immortals After Dark #15)

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  14,740 ratings  ·  1,445 reviews
An immortal assassin is caught between desire and duty...

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. Her baby brother Thaddeus was as perfect as she was flawed; protecting him became her entire life. The day he was taken away began Jo’s transition from ang
Kindle Edition, 1st Edition, 529 pages
Published December 1st 2015 by Gallery Books
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Lb I'm with Jennifer, I think its Kristoff & Furie! The way "Lothaire" ended with Kristoff being vampire-knapped by Lothaire.. ooh...I really want a reca…moreI'm with Jennifer, I think its Kristoff & Furie! The way "Lothaire" ended with Kristoff being vampire-knapped by Lothaire.. ooh...I really want a recap on those negotiations...And Furie *sigh* poor valkyrie has probably lost her ever loving mind...I really really want to read their story! (less)
Abby Peralta I'm totally putting my money on Orion!!
They're the same: mysterious (both of unknown origin), manipulator, and powerful!!! Plus, I love the fact that …more
I'm totally putting my money on Orion!!
They're the same: mysterious (both of unknown origin), manipulator, and powerful!!! Plus, I love the fact that they're leading the two opposing alliances!!(less)

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Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
5 Introducing The Møriør Stars

*Some Spoilers Below*

"Because I pay them well in their favorite currency: stiff fuckings with a stout cock. It just so happens I'm rich beyond measure."-Rune

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"I like a guy with passion. When you finished back there, I couldn't tell if you'd gotten your nut or muffled a sneeze." -Jo

Let me start by saying that I didn't read the blurb for this book when I requested it from Netgalley, it was Kresley Cole's Immortals After Dark series enough said. But when I got read
Jo ★The Book Sloth★
4 For The Hell Of It Stars

It's done. My yearly fix of IAD is already fading and I can't quite tell if I was satisfied with my dose or not. I was waiting for this a long time and maybe my expectations were higher that they should have been. Not that the book was bad or anything, just... I need subcategories to explain! Here they come...

The couple:

It's a PNR book so the romance played a big part in the book. I was semi-satisfied with the romance. Jo was great. Strong, stubborn, protective and sly.

Despite all my resentment because of this book being about two absolutely new to the series characters...

...I freaking loved it.

Yes, this was basically a filler story. It was a respite in the whole Accession arc - the major players are all getting a bit of rest, it seems, and Nix, despite scheming and tugging strings to bring Rune and Jo together, seemed preoccupied with her mysterious plans.

But, I loved Jo and Rune, together and apart. After the latest IAD books, I missed kickass heroines lik
Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾
Jan 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
5 Stars

She was a killer with blood on her hands, but she wanted to give her heart away.

You know what I love about this series? The fact that sixteen books into it, each book continues to be just as good if not even better than the last. Kresley Cole continuously delivers with badass, sassy and snarky heroines, and tortured and oh so sexy heroes. That's not to mention the addicting story line that's guaranteed to keep you reading well into the night. Truth be told I was hoping to see
Feb 05, 2015 rated it liked it
“We fail; we learn. Unless we fail to learn.”

I'm always astounded whenever I read Kresley Cole's books. Her energy, neatness, ingeniousness and humor make everything in her books almighty wonderful. I never give her book less than 4 stars. But this one, I have mixed feelings about the characters. First of all, Rune is a manwhore because of his pitiful past. Besides the fact that he's hot, he tries to use his abilities to gain the secret that lead to his goal. He and his Møriør fellows cont
Aisling Zena

Re-read 25/7/16

5 Meadowberries stars

Minor spoilers ahead

I don't know how Kresley Cole does it but she manages to ensnare me every time. She has this formula and every time I think I know where she's going with it she pulls a hat trick out of nowhere and turns everything upside down again. After 16 books that's a big achievement. You think that you have the overall plot figured out by now but again she proves you wrong.

If you haven't read the previous books I strongly suggest you do. Not only is
Namera [The Literary Invertebrate]

Look, my problem wasn't with the random characters. The fact that Rune and Jo come out of nowhere? Fine. The fact that Nix is portrayed as the bad guy? Nothing I can't handle. Here's what pissed me off: their relationship.

This was, I think, one of the most sexually explicit books in the series. I don't mind that - not with characters I actually liked and cared about, like Sabine/Rydstrom or Carrow/Malkom or practically any other pairing. But here, Rune
☆★Tinja★✮ A Court of Pizza and Laziness
Update: So I've read it and really liked it. I was pretty nervous about this, since it was about 2 completely new characters. It turned out to be very enjoyable. I'm still a bit disappointed that we didn't get a story about characters we already knew. There are just so many characters that deserve to have their own story and the series proceeds so slowly. Anyway, we did get some new interesting characters and I also liked that there was all this info about the nymphs.

