This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.

The latest novel in the series with the “sexiest, baddest, hottest”* outlaws around, from the New York Times bestselling author of Claimed. 

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.

Quick Thoughts and Rating:

Ana:  4 Stars!! Is it hot in here or is it just me?!?!  I’m starting to blush just thinking about writing this review.

Christina: 5 seriously scorching stars! If you’ve read Elle Kennedy’s new adult contemporary Off-Campus series (which if you haven’t, I can’t even with you right now, okay?), then you certainly know she can write the pant’s off her characters sex scenes, and then you read her Outlaws series and you start to wonder if you’ve ever read anything so hot in your life before. . .  or if you’ll ever recover from the heat sizzling on the pages or if that flush on your face has become a permanent stain. As for Ruled specifically, it was deliciously dark and dirty, and I couldn’t get enough of the tantalizing trio that was Reese, Sloan, and Rylan. I’ll always want more!

♥ Review:

Ana:   OK…confession time…this is the first book I’ve read in this series.  I struggled with the decision to start here because I was afraid I’d miss something but, in the end, I did it anyway.  And, you know what?  Beginning the series at book three didn’t affect my enjoyment of it and I didn’t feel confused by the plot at all.  In fact, all it did was make me run to buy the first two books so I could enjoy them as well.

This book had a strong female lead and two very sexy, dirty-talking men.  The chemistry was undeniable and the steam was through the roof.  As these three broken people battle the dystopian world around them, they also learn to be more vulnerable and connect with each other.  As we see them get closer to each other, we also learn about each of their pasts.  Rylan…sigh…appears to be an easy-going, carefree guy but, in reality, he’s been through a lot of tragedy in his life.  It’s amazing to see how he’s overcome his sad past.  I fell head over heels for him from the very first page!!  Sloan has been in love with Reese, and has been her second in command, for a long time.  Keeping his feelings to himself hasn’t been easy but he’s always more concerned about her than he is about himself which, of course, made me love him too!  Reese is a fierce character…a woman who leads her people and loves them all in her own way.  She needs to appear in control at all times and it’s only through her relationship with these guys that she can be totally herself.

This story is about surviving a scary world, being strong, and being smart.  It’s also about being vulnerable, opening up, and giving all of yourself.  These characters must push themselves to do all of this and they take us along for the ride.  Definitely an enjoyable read!

Christina: *floats into the room on a book high* This is by far my favorite book of this series! I’m not even going to lie, I’ve been waiting on this Reese/Sloan/Rylan sex sandwich long before I ever knew is was actually going to be a real thing. The restrained chemistry between Reese and Rylan combined with the loyalty with a hinted dose of “something more” between Reese and Sloan in the other books had me all grabbyhands for it. Then I get it, and I don’t even think my brain was fully ready to comprehend what Rylan and Sloan would be like together. Perhaps I always thought Reese would be the common denominator between them, but hell, half the time I felt like she was intruding on them… not that they (or I) minded at all. Say it with me people: SEXUAL. CHEMISTRY. And this trio had it in spades. SPADES! Plus, I’m not even going to lie, every single time one of the guys said “our man” or “our woman” I died from the feels just a little. *le sigh* But more than the united front they present (in epically delicious fashion, might I add) is how great I think these characters are independently. While they’re all a little broken in their own way, Kennedy writes them in with sound strengths, quality personalities, and vulnerable aspects that make them totally relatable as characters–people that you want to know, befriend, root for, rely on, and respect.

As with the other reviews I’ve had for this series thus far (Claimed and Addicted: here and here), these books are more about the sexytimes than the plot to me. Yet, I am happy to report that there is definitely plot progression made in the overall arc of the series. This is a large source of where the action outside of the bedroom comes in to play. I’m always super anxious during those scenes, and Ms. Kennedy definitely knows how to up the ante when it comes to the tactical militia moments that make my heart pound uncomfortably. Still, I like that she never drags out those scenarios too long, and that she doesn’t over-complicate the moment for the sake of extra word count. However, with all this said, I’m going to be super sad if this is all we get from this series. I think there’s still so much story left to be told and more characters to hear from, and that’s only from Connor’s camp and the Foxworth folks. That doesn’t even touch the other outlaw territories we haven’t even really discovered yet. Though, if this is the end, I could definitely envision on my own how the continual rebellions will eventually manifest into an uprising of revolutionary proportions. It will be incredible. . . but I would much rather see it through Kennedy’s words if that’s still an available option.

♥ Teaser Quote: I’m pretty sure we’ve already established this, but it still bears repeating: There is some pretty serious hotness to be discovered in these pages. However, I’m going to save that for your personal viewing pleasure when you go out and get this book.

    She could face it all, conquer it all, because she wouldn’t have to do it alone. Sloan and Rylan would be there with her. Her right hand. Her left hand. The rock and the wind. Unshakable strength and soothing sunshine.
     As long as the men she loved were by her side, she could handle anything the future decided to throw at her.

–quote taken from the ARC of Ruled, pg. 327

Book Rating Breakdown
Cover
Writing
Characters
Plot
Pacing
Swoons
General Book Feels
Dirty Talk Ability
Angst Me So Good
Smut Hotness
Overall:

♥ Rec It?

Ana:  Yes…if you love to blush and you love to bite your bottom lip, this book is for you!!   The chemistry is hot, there are twists and turns and adventure…and it’s action packed (in more ways than one)!!   Can’t ask for more than that!!

Christina: Oh hell yes! That is to say, if two sexy men who fiercely love a woman and each other is your cup of tea. Add in the dystopian touch and the pulse-pounding moments of angst, and you have you a rock-solid story. I’m only sad that I ran out of pages about this trio! I wasn’t finished with them by a long shot. I also hope there’s more to this series; I haven’t had my fill of it either!

♥ A very special thanks to Berkley (especially one of their lovely publicists, Jess) for providing us with ARCs of this title.

*Disclaimer: A copy of this title was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. However, that did not influence this review in any way. All thoughts, quotes, and opinions will be of this version and not of the published edition.

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