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* Theses 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 😉



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You have me at  “Mr. & Mrs. Smith meets the Sopranos…  A romantic modern day crime fiction”

This is a story about Melody Giovanni and Liam Callahan. Both comes from rival mafia families, whose marriage has been arranged to merge the two mafia houses, thus ending their decade long turf wars and making them even more powerful.

But Liam thought he is going to marry a simple minded wife who he can easily be controlled… So imagine his  surprise to find out that… 

Melody is not just beautiful, but lethal, sadistic, bloodthirsty, trigger-happy, and the most feared “Boss” of the Giovanni clan… who would rather die than give someone else the power she has spent her life building.

1 Marriage x 2 Bosses = 3x the Chaos

This is when the Mr. and Mrs. Smith similarity begins….  with the two trying to kill each other without actually killing each other…  😉 

Till they both finally evolved and accepted that they should work together instead  of killing each other

Still, the crazies did not stop there!

But now,  another powerful mafia group is out gunning for them!

The war  between mafias commence!!!

“He pulls a knife,

you pull a gun,

he sends one of yours to the hospital,

you send one of his to the morgue . . .”

~ Al Capone

This is most definitely quite different from my usual reads and I liked it!

When you should decide to read this book, I would advice to try and keep an open mind…. remember these two are ruthless people, thus the title! There is no mobster with a conscience here but heartless criminals whose sole purpose is to be at the top of the business! So, expect a lot of brutal, violent and shocking scenes.

Though there were also moments that they would express their weakness..   which makes them as  humanly as you can get…. and the only time I could empathize with the characters.

While Liam can be quite impulsive, impatient and  childish… Melody is calm, controlled and emotionless. Obviously she is the brain between these two. But Liam has his moments too. And he brings the humour in the story. 😉

I really tried to understand the why’s on Melody’s extremely violent reactions when things doesn’t go her way or she doesn’t like what she hears….   but really, she is one cold crazy bitch!  Making it a harder to like her  even on her weakest moment.

Then there is that drama within their family….  Bringing a whole group of  different characters that I find a little bit more on the normal side…. but with their own interesting story to tell as well.

“The family that mourns together

survives forever.”

~J.J. McAvoy

This is an action-packed  thriller with romance and humour on the side.

The ending, though not a cliffy, is more like promise for more trouble to come!  Definitely something to look forward to.

—- ARC provided by Publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review—

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