Book 2 in the Ruthless People Trilogy.
“One Secret. Multiple Casualties.”
Everything Melody Callahan has ever been told about her past is a lie. Her father lied. Her husband lied. But like all secrets…they come out. Not only is her mother, Aviela, alive but she won’t stop until she tears down everything Liam and Melody have spent the past year building.
With a new target on their back and the media now focused on their family as the Presidential election approaches, Liam and Melody must fight on two battlefronts. Melody is torn between being in love with Liam and wanting to kill him for lying to her. Being in love and showing love are two different things in her world. Liam wants to do anything to protect his family even if that means hurting the people he loves.
Family is everything… but what happens when they’re out for your blood? Everything they have been through is nothing compared to what is coming…
***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.***
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That was my first thought when finishing this book. From the first page, I felt like the author was coming at me with guns blazing.
And just when you thought a character was finding some peace, they are hit with more drama.
If you thought the characters were ruthless in book 1, I can assure you, none of them get soft in this book. With the addition of Melody’s psychotic Mom, Aviela, and her dangerous game to keep the family on edge, the kill count goes up greatly. Even sweet Olivia gets in on the action. In fact, she proves she is far from sweet and quite the calculating B-I-T-C-H!!!
Just like the first book, this second installment covers a number of “rules” of being a successful Mafia leader. But one rule still reigns supreme:
Rule One: You kill for family. You die for family. Because you can’t trust anyone.
Family is a huge part of the storyline in this book.
Protecting the family.
Challenging the family.
Building the family.
But there’s a big lesson in this book – you can’t even trust some family. So I don’t give anything away, I’ll leave at that.
Family, for us, was everything, but it was the one thing that could destroy us.
This book focuses on the Callahan’s finding a way to grow their empire, with a focus on the White House to legitimize their work and keep the heat off their shady dealings. And we learn that the path to that White House is just as ruthless as their own business.
This book is different from others in that nearly everyone has a voice. You would think that with so many POVs, it would get a bit confusion, but the author makes it work. The storyline flows and progresses through the various POVs, and you get a more complete picture of what is going on. I think the author did an excellent job of making each character voice distinctive, but I will say I had my favorites. Liam and Melody are still the heart of this story and I absorbed every hateful, vicious and lustful word they shared. These two fight better than any couple I have read before. They perfectly capture what angry sex is all about. They might end up bloody in the process, but that only seems to add to their passionate moments.
As much as I loved her, I was still pissed that she shot me . . . again. I still wanted to beat the shit out of her, but I would’ve gladly fuck her senseless instead.
My love for all things Mel did not die in this book. If you remember my end of year awards, then you know she was my favorite heroine of 2014. She’s a badass, who doesn’t take shit from anyone, even Liam, her own husband.
And while Mel’s mom is a psycho bitch that I couldn’t wait to be put down, my feelings were the opposite for Liam’s parents. I adored both of them. Best part was when we got their POVs with them getting frisky. Sexy, awkward and hilarious all rolled into one.
“Jesus, mother fucking Christ of Nazareth, my eyes!”
This book has so many twists and turns, there is truly never a dull moment. You may even be a bit overwhelmed at times with all the threats the family faces. But this group never gives up. They aren’t boy/girl scouts. Far from it. They are the people who will hurt/kill ANYONE that gets in their way, or god forbid, threaten one of their own. Their loyalties run deep and their commitment to the cause is unwavering. Morally, you will challenge everything they do, but I guarantee you will be entertained every dirty step of the way.
*An ARC was received for an honest review.
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