Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Review & Release: Ruined by Power by Zoey Ellis

Title: Ruined by Power
Author: Zoey Ellis
Genre/Age: Paranormal Romance/Erotica
SeriesEmpire of Angels Series (Book Two)
Publisher: Self-published
Format: ebook via Author
Rating: ✺✺✺
SynopsisNot all habits can be broken…

Powerful, half-angel Thea faces the scrutiny of the Angel Realm and is beginning to realize that angels are nothing like how they are depicted in the human world. She is intrigued to hear information about her family and pursues the history that has been hidden to her for so long. As Thea tries to get the answers she needs, her faith in Cam is shaken when truths about him are revealed.

Power angel Cam is concerned when he realizes the Angel Realm has plans for Thea he wasn’t made aware of. He fights to keep her close and protect her from the challenges she faces. However, when the pressures on their relationship bear down, he teeters on the edge of a darkness that could cause her to walk away from him forever.

Ruined by Power is the second book in the Empire of Angels series, a paranormal alpha angel romance series. If you’re a fan of alpha heroes, powerful heroines, paranormal worlds and destined mates, start with the first book, Claimed By Power. 

***About the end: This book is a continuation of Cam and Thea’s story and there is cliff-hanger at the end.***

Sexual scenes and strong language included. Not suitable for readers under 18.

**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book.**

Things really heat up this time around!

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Thea's excitement of finally visiting the Angel Realm is squashed when she learns that the angels have plans for her. Plans that her trainer and lover, Cam, has no idea about and cannot interfere with. Plans that will pry them apart when they've just come back together. To make matters worse, Thea has a hard time getting answers out of anyone, including Cam.

Cam is wrecked to discover that his intention to make Thea his mate and partner may never come to pass. Not only are the angels over him determined to use Thea for their own secret means, but they also want Cam to take up a cause that leaves him tormented and close to the edge of losing his control, entirely. Thea is his only hope for coming back to himself but even she may not be able to save him.

Whew. This book was intense. I don't think I took a deep breath the entire time because there was a high level of tension throughout the whole story, starting from the first chapter. I knew when I finished the first book that this one would be a roller coaster, but I didn't expect it to get this heavy. There were layers upon layers of conflict happening and our characters were torn in different directions. At times, I wasn't sure who to really trust or believe.

I should forewarn that the story does veer into dark romance territory here. Not incredibly, but more than I thought it would. But it wasn't a bad thing, though. The love scenes were hot, explicit, and plentiful, with our hero being a dominant lover and very protective (when he can be) over our heroine. However, it's our hero who ends up needing to be saved and I'm looking forward to seeing how that plays out in the next and final book of the series.

As for the plot? Wow. It got a lot more complicated as the story progressed. Thea's mysterious parentage comes into play here and her potential mating with Cam hangs in the balance. There is more than one group of angels standing in the way of our couple's happy ending. But the biggest threat might be Cam, himself. I can't lie, it was hard to watch him battle his demons and see he and Thea drift apart. That was painful to witness because he's been such a strong presence in the series so far.

But that ending? Whoa. I was not prepared for that. I knew there was a cliffhanger here, so I had an idea when it got near the end that something would happen. But the something wasn't what I thought it would be. And I don't know how Thea and Cam will make it out of this situation. I'm almost scared to find out but I'm still rooting for them, all the way.

In closing...
An angels and demons adventure filled with secrets, sex, and surprises. Four suns!

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