Book Review: Ruthless People


Ruthless People (Ruthless People #1) by J.J. McAvoy: "Mr. & Mrs. Smith meets the Sopranos..."

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, 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.

1 Marriage x 2 Bosses = 3x the Chaos

*Warning: Due to bad language, graphic violence and sex this is for over-18's only* These are not mobsters with a heart of gold....

They do VERY bad things and will NOT change.
They are criminals...murders.

If things like that bother you Ruthless People is not for you. You've been warned ;)

TeriLyn's thoughts:
Did you wonder what would happen if you took a mob family like The Sopranos headed by a couple like Brad and Angelina in Mr. & Mrs. Smith and mixed in the inner workings of the villains of Gotham City? Look no further because Ruthless People gives you all of that in a fast paced, action packed story of love and power.

Liam Callahan and Melody Giovanni were bred for power. Raised with an understanding of who they were destined to be Liam and Melody must form a bond that will see them through the destruction they create to rise above all others and reign supreme. Liam and Melody both separate and together are two characters, while I felt no connection to them, they were easy to understand and fun to read. Their drama made me laugh even at cringe-worthy moments. Both are equally strong and vulnerable, smart, cultured, and completely bad ass and totally ruthless. The power struggle between the two was most fun to read. Each in their own right, Liam and Mel aren’t used to sharing they spotlights. Watching them interact in order to create a world of anarchy they both agree with entertained me the entire story.

They’re story is a bit farfetched but the dialogue and plot are so fun to read it doesn’t matter. This book is contemporary mob romance based in Chicago ruled by a King and Queen with lots of action from the secondary characters as well. It’s written in a fast manner, sometimes skipping from point to another point without any transition but it's good for the most part, although some of the POV changes confused me at times. The story is mostly told from Liam and Mel’s POV’s but other characters jump in at times and we hear from them as well. This point brought it down a star for me along with the the romance of Liam and Mel. I wished there had been a little more romance and passion from just the two of them. The ending leaves you wanting more, although it’s not a major cliffhanger, just leaves room open for more story. It’s funny because even the twist at the end came out of left field but left you wanting to figure out how it could possibly be true. If you’re looking for good action and fun dialogue, Ruthless People will be for you.




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