Ruled by Elle Kennedy
Release Date: November 1, 2016
Rating: 5 Stars
The latest novel in the series with the “sexiest, baddest, hottest”* outlaws around, from the New York Times bestselling author of Claimed.
In the latest novel in the series with the “sexiest, baddest, hottest”* outlaws around, one woman must choose between the two men who want to claim her…
…Or does she?
Despite his magnetic personality, Rylan can’t seem to seduce Reese, the deadly leader of their town of outlaws. Winning her over is a welcome challenge, but her indifference isn’t the only thing standing in his way. If he wants Reese, Rylan must also win over Sloan, her stoic protector…
Sloan has always loved Reese, but their painful past has stolen his chances of a future with her. Rylan’s interest in Reese only intensifies the tension—until Sloan begins to wonder if the reckless man might be the one person who can bridge the distance…
The last time Reese fell for the wrong man, she had no choice but to kill him. Now, she desperately wants to take what both Rylan and Sloan are offering. But if she makes the wrong call again, she risks losing them both.
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I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with an early copy of Ruled for an honest review.
Ruled is a scorching HOT read with so much chemistry and tension, I had to read it twice in a week! Sloan and his brooding-dominating self is HOLY HOT DAMN!!! The dynamics between Sloan, Rylan and Reese are just off the charts. I thought the last book was so great and with relationships and plot twists but this book just topped it.
Kennedy has done a fantastic job with her writing, showing the falling structure in this dystopian world. I have loved the world building and the character developments throughout the series and the fact that both have been equally fantastic is what has made this one of my favorite series.
Ruled is from several POV’s just like the other books in the series. I really wouldn’t recommend reading this as a standalone because you would lose too much of the world structure and dynamics if you don’t read the first 2 books in the series.
Rylan has been pining over Reese for some time now and would love just one night with her. He thinks that one night will help her see that he is not what she thinks he is and that he could be good for her.
Reese tries to keep everyone at bay. She fulfills her needs but doesn’t get attached, especially after what she had to do to her past love. She sees the same negative qualities that were in her past love in Rylan, a recklessness. The problem is that Reese also sees the same things that attracted her to her past love. She asks her best friend Sloan to help her protect her from herself.
Sloan was there when she had to do things in the past and he helped. He has been at her side since. The problem is that he has been in love with her but both are scared to cross that line.
If Sloan crosses that line who will protect her from him? Can two men in love with the same woman learn to accept one another?
I think the books keep getting better and better as they go. The tension and scenes between Sloan and Rylan were some of my favorites. I am hoping and praying that we get another book and if we do, if that next book is Dominik god help me!!!!! I have been wanting that book from the start and I think the story that is brewing will set the pages on fire, like Elle has with the rest of this series! I am giving this book 5 out of 5 stars.
It wasn’t a lover’s kiss. It wasn’t sweet or gentle or at all romantic. It was a feral attack by the animal Sloan kept caged. The one Reese had seen with Rylan. The one that prowled at the edges of what seemed to be his endless control.
He forced her mouth open, ravaging her with his tongue. She stood still for a moment, stunned by the power of his kiss, and then all of her inhibitions crumpled under the heat and pressure of his lust. With a strangled moan, she dug her nails into his shoulder and climbed him like a tree until her legs could wrap around his waist.
Sloan used his lower body strength to pin her to the wall. A commanding palm angled her jaw until he could plunder her mouth mercilessly. She dug her boot heels into his lower back and leveraged his own body against him, while her hands moved to claw his neck, score his scalp, marking him with everything she had.
“Fucking hell,” he groaned against her mouth. Then he grabbed her ass and held her while grinding his hips into hers. His cock was hard enough that it felt like iron between her legs.
She’d always worried about losing him. Always relied on his control whenever hers was weak. Except now he’d lost his, and if they were going to survive this, she had to find the will to break away.
But any semblance of rational thought was being pulverized with each invasion of his tongue, each pulse of his steel shaft against her core. The fervid attraction that had simmered between them for so long, that had been pushed back to the dim recesses of their minds, was coming to life. And it would devour them if one of them didn’t slam on the brakes.
As always, it was Sloan who found the strength. His lips gentled and the hand on her ass dropped away. He broke contact with her mouth and rested his forehead against hers, his chest bellowing like a thoroughbred’s. His heart beat wildly against her chest until he finally straightened and stepped away.
The loss was so acute, she nearly snatched him back. But if he could find his control, so could she.
“Go then and be careful,” he said gruffly.
Dry-mouthed and aching at the loss of his touch, she whispered, “Always.”
He drew a shaky hand through his hair before spinning on his heel. When he threw open the door, Rylan was behind it, his hand raised and a smile on his face.
One look at Sloan’s thunderous face and Rylan’s grin faded. “Did I interrupt something?”
Sloan didn’t look back at Reese, but she didn’t miss the slight slump of his shoulders. He thought he was being replaced, she realized.
But why? Why now? Sloan had never cared whom she slept with in the past. He’d always known that she relied on him more than anyone alive, but in that dip of his broad back, Reese now read fear. Fear that he was being replaced by the man in her bed.
She wasn’t sure if she should correct that assumption. If she did, she’d be risking a repeat of what had just happened. Sloan was her heart, even more than this town, and she refused to let her own selfish desires cost her the very last thing in her life that she cared about.
So she licked her lips and said, “No, Rylan, I need you.”
The words were like a shot to Sloan’s spine—or maybe a knife. He didn’t take Rylan by the throat, but he might as well have.
“She comes back with so much as a scratch and I’m peeling the skin from your bones, one painful inch at a time,” he hissed at Rylan. “If she dies, you better run, because when I catch you—and I will—you’ll wish you’d bled out beside her.”
A New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author, Elle Kennedy grew up in the suburbs of Toronto, Ontario, and holds a B.A. in English from York University. From an early age, she knew she wanted to be a writer, and actively began pursuing that dream when she was a teenager.
Elle currently writes for various publishers. She loves strong heroines and sexy alpha heroes, and just enough heat and danger to keep things interesting!