Lying In Ruins
by Jami Gray
Publisher: Escape Publishing - Harlequin Enterprises, Australia Pty Ltd (June 1, 2017)
Publication Date: June 15, 2017
Genre: Post Apocalyptic | Dystopian
Print Length: 307 pages
The world didn't end in fire and explosions, instead it collapsed slowly, like falling dominoes, an intensifying panic of disease, food shortages, wild weather and collapsing economies, until what remained of humanity battles for survival in a harsh new reality.
Charity uses lethal survival skills learned too early in her work as a 'Hound, sniffing out pivotal secrets for one of the most powerful people on the west coast. Her work is deceptive, deadly, and best performed solo, which means when she has a run-in with a member of the notorious Fate's Vultures, she has no intention of joining forces in some mockery of teamwork. The man might be sexy as hell, but she travels alone. She will accomplish her mission and she will settle a score - hopefully with the edge of her blade. But fate has other plans.
As one of Fate’s Vultures, a nomadic band of arbitrators known for their ruthless verdicts, Ruin witnesses the carnage of corruption and greed battering the remnants of humanity, and he bears the scars to prove it. Now he has a damn 'Hound showing up in suspicious circumstances, leaving every cell of his body sceptical - and painfully aroused. The woman is trouble, and Ruin has every intention of steering clear. But when they realise they have a common enemy, Charity and Ruin will have to set aside their distrust if they want to achieve their mutual goal - justice and revenge.
Sometimes, when the world's gone to hell, it's better to stick with the devil you know...
Lying in Ruins by Jami Gray
Power has an agenda in a world that is drowning itself in a quagmire of disease, starvation and deceit until only the strong will survive the chaos that is this dark world. That strength comes at a price and in this dog eat dog world the highest or most lethal bidder uses its puppets to unearth secrets best hidden. It is a deadly job and Charity is good at her work. She is a Hound and her blood runs like ice through her veins and she has honed her skills as both a spy and a strong arm to one day fulfill her own agenda. She hadn’t planned on taking her solo act on the road as a duet until Fate intervenes and Ruin lands like a boulder right in her path.
Ruin is part of the deadly, nomadic arbitrators of feral justice, Fate’s Vultures. He is deadly, vicious and metes out ruthless justice with a vengeance. Charity’s appearance is beyond coincidence and Ruin is positive her agenda is more than meets the eye. It is only the common enemy they chase that brings them to an uneasy truce and an unlikely alliance. Sure, right…
Chemistry is chemistry, lust is lust and although neither Charity nor Ruin will admit it, there is more to their “alliance” then a mutual endgame. Justice and revenge are best served cold, but the heat between these two boils over with passion. Perhaps Fate knows what she is doing as she puts two lethal souls together and brings love to life!
LYING IN RUINS by Jami Gray is proof that love can be found in the most unlikely places and no amount of denial will deter its path! Feel the heat that blossoms in a world that has become a cesspool of death. Charity has secrets, they are deep-seated and nothing, not even Ruin can stop her from exposing both her softer side and the side she has honed to lethal perfection. Then again, he is a man of “justice,” strong convictions and a brutal past, who better to understand this woman who has lived a solitary life? Dark, chaotic, yet populated by two main characters who have a true code of honor! Loved it!
I received an ARC edition from Escape Publishing and Jami Gray in exchange for my honest review.