Review – Ruthless People – 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



I honestly don’t know where to start with this book. Don’t get me wrong, I thoroughly enjoyed it and will be buy the next in the series, but I’m struggling to verbalise what about it and why I enjoyed it so much.

McAvoy pulls no punches from the very beginning of this book, and it draws you in like a sucker.

Knowing it was a wafia story, I expected bad language, gory scenes, and lots of sex, and that is what I got. At times, the sex took over from the plot, but McAvoy was able to pull it back so it never became the sole focus of the book. The plot itself was a great idea, but often felt a little fantastical, but I guess this is because there are so many stereotypes of these kinds of family, no-one knows exactly what to believe, yet we all have an expectation as to what mafia based stories should include – money, guns, family etc…

Having said that, I really did enjoy the book and will be checking out the rest of the series because I want to know what happens, not only to Liam and Melody, but to Declan and Cora and to Neal and Olivia and how they cope with the aftermath of everything that happened.



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