Book Review – Ruin and Roses by Deanna Ortega – 5 stars

Warning: May contain spoilers, but opening comments are spoiler-free. Check out my Reading Ranting page for more.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Firstly, TikTok will never force me to buy a read a book just because it keeps popping up, but when people I follow recommend a book, I’m gonna check it out. I decided to read this based on proper reviews and the blurb, and I’m glad I did. 

Our MC, Jane, is playing a dangerous game of spy and princess, while trying to avoid her ex, Liam. Neither are easy, especially when he keeps showing up. One minute he’s supposedly protecting her, and the next he’s walking away like nothing happened. And since we only get Jane’s POV in this, we have no idea what Liam is really thinking. Love it. There’s also the problem of her arranged marriage and too many people finding out what she’s really up to.

What I liked…

The writing was easy-going and not too intense, but got across the characters really well. 

The “I trusted you,” trope is one of my favourites. No spoilers beyond that, but the betrayal is top-notch. 

The MC struggles with the clash of emotions and logic, which I think really works in her situation.

Spiciness was also top-notch. Again, I don’t want to spoil things, but there’s a very fun surprise for Jane in this sense. 

I love how confusing Liam is. It doesn’t take a genius to work out that he has his reasons for being confusing, but as a reader, I love and hate that I don’t know. 

What I didn’t like…

My only quibble is that some settings were unclear in a new scene and I wasn’t sure where they were or who was there until someone started talking as if they’d they’d beent here the whole time. But that’s because I’m a strong visual reader, so I need a top notch scene setting. 

Final thoughts…

If you like princesses playing spies, confusing love interests, treason, shady monarchs, mentors with secret motives, and discovering truths about siblings, then this is the perfect book for you.

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