Ruined (The Eternal Balance #1) by Jus Accardo
Published: Dec 30th, 2013
Publisher: Embrace (Entangled Publishing)
ARC provided by the publisher in exchange of an honest review
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.
I... Ok give me a sec to gather my thoughts... OMG Everytime I open a new Jus Accardo book I don't think she can get any better but she does and each character is unique and awesome like the last one. And her boys are sexy as hell! And Jax is actually from hell... Kinda...
Jax is a descendant from Cain, aka the first murderer so thanks to his sin, Jax has a demon shring his body. And making him do lots of... Unpleasent things. To protect those he loves from himself, Jax goes away but his uncle is dying so what was supposed to be a short goodbye visit turns into chaos.
Jax, just as Cain wants to murder his twin brother, Chase, aka golden boy of town. So of course things in the Flynn house get a bit tense...
Enter Sam. The girl next door with an attitude, a dark past and an undying love for Jax. Also, someone wants to kill her...
I just love love love this book. The story gets you right from the start. The characters all have their own voice and are really easy to connect. Having dual POV is easy to understand both side of the arguments and the sexual tension rivals the temperature in hell.
Sam is everything Jax wants, unfortunately his Demon isn't so keen on happy feelings...
I did love the dynamic between the 3 of them. Sam and Jax have a history, which makes the entire story so believe when they can help the attraction between them. Is not insta love, is real love that never goes away.
The way Jax and Azirak (the demon) act and interact is so captivating. The relationship between them is simbiotic, of hate and in a way they are one and the same.
I can totally say that I never saw that twist at the end coming! The story is fast paced, going from scorching to freezing in the characters mood to heartbreaking and I'm-sitting-at-the-edge-of-my-seat moments. I couldn't put it down.
Jax has made it HIGH in my book boyfriend list. Top 10 high. He's caring but he defines bad boy. And his demonic side? Yeah, I love him too. Call me crazy, I don't care.
The hot scenes? Were REALLY hot. All that lust floating around...
This is the first time I read a story of this kind, miss Accardo is taking me by surprise lately with her plots but I totally love it. After all her great books I'll probably grab anything with her name on it.
Ruined is a perfect read to finish 2013 or start the new year!
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