‘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 . . .’
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?
What I thought:
Oh god. Where do I start?
Trust me when I tell you that I absolutely wanted to love this book – a novel by New York Times bestselling New Zealand author. I wanted to get behind it, but it just didn’t happen for me. In the interest of being completely open, I should mention that the genre just isn’t for me anyway, but I really struggled through most of this book. Stilted writing, unsympathetic characters and an incredulous storyline ultimately let to disappointment.
Ruin & Rule reads a bit like a Mills and Boon novel on acid – basically a romance without the bodice ripping, but still with the requisite cruel, masterful man and the vulnerable woman who can overlook his faults and love the tormented man inside.
Here’s the thing – I rolled my eyes a LOT reading this book. I shouted at the main characters for unrealistic reactions and over-the-top dialogues. I called my friends and make fun of the heavy-handed writing, BUT…halfway through the book I realised that I wanted to know what happens next. Pepper Winters says that she ‘strives to write a story that makes readers crave what they shouldn’t…’ I don’t know if I craved much about this story, but despite my misgivings it drew me in.
The 50 Shades trilogy has proved that overworked writing can be overlooked in favour of a twisted love story based on broken characters (and plenty of sex). If you enjoyed that, then Ruin & Rule may well be for you.
I give it 3/10
(Book supplied by Hachette NZ)