Ruthless People by J.J. McAvoy

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Goodreads Rating:  4.10 / 5 stars

My Rating: 4 / 5 stars

Genre: New Adult, Dark, Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense

Publishing Date: July 14, 2014

Publisher: The Writers Coffee Shop


To the outside world, they look like American Royalty, giving to charities, feeding the homeless, rebuilding the city. But behind closed doors is a constant battle for dominance between two Bosses, cultures, and hearts.

Ruthless People is a romantic crime fiction set in modern day Chicago, following the life and marriage of Melody Nicci Giovanni and Liam Callahan—rivals by blood and leaders through fear. Their marriage was arranged by their fathers in hopes to end years of bloodshed between the Irish and the Italians.

Liam, next in line to lead the Irish, believes he’s getting a simple-minded wife, one he can control, one who bends to his every need . . . the complete opposite of Melody. Bred to be a Boss, a world-class marksman, master of disguise, with no mercy and no fear. Twenty-four years later, she has achieved more than any man could even dream of, killing anyone who steps in her way. She knows exactly what type of man Liam is, and she would rather die than give up the power she has spent her whole life building. But with no other family left, she must not only learn to work with Liam, but the whole Callahan clan.

The Mafia of the past is evolving, and with rival bosses gunning for them, Melody and Liam will have to figure out how to work as one to take down those who stand in their way, all while keeping up appearances.

Power, Family, and Respect are everything.

Warning: This book contains adult language and subject matter including graphic violence and explict sex that may be disturbing for some readers. This book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.

My Review:

Review also posted on Goodreads

I’m in the mood to read books with Mafia in it. Thank you to my lovely sis Pearl (click her name to read her review) for recommending this book to me!

The title for this book lived up to its characters. Melody Nicci Giovanni – an Italian Mafia Boss, Orlando Giovanni’s successor and Liam Alec Callahan – an Irish Mafia Boss, Sedric Callahan’s successor are ruthless. These two tied the knot arranged by their fathers to make both families more powerful. It’s not easy for them to get along because originally, they are rivals and the tension between them is so high they almost kill each other. They’re so like Mr. & Mrs. Smith – both dominant, ready to kill each other and unleash the sexual tension. As they get to know more about each other, they learned a lot by working as a team. Also, love one another in the most unusual way.

There’s a lot of brutality, killing and profanity in this book and I have a love / hate relationship on the main characters.First, they are really reckless and love giving threats on anyone, sometimes just shoot them out of nowhere. Then, I’m so annoyed on their constant throwing of F-BOMBS and bickering like children. Despite of that, I’m really entertained with the action scenes and they are all badass.No matter what happens, they are going to protect each other. Mess with one of them, you’ll get a dose of their merciless actions. The side characters intriguing especially Declan and Coraline (yes to Coraline!) and I’ve got to admit they’re more interesting.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and I am looking forward what happens next because the last part opens a lot of twists.



2 thoughts on “Ruthless People by J.J. McAvoy

  1. I don’t usually reach for NA but this book sounds so intriguing, there’s nothing I love better in fiction than a romance that’s mired in danger and violence. Glad to hear the book does not shy away from the uglier aspects of gang violence. Excellent review ❤

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