Ruthless was so Intriguing, and a whole new author to me full off a packed out plot that had me guessing the whole way through, I really enjoyed this.
Business owner Ellie is set to be CEO of Stratcast and so very near seeing to her goal. After her father died she's set to take his place. But her father wasn't a nice person and has some enemies to conquer, but she's been in this business from being a young adult and so has worked hard to get where she is, yet the lawless family just see her as a goal to retribution.
Riley lawless, his brothers and sister have set a plan to get the people who have ruined their childhood and although Ellie's childhood wasn't enjoyable, the lawless siblings childhood had it taken away because their parents got murdered.... Social services made it so they were abused and so they have many bad memories and less happy ones. And because Riley is the Lawyer he's set to seduce Ellie and to find out what actually happened to their parents, why their childhood was ruined and give a purpose to the dark nights they still live with today.
Yet what starts off a a seductive plan becomes more for Riley!!!
What I enjoyed
This is a plot driven read, and although it is sexy in parts, it is packed full of lots going on, working out what's going on characters to get to know. It is sexy and although there was love it was gradual and I suppose less than the theme of the story. The guessing, and working out what was happening kept me on my toes.
Why not 5?
I enjoyed the hell out of this, but the transition from Riley to Ellie needed some adjusting. There wasn't many headings so one line was him and the other her so it was a tad confusing. That could though be me and just me getting to know Lexi's writing style. I will though be definitely reading more by her, because this is a family read, brothers that I'm really looking forward to get to know especially Bran I have a feeling his book will be high on the emotion. And I'll be first in line to read the rest of this series as they come out. I will also need to catch up to Lexi's previous books as I'm new to her work.
That. Is. All
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“Why did you do that?” It was the first time she’d spoken without being prompted. “Do what?” Her face flushed the sweetest pink. The color went all the way down that sexy V-neck. Her breasts flushed as well as her face, and it made his damn dick tighten. “Kiss me. Why did you kiss me like that?” Oh, so many reasons, but he gave her the most compelling one. “I wanted to.” The minute she’d opened the door and he’d seen her standing there looking anxious, he’d known how to calm her down. All he’d had to do was put his hands on her and some odd connection flared between the two of them. She hadn’t fought him. He could have gone on kissing her. He’d been the one to pull away. It was like the minute he walked in, he was the only thing that existed for her. It made him feel ten feet tall, but it also made him want to please her. It was an unsettling sensation. Her hands came up, fingers on the sides of the table. “You know what I’m asking. You knew I wasn’t alone. Why did you pretend to be my boyfriend?” It was easy to see she’d wanted him to wait for her at the restaurant so as to avoid him meeting her sister and ex. When she’d opened the door, he’d immediately known something was wrong. He’d gotten a glimpse of her sister and known Ellie had likely needed a hand. It had to be tough on a woman’s ego to lose even a pathetic excuse of a husband to a younger sister. “You were alone with your sister who slept with your husband. Excuse me. Ex-husband.” She shook her head. “At the time, we were definitely married. How did you know he was my ex-husband?” “He took half your net wealth. I’m your lawyer. At this level, a good lawyer is less legal counsel and more war consultant. I can’t properly perform my duties if I don’t know everything about you, including the fact that you tend to have terrible taste in men.” She frowned. “I haven’t had a ton of boyfriends. I’m not sure what my taste is.” He really wanted to understand why she’d married that obvious prick. “What attracted you to him? Because from where I was standing, he looked like a dickwad desperate to be twenty-one again.” She bit into her bottom lip, her eyes glancing away from him. “He wasn’t always like that. I actually met him when he was twenty-one. He was far more mature then.” He liked her candor. “You were in college?” “Last year of undergrad. We dated for two years and then it seemed like it was time to get married. We’d moved back here to Manhattan so I could take my place at StratCast. I thought he was going to go to grad school, but he decided on a different path.” “What path was that?” A single brow rose over her right eye. “You don’t know?” Of course he knew. He knew everything. “Are you referring to your ex-husband’s penchant for swinging for the fences? When it comes to investments, that is.” It was what he liked to call “idiots who funded ridiculous ideas.” They never wanted a simple profit out of their money. They wanted millions and really fucking fast. They swung for the grand slam when all they needed to do was get on base. It took a true genius to take a single idea and make millions off it. Drew had. Her shoulders straightened. “He wanted the easy solution. A get-rich-quick scheme. He wasn’t that way at first. At one point he was very intellectual. It’s what attracted me to him. He was curious about the world and liked to discuss everything from politics to social jus- tice to movies we saw. He changed. I didn’t. In some ways, I blame getting involved with me for what happened to him. He got around my father and real wealth and wanted some of his own. When I met him, he wanted to be a professor. He wanted to teach.” At least he’d gotten her this far. She was talking. Now he needed to get those shoulders down from around her earlobes. For one moment, for that moment when he’d drawn her into his arms and pressed his mouth to hers, she’d relaxed against him, given over to him. Her body had softened and she’d leaned into him, and if he’d pressed her, he didn’t know what would have happened. She might have continued kissing him, forgetting all about the other people in the room. He could have cupped her breast, her ass. Put his hands anywhere he liked. She hadn’t given a damn that they hadn’t been alone. All she’d cared about was him.
EARLY REVIEWS FOR RUTHLESS“Smart, savvy, clever, and always entertaining. That’s true of Riley Lawless, the hero in Ruthless, and likewise for his creator, Lexi Blake. Both are way ahead of the pack.” ~ New York Times bestselling author Steve Berry "I love Lexi Blake. Read Ruthless and see why.” ~ New York Times bestselling author Lee Child With Ruthless, Lexi Blake has set up shop on the intersection of Suspenseful and Sexy, and I never want to leave. ~ Laurelin Paige, New York Times bestselling author Ruthless is full of suspense, hot sex, and swoon worthy characters -- a must read!" ~ New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Probst
NY Times and USA Today bestselling author Lexi Blake lives in North Texas with her husband, three kids, and the laziest rescue dog int eh world. She began writing at a young age, concentrating on plays and journalism. It wasn’t until she started writing romance and urban fantasy that she found the stories of her heart. She likes to find humor in the strangest places and believes in happy endings no matter how odd the couple, threesome, or foursome may seem.