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.