Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Ruined by Jus Accardo

Ruined (The Eternal Balance, #1)
Release date: December 30, 2013
Publisher: Entangled: Embrace
Genre: New Adult Paranormal Romance
Series: The Eternal Balance #1

Hell is looking for a way to break loose…

Jax lost the genetic lottery. Descended from Cain, the world's first murderer, he's plagued by a curse that demands violence in exchange for his happiness. He left everything behind, including the girl he loved, but thriving on the pain of others is lonely… And it's killing him.

After a series of heartbreaking losses, Samantha put rubber to pavement and headed for college as fast as her clunker could carry her. But she can't outrun her problems. When an attack at school drives her back home, she's thrown into the path of a past—and a guy—she's been trying to forget.

Sam strains Jax's control over his darkness, but running isn't an option this time. Someone—or, something—followed her home from school: a ruthless monster with a twisted plan centuries in the making. Forced together to survive, and fighting an attraction that could destroy them both, Jax and Sam must stop a killer bent on revenge.

My Rating: 5 Roses

A dark, thrilling, and engaging New Adult romance. Ruined was an absolutely brilliant read. I loved this book! It was just amazing. From the wonderful characters, to the action, to the shocking secrets, this book was perfection.

Sam was a lovely heroine. She was incredibly strong and determined. Nothing was going to keep her from getting what she wanted and protecting her loved ones. I liked that she wasn't the type of character to needlessly hold a grudge (unlike some), especially once she knew the whole story. I really liked her. She was totally badass.

Jax was also amazing. Despite his denials, he was a truly good guy who did his best in a bad situation. He might believe himself to be evil, but the contrary was obvious in how determined he was to protect not only his loved ones, but any innocent. He was really sweet when he wanted to be and I adored him.

The romance was great. Sam and Jax were wonderful together. I thought it was so sweet how, despite their years they spent apart, they still had feelings for each other. I loved how both of them were willing to sacrifice for the safety of the other. And there was definitely tons of chemistry between them. I thought they were a lovely couple.

One part of this book that I particularly liked was how the author portrayed the relationship between Jax and his demon (Azirak). I thought it would just be parasitic, with Azirak doing everything he could do make Jax miserable. But, Azirak was actually a fully developed character that I actually ended up liking. And, I really liked how Jax and Azirak complemented each other, basically two sides of the same coin. I just loved how it was done.

The plot was fast paced and I was utterly hooked the entire way through. There were tons of thrills that kept me on the edge of my seat and quite of few surprising secrets that blew me away. This book definitely wasn't predictable. I really enjoyed the story and the ending has me anxious for book 2.

Ruined was a brilliant New Adult paranormal romance. I absolutely loved this book. The romance, the action, the secrets, the unpredictability. It was all perfect. Romance lovers, this book is a must read.

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*I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review


  1. I haven't read Jus Accardo in forever. This sounds so good! Thanks for putting it on my radar.

  2. Your welcome! I hope you end up liking this book, too, because it was totally awesome. I haven't read Jus Accardo's other books, but this one definitely made me want to go back and read them :)