Review: Ruined by Jus Accardo

Posted January 21st, 2014 in book review / 18 comments


Eternal Balance Series #1

by Jus Accardo

Publisher: Entangled Embrace (Dec 2013)
Genre: Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, New Adult
Format: eARC (325 pages)
Source: Free book from publisher (NetGalley) for honest review
Find It: Goodreads | Amazon
Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3 stars)

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.

At A Glance
Ruined was okay. I found myself putting this book down a lot but I was interested to see how it would all turn out.

The Good
The concept was really interesting. It had bible/religious aspects but it didn’t feel religious at all. It helped that I almost always like books with demons in it. I am so a demon/assassin/werewolf girl. Give me one of those, and I am good to go. The tension was also great. The whole damn book is full of tension and mystery. And you will NOT know who the bad guys are until the very end. I was SHOCKED!

I loved and hated Jax. He was so strong and kind but he also played the martyr too often. But it was Samantha that I loved. She was even stronger and kinder than Jax. She had an amazing heart but also a fighter attitude that never let Jax give up on them. I loved her determination that she held onto throughout the whole book.

The Bad
I feel like I am in a book slump. I am just not finding the books I have been reading lately to be anything more than average. And that’s what Ruined was, average. The biggest problem was that I was bored for about half the book. I put this book down a lot. Not enough was going on for me to scratch someone’s eyes out to get back to it. But more than anything, the beginning was rocky and the ending was lackluster.

Jax got on my last nerve quite often. He was too much of a martyr for me. The ‘poor me’ attitude was too much. To Jax: Stop being a pussycat minus the cat and grow a pair. Take charge, stop letting the demon and insecurities win! End of rant.

The Snuggly
The sexual tension was banging!!! If you are looking for a book with amazing sexual tension, this is the book for you. Ruined oozed sex. Jax and Sam just had this spark that melted the pages. I loved them together, but Jax needed to get his head out of his ass.

There was sexual content and a sex scene that was pretty steamy but still new adult.

Final Thoughts
I will continue this series, but if book #2 is another 3 starer I might give up. I don’t want to read averageness. But I think this series deserves another chance. I do think this is worth the read overall. I could see people loving Ruined for sure. Different books hit people differently. Recommended.

“Even then, so early in my life, I saw pieces of myself mirrored in her eyes. Lost. Alone. Separated. Ruined. It was another one of those defining moments. I’d known, even then, that this girl would play a monumental role in my life.”

“Doesn’t matter that you won’t admit it,” she continued. “The truth is, you’re a good man-not a demon-and I love you. I’ve always loved you.” Warmth enveloped me as she placed her hand on the side of my face. “Always been in love with you.”

“Love you?” he whispered at my ear. Breath warm and voice a deep, velvety whisper. “I fu**ing breathe you. Your face, your laugh, the way you chew at your bottom lip…All of it. All of you. Any light you think you see in me is an echo of you.”

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18 Responses to “Review: Ruined by Jus Accardo”

  1. sherry fundin

    Great review. I know what you mean about reading averageness. Most of the books I am reading now, I am familiar with the authors, so know they will be good ( at least I’m pretty sure – lol) 3 Stars is still good in my book, but there are so many books out there that I am looking for the ones I will love and that will blow me away. Happy reading!!

  2. Bookworm Brandee

    Oh darn! I had higher hopes for this one, Jennifer. It’s hard to get into a book where you both love and hate the MC. I do like the premise though. And the sizzle sounds pretty amazing. I hope the next installment inspires you more. Great review!

  3. Elisa

    I am feeling a book slump coming and I am fighting it tooth and nail 🙂
    This sounds great, though tension the entire time can be tough too. I need interval tension so that it makes it crazier (kind of like working out, you can’t maintain a crazy pace the whole time) I will remember this one, it might be what I need at some point

  4. Braine TS

    I feel you, when I’m in a slump nothing seems to work… I do love the sound of this. At first glance I thought it’s NA contemporary. Must add to my TBR

  5. Mia

    I’ve been wondering if Ruined was any good. But I feel the same way as you in that lately I’ve been coming across just average reads. I’m looking for that next WOW book, ya know? So, I may put this one on hold for awhile.

    Always love your reviews and recommendations 🙂

    Mia @ The Muses Circle

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