Sweet Ruin is #16 in Cole's Immortals After Dark series - a super steamy urban fantasy world filled with all sorts of supernatural creatures (vampires, werewolves, demons, witches and Valkyries, oh my!)
Josephine Doe is a foundling having grown up in the human world. She isn't aware of her past memories or supernatural capabilities until a tragic event during her adolescence. Jo is utterly alone but learns to survive and hone some of her abilities with deadly precision; however, there is always an ache for meaningful connections and answers to her past.
A threat to the Møriør brings Rune the Baneblood to the mortal realm. This thousands of years old deadly and sexy archer has been trained in the arts of seduction and assassination. Tasked with killing the world's oldest Valkyrie, he is taken by surprise when he encounters a vampire-like immortal who entices and challenges him like no other.
There are battles on multiple fronts as both Jo and Rune have to overcome years of violence and distrust if they are going to have any sort of relationship. Both have to unravel some truths--Jo to learn her origins and reunite with her brother, Thaddeus and Rune discovering the sacrifices his mother made for his survival and how both he and Jo fit into the bigger pitcher with the Ascension looming ever closer.
Sweet Ruin is a solid entry in the series. I generally liked the couple even if their relationship missteps are frustrating at times. This is par for the course and to be expected for the paranormal romance formula. Jo does come across as rather immature which was sometimes irritating. Overall, I 'ship' the couple and the story as well its larger connection to the series arc and lore. The highlight for me was Nix in her adversarial and supporting role. I just love her wacky ways and remain hopeful that we'll finally get her book soon!
Final rating: 4 out of 5 stars
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