Review: Ruled (Outlaws #3) by Elle Kennedy

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Review: Ruled (Outlaws #3) by Elle KennedyRuled (Outlaws, #3)
by Elle Kennedy
Published by Berkley on November 1st 2016
Genres: Erotic Dystopian
Pages: 368
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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.

Ruled was another steaming hot addition to Elle Kennedy’s erotic dystopian series.

Reese has always been one of the series’ most interesting characters to read. Her backstory was a bit of a mystery in the previous books but was given prime importance here. In this book, readers get to know the depth of Reese’ motivation to take down not just the Enforcers but the whole “civilized” colony.

Kennedy has never shied away from writing a complex female heroine that knows what she wants and isn’t afraid to get it. Reese was every bit as flawed and as complex as Kennedy’s previous heroines, if not more.

Her inner conflict was surprising though because it seems so simple and quite clichèd in some ways. But if you consider her past and her relationship with her parent, I understood where she was coming from.

In terms of romance, Ruled was a a bit subdued. I know coming in that this series was more erotica than romance so I wasn’t expecting much especially since this was a mfm/mmf pairing. The sexy times were hot though.

What I did love was the Sloan-Reese dynamic. Like most readers, I wasn’t exactly sure about the nature of their relationship so it came as a pleasant surprise that this book really went out of its way to establish that there is something there.

Now I loved Rylan in the previous books but I’m afraid he fell by the wayside here. I didn’t feel any emotional connection between him and Reese or between him and Sloan. The scenes between him and Reese and Sloan felt forced. It wasn’t as apparent in the previous books but here, with Sloan in the mix, I didn’t really feel like he belonged with them. Which makes me sad because I love Rylan.

But despite those hiccups, Ruled was able to move the story of the Outlaws forward. The things that happened in this book are exciting and I can’t wait to see what comes next for them.

ARC provided by the publisher for an unbiased review.

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 currently writes 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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