Overall Grade: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ 1/2
“‘I would. I’ll always follow you. You’re my north star.’”
Oh, boy. She’s done it again. J.T. Geissinger has written her pants off for her next dark romance, antihero love story in Ruthless Creatures. Like her Beautifully Cruel series, you find yourself falling deeply for her hero, her dangerous, super alpha, criminal hero. There is so much to ADORE about Ruthless Creatures:
- For one, Kage. Like really, Kage is the highlight of this book. I don’t want to take away from Natalie “Nat” her heroine. But Kage is my favorite type of dark romance hero. He’s the guy who is criminal to a fault but falls quickly and deeply for the heroine of this story. She creates these complicated antiheroes: one moment aggressive and alpha, the next moment jocular and sensitive. They run the spectrum of romance heroes encapsulate in one character. To call Ruthless Creatures a dark romance underserves it because there is a humor in Kage’s characterization. He’s quite simply…divine in the way that he is both dangerous and doting in equal measure.
- Not to be outdone (although it kind of happens), Natalie is the perfect foil character for Kage. She is the reason that he isn’t overly dark. She provides a balance to his characterization because there is a quirkiness to her development. She is intelligent, empathic, and independent. She doesn’t need Kage, but together, they are romance couple gold.
- Even more, Sloane, Natalie’s best friend, is the girlfriend you need in your romances. She is so over the top, and her depiction balances out Natalie’s almost neuroticism. I love best friendships in the way that Geissinger has crafted Natalie and Sloane. They say what needs to be said, but in a way that feels like truth with padding. If the epilogue is any indication, Sloane’s book is coming and it’s going to be a good one.
- The story is equal parts steam (this is probably a 4 – 4.5 chili pepper steam level) and soulful. Geissinger takes care to develop her story in a way that is meaningful and well-paced. There is no moment in Ruthless Creatures where it feels rushed or slow. It flows well and keeps you engrossed to the end.
If I had to question anything, it would be Natalie’s story. For one, her occupation and parents seem like serious afterthoughts. Without understanding why that’s the case, I ended the story with a curiosity about those two aspects of her life. But honestly, these two things are fairly inconsequential in the scope of Kage and Natalie’s journey.
I love how J.T. Geissinger makes me love her stories. She absolutely has this way of making you adore dark, dangerous men because they can’t help but fall desperately for her heroines. In a world where the media makes it seem as though there are so many choices for men, to read a hero who will die for his heroine makes you think that romance isn’t really dead. That possibility is out there. Ruthless Creatures is, simply put, a fantastic read.
“There’s a weight to this thing I feel for him. A darkness. A violent edge, like what I see in the dangerous mens’ eyes.”
In love and romance,