Thursday, July 14, 2016

ARC Review: A Bloody Kingdom by J. J. McAvoy

A Bloody Kingdom
(Ruthless People #4)
by J.J. McAvoy
Release Date: July 14, 2016

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....

5 'ruthless' stars

What an epic finale for the most ruthless couple, Liam and Melody Callahan. 


When I heard that J. J. McAvoy is writing another book for Liam and Melody, I'm worried. We already got a perfect ending for them in American Savages, why is there a need to fix something that isn't broken in the first place? But damn.... she really did manage to pull off something even better from the last one. This just prove how brilliant an author she is and now I sound like a total fangirl.

J. J. McAvoy, you slayed me. My emotion totally went through a wringer while reading this. At one point, I might even suffer a heart attack and not sure I will came out unscathed.


As per the Ruthless People style, there is an enemy out there targeting the Callahan's family. The couple are extremely protective of their family, especially with their three young children. There are multiple POVs in this book, but I seriously enjoyed reading each and everyone of them. The ultimate focus of the story is still about Liam and Melody's undying love for each other and the sacrifices they have to make for the best of their family interest.

Honestly for 3/4 of the read, I'm pretty cool and enjoying the wild ride. Liam and Melody are like the supervillain that will always come out on top. I'm not worried in the least. But during the last quarter of the book, McAvoy pull the rug and totally blindsided me with her wickedness. Holy shit! That was like the most cruel twist ever! She's a total sadist. I might have faint right there and then. Despite everything though, it was so worth it!


For fans of the series, you definitely wouldn't want to miss this one. I assure you the ending is even better than the last.

"Are we going to drive off into the sunset like Bonnie and Clyde?"
"Bonnie and Clyde lost. We're going to ride off like Melody and Liam - "


J. J. McAvoy first started working on Ruthless People during a Morality and Ethics lecture her freshman year of college. X number of years later, she is an insomniac who has changed her major three times, and is a master in the art of procrastination. If you ask her why she began writing, she will simply tell you “They wanted to get their story out.”

She is currently working on her next novel . . . so please bug her on Twitter @JJMcAvoy

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