Lying In Ruins by Jami Gray
Published by Escape Publishing on June 15, 2017
Genres: Science Fiction
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In a world gone to hell, it's hard to tell the good guys from the bad...
The world didn't end in fire and explosions, instead it collapsed slowly, like falling dominoes, an intensifying panic of disease, food shortages, wild weather and collapsing economies, until what remained of humanity battles for survival in a harsh new reality.
Charity uses lethal survival skills learned too early in her work as a 'Hound, sniffing out pivotal secrets for one of the most powerful people on the west coast. Her work is deceptive, deadly, and best performed solo, which means when she has a run-in with a member of the notorious Fate's Vultures, she has no intention of joining forces in some mockery of teamwork. The man might be sexy as hell, but she travels alone. She will accomplish her mission and she will settle a score - hopefully with the edge of her blade. But fate has other plans.
As one of Fate’s Vultures, a nomadic band of arbitrators known for their ruthless verdicts, Ruin witnesses the carnage of corruption and greed battering the remnants of humanity, and he bears the scars to prove it. Now he has a damn 'Hound showing up in suspicious circumstances, leaving every cell of his body sceptical - and painfully aroused. The woman is trouble, and Ruin has every intention of steering clear. But when they realise they have a common enemy, Charity and Ruin will have to set aside their distrust if they want to achieve their mutual goal - justice and revenge.
Sometimes, when the world's gone to hell, it's better to stick with the devil you know...
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
Lying In Ruins felt more like an action film than a romance. Picture any Sylvester Stallone movie involving him killing as many bad guys as possible with a badass girl thrown so it could loosely be considered a date night movie.
A violent raid kick-starts the story and where a major player in this post-apocalyptic world gets murdered. The storyline involves kidnapped kids, lots of suspense and characters who normally wouldn’t play well with each other banding together to save a mutual friend and solve the mystery of who is behind the attack.
First and foremost an action-oriented book, we are treated to lots of shoot-outs, knife-fights and even a bit of torture to keep things interesting. It was super bloody and very descriptive when it came to the fight scenes. Weirdly though, I found it super easy to put the book down and find other things to do. One source of frustration was when the characters were given important bits of information here and there, but the reader isn’t clued in. I think it was meant to deepen the mystery, but, for me, it felt contrived and a bit theatrical.
Both Ruin and Charity are badass characters who can take care of themselves. We know from the front end that Ruin is part of a group called Fate’s Vultures, vigilantes known for their brutal justice. Charity’s affiliations are one of those things left secret for a bit, along with the full reason as to why she’s even there. She’s a “hound” so we do know she can fight and is good at finding things.
The romance took a backseat to the mystery which left me disappointed. I didn’t feel the emotional connection between Ruin and Charity at all. The lust was there but not much else. We do get some backstory on both of them but so much was left out the characters felt two dimensional. I didn’t dislike either character, but I wasn’t blown away by them either.
We are left with a happy for now ending for the main characters but the main mystery is left unsolved. There was a segway for at least two more couples for future books. If you are in the mood for an action type plot with a little bit of romance this would be a decent choice, but I’m a girl who longs for balance between the suspense and the romance, and this did not deliver.
Rating: 3 More Romance, Please Stars
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