(The Rhodes Series Book #1)
Genre- Romantic Suspense, Dark Romance
Release Date- March. 14, 2019
Darkness frightened her, but a killer becomes her muse.
Death was all I lived for. Until she came along.
Lively. Beautiful. Spicy.
I need to kill her, but the urge to keep her is stronger.
For the first time in my life, I defy my demons for her.
The price? One of us has to die.
Darkness scared me. Until him.
Mysterious. Dangerous. Deadly.
He terrified me, but his hidden layers intrigued me more.
I can’t help being attracted to the man within. To his beautiful madness and twisted mind.
Even if being entangled in his world could lead to my ruin…
Ruin is a standalone, dark, romantic suspense. This is the first book of The Rhodes series, has no cliffhanger and no cheating, and ends on a happy ending. Due to language and dark content, this is advised for a mature audience only.
Ruin is the first book in The Rhodes Series by Rina Kent. Ruin can be read as a standalone but will go along with other books in the series. The story is told from both Aaron, and Mae’s POV. While this is the first book in the Rhodes Series I do recommend reading Crowed first just so you have a bit of the back story but it’s not a MUST to enjoy Aaron’s story.
After reading Crowed (Team Zero Book #1), I had expectations of where I thought Ruin was going to go. I was totally wrong! Ruin is a dark romance that’s filled with suspense. There are some triggers, murder, psychological issues, suicide, etc. so if any of these are an issue for you, please take heed to the warning.
Ruin is Aaron Rhodes story.
Aaron Rhodes is a wealthy aristocrat. You would think that he has it all. But underneath the fancy clothing and the posh accent, he fights daily to put on a “normal” face.
Aaron’s childhood seriously damaged his psyche. After his suicidal aunt takes her own life in front of him he becomes mute. Then after his father finally succumbs to the darkness and takes his mothers life before taking his own, Aaron and his cousin Tristen are then kidnapped by Hades and trained to be assassins in the Pit for years before the Rhodes boys escape.
If you have read Crowed then you know a little more about the Pit, if you haven’t then you really should!
As an adult, Aaron has an insatiable blood lust, with the voices of his aunt and father in his head influencing him along the way.
Fate literally puts Mae in Aaron’s path one night and now that she’s caught his attention the “demons” won’t let him rest until he spills her blood.
Mae has had a good life, loving supportive parents. At first glance she’s just another spoiled little rich girl… but then Aaron catches sight of her drawings. Mae is an artist and it’s in that artwork that the darkness she has inside of her comes out. Seeing her artwork draws Aaron to her even more.
When Aaron begins stalking Mae she can “feel” his presence. At first, although scary, she likes the rush of knowing she’s being watched.
“I laugh, but the sounds dies on my lips. Goosebumps erupt all over my skin. My fingers clutch the soft material as if it’s a shield. A dark, but familiar foreboding envelops my mind. My feet twitch, fighting the impulse to whirl around and look at the shadows. At him. The nightmares’ stranger. My stalker.” -Mae
Then one night Mae literally lands at his feet and he can’t resist the temptation, he kidnaps her.
When Aaron first decided to take her it was with the sole purpose of feeding the voices in his head, while breaking her mentally before spilling her blood.
But once Mae starts to lose that spark in her eyes that first drew him to her, it makes him second guess everything he thought he wanted. Hurting her doesn’t have the same thrill it usually does, in fact, it’s quite the opposite. For the first time in his life, HE doesn’t WANT to hurt someone.
But unfortunately, just because Aaron feels that way, doesn’t mean those voices do and they are absolutely driving him to the brink of insanity with the demand to kill her.
“Gaining my interest is dangerous. Losing it was lethal.” -Aaron
While in captivity Mae has learned of the things that happened to him in his childhood and wants to help him overcome his demons. But Aaron knows just how dangerous he is to be around and tries to warn Mae away from him, but the stubborn little mouse refuses to listen.
Is it possible for Mae to help Aaron be the man he wishes he could be? Will Aaron finally give in to the voices of his father and aunt and spill Mae’s blood? You’ll just have to read Ruin to find out!
When I read Crowed I thought I loved Rina’s work then, reading Ruin I was absolutely blown away. How Rina took an insane man and made Mae (and us readers!) fall in love with him is beyond me but that’s exactly what she did!
I was so enthralled by Aaron’s character that I literally could not put this book down because I just had to know what was going to happen next. I think I was just as invested in finding out the history of the man as Mae was.
The only “negative” which wasn’t really a negative I just would have preferred more of it lol, was the sexy scenes. More Sex = Happy Heather
Tristen, Dylan, Kane, I can not wait to read more about all of these guys!
If you like dark, romantic, suspense, then trust me Rina Kent and Ruin are for you!
Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
About The Author
Rina Kent is a lover of suspenseful plots and edgy characters. She has always been obsessed with romance.
Storytelling is in her blood. Plotting is her addiction. Flawed and gripping characters are her drug.
She makes it her mission to give them all types of trouble before granting them happy endings.
When not scheming her characters’ fate, Rina manages a hectic schedule divided between studying and living with the most supportive husband and a not-very-supportive cat.
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