★ SYNOPSIS ★
“We met in a nightmare. The in-between world where time had no power over reason. We fell in love. We fell hard. But then we woke up. And it was over . . .”
RUIN & RULE
She is a woman divided. Her past, present, and future are as twisted as the lies she’s lived for the past eight years. Desperate to get the truth, she must turn to the one man who may also be her greatest enemy . . .
He is the president of Pure Corruption MC. A heartless biker and retribution-deliverer. He accepts no rules, obeys no one, and lives only to reap revenge on those who wronged him. And now he has stolen her, body and soul.
Can a woman plagued by mystery fall in love with the man who refuses to face the truth? And can a man drenched in darkness forgo his quest for vengeance-and finally find redemption?
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★ MY REVIEW ★
Ruin & Rule is one of those books I’ve been sitting here for two days going, “How do I even write a review for this.”. It is my very first book by Pepper Winters, but I can assure you, it will not be my last. The darker side of romance novels usually does not appeal to me but I can’t even jest when I say that I could not put this book down. I even walked around making dinner with my face shoved in my Kindle, more or less, because I refused to put it down. On top of that, I went through it so fast, and so engrossed in it, that I didn’t save any quotes for this review, nothing.
It’s almost difficult to write a full review on it because most of what I would tell you, would be spoilers. Some really large things jumped out to me though, that I thought was brilliant. The first thing that I noticed was that you don’t know the heroine’s name for about 65% of the book. She doesn’t just have amnesia, she has what I’m going to call double amnesia. If you can even imagine all the complications of that alone, on top of the actual story, then you might get a tiny inkling of how traumatic her life has been. I also loved how the author revealed things through the heroine’s amnesia, things she didn’t even know. As I said, it was brilliant.
Our hero on the other hand, he’s an anti-hero! At first I thought he was an absolute ass. Hot, but such a jerk. Then as you read further into it, the layers are pulled back. You discover what, and why, and you find extremely valid reasons for his actions. (Even if you think his reactions are beyond messed up.) His life is about vengeance, and revenge but oh so much more. I think I shrieked with joy when his blinders finally got ripped off.
My heart turned over for this pair of characters. By the end of the book, I was so attached to them that I didn’t want it to end. -Then- I figured out that, it’s not the end yet! Ms. Winters smacks you upside the head with a cliffhanger that, for me personally, had my jaw on the floor. I wanted the next book -right- then. Truth be told, I’m still trying to wrap my head around this book. It was a complete mind****, but yet I want to go hug the author.
It is relatively dark in it’s content, so if things of that nature bother you, I would not read this book…. Otherwise, I very strongly recommend it.