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

Ruthless People by J.J. McAvoy
Pages: 511
Series: Ruthless People #1
on July 14, 2014

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, following the life and marriage of Melody Nicci Giovanni and Liam Callahan—rivals by blood and leaders through fear. Their marriage was arranged by their fathers in hopes to end years of bloodshed between the Irish and the Italians.
Liam, next in line to lead the Irish, believes he’s getting a simple-minded wife, one he can control, one who bends to his every need . . . the complete opposite of Melody. Bred to be a Boss, a world-class marksman, master of disguise, with no mercy and no fear. Twenty-four years later, she has achieved more than any man could even dream of, killing anyone who steps in her way. She knows exactly what type of man Liam is, and she would rather die than give up the power she has spent her whole life building. But with no other family left, she must not only learn to work with Liam, but the whole Callahan clan.
The Mafia of the past is evolving, and with rival bosses gunning for them, Melody and Liam will have to figure out how to work as one to take down those who stand in their way, all while keeping up appearances.
Power, Family, and Respect are everything.
Warning: This book contains adult language and subject matter including graphic violence and explict sex that may be disturbing for some readers. This book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.

Also in this series: Declan + Coraline, The Untouchables, American Savages
Also by this author: That Thing Between Eli & Gwen, Declan + Coraline, The Untouchables, American Savages

“Let the games begin” ⭐️

Even this is a re-read, I’m still lost for words. Now I know why I previously skipped reviewing it. It’s impossible explaining anything. I’m also embarrassed (???) for loving these monsters so much, so I won’t even confess for wanting to be Melody when I grow up, ok?

I’m incredibly late to this party, so I feel like this review is actually more for myself, so I won’t ever forget the bloodiest royal couple out there, Liam and Melody.

Liam Callahan, age twenty-seven, Sedric’s youngest son and the new Ceann na Conairte.

“I wouldn’t deny he was attractive—highly attractive, in fact. But I would need more than green eyes, dark brown sex hair, and a charming smile.”

Melody Nicci Giovanni-Callahan, aka Bloody Motherfucking Melody. The Boss. The twenty-four year old who rules the world.

“When she wakes up in the morning, the devil curses.”

So the Italians and the Irish want to call it a truce, by forcing into marriage these two. I’m still laughing on the inside (because I wouldn’t dare to do it to their faces) at their first encounter. Imagine Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie in Mr & Mrs Smith a hundred times more deadly.

“I pointed the gun and pulled the trigger, causing his leg to buckle. He started in shock as the bullet went through his thigh, then roared in pain as he fell down on one knee. That’s right, hail to the Boss. “Third, if you ever interrupt me again, Liam Alec Callahan, may God have mercy on your soul when I send you meet to him.”

One of the things I loved about Melody: her big balls.

“You don’t fucking say? Well damn, ain’t that a mother-shit-fucking bitch? Don’t worry, Callahan, I am not going to cock it up. In fact, I am going to try my absofuckinlute best not to curse in front of Mama Callahan.”

Their vows to each other? Priceless!

“May we forever be rulers, may our enemies tremble at our feet, may we never forget our great love that is the family. Which we will rule with an iron fist.” “May we be ruthless and have no regrets,” she added gripping onto my back. “May we take what we want, when we want it, with the world at our feet.”

Plot wise? This story is packed with tons of cringe worthy moments and it doesn’t give you any time to catch your breath. I have no finger nails left to chew. I might have laughed at their banter, but most of the time I was on the edge of my seat, reading with one eyes, because I was also trying to hide under covers. And it’s only just beginning!!! 😳

They’re monsters who I’d love to hate.
They’re ruthless, but I can’t wait to refresh my memory and jump on to the next in the series.
They’re cruel, but I don’t seem to care (ok, there was one single moment I hated what they did View Spoiler »)

Moving on.