Ruinedby Jus Accardo (Website, Facebook, Twitter)
Series: The Eternal Balance #1
Published by Embrace, Entangled on 2013-12-30
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Romance
Source: Tour Company
Amazon • Goodreads
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’m a big huge fan of Jus Accardo and her Young Adult books, so when I heard about her New Adult Paranormal series The Eternal Balance, I was hooked and excited!
Good, Evil? So not easy….
The synopsis already promises a truly edgy theme that deals with evil in a totally different way. Jax is possessed by a demon and well, he’s definitely not the sonny-boy friendliness from next door. Also Sam is not a poster child for the true good. Ruined tells a story that is truly set heavily whithin the grey zones of evil and creates a tale that makes us question our general wish to put everything nicely into a box. In Ruined we will find it easy to label characters and to determine if they belong to Team Good or Bad. Sam and Jax struggle with the same questions.
Vivid, edgy and dark Characters.
One of the most remarkable aspects about this story are the incredibly layered, deep and puzzling characters. Especially Jax is such a mysterious character who we desperately want to understand better. The wonderful storytelling lets us get into the heads of both, Sam and Jax which was of necessity in my opinion. Given that Jax looks like the true bad boy from the outside, with actions that will make us shutter, getting in his head lets us see how badly he struggles and that what comes out of his mouth doesn’t necessarily is what is in his head.
I loved this edgy and enigmatic character that makes us wonder about him so bad.
A sexy mess, a horrific future and some surprising twists!
This story is so wonderfully balanced between hot and sexy scenes between Jax and Sam, but it also creates a dark, obscure tale we try to make sense of. We keep wondering about Jaxs demonic procession and Sams role in all this. And when finally twists are coming and secrets are revealed we will be even more excited about where this story will go! It was a little slow in the beginning though, and a lot of unnecessary push and pull between Jax and Sam that felt a little tiring and unnecessary, but once that was out of the way I was even more excited!
Ruined by Jus Accardo was an dark, edgy and deliciously sexy start into a new series. It comes with an remarkable, mysterious cast of characters that won’t be able to put into any good or evil drawer which makes the whole tale even more exciting!