A Bloody Kingdom by JJ McAvoy

October 15, 2017 Book Review 0 ★★★★

A Bloody Kingdom by JJ McAvoyfour-stars
A Bloody Kingdom Series: Ruthless People #4
Also in this series: Ruthless People, The Untouchables, American Savages
Published by NYLA on July 14th 2016
Genres: Suspense
Pages: 368
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It has been eight years since the Callahans defeated Avian Doers and conquered Chicago. Melody is now the Governor and public face of the family, while Liam rises as the Ceann na Conairte of both the Irish and Italians.

Their reach is limitless; their power endless...but is it possible to have too much power? Can Liam and Melody raise a family, a city, and an empire?

Only a fool would try to stop them now....

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.

By LilyJust when you think they had reached the epitome of ruthlessness, the Callahans set you straight once again!

Each book in the Ruthless People series is aptly titled. This is a series where the further I get into it, the more I find myself torn between my love of the characters and being horrified at the lengths they are willing to maintain control and power. The constant threats and the source from which they come both astound me and almost take me to a certain level of disbelief. I have to give respect to Ms. McAvoy since she has me continually accepting each twist and turn as they surface.

The antagonists responsible for the latest upheaval to the Callahan family represent the biggest threat yet. I didn’t see it coming and the consequences of having met them will shatter the Callahans regardless of who wins this war.

“I’ve fallen in love with you again twice today, you know that?” I wanted to kiss her. Damn it. “You’re finally catching up to me.” I fell in love with her at least twice as often every day.

Undeterred by the costs of the power and destruction, both sides continue to wreak havoc on the town that has been promised the opposite. Becoming parents hasn’t mellowed neither Melody nor Liam’s ferocity, if anything it has only ramped it up another notch. It’s good that overtime, their love for each other has deepened and provided a welcome balance to the violence they immerse themselves in.

My ability to continue to feel empathy for Melody and Liam is a testament to the calibre of Ms McAvoy’s storytelling ability.  It will be interesting to see how the next generations step up to meet the non-stop threats showered upon their families. What has already been demonstrated is that they are unquestionably their parent’s children. I can’t wait to read Children of the Vice!

4 Stars

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