*RUINED (Eternal Balance Series #1) by Jus Accardo
*Publication Date: December 30, 2013
*Format: ARC Ebook
*My Rating: 5 stars
**Disclaimer** I received an ARC copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The views and opinions that I have expressed here are solely my own and in no way a representation of the views and/or opinions of the author, publisher, and/or distributor.
SYNOPSIS:Hell is looking for a way to break loose…Jax lost the genetic lottery. Descended from Cain, the world’s first murderer, he’s plagued by a curse that demands violence in exchange for his happiness. He left everything behind, including the girl he loved, but thriving on the pain of others is lonely… And it’s killing him.After a series of heartbreaking losses, Samantha put rubber to pavement and headed for college as fast as her clunker could carry her. But she can’t outrun her problems. When an attack at school drives her back home, she’s thrown into the path of a past–and a guy–she’s been trying to forget.
Sam strains Jax’s control over his darkness, but running isn’t an option this time. Someone–or, something–followed her home from school: a ruthless monster with a twisted plan centuries in the making. Forced together to survive, and fighting an attraction that could destroy them both, Jax and Sam must stop a killer bent on revenge.
This is the first book I’ve read of Jus Accardo’s and let me tell ya… I’m blown away! This book was like a breath of fresh air! It was original and extremely well written! The storyline was flawless and the characters were very well-devloped. I was intrigued from page one and I had it read within hours. Let me rephrase: I stayed up till 3am reading this book because it was just that good. I couldn’t put it down until I had devoured everything that there was to devour in this book.
Jax is a descendent of Cain, the man who killed his brother Abel, and that horrible stain has left it’s mark on his soul. It is preventing him from staying home with his family and from loving the only girl his heart desires. His nature doesn’t allow him happiness and it is slowly eating away at him. That on top of the guilt for what he has to do to appease his darker side has left him a shell of a man. He is the ultimate bad boy and when I say bad boy what I mean he is a ruggedly hot man with beautiful gray eyes who has the capabilities to snap your neck with a flick of his wrist. (Is it getting hot in here or is it just me?) He may be dangerous but but he does try to control his darker urges and never hurts innocents if he can help it. That’s what makes him even more sexier, right? He’s beautifully damaged and readers just want to embrace him and make all his pain go away and the one girl he loves makes his darker side even more unbearable to live with.
She was my anchor and kryptonite all at the same time. Salvation and damnation in one beautiful, unattainable package.-Jax Flynn, RUINED.
Samantha Merrick grew up with Jax and his brother Chase and even though Chase was the more socially accepted brother her heart had been swept away by Jax a long time ago. But having your heart taken and then shattered wasn’t something Sam could just get over. Even though Jax walked away three years ago with not so much as a goodbye note she’s still bitter about it, and when he walks back into her life her world is completely turned upside down in the most craziest way possible. The string of attacks happening on her life isn’t just linked to her…they are linked to Jax. Can they survive this onslaught of attackers coming at all angles together or will being together cost them more than help them?
Even though they both know they’re in over their heads in supernatural crap and Jax is barely containing the darkness inside of him, they still want each other. After Sam realizes who and what he is she’s not afraid. She still looks at him as the same old Jax she grew up with and that makes me love her even more. She may just be a “mere female” in Jax’s eyes but she has the backbone of steel and the heart of a lion. She doesn’t back down from anything.
Jax had anger issues. Authority issues. He had issues with his issues. But one thing he wasn’t, no matter how hard he tried to convince me–and everyone else around us–was cruel.–Samantha Merrick, RUINED.
The chemistry between these two is mind blowing and the fact that they can’t be together bumps it up a few notches because of all the anticipation. I’m serious…the anticipation had me fanning myself! When Jax and Sam finally come to some sort of solid ground in their relationship I finally let out the breath I’d been holding but then there at the very end Jus Accardo pulled the rug out from under me and I was furiously demanding a rewrite! After everything these two deserve each other but life has a way of kicking you when you’re down.
I fucking breathe you. Your face, your laugh, the way you chew at your bottom lip… All of it. All of you.–Jax Flynn, RUINED.
RUINED completely enthralled me with its action packed, drama filled chaos. Throw in a hot dangerous man *ahem* being with a brave, sarcastic female and I’m caught..hook, line, & sinker. I’m definitely looking forward to the rest of the Eternal Balance series.