Thursday, October 18, 2012

Review: Ruined by Kinley Baker

Amazon Product Description:
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.

My thoughts:
This is a wonderfully written story.  I am totally in love with the characters.  Vale and I had a difference of opinion and I had to set the book aside for a few days, but we are back now that he figured out that he was wrong.  Jessa is a fabulous character; although I do have a few issues with the self-sacrificing moments she had, they fit the need and the story.  

I was thrilled with the Varner's idea of the aroha.  I think every woman would be thrilled to be that cherished.  This piece of the story is mysterious and I am looking forward to the next book so that I can find out more.

The world the author has created is complex and creative.  She has filled her world with a variety of magic, a host of fantastic (both good and evil)  characters, a history that is carefully constructed and strictly adhered to, and the hope and promise of more in the future.  The plot is many faceted.  There are a number of things going on all at the same time on a few different levels, but they all play out nicely in the end. 

Well worth the read, can't wait to find out more in Denied - which I will hopefully finish this week.

This book promotion was presented by Bewitching Book Tours.
I received this ebook in exchange for an honest review.

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