Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Review: Ruined by Kinley Baker

“Jessa is one healing away from death. Under the thrall of her gift, the Court's Senior Healer risks giving her life in exchange for her patient's.

Vale is a rebel ruler. When his brother is killed, he's given the throne and the decree from the Court to produce an heir or lose his family's hold on the land--and his deceiving advisors aren't afraid to use murder as a weapon if their directive to stay away from the Senior Healer goes unheeded.

But Vale burns to possess Jessa. The heat between them leaves a wake of smoke, and even the powerful forces above want to bind them in a union that lasts forever. Vale taking another would be a betrayal neither could survive.

Their enemies fear a child born of such a powerful Healer and Warrior, but the true threat lies in the bond forged in shadows and fused in fire.”

After the unexpected death of his brother, Vale is forced to become the leader of the Shadow Shifters, a position that he neither wants nor feels fit to have. And, as if that wasn’t enough to deal with, he also has to cope with his growing attraction to Jessa, the Senior Healer – a woman who was rumored to be his brother’s mistress. Of course, the fact that someone is trying to kill him definitely doesn’t help matters either. Not everything is as it seems in the Realm of Shadows and it’s up to Vale and Jessa to determine who in the Court to trust. Ruined is a story full of intrigue and suspense, with a little bit of forbidden love thrown into the mix.

I rate this book:

I loved this book. It has everything that makes a good story: an engaging and suspenseful plot, well-developed characters, and a few twists to keep readers on their toes. The forbidden romance was a definite plus for me, as well. I didn’t want to put it down and was a little disappointed when I finished it because it left me wanting so much more. It is so easy to feel like you know the characters intimately in this book, which only makes the end that much more unbearable to get to. If you’re looking for a quick read that will keep your interest from beginning to end, then Ruined is the book for you. However, I do want to warn any potential readers that some of the content of this book is not suitable for young readers. There are definitely some mature scenes in this book, so be mindful of that when considering to read Ruined.

Also, click here to check out Joey's guest post with the author, Kinley Baker.

Kinley Baker read her first romance novel at the age of thirteen and immediately fell in love with the hero and the genre. She lives with her husband and her dog, Joker, in the Pacific Northwest. As a firm supporter of all supernatural lifestyles, she writes fantasy romance, paranormal romance, and urban fantasy. You can find Kinley at

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