New Release Review: Ruled by Elle Kennedy

ruledRuled by Elle Kennedy
Book #3 in Outlaws
Genre: Erotic Dystopian
Publication Date: November 1st, 2016
ARC provided by Berkley

Synopsis from Goodreads: 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.

Angie’s Review – 2 Stars – D

I’ve been with the Outlaws series since the beginning, and I have been a huge supporter of it. Claimed was one of my Top Reads of 2015, and Addicted is definitely a contender for my 2016 list. I love the idea of ‘outlaws’ in a dystopian world, and the sex scenes have been amazing. Sadly, this installment did not measure up to the first two.

Reese and Rylan’s story has been built up from the beginning, and I had high hopes for them. I love Rylan’s scenes with Connor and Hudson, so I’d expected Rylan and Reese would be hot together. And to be honest, with the addition of Sloan, I was sure they’d be even steamier. Elle Kennedy is, after all, half the duo who brought us one of my favorite M/M stories of all time, HIM. I was very surprised at how awkward and un-sex the sex was. There were moments for me that were cringe-worthy, and the addition of Sloan being bossy about what Rylan could and couldn’t do when he didn’t have an sexual history (or present, for that matter) with Reese was just creepy. And Reese was portrayed to be level-headed, a quick thinker, and an all around badass in earlier books. I didn’t see a hint of that Reese here. This Reese was confused about everything going on around her and making snap decisions that put her people in danger. It just didn’t jive with what I’d already read. When you add all that to the fact that the ending was way too easy and anti-climactic, this book was a bust for me. If you haven’t read this series yet, start at the beginning with Claimed. It was a solid installment and I highly recommend it. Don’t start with this one, or I’m afraid you’ll be disappointed.

Having said all that, I am desperately hoping this is not the end of the Outlaws. There are so many more stories that could be told, and I would love to read them!

Rating: 2 Stars

Series Reading Order:
1. Claimed
2. Addicted
3. Ruled

Thank you to BERKLEY for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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