Thursday, October 27, 2016

Book Review: Ruled by Elle Kennedy

Ruled (Outlaws #3)
By Elle Kennedy 
Release Date: November 1, 2016
Source: Publisher
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.

These books are so unique, addicting, and HOT and I have been dying for this third book! I have been intrigued by Reese's character ever since we met her and I couldn't wait to see how her story would turn out. 

Rylan is always the carefree guy ready for a fun time, but no one really knows what he's been through or what he wants. Neither does Rylan, for that matter, until he finally wins over Reese and breaks down her resistance to him. Rylan knows, though, that if he wants anything to do with Reese, he has to win over Sloan, Reese's right hand man. Sloan will do anything for Reese, but both Reese and Sloan could never give into their desires for one another if it meant putting their friendship in jeopardy. Reese knows she should be focusing on taking down the Enforcers and protecting her town, but she can't seem to get Sloan or Rylan out of her head. 

Whoa, this book. It's no secret that these books are hot. And I mean HOT. But this book definitely took those other books to another level. I absolutely loved Rylan's character in the first two books and how carefree and playful his character is. In this book, though, we get to see a much more vulnerable side of him as he finds himself becoming connected to both Sloan and Reese. He opens up much more about his past and what happened to him before he came to live with Conner at his camp. Reese, on the other hand, has always been the kick-butt, serious woman who has a lot of responsibility on her shoulders. Like Rylan, we get to see a much more vulnerable side of Reese and I absolutely loved her character. She had a rough past and it was so sad watching her struggle with certain things in this book and trying to resist confiding in someone, or two someones in this case, and showing that she doesn't actually have it all together. 

While there wasn't as much action in this book as there was in the other books, I still loved the suspense and anticipation of if the Enforcers would catch Reese and take down the community she has worked so hard to build. I kind of wished there was more action in the end instead of a kind of easy solution to what happened (sorry for the vagueness…I don't want to spoil anything!), but I still enjoyed the moments we got with Reese acting as the leader and having to make some serious decisions regarding how they were going to try and defeat the society the had hurt her so much when she was little. 

This was definitely another hit in Elle Kennedy's Outlaws series and I am so sad I read it so fast because now it's over and all I want is more. Ruled turns up the heat and gives a real look into the emotional, vulnerable lives of characters who seemed like they had it all together. I fell so hard for Rylan and Reese and their tragic pasts. While I wasn't as huge of a fan of Sloan's character, I still enjoyed the trust and comfort he brought to their relationship. Needless to say, anyone who has not started this series yet is absolutely CRAZY. If you love action, heat, and extreme steam, you have to pick up the Outlaws series?

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