Ruin by CD Reiss
Book 2: Songs of Corruption
October 14, 2014
Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance 18+
Contains: explicit sex, strong language, violence
Source: eARC for Honest review
**Ya gotta read Spin before you read Ruin**
Antonio is a killer. He's beautiful and educated; a prodigy of a thief and as violent a badass as ever came off the boat from Napoli.
Theresa knows it, but that doesn't stop her from getting emotionally and physically entangled with him, and this is how, maybe she got it in her head that she can protect him.
But it's not her job to save him, and she's just not getting that. Every time she tries to protect him, she practically gets him killed, and the tighter he grips her, the more dangerous she becomes.
It's almost as if...well, he'd never admit this....but it's almost as if protecting her the way he does is the one thing he should stop. As if the only way he's ever going to find a moment's peace is to just embrace her as a partner, rather than a defenseless creature.
But he'd never do that. Not this violent badass.
WARNING: This book contains delicious sex scenes with a hot man dirty-talking in Italian; women handling firearms and explosives; and scenes of violence with a crystal Virgin Mary cigarette lighter.
If there's one thing I cannot deny, it's that CD Reiss can write! Now her writing isn't for everyone. It's gritty, raw, vulgar, and intense. She doesn't hold anything back. But she paints a clear picture. In Ruin, her picture is the explosive and addictive relationship between Antonio and Theresa, and the violent world of her Los Angeles mob.
While I didn't enjoy Ruin quite as much as I did Spin, and it took me a few chapters to buy back into Antonio and Theresa, once I got past that, and the plot thickened again, I flew through the pages. Let's just say that this book is a scorcher. Antonio and Theresa do not hold back. Their intensity is off the charts! But beyond their sexual chemistry, they have a sweetness (or as sweet as these two can get) to their commitment and crazy love for each other.
There are also some incredible plot twists and truly crazy people. This mob is intense and lacking in the realm of sympathy and compassion. Antonio has every reason to worry over Theresa and vice versa. Some characters I was hoping would turn around, others I was hoping we could avoid all together. Craziness, craziness, craziness. And like I said before, I couldn't put it down.
And a side note, I like how there are little pieces that connect this series to Reiss' other series. You do not have to read the other series to follow this one. But if you do, there are some special treats in store. I'm looking forward to wherever CD Reiss wants to take Antonio and Theresa next, and can only hope that they survive all this crazy.
New to this adult series? Check out Book 1:
Book 1: SPIN