Review + Excerpt: RULED by Elle Kennedy @ellekennedy

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Review + Excerpt: RULED by Elle Kennedy @ellekennedyRuled by Elle Kennedy
Series: Outlaws #3
Published by: Berkley
on November 1, 2016
Genres: Romantic Suspense
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In the latest novel in the series with the “sexiest, baddest, hottest”* outlaws around, one woman must choose between the two men who want to claim her...

...Or does she?

Despite his magnetic personality, Rylan can’t seem to seduce Reese, the deadly leader of their town of outlaws. Winning her over is a welcome challenge, but her indifference isn’t the only thing standing in his way. If he wants Reese, Rylan must also win over Sloan, her stoic protector...

Sloan has always loved Reese, but their painful past has stolen his chances of a future with her. Rylan’s interest in Reese only intensifies the tension—until Sloan begins to wonder if the reckless man might be the one person who can bridge the distance...

The last time Reese fell for the wrong man, she had no choice but to kill him. Now, she desperately wants to take what both Rylan and Sloan are offering. But if she makes the wrong call again, she risks losing them both.

my thoughts

A darkly seductive thrill ride bursting with intense emotion and crazy HOT sex scenes! This series just keeps getting better and better! Another 5 STAR read from one of my favorite GO TO authors!

Reese, Sloan, and Rylan…these characters were EVERYTHING together! We have Reese, the bad ass chick with a killer instinct and revenge on the brain. Then we have Sloan, her fierce protector in all things. Then, of course, we have fun-loving, thrill seeking, horny as hell, Rylan. No matter had hard Reese pushes Rylan away, Rylan never gives up. He is determined to be a fixture in her bed. War is imminent and it has Reese stressed to the max. Sloan knows exactly what she needs, and unfortunately, he is unable to give it to her himself, due to the past that they share. Sloan feels a connection with Rylan, and he believes that Rylan can calm the storm that is Reese. Even though Sloan can’t touch Reese, doesn’t mean he can’t participate in more ways than one. The first night they all share together acts as the tipping point to something spectacular. They just all have to get past their demons to see that it’s something real. 

Reese has her hang ups about this type of relationship, but when she is surrounded by her men, everything else washes away…at least for a little while. 

Meanwhile, a war is still brewing and revenge is at the forefront of every shot they take. You can only contain a woman like Reese for so long. A love story that rivals the ones that came before it, RULED was a mixture of danger, eroticism, and HEAT! It was a unique, romantic suspense that had me bursting at the seams for more. This was my favorite of the series, by far, and I can’t wait to see what Ms. Kennedy comes out with next!

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excerpt

It wasn’t a lover’s kiss. It wasn’t sweet or gentle or at all romantic. It was a feral attack by the animal Sloan kept caged. The one Reese had seen with Rylan. The one that prowled at the edges of what seemed to be his endless control.

He forced her mouth open, ravaging her with his tongue. She stood still for a moment, stunned by the power of his kiss, and then all of her inhibitions crumpled under the heat and pressure of his lust. With a strangled moan, she dug her nails into his shoulder and climbed him like a tree until her legs could wrap around his waist.

Sloan used his lower body strength to pin her to the wall. A commanding palm angled her jaw until he could plunder her mouth mercilessly. She dug her boot heels into his lower back and leveraged his own body against him, while her hands moved to claw his neck, score his scalp, marking him with everything she had.

“Fucking hell,” he groaned against her mouth. Then he grabbed her ass and held her while grinding his hips into hers. His cock was hard enough that it felt like iron between her legs.

She’d always worried about losing him. Always relied on his control whenever hers was weak. Except now he’d lost his, and if they were going to survive this, she had to find the will to break away.

But any semblance of rational thought was being pulverized with each invasion of his tongue, each pulse of his steel shaft against her core. The fervid attraction that had simmered between them for so long, that had been pushed back to the dim recesses of their minds, was coming to life. And it would devour them if one of them didn’t slam on the brakes.

As always, it was Sloan who found the strength. His lips gentled and the hand on her ass dropped away. He broke contact with her mouth and rested his forehead against hers, his chest bellowing like a thoroughbred’s. His heart beat wildly against her chest until he finally straightened and stepped away.

The loss was so acute, she nearly snatched him back. But if he could find his control, so could she.

“Go then and be careful,” he said gruffly.

Dry-mouthed and aching at the loss of his touch, she whispered, “Always.”

He drew a shaky hand through his hair before spinning on his heel. When he threw open the door, Rylan was behind it, his hand raised and a smile on his face.

One look at Sloan’s thunderous face and Rylan’s grin faded. “Did I interrupt something?”

Sloan didn’t look back at Reese, but she didn’t miss the slight slump of his shoulders. He thought he was being replaced, she realized.

But why? Why now? Sloan had never cared whom she slept with in the past. He’d always known that she relied on him more than anyone alive, but in that dip of his broad back, Reese now read fear. Fear that he was being replaced by the man in her bed.

She wasn’t sure if she should correct that assumption. If she did, she’d be risking a repeat of what had just happened. Sloan was her heart, even more than this town, and she refused to let her own selfish desires cost her the very last thing in her life that she cared about.

So she licked her lips and said, “No, Rylan, I need you.”

The words were like a shot to Sloan’s spine—or maybe a knife. He didn’t take Rylan by the throat, but he might as well have.

“She comes back with so much as a scratch and I’m peeling the skin from your bones, one painful inch at a time,” he hissed at Rylan. “If she dies, you better run, because when I catch you—and I will—you’ll wish you’d bled out beside her.”

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About Elle Kennedy

A New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author, Elle Kennedy grew up in the suburbs of Toronto, Ontario, and holds a B.A. in English from York University. From an early age, she knew she wanted to be a writer, and actively began pursuing that dream when she was a teenager.

Elle writes romantic suspense and erotic contemporary romance for various publishers. She loves strong heroines and sexy alpha heroes, and just enough heat and danger to keep things interesting!

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