The final book in the Ruthless People series is here…
“Villains by Choice.”
Betrayed. Melody is nowhere to be found, Liam is in jail, and the Callahan family is cracking, just as Avian Doers, the FBI Director and puppet master behind their downfall, planned.
But just because they’re down doesn’t mean they’re out. To fight back, Liam and Melody will have to put everything on the line. The kid gloves are coming off, and no one is getting out alive. Nothing will compare to the reign of terror that is about to envelope the entire country. First they were Ruthless, now they are pure Savages. The end is here, and no one is safe…
Never go down without a fight! That could very well be the theme of this whole series, but most certainly is the motto of this book.
Liam and Melody came into each others lives, kicking, screaming and yes, even shooting. They are unlike any couple I’ve read about previously. As the respective heads of their Mafia families, they rule with a iron fist and aren’t afraid to get dirty, and bloody to make a point. There union was filled with passion and anger. Hate and love. They fight mean. But love harder. And this conclusion to their story, showcases the strength of this couple. They truly can survive anything.
While they went into their marriage fighting, now they will do everything in their power to save each other, their family, and their legacy.
“I’m going to have you tonight, baby, but my question to you is: do you want one orgasm, or do you want to lose track?”
This series is unlike other mafia books and movies I have read or watched. Most feature a man or group of men in charge, who rule their families and build their empire. The women usually play a small role, typically spending their husband’s dirty money. But Melody is no typical Mafia wife. She can go toe to toe with Liam, and its worth repeating, she is one of my favorite female book characters. She doesn’t take shit from anyone, even the President of the United States. She exudes confidence and power, with only brief moments of vulnerability. She’s not only tougher than some men I know, but also really smart. She always seemed to have a plan and be two steps ahead.
“My life went from The Godfather to Jason Bourne, from the hunter to the hunted. I wish I could have been in jail. So if you’re looking for an apology, pull it out of your ass, you son of a bitch. I will not let you, or your fucking family, try to tear me down when I myself am barely holding on.”
Now, I could go on and on about why I like her as a character so much, but if you’ve read the previous books you know, she is not a heroine. She is the definition of an anti-heroine, just as Liam is the anti-hero. They don’t just kill bad guys, many innocent lives are lost as they gain power. Did motherhood soften her up? Not so much.
While Melody and Liam are far from angels, there are villains in this book that will have you cheering for these mobsters. Olivia made the decision to go to the dark side in the previous book. Her reasons for turning on her own family were deep seated in jealously. She makes some very unwise decisions along the way, but believe me when I say, she pays for those decisions.
Then there is the evil FBI Director, Avian Doers. If you follow our blog regularly, you know that we are in the tail end of Month of Madness tournament, to find the Best of the Worst. Avian could have easily made a run in this tournament. Despite his prestigious title, he is evil. Hell bent on control and power. Although he has moments of outsmarting our dirty family, they have an Ace in the deck to win their hand. And yes, even a morally flawed family can get a HEA.
With Melody and Liam’s story coming to an end, I’m sad to see them go. They have thoroughly entertained me as they navigate the world of crime and power. Lots of blood was spilled, lots of lives were lost. Along the way, one vulnerability, family, showed they weren’t untouchable. But in the end, they used their combined power to rise above all their challengers, proving that two ruthless leaders are better than one.
*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