I found Josephine hilarious
Sophia Triad
Rune the baneblood (Dark Fae i.e. Demon and Fae) and Josephine (Phanpire i.e. Phantom and vampire)

At her ear, he grated, "If it makes you feel better, I can honestly say I'll be thinking of you."
He straightened, then started toward Meliai. They strolled off together, leaving Jo behind.
Knife in gut. Knife in gut. Knife in gut.
That's when a realisation hit her like a Valkyrie's fist: "I'm completely in love with that prick."

The Accession is about to start and all the immortals will start fightin
Alex is The Romance Fox
Being a fan of Kresley Cole’s Immortals After Dark series, I was looking forward to reading the latest addition (# 16)….Sweet Ruin.

For me this was not a great one…..I was going to say it was an okay read…but actually I was not crazy about it!!
I didn’t like Rune, the hero – he was a “trollop” of note……..a twit…..and all that “dove” thingies...
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After a while, I had this song in my head…..which I kept wanting to break into tune……….Cucurucucu paloma blanca…..
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And Jo, the heroine!! Hell, I c
Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞ always I was totally impressed with K.C. pulling this one out. To be honest, I had no idea who the main characters are...and I don't think they've been mentioned. Or if they have, it was minor and easily forgotten with so many characters this deep into the series. Anyway, the big connector is that Jo is Thad's sister...Thad being the "human" who was captured on the island and was with Lothaire and Declan, just to name a few.

Jo was "found" wandering around when she was young and Thad wa
In this sixteenth book in the 'Immortals After Dark' series, we are introduced to a whole new cast of potential "bad guys". This book tells the story of Rune, a daemon whose very blood is poison, and Josephine, the vampire-phantom halfling that is Thad's long lost big sister. Theirs was a case of "opposites attract".

From the start, it was clear that Josephine was not going to be your typical heroine. She was orphaned at a young age and grew up fast. She is foul-mouthed and rough around the edges
Jen Davis
Nov 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I know a lot of people were disappointed by Kresley Cole's decision to feature two new characters in this book. They want Furie and Kristoff. Or Nix and... somebody. Cole has created such a vast landscape of characters already, we're all greedy to get their stories. But this book does something important. It broadens the scope of the series and --in my opinion-- ramps up the Ascension more than any book that's come before it. It also introduces the guy who I think will be Nix's HEA, but I'll get ...more
Robin (Bridge Four)
2.5-3 stars

Another immortals after dark book and another set of people I've not seen before. Josephine is Thaddeus's (the young strapping vampire/phantom) thought long dead sister. Rune is a millennia old demon whose bodily fluids are poison and works for team evil.

Rune almost ruined this for me. I didn't like him for the longest time and even by the end I still wasn't completely on board. He is pretty much a man whore. But not in a cute I love all women and just haven't found the one to tame my

I don't even know which couple I want this to be...I just need this!

Tanja ~ KT Book Reviews
What an incredibly sweet departure from the IAD series! However, it’s still very much immersed in the world of Immortals; we are thrust into a bit of a side-story that ultimately will be entwined into the fabric that‘s already spun by Kresley Cole.

I found orphan Josephine to be naïve, yet massively endearing. She is, however, incredibly confused about creatures that are popping up in the world she has made for herself. She broke my heart in so many ways and absolutely thrilled me in others. The
Marta Cox
Jun 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, my-reviews
I'm going to say right away that I do realise fans of this series might possibly be a tad disappointed by the authors choice of lead characters here. No it's not Kristoff, Furie or even Nix but then if it was wouldn't that end this amazing series? No we get two new characters and yet there is a strong connection to someone the Valkyries have taken to their collective bosom ! Add in the various members of the Moiror who strongly believe Nix Is someone very dangerous who should be taken out of the ...more
3.5 stars

"Cole's world is definitely the most complex in the Paranormal Romance genre."

Read this review in its entirety at Fresh Fiction
RachelW (BamaGal)
Jan 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Park your brain at the door, you won't need it…

3.5 Stars. I really, really wish GR had half-stars, because this is just not quite a 4 Star read for me; good but a little predictable.

This is a mildly spoilerish review, not to the story (cause there isn't much story) so much as to the characters. I used to really love the IAD series. I don't know if this series has been going on so very long that it's changed over the years, my reading tastes have changed, or a little of both; but parts of this b

Okay now this is more like it. My last foray into the vast expanse of erotica left me very underwhelmed, however this book brought back my hope for the genre. I didn't actually know just how “romantic” this book would be when I picked it up from Netgalley, and I was admittedly a little surprised. However I ended up having a lot of fun reading this.

Did the love scenes occasionally make me giggle or roll my eyes? Yes, but that may be because I am a child on the inside. I did laugh a lot while rea
Carmel (Rabid Reads)
Feb 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, audio-2015
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads.

SWEET RUIN clashed with the other installments in this series; it had a different writing style, and given how far along the IMMORTALS AFTER DARK plot arc is, I thought that it was a little late for Kresley Cole to be rolling out two new characters. Josephine is Thaddeus’ sister, and there was a strong connection to the Valkyries, but other than that this was mostly a transition novel.

