Thursday, May 1, 2014

Ruthless People (Ruthless People, #1) by J.J. McAvoy

Ruthless People (Ruthless People, #1)Ruthless People by J.J. McAvoy
My rating: 5 of 5 stars


5 Kickin’ Booty Stars

I love coming across a new author and I love it when I love the book! Ruthless People is very much like Mr. & Mrs. Smith with a touch of mafia

There are a few things you should know…

- The Hero and Heroine are Ruthless People.
- The Hero is Irish
- The Heroine is Italian
- Both are to be wed and both are fine with it
- Both want to be the boss and therefore, there’s lots of juicy and yummy drama!


Very early on, Liam and Melody are expected to wed. Liam is the son of the Irish mafia boss and Melody is the daughter of the Italian boss. Both fathers made this deal in order to join the two sides and create a bigger entity. The only problem, both Liam and Melody want to be “the” boss.


It’s difficult for me to like a strong Heroine because sometimes they can come off as kind of mean and not likeable. I, however, do like Melody. She reminds me a lot like Sarai in Killing Sarai. Melody was born into this mafia life and without anyone to rely on, but herself she does what she needs to do. She can fight, she isn’t scared of anyone and doesn’t blink an eye if she needs to kill…. even if it’s innocent people.


Liam may be marrying a strong woman, but that doesn’t mean Liam is weak. Liam has to prove his worth and just like Melody he isn’t afraid to show people that he is the man and he will do anything it takes to protect his family and business. He will kill, torture and backstab anyone who gets in his way.

Melody and Liam Dynamics

The thing I love most about this couple is that they both were okay getting married. That wasn’t the “issue” of the book. I also love how strong both characters are. Melody at times did frustrate me because she was pretty suborn and was very determine to be set in her ways. Liam is the sexy Hero I love to read. He’s powerful, cocky and at the same time very endearing. Liam shows more affection in the book and it just makes your heart swoon.

The ups and downs and all around

Ruthless People isn’t a difficult book to read, but it’s not a simple book. Not like most tame mafia books, Melody and Liam do go into business by selling drugs, weapons and at times innocent people are killed. I know, sometimes you wish mafia people are “nice” and only do nice business transaction, but I think the author was trying to make the characters as raw as possible and it didn’t bother me.

Also, the language of the book can be a bit distracting for some people. I don’t really mind all the F and cuss words, but that is just me. I did feel like there was a bit too much threating to kill. Many times Melody would say she would rather kill so and so than do this and Liam would do the same. The first few times were okay, but it started to become sprinkled throughout the book and I just kind of wanted them to stop saying it and just focus on the task at hand.

Overall, I really enjoyed Ruthless People. It had everything I looked for in a mafia type of book, there was plenty of action, sexual tension and ruthless killing.


An ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review

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