Ruthless People Series: Ruthless People #1
Also in this series: The Untouchables, American Savages, A Bloody Kingdom
Published by NYLA Publishing on July 14, 2014
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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.
Wow, a story of power and passion ruthlessly played out!
The first book in the Ruthless People series takes us through the arranged marriage between two headstrong leaders. Neither was willing to relinquish control which set the stage for a battle of some magnitude, fueling the feisty fight and a fantastic beginning to a suspenseful series.
Melody’s biggest weapon was the way she was easily dismissed. It was assumed her gender would dictate her as a vulnerable, easily controlled person. She was determined to make this marriage work in her favour. Refusing to take anything less than an equal role in the running of the family business, she showed no hesitation in demanding respect and consequently was feared by those who dared stand up to her. Liam Callahan was the exception. He quickly discovered a marriage to Melody would be built on a thorny bed of roses.
If there was ever a man who could take on Melody it was Liam. They fought toe to toe with weapons drawn and each time they got close the chemistry between them was ignited by their refusal to back down. Just as one of the betrothed would get the upper hand, the other would flip the situation around. It was a miracle they both escaped the only exit to a marriage acceptable to both parties. Til death do us part was yet to be uttered between Melody and Liam but it was obvious they were both willing to take each disagreement with whatever brutal force deemed necessary to get their point across.
I loved how both characters were equally matched in strategy and strength. Each challenge they faced was solved mercilessly and in a matter of fact manner, devoid of emotion. Surprisingly, their business tactics were starkly contrasted against a growing respect and personal connection they were finding harder and harder to deny.
An aptly titled book, Ruthless People held my attention from beginning to end. The storyline is intense, fast moving and captivating. I am delighted I have the entire series on my Kindle ready to devour because I have a feeling this series will become an addiction I will want to feed.
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