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 angry girl… to would-be superhero… to enchanting, ruthless villain.
A lethally sensual enforcer on a mission
A threat to the Møriør has brought archer Rune the Baneblood to the mortal realm to slay the oldest living Valkyrie. Whether by bow or in bed, he never fails to eliminate his target. Yet before he can strike, he encounters a vampiric creature whose beauty conceals a black heart. With one bite, she pierces him with aching pleasure, taking 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. Despite his millennia of sexual conquests, he can’t ignore the unfamiliar longing she arouses deep within him.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.
First- this is part of a series (M/F – unfortunately) and though each book can definitely be read as a stand-alone I don’t recommend it. It’s an amazing series and each adds to the enjoyment of the next.
Second- it’s M/F. So if that’s not your thing – stop now ☺
We have not met Rune nor Jo before (as far as I know). Ruin is one of the Møriør – sort of a primordial God like guy who lives between dimensions and acts as an assassin for Orion or an information gatherer when asked.
Jo is… well, she doesn’t know and neither do we… until later in the book.
What we do know is that when Jo and Rune (who she calls Ruin to make him mad!) meet it’s immediate lustful attraction. Rune the insatiable (as he’s called) suddenly can’t get enough… of Jo!
Jo, who isn’t too interested in anything but a commitment, is –almost- tempted to give in to his lusty demands, but manages to hold out – barely.
They end up bound to the other in a quest to save Jo’s brother and bring down …. Ok, enough of that. You’ll have to read the book to figure out who is after who and why… I don’t want to give it all away!
I read almost exclusively m/m books anymore. So it takes A LOT for me to pick up a m/f book. Kresley Cole is one of three or four authors who can tempt me back to the female side. The reason being – her females KICK ASS!!!
I despise weak female characters who need a man to save them. Hate. It. Jo kicks ass and takes names. Hands down she doesn’t NEED Rune, but maybe the reverse!
This was funny, sweet, sexy, exciting… you name it. It’s long but I didn’t mind it one bit!
I absolutely loved each and every page. My only sadness is that there isn’t more!
I highly recommend this book and the series… it’s amazing.
6 of 5 stars
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