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Author: Jus Accardo
Pub. Date: December 30, 2013
Publisher: Entangled Embrace
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.
Violence rules Jax's life. In order to placate the darkness that lives within him he must become darkness. But Jax doesn't want this darkness. He didn't ask for it. Cursed for a wrong done long ago, Jax must live out his days knowing that everyone around him is in danger by his mere presence. So Jax does the only thing he can, he leaves, determined to protect the ones he loves from the darkness that boils so close to the surface.
But tragedy and darkness bring him home. Where he discovers that someone or something is hunting the girl he left to protect. Sam, the girl next door. Now Jax is staying to protect Sam from a darkness that he doesn't understand and finds himself making choices he thought he would never make.
Jax is... um, how do I describe Jax. Jax is dark, dangerous and scoffs at the norm behavior. He does what he wants and says screw you to society. He is judged by everyone and blamed for every bad or wrong thing that happens. His life is cursed and violence keeps him alive. But the violence and darkness that is his life does not define him. Instead of letting the darkness overtake him he fights it with every fiber of his being. And he will do anything to protect his loved ones. Oh and did I mention that he is absolutely drop dead gorgeous. Darkness has never looked so good. And if he is what darkness looks like then darkness can take me now!
In Ruined we get to see what true darkness looks like. And exactly what it takes to fight it. I was addicted to Ruined from the second I picked up this book. Everything about the story sucks you in, allures you into its web with the promise of action, suspense, thrills and delicious dark goodness. And boy does this story deliver. I like to equate reading this book to getting a runners high. As the story progresses your body gets amped up, excited and anxious to finish the race. Once you see that finish line you push harder and devour any and all words that stand before you. And once you have finished that race, you are left with that amazing feeling of awe and wonder at what you just accomplished. Only with Ruined you are left with a book hangover that leaves you incapable of doing anything else but relishing in all the juicy darkness that just happened.
While reading this book I was like the demon living in Jax. I had to feed... feed on the delicious words that Jus Accardo so kindly laid before me. Ruined is a feast for sure. An absolute 5 star delectable feast. You need this book and Jax in your life. Like every girl needs chocolate.
About the Author~
JUS ACCARDO spent her childhood reading and learning to cook. Determined to follow in her grandfather’s footsteps as a chef, she applied and was accepted to the Culinary Institute of America. At the last minute, she realized her path lay with fiction, not food, and passed on the spot to pursue writing. Jus is the bestselling author the popular Denazen series from Entangled publishing and is currently working on the first book in a new adult series due out summer 2013. A native New Yorker, she lives in the middle of nowhere with her husband, three dogs, and sometimes guard bear, Oswald.
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