Friday, April 18, 2014

Review: Ruthless People ( Ruthless People #1 ) by J. J. McAvoy

Ruthless People 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




Everyone is ruthless. They just don't know it. You do. I do. And that is why we are on top and will remain so."

Oh, to hell with it, I will just go with the 5 stars. Freedom of rating and all that. I don't care that the main character should have rot in hell for the things they did, I grew to root for the Callahan's clan. I can't believe this is actually a debut novel, it was faced-paced, action packed, entertaining, sexy and exhilarating. 

We have two main characters that very much resembles Mr. and Mrs. Smith. Yes, I kid you not, just minus the mundane house chore and add more blood and gore into it. Melody was seriously a scary bitch and Liam was immature and hotheaded. He might just blew you up for the heck of it. I also love that the author emphasize a lot on the mafia business front and the mayhem they plot together. This husband and wife was a force to be reckoned with. Don't messed with them. 

The title really suits and painted the right picture for the couple, they are the Ruthless People. Yes, no one has any heart of gold, just so you know. So don't expect romantic notion, swoony moments, flowery stuff or any honorable characters.

At first, I really disliked both Liam and Mel. They were each a bastard and a bitch. You might be thinking what a match made in heaven. Well, if they didn't rip off each other throat first. The way Liam treated his booty call was super douche at best. He was like a child in a man's body, cocky, immature, hotheaded and impatient to step up to be the boss man. Even though he had no idea how his future wife looks like, as long as he is going to be the next in line for the title, he is going to marry an ogre if that's what it takes.

Melody Giovanni is also scary bitch. She's the kind of woman who make grown man weep. She is not looking forward to be Liam's arm candy or a dutiful wife either.

"I would rather shoot you, but since I can't, I will sexually frustrate you instead. Do not rip my clothing."
"Bitch is going to kill me."

Honestly, if both of them got ambushed and murdered by the Valero, I don't think I would have shed a tear.

Initially, I was hoping that their hatred for each other to last a little longer considering this is going to be a trilogy. When they reached an unanimous agreement to work out their marriage and RULE the world together, I thought it was a nice change because there was only so much fight I can't take between these two alpha beings. Each wanted to top the other and they finally agree to a pact. Everything works out great by the way.

"What do you say, my Mel? We end our war and join brains and bodies and destroy any against us. We become one ruthless person instead of two."

Either I was feeling acclimatize to their way of life or they were getting more likable because they were seriously growing on me, I was kinda rooting for them to be the mafia king and queen and killed off the Valero.

I didn't read a lot of mafia story, but this one really did encompassed a lot of mafia business, the drama, the family, the cruelty and ruthlessness in it. They were a bunch of unapologetic scum and I don't even to look for their redeeming qualities.

Their relationship did resemble Mr. and Mrs. Smith. Both wanted to be the alpha, but we know who is the brain and who is the brawn in this relationship. This dynamic duo was fantastic, Mel was all straight to the point, efficient and discipline, Liam was all impromptu, manipulative and cunning. There were times that Liam felt emasculated by his wife. Poor him. But he did have his time to shine at the rare opportunity. Liam provided too much laugh out loud moment for me even though he was torturing and killing off people. Some of it is a tad comical, but it was freaking hilarious. 

Although this is the first of a trilogy, I don't feel like I have an incomplete story. In the end, it was a very satisfying story that left me begging for more next. Definitely worth to read it without waiting for the next one.

P/s: In order to enjoy this one, you definitely should be able to handle reading about your H/h killing enemies and innocent alike without any remorse whatsoever. 

"This was how it should have been from the start. She and I setting the world on fire together."

Rating 5/5