I liked Jo. She fit the IAD female lead profile perfectly, and therein was the problem.
Julia's Book Haven
Ok so my review is going to be 2 parts, first I'm going to gush and rave about how good this book was, and then I'll have a spoiler tag at the bottom to talk about some stuff that happened in the book without ruining it for anyone.

So I am pretty sure this is the best book in the IAD series so far, it's definitely already a favourite of mine. And that is pretty much all because of Rune and Josie. Like most of these books, while they are many supporting characters the majority of the story is focu
Jacqueline's Reads
Feb 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, 4-star-books, pnr
4 Hot Hot Hot Stars

Sweet Ruin is the 16th book in the Immortals After Dark Series, each can be read as a standalone. In fact, this is my first book in the series.

I love paranormal books, but what I love even more are paranormal steamy books and Kresley Cole did not disappoint. If you haven’t read any of the books in the series and you are curious if you can pick it up and understand, I will tell you, it’s completely understandable. I love paranormal books because you never know what kind of worl
Dec 07, 2015 marked it as arc-up-next
ARC kindly provided by Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.
1.) The Warlord Wants Forever ★★★★
2.) A Hunger Like No Other ★★

(Yes, I'm a terrible masochist that skipped ahead 14 books because Kresley Cole gave me an ARC.)

ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Even though I've only read The Warlord Wants Forever and A Hunger Like No Other in the Immortals After Dark series, it didn't feel like I had to read the other fourteen to enjoy Sweet Ruin. Honestly, Sweet Ruin is probably the best ARC I've ever received. I stoppe
Ezinwanyi Chinyere
Dec 23, 2014 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Ezinwanyi by: Jody
2.5 stars.
This book wasn't as unappetizing as Dark Skye but it wasn't enjoyable either. I didn't feel the connection between Josephine and Rune. It just seemed like a physical connection between two really stubborn people. I liked that Josephine was so focused on saving Thad but she was annoying me. Rune the playboy was just as annoying with his stupid nymphs. Even if I scrubbed my mind of the copious amount of sex scenes, I still didn't enjoy the story. I need to revisit Lothaire to remind mys
Whereas I read this one fairly quickly and I enjoyed it, part of me felt this entry was missing… something. Let's work this through.

In Sweet Ruin, we get two new characters in KC’s IAD series. The Hero is a member of The Moirer which has been mentioned a couple times before- but in Sweet Ruin, we get a closer look. The Moirer are, or seem to be, a cadre of first immortals of their races- Gods, even- from another world. They are coming back to Gaia (that’s earth to you and me) for the big bad apo
Anna's Herding Cats
Alright. So. Sweet Ruin didn't totally do it for me. I do love the title though now that I've read the book. The cover is actually quite fitting. I loved the hero, loved the curiosity of the heroine, the action.

And I hated Nix.

I kinda wanted her to get blown all up as she taunted the hero and heroine through the dimensions.

Now the heroine. Some moments I loved her. She's brash and does whatever needed to survive. She's a tough chickie. But then other moments I wanted to push her off a fucking
Ren Puspita
4 stars


Oh well, Sweet Ruin is your standard IAD novel, which, this book is not mean to be stand alone, even its feature two new characters. Actually, long time reader will recognize Josephine, since she had been mentioned as Thad's sister in Dreams of a Dark Warrior. The hero, Rune Baneblood is new, although his kind already introduced too. Rune is part Morior, and for the love of me, I can't remember if I already read about them, but I guess Cole already throw it
Mar 16, 2015 marked it as to-read
Update June 3rd, 2015: From K C 's official facebook page:

---Next IAD! Hard cover preorder! Nïx sightings---
Hi guys,
As promised, here’s more info on SWEET RUIN (December 1). We have a good news/bad news situation.
Good news: the Immortals After Dark series is expanding in a big way.
Bad news: more work for me emoticon smile
---Background: I had a choice, either to start buttoning up the series to conclude, or continue on. These books are by far the hardest of any I've ever worked on. They take
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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.
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Immortals After Dark (1 - 10 of 19 books)
  • A Hunger Like No Other (Immortals After Dark, #1)
  • No Rest for the Wicked (Immortals After Dark, #2)
  • Wicked Deeds on a Winter's Night (Immortals After Dark, #3)
  • Dark Needs at Night's Edge (Immortals After Dark, #4)
  • Dark Desires After Dusk (Immortals After Dark, #5)
  • Kiss of a Demon King (Immortals After Dark, #6)
  • Untouchable (Immortals After Dark, #7)
  • Pleasure of a Dark Prince (Immortals After Dark, #8)
  • Demon from the Dark (Immortals After Dark, #9)
  • Dreams of a Dark Warrior (Immortals After Dark, #10)

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