Tuesday, August 9, 2016

4 stars-- Ruthless (Lawless #1) by Lexi Blake

Dirty dealings and the hunt for justice. Interesting characters, some hot sex, danger. Oh, yes. Blake does give good book. I had a good time with Ruthless.

The quick of it is that Riley and his siblings have spent decades plotting vengeance against the people who murdered their parents and they're finally ready to make a move. Their in? Ellie Stratton who is set to take over the company that destroyed the Lawless family all those years ago. They're going to use her to take down the current owner. Yeah, things get messy as you can imagine. Especially after her luscious curves and kind heart catch Riley's eye and start to change his focus.

Okay. Ellie and Riley. He's the hot, sexy, ruthless lawyerly type. She's the focused businesswoman with a heart of gold but that tends to be naive. They were fun characters and pretty easy to like. Had great chemistry and played off each other nicely. There were some funny moments and some where sparks were just flying.
"Should your eyebrow be twitching like that?"

Mia leaned over. "It does that when he throws a hissy fit."

"I am not throwing a hissy fit. I am very reasonably pissed off..." He put a hand over his left eye in a vain attempt to stop the stupid twitch that happened when he got truly enraged.

"She's right, though. You look psychotic, bro." Bran sat down with the women.
He took a deep breath and tried to go for a smile. "Baby, why don't you tell me what he said. I think we would all appreciate knowing about that conversation."

A grin appeared on Ellie's face. "Wow. Now you look like a psycho who's trying to pass for normal. It's actually creepier than the first."

"Damn it, Ellie." So much for staying calm.
The quest for revenge and watching the dirty behaviors of the bad guys unraveling was nicely done. Though really I was totally on board with one of the guys who was like seriously let me just hire an assassin and take care of this. Yes! You should have done that! lol

While I enjoyed the book overall I did have some problems. One being that, yet again, another heroine who hit her hero. Gah! Had he really fucked things up? Yeah. But the whole hitting then I deserved that agreement. meh. And then I really am not a huge fan of deception and that's what the start of this romance (and about half the book) relied on as he infiltrated her life. It's just not a set up I love most of the time even if I get the reasoning for it, ya know?

I'm definitely looking forward to more from the series, though. These siblings are pretty damaged by  their childhoods and I'm curious to see how their drive for justice/revenge will play out as they start to heal from everything they've been through. It's an interesting group for sure. Blake has a way of creating characters you just can't help but love and root for...and want to spend more time with.

Okay and one extra quote because it was just SO me and made me smile.
"I swear if you're playing me, I'll find you and my cat will feast. Do you understand?"

The Lawless siblings are bound by vengeance. Riley, Drew, Brandon, and Mia believe the CEO of StratCast orchestrated their parents’ murder twenty years ago to steal their father’s software program. And there’s only one way Riley can find some solid evidence...

Heir to the StratCast legacy, Ellie Stratton hires a new attorney to handle a delicate business matter—and she’s shocked by her attraction to him. Over the course of a few weeks, Riley becomes her lover, her friend, her everything. But when her life is threatened, Ellie discovers that Riley is more obsessed with settling an old score than in the love she thought they were building. And Riley must choose between a revenge he’s prepared for all his life and the woman he’s sure he can’t live without...


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