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A Novel by
J. J. McAvoy
SummaryTo 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, and follows the life and marriage of Melody Giovanni and Liam Callahan—rivals by blood and leaders through fear. Their marriage, arranged by their fathers in hopes to end years of bloodshed between the Irish and the Italians. Liam believes he’s getting a simple-minded wife, one he can control, one who bends to his every need . . . the complete opposite of Melody. She knows exactly what type of man he is, and would rather die than give up the power she has spent her life building. The Mafia of the past has evolved, and with rival bosses gunning for them, Melody and Liam will have to learn to work as one to take down those who stand in their way.
4 Exciting, Sizzling, Funny, Badass Stars!!!
Well colour me suprised!
After seeing all my GR friends loving this book, I kind of got a bit of reverse performance anxiety. Because trust me, with my track record the chances of me enjoying a book everyone loved are very low. So I put reading this book off... but I finally stopped procrastinating and started reading it last night. Now I've always loved everything mob/mafia for as long as I've found the idea of a hot guy holding a gun hot. And I've also read my fair share of mafia romances, and at some point the organised crime bit gets overshadowed by the romance and the characters. Imagine my surprise and elation when I realised that Ruthless People is about two crime families and their inner workings. Don't get me wrong, this book has all the right ingredients, it's gritty. Mcavoy tells us Liam and Melody's rather dark story but makes it palatable by using subtle humour. Making for an extremely satisfying read!
He pulls a knife,
you pull a gun,
he sends one of yours to the hospital,
you send one of his to the morgue...
This doesn't happen often but I freaking loved Melody's character! She's strong, bloody abrasive and doesn't take shit from anyone, normally I run at the first sign of her mouthing off, but dammit reading about her and Liam butting heads was amazing!
This book is filled with multifaceted characters. It's told in the first person with POV's from Liam and Melody but some of the other characters did get the odd POV, which gave the book more depth in my opinion.
Rule One: You kill for family. You die for family. Because you can't trust anyone else.
Liam is next in line to take over the family business, all he has to do is marry the woman his father chose for him. No great feat, since Liam, would do just about anything to ensure the his place as the Ceann na Conairte. He doesn't care if his intended is ugly, the promise of power and respect are enough. They've never met, and Liam has no idea of what he should expect from Melody.
Rule Four: No bloody divorce.
Let's just say, their first meeting is definitely one they will never forget! As much of a badass as Liam is, I think Melody dominated this story as the stronger character. Because ultimately Liam would do anything for her, and compromise he did! But... unlike other stories I've read where the hero becomes a pussy whipped weakling this did not happen in Liam's case, and thank God for that!
The story is fast paced, and reads quite easily. And then's there's swearing, it's an art form people! I've read books where it's been done so badly I've cringed, but Liam and Melody swore so well, lol!
This was a very enjoyable debut from the author and I can't wait for more!
J. J. McAvoy first started working on Ruthless People during a Morality and Ethics lecture her freshman year of college. X number of years later, she is an insomniac who has changed her major three times, and is a master in the art of procrastination. If you ask her why she began writing, she will simply tell you “They wanted to get their story out.” She is currently working on her next novel . . . so please bug her on Twitter @JJMcAvoy
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