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What a ride.... I just didn't know what would be thrown into the mix next - there's suspense as a woman with no memories is kidnapped and used, mystery as her amnesia starts to break free memories that clouds her judgement, tension as she tries desperately to convince the hard man with the familiar green eyes of their strong connection, horror as he denies her as she is about to be sold, never ending hope that he would somehow believe her to be his one true love and then a sweet and sexy romance as two souls are finally reunited.
But there's so many secrets yet to be unearthed, so much turmoil bubbling under the surface and heartache waiting in the wings to rob these two reunited childhood sweethearts of their chance of ever finding a HEA ending. Then sure enough comes the earth-shattering climactic cliffhanger and all I can say is thank you thank you Audible because book 2's already available. Someone, somewhere is pulling the strings, who is enemy and who is friend, what will Kill (aka Art) have to do to get Cleo (aka Buttercup & Sarah) back and will she even want him after what she's about to discover or will the truth set them both free???
I thought this was a well written gripping raw listen that had such romantic tender moments too as the Star-crossed lovers were betrayed when just youngsters and betrayed yet again. Is it far fetched? well yeah - a woman suffering with double amnesia that wipes out most of her memories however they do start to drip feed her brain bit by bit. However, this is Fiction folks and it's riveting Fiction that I'm 100% happily caught up and invested in. A handsome, complex badass MC President who is eaten up with revenge, vengeance, debilitating loss, grief, guilt and heart aching sadness over the memories of what he has done and what has been done to him.... my heart went out to him. A displaced woman whose brain has shut down because her memories were just too painful to remember and then, Chapter by Chapter the secrets, the revelations, the clues and the questions keep coming so, just as one puzzle piece fits nicely into place, it dislodges another... leaving a frustrating picture with gaps, misplaced pieces and distorted images.... and, as you take one step forward in the story you're suddenly thrust two steps back.
Worth a credit? IMO, that would be a definite YES. Told primarily from Cleo's POV but each Chapter starts with a short insight into Art's thoughts and a couple of the Chapters near the end gives the history into his downward road to joining and taking over the Pure Corruption MC. Great narration too. This is a pulse-pounding, emotional, sinister and corrupt game of manipulation, power, revenge and love that'll leave bodies, shattered hearts, blood and broken dreams.... and jeez, I just can't wait because as each Chapter starts you simply have no clue what's going to happen next.... you can only hope.
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What did you like best about Ruin & Rule? What did you like least?
Had I known that after 15 hours this was going to end with a major cliffhanger and no idea when the next book will show up on audible (if ever) I would have NEVER started this book.
What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)
I hate when you are not given a heads up on the book stopping with a MAJOR cliffhanger. When you listen for over 15 hours and are left completely hanging - very frustrating!!!
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I'd heard really positive things about Pepper Winters so was keen to read one of her books. There were times in the book that I was hooked, more so at the beginning it has to be said, but as an entire book it did not captivate me completely. Kelsi Nesser's narration was of a really high quality and I think this is a large reason as to why I completed the book - not sure I would have done if I were reading it myself. I thought the amnesiac side of the story was really good, although I found the childhood/teenage recollections themselves irritating which complicates things as are integral to the entire plot. I don't think I will read the sequel, but there is certainly something about the way Pepper Winters writes and I do think I will try another of her books.