Sweet Ruin Audiobook by Kresley Cole (REVIEW)

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Review of: Sweet Ruin Audiobook
Kresley Cole

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On December 15, 2015
Last modified:December 15, 2015


Sweet Ruin Audiobook

By: Kresley Cole

Narrated by: Robert Petkoff

Published by: Simon & Schuster Audio 12/01/15

Sweet Ruin by Kresley Cole


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Immortals After Dark #16

14 hrs and 42 mins

Paranormal Romance

Sweet Ruin Audiobook Sample

Sweet Ruin Audiobook

4 Hearts

This story starts off with Josephine and Thaddeus from several years ago. Thad is just a baby and Josephine is just a preteen herself. They are living on the streets, but visit a librarian who provides them with food and tries to convince Jo to come live with her and her husband. Jo has no memory of her past. Just just woke up with the boy in her arms. She has no idea she is part of the Lore until after she is killed before her thirteenth birthday. Even then, she doesn’t understand what she is.

Rune is extremely old, like older than Nix old. He is part of a new faction of immortals in the Morior. They are very old and don’t live on Earth. Rune is a manwhore and uses his body to get information for the Morior and their leader, Orion. He is sent on a mission to kill Nix, because Orion doesn’t like how Nix is playing with the future. Rune is also a Dark Fae, half elf and half demon.

I loved the beginning of this book with young Thad. Jo teaching him such colorful language was hilarious. I also loved Josephine. She was a great heroine. She is everything you would expect from a IAD character. She was funny, strong and likes to “hulk smash”. Rune, on the other hand, is nothing like the heroes I’m used to seeing in the IAD world. He doesn’t seem very keen on giving up his ways even after finding Jo.

Overall, I enjoyed the story. I really liked Jo. I loved that we learned more about Thad. We got to spend more time with Nix, maybe the the most in any book. We didn’t get much of the other characters, just a few glimpses. I did miss seeing more of them. There was a ton of action and lots of sex. Also, many new characters, which makes me wonder where Cole is planning to take this series and what her endgame is. I’m also very curious as to how many more books she is planning on in this series. While I love this series, I’ve been burned by series that run for too long. I’m not to that point yet, but I don’t want to get there either.

Sweet Ruin Audiobook Narration

5 Hearts

Once again, Robert Petkoff nails this series. He just blows me away every time I listen to him read one of these books. His ability to pick up any accent as needed is miraculous. He makes it sound easy. My favorite part in this book was once again at the very beginning with baby Thad. I just loved it. If you haven’t tried this series on audio, you’re really missing out.

Author Kresley Cole

Author Kresley Cole

Kresley Cole is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the electrifying Immortals After Dark paranormal series, the young adult Arcana Chronicles series, the erotic Gamemakers Series, and five award-winning historical romances.

A master’s grad and former athlete, she has traveled over much of the world and draws from those experiences to create her memorable characters and settings.




Robert Petkoff Narrator

Robert Petkoff

His work off-Broadway includes The New York Premiere of AVOW by Bill Davis, MRS. WARREN’S PROFESSION and MORE STATELY MANSIONS directed by Ivo Van Hove, the musical BLUE FLOWER at The Prospect Theatre Company and in 2009 he appeared in HAPPINESS at Lincoln Center, directed by Susan Stroman. Sir Peter Hall cast him in the starring role of Algernon in the national tour of THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST with Lynn Redgrave, which was produced with the Theatre Royal Bath .



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Melanie Simmons
I’m Melanie and I live in Ohio. I have two horses and a dog. I’m an animal lover, avid book reader and audiobook listener. I like to live vicariously through fictional characters. I enjoy reading and listening to mostly fictional books in the paranormal genre, including Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance and Horror. My favorite paranormal creatures are shifters, doesn’t matter the flavor.


  1. Yay! I enjoyed this one too 😀 Baby Thad was cute. Rune pissed me off more times than any of the other male main characters in previous installments. I was also like hmmm I wonder how many more books KCole is planning, there were quite a few new characters making appearances. Great review <3

    • Thanks Melissa. I love the series, but I’ve quit two series this year because they ran on for too long and plot lines were getting lost. I don’t want to see that happen with this series. Baby Thad rocks!

  2. I feel like an awful fan of this series because I actually had to go look up Thad. Could not for the life of me remember who he was! There is definitely a boatload of new characters so I’m interested to see where we are headed.

