Title: Ruthless
Series: A Lawless Novel
Author: Lexi Blake
Release Date: August 9, 2016!!

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...
Ruthless is a non stop thrill ride, chock full with secrets of revenge and betrayal. It's dramatic and brings some hard hitting feels from the opening lines. Lexi Blake is a smart, seasoned writer, engaging her reader instantly, and easily, in this addictive start to a brand new series! I'm intrigued by everything, everyone, and I can't wait to see what's going to happen to Brandon and Drew. 

Captivating, the Lawless gang is impossible not to love. A bunch of juicy alpha males who are demanding, dominating, and woo you with big hearts and sweet vulnerable sides. And while Ruthless focuses on Riley Lawless, his brothers--Drew and Brandon--are getting books next and are showcased perfectly throughout the first novel. Smart, edgy, and definitely steamy, this series is on a one way street to be becoming something incredible. I loved the first book, loved the drama and intrigue, loved the dynamic between the characters, and I can't wait for more. 

Truthfully, I haven't read many of Lexi Blake's books but I have to say, she writes wonderfully. Her characters are easy to connect with and her stories are detailed and vivid. Ruthless follows as Riley Lawless--the smooth, charming, and charismatic brother in the Lawless clan--tries to make his mark on Ellie Stratton's world. Riley, Drew, Brandon and Mia--the only Lawless sister--are obsessed with avenging the death of their parents. They have spent years planning a mission to take down those responsible for the harsh downfall of their lives. 

Riley is tasked with infiltrating StratCast and getting Ellie Stratton (the upcoming CEO and daughter of the man who murdered his