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A Novel by
J. J. McAvoy
SummaryTo 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.
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
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“May we be ruthless ad have no regrets, may we take what we want, when we want it, with the world at our feet.”
Where to even begin with Ruthless People, it was not only laugh out loud hilarious but It was also sexy and slightly emotional. Emphasis on “Slightly” because by the time I was done, I wished I didn't have any feelings.
I always love stories that have different Point of Views, because I feel that we get to understand the story better. It was mainly told by Liam and Melody’s point of view BUT we also get to see Liam's brother, his cousin, his sister-in-laws, and even his dad. I don’t think I’ll never know what it means to be in the Mafia, but this was the closest experience I think I’ll ever have.
Melody was this Kick-ass character. She didn't care if you were a woman, child, or man she would shoot you down just the same. Not only did she appear tough, but she never faltered because deep down she truly was evil.
“She looks like a sweet little lamb from afar, but when you get close, you find out she skinned the damn thing just to use it as a coat. She’s a beast.”
Liam was the Ceanna na connairte –to-be. He was cruel, to everyone, the only ones spared were family and only because they were family. Everyone one else was just a stepping stone to him. If he could use them he would and if he couldn't then he’d kill them.
“You’re a sex-crazed, closet smoker, who sells dope, crack, and smack for a living. Not to mention a murder”
“Like I said, I turned out fine.”
Killing someone was just as normal as drinking water to both Liam and Melody. And above all their qualities, both good and bad, the most prominent one was their snarky-ness. Well snarky-ness and then the use of the F-bomb, I’m pretty sure it can be found more than 2 times on every page. I was not a fan, there was definitely an excess but that’s probably the worst thing about it.
The story line was pretty suspenseful, when Melody was young the Valero and Amory had attacked her and she swore she would bring them down and put a bullet in their heads and burn them to the ground. Both Liam and Melody try to the bring them down and at the same time they try to trick each other and pretend they don’t need each other.
Sounds confusing but between all the Irish and Italian names, it’s easy to catch on.
Overall this is such a fun read. You will completely lose yourself in Liam and Melody’s story, they make the mafia look like a trip to Disney World.
Melody and Liam are forced to marry to bring two mafia families together. Do you believe that arrange marriages can really work in modern times?
I'm not sure in all honestly. The Romantic in me believes it can't possibly work. However there are some people and cultures that have done it for centuries. I believe that if the two people involved are okay with it then hey why not. The thing about Liam and Melody is they both knew it was coming and neither of them were going to fight it. They both accepted it because they got something out of it.
These days though I think everyone wants to meet their Prince Charming on their own and not with the help of their parents.
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