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Ruthless Vows

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The epic conclusion to the intensely romantic and beautifully written story that started in Divine Rivals.

Two weeks have passed since Iris Winnow returned home bruised and heartbroken from the front, but the war is far from over. Roman is missing, and the city of Oath continues to dwell in a state of disbelief and ignorance. When Iris and Attie are given another chance to report on Dacre’s movements, they both take the opportunity and head westward once more despite the danger, knowing it’s only a matter of time before the conflict reaches a city that’s unprepared and fracturing beneath the chancellor’s reign.

Since waking below in Dacre’s realm, Roman cannot remember his past. But given the reassurance that his memories will return in time, Roman begins to write articles for Dacre, uncertain of his place in the greater scheme of the war. When a strange letter arrives by wardrobe door, Roman is first suspicious, then intrigued. As he strikes up a correspondence with his mysterious pen pal, Roman will soon have to make a decision: to stand with Dacre or betray the god who healed him. And as the days grow darker, inevitably drawing Roman and Iris closer together…the two of them will risk their very hearts and futures to change the tides of the war.

Synopsis source: Goodreads


Genre(s): Fantasy, Fiction, New Adult, Romance
HB&W Rating: 4
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This review may contain spoilers for the previous book, Divine Rivals.

Ruthless Vows picks up where Divine Rivals left off. Once again, I found myself falling in love with this story. The romance of the love letters just gets me, what can I say? The writing is just as transportive and beautiful as before and the story delves deeper into the mythology, which was one of my complaints of the previous book. I really liked how it was all explained and how it came together.

I loved Iris and Kitt as characters. They are clever, brave, loyal and true. I love that we get to see Kitt fall in love all over again with Iris through letters. I have to say, those letters really make these books. I love the sweetness, the bantering, and the unfailing support they provide to one another through their words. The way Kitt begins to remember through dreams and words then all at once in a rush just seeing Iris for the first time was heart-melting.

There were a couple of side romances that were sweet and charming as well. I liked how Ross used them as another way of pointing out that even in the darkest of times, joy, hope and love can still be found.

Unlike Divine Rivals, which I read as an eBook on Kindle Unlimited, I ended up listening to this one on audiobook. The audio narration was great. Rebecca Norfolk was perfect as Iris, but I especially loved how Alex Wingfield portrayed Dacre’s voice in a way that perfectly aligned with his character in my head. Plus, he does a great Kitt!

The pacing was pretty slow again, but I find that to be her style across other books of Ross’ that I’ve read. While I would have liked to have seen a bit more pulse-pounding action given it takes place in a war zone, the pacing didn’t detract from me enjoying the story. Plus, the scene with the hounds chasing them in the car was pretty good.

I liked this duology so much I definitely went out and bought some hardcover copies of them for shelf trophies. I love Rebecca Ross and can’t wait to see what’s coming next!

Until next time,

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