Monday, January 30, 2017

Ruthless by Lexi Blake

Title: Ruthless
Series: Lawless, 1
Author: Lexi Blake
Publisher: Berkley
Genre and Pairing: Contemporary and M/F
Page Count: 352 pages
Reviewer Name: Luna
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Publisher Blurb
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...

Lexi Blake has spun off her Masters and Mercenaries series with the first in the Lawless series. In Ruthless we get a better look at Mia’s family. The first at bat, as this family works to punish those responsible for the death on not only their parents but life and safety as they knew it, is Riley.
Riley is focused. His entire life has one purpose…make those who were responsible for the loss of his parents pay. And Ellie is just one link in that chain. But Riley’s focused failed to take into account the human element, especially when he finds himself attracted to the daughter of the enemy. Ms. Blake does an excellent job of peeling back the layers that make up the complex nature of this man. His determination hides a soft marshmallowy center. But even as he works to get Ellie to trust in him, he finds himself enjoying the woman before him. She brings out parts of his character he didn’t realize he had and needs he has ignored. When his plans backfire, Ms. Blake shows us the strength of his character, which I adored. Her characters are never one-dimensional and Riley is no exception. He is complex with a sense of honor that appeared buried deep but steel strong. Riley’s tunnel vision caused him to harm the one he has grown to love. Ms. Blake did not make it easy for him to repair the damage. Ellie was somewhat na├»ve and needed Riley’s ruthlessness but once trust is shattered can it be regained? The journey that Riley and Ellie took was well articulated. I believed their story. I wanted them to win together but I didn’t want the battle to be too easy and Ms. Blake did not disappoint. Both characters were strong and well developed. I was vested in them and their battle. This story is the start of something good and I can’t wait to see where Ms. Blake will take us next. 

                             Four Twinkling Stars

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