Ruthless

Lexi Blake
Ruthless
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Publisher
Berkley
Release Date
August 2016
ISBN
9780425283578
Series
Book 1 of A Lawless Novel
Genre
Contemporary Romance

SUMMARY
The first in a sexy contemporary romance series featuring the Lawless siblings—from New York Times bestselling author Lexi Blake.

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...

Book Review by Ashia (reviewer)
Aug 08, 2016   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
76 people found the following review helpful
I've heard so much about this author that when I was given a chance to review her book, I jumped at the chance. The blurb initially caught my attention, and I settled in for an exciting read.

Riley Lawless and his siblings lost their parents at a young age, when his father's partners murdered them for his code and made millions out of it. For twenty years, they've been working on a chance for revenge and justice. Now, the time has come.

Going by Riley Lang, he was hired by Ellie Stratton, the daughter of Philip Stratton, to help her buy out her father's business partner's (Steven Castalano) stakes. Both Philip and Steven were the object of the Lawless's revenge, and now that Philip was dead, Riley sets his sights on Ellie, only to realize that Ellie is nothing like her father. There was mutual attraction between them, but just as Riley changed his mind about Ellie, things explode, the truth is out, and Ellie felt betrayed. Could Riley win her back? What about justice for his parents?

I love Riley! He's so sure and confident, and clear-eyed. He saw Ellie clearly for what she is, and he isn't blinded by what her father had done. But what I like about him the most is that he wasn't inflexible. When he realized he loved Ellie, he could and is willing to forego his revenge (justice) for a chance at happiness with her.

While the conflict was intriguing and the plot contains unexpected twists and turns to make this story exciting, the writing felt unpolished. Which, I have to admit, hindered my enjoyment somewhat.

That said, I think the author has bigger surprises in store for us in the next books, including the identity of the fourth person who had wronged their parents.
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