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Review of Ruin & Rule by Pepper Winters

Ruin & RuleTitle: Ruin & Rule

Author: Pepper Winters

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Series: Pure Corruption MC (Book #1)

Publication Date: July 7, 2015

Format: Paperback, 464 Pages

ISBN-10: 1455589330 (Forever/Hachette)

ISBN-13: 978-1455589333 (Forever/Hachette)

Reviewed by: Roxanne


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?

Quick & Dirty: Forgotten memories, unforgettable love, can they overcome the past and face the future or will the past destroy them?

Opening Sentence: “We met in a nightmare.”

Excerpt: No

The Review:

So the book opens up with our heroine kidnapped and in the middle of a MC turf war, but it gets worse. She can’t remember who she is, but the moment he takes off her blindfold she knows she knows him and loved him in another lifetime. Kill sees that she looks like his lost love, but refuses to believe that it’s true and he is highly suspicious of the amnesia she claims to have. At the moment they are caught in the troubles of today, but soon it seems that the past will devour them.

Kill or Arthur Killian is the President of the Pure Corruption MC club, and he is on a mission and backed by Wall Street to make some major changes to the club. He had five woman kidnapped and ready to sell, and really doesn’t pause when a sixth woman shows up. As she begins to remember things, he pushes her away because he refuses to believe she might be the girl he lost so long ago. When she remembers her name is Sarah, Kill is sure she is lying about the rest and takes her to be sold until he sees the As You Wish tattoo and knows that she is really his Cleo, the girl he thought died when she was 14, and the girl he went to jail for murdering.

As all the pieces begin to fall together, Cleo/Sarah knows Kill is hiding things from her, and she knows that she needs to remember what happened during that fire all of those years ago.

I loved this book, and didn’t like some things, so clearly I was a tad torn. I am not a fan of violence towards women and this book featured it. I am also not a fan of the slave trade and I think that abuse/slave trade issues are serious issues that should be treated as such. I have read romance novels that contain them and are done well, I am not sure this one falls into that category. I also wasn’t a huge fan of the initial story. I know that she has/had amnesia and felt a major connection to him, and was beginning to remember who he was and who she was. But for me it was just really unbelievable that a woman who was kidnapped, can’t remember how she would just be utterly calm in slave trade situation and that she would just want to have sex with a total  stranger.

However, that being said, as the story progressed I was totally sucked in the mystery of who she was and when she finally remembered I thought half the battle was over. Except that cliffhanger…..ahhh the book ended with a cliffhanger that had to do with the night she was burned. She finally was remembering what happened and now you have to wait until book 2 to know that, and I’m dying to read book 2. Seriously, stick with the book past the first couple of chapters and it is so worth it!!! You get to understand how deep their connection is, and how innocent the love they have for each other is until it all explodes in their faces.

At first the love scenes really didn’t do much, but in the second half of the book once you know the connection and the characters it all is just hot hot hot…I really want to say so much more, but I seriously hate spoiling things and some of the stuff that happens will spoil the book and I just can’t do that. So if seriously kick butt MC’s are your thing this book is for you!

Notable Scene:

“Death was something I’d fought against on a daily basis, but now I was weaponless.”

“The floodgates of my tears and fears and strain of the past hours faltered, spewing forth everything in a loud wail.”

“He hated me because I represented hope.”

“A man who practically raised me killed my parents out of greed.”

“I’d been ruined, but now I would rule.”

Pure Corruption MC Series:

1. Ruin & Rule

2. Sin & Suffer


FTC Advisory: Forever/Hachette provided me with a copy of Ruin & Rule. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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