Review: Ruin & Rule by Pepper Winters

ruin ruleReviewed by Carrie

Books about motorcycle clubs are my catnip, so when I was jonesing for one, I picked this up for review as it was a first in a new series. The blurb sounded promising with mystery and betrayal. I’m still trying to work out all the things it left swirling in my head.  Fair warning: although the story isn’t violently explicit, it is very dark and lots of lines are crossed.  I suggest if you are interested in reading to go in with an open mind and a fair amount of suspension of disbelief. It’s definitely a cracky read!  I’m going to do my best not to spoil too much in this review, so bear with me.

For the last eight years, Arthur “Kill” Killian has been on a path of violent revenge since everything he loved was ripped away from him.  Kill has made millions and a name for himself and his MC, Pure Corruption.  You see, he’s a mathematical genius that has steered his MC into legit business by trading stocks and bonds. They even have an abacus on the club patch!  Never fear, he’s not all math nerd good, he does bad things too.  Kill might be President but he still takes orders from an elusive figure named “Wallstreet” who currently resides behind prison walls. It’s under Wallstreet’s orders that Kill finds himself in front of five women who he is supposed to make a trade for. However, his men come back with a sixth woman – a woman who appears to be a ghost from his past.

A woman wakes up bound and blindfolded in the back of a van.  She can’t remember her name, where she was when she was taken or even what she looks like.  Little snippets of memories snake through her consciousness and quickly slither away.  Her blindfold is ripped off and she is face to face with the man orchestrating her nightmare…and somehow, she knows him. She feels unquestionably drawn to this man. Who is he? She takes gamble after gamble because she intrinsically knows that he holds the key to her memory.

The story unfolds in fits and starts as the woman begins to regain more and more of her memories.  Sexual sparks between the woman and Kill are undeniable and light up immediately. What comes after is tender but shrouded in secrets.  The woman holds back some memories about Kill as Kill, undeniably, holds back all the bad that threatens to taint their relationship.

I will say that the pacing was a bit on the slow side for me.  There are so many things about this story that had me shaking my head (some cheesy and some just questionable) but I went with it and was completely focused on unraveling the mystery.  There was a huge chunk that was revealed but, unfortunately, it did end on a cliffhanger.  I recommend this book for those who like gritty dark stories and can keep an open mind when reading.  I will definitely be reading the next in the series.

Rating: C+

*ARC provided by Forever/GCP

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Ruin & Rule
by Pepper Winters
Release Date: July 7, 2015
Publisher: Forever

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