    • He is a relatively new character and hasn’t had a lot of page time outside of Lothaire, so don’t feel too bad. 🙂

  3. I read this one and had some similar thoughts. My mind has a list of things that keep piling up that the series needs to address and now this list got huge with this twist that the Morior have added to stuff. I, too, wonder if we’re in for a huge extension or if this is the final build up near the end.
    Need Nix’s story so bad.

    I did love getting some solid stuff on Thad and Jo’s background. Way cool!

    • I think Nix’s story, if she gets one, will be the last one. How do you top her? You’re right though, we could be in for a final build up at the end. I hate the end of a series, but I hate it more to see a series run on too long where it old and boring. I loved learning more about Thad and Jo.

  4. I’m so late with this series it’s terrible. I have some but I’ve read until book 5 if I’m not mistaken… it’s great it’s still that good after so many books.

    • It is a great series. Some books are better than others, like all series, but there isn’t a book that I don’t like.

  5. I really, really need to catch up on this series (I’ve only read book #0.5 !!)

    • Yes, I highly recommend more in this series. That book isn’t on the top have of my favorites list. The series gets better as it goes along and then the books are up and down. There isn’t one that I don’t like.

  6. Cole and Petkoff never fail to deliver. Love them both!

  7. I got a complimentary copy, I will try if I can get away with reading this standalone. If not then I can always DNF it or save it for later or give my copy away. lol

    • I would start at the beginning of the series. I think you will enjoy the series better if you start of the beginning.

    • If you are not up with the series, you probably would be. I would highly recommend that you listen to this series. The narrator is one of the best male narrators in my opinion. I just love him.

  8. I haven’t read any Kresley Cole books before but I’ve heard a lot about her! I actually have one of her YA novels on my TBR waiting patiently… Hopefully I can get to it soon.

    • I’ve listened to the first book in her YA series. I’m waited to start the second one because I heard the third one has quite the cliffhanger. I wanted to wait and listen to 2, 3 and 4 all close together. I hope you enjoy.

  9. I keep meaning to read this author but alas not enough hours in the day, so she will go on the shelf 🙂 Thanks for the great review

    • I know the feeling. I have so many authors that I have on my shelf to read. It seems that I add two books for every book I read/listen. At least this means I will never be at a loss for a good book. #SilverLining 🙂

  10. I know what you mean by series that run too long, sometimes they take a turn for the worse and it makes me appreciate series which are logn and can stay good. This sounds like a good installment, although it’s a shame you didn’t see much of the previous characters. That’s one of the things I always enjoy in series like this.

    • It is great when a series can run long and still be great. You put so much energy into loving the characters, but it is also very sad when those character become something less of themselves when a series runs too long. This one isn’t there yet, but I do worry. I did miss some of the main players in this series, though Nix, my favorite secondary had a lot of page time, so I guess that makes up for it. 🙂

  11. I’ve read the first 6 or so IAD books, and will eventually listen to the series to catch up. I’ve heard it’s great on audio.

    For a long time, I didn’t realize this book was from IAD b/c the cover is so different looking that the earlier books.

    • I highly recommend that when you decide to pick this series back you that you do it via audio. Robert Petkoff is one of my favorite narrators. He does such great accents and voices.

      I’m not really a fan of the covers. She just did a reboot of all her cover, but this one still doesn’t match those. I’m not sure what the deal is with that.

  12. This is another series that I haven’t even begun to start but looks so good!

    • It is a fun series. Some books are better than others, but, in my opinion, there isn’t a bad book in the series.

  13. I’m still trying to figure out who Cole is putting Nix with – that has got to be the endgame, right? Everyone thought it would be Lothaire and then, well… Cole said he wasn’t HUGE enough for Nix or something to that affect.

    I was really hating on Rune, too and this was such a split from the usual IAD formula! Look at the cover art, soooo different!!! I’m thinking maybe 4 or 5 more books and that’s it. But if Nix ends up with Orion, she better kick his butt first 😉

    I always love your reviews… so much to discuss!!! 🙂

    • Thanks Kristin. I don’t know if Nix and Orion will end up together. It is almost too obvious right now, but who knows. It will be interesting. I want Nix’s book and I don’t want it. I don’t know if it can live up to the hype in my own head.

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