4 PURE STARS
If you've been holding off on this series because of the cliffy at the end of book 1, Ruin & Rule, I suggest you grab both books now and dive in! Just buckle up, Buttercup! This is a gritty and suspenseful ride!
Things pick up right from the ending of book 1. You're immediately thrown into the fray with lots going on and danger right in your face. This story is about vengeance...
but it's layered. There's a lot more going on. It’s apparent that there's a bigger end game and while Cleo is Art’s heart and soul, not even she knows where it’s all leading. This made for a very interesting and unique read.
From the get go, I really liked the connection between Art "Kill" Killian and Cleo. Their fiercely intense love was palpable and believable. We also get snippets of their youth, which for me further strengthened their bond, provided a better understanding of their past and the full potential of their future. Also, with these two, Pepper does a wonderful job of balancing the brains, brawn and beauty of Kill and Cleo. Their both strong and vulnerable but in different ways. And the same goes for their smarts. Kill is a genius but at times it was Cleo with her instinct and keen observation that's smarter. They were awesome together, even when they were arguing.
Pepper’s writing is captivating and lyrical. Really enjoyed how creative and complex the story was and while the MC was not a huge part of the story, I got a whole lot more out of this than I expected!
**ARC generously provided by author in exchange for an honest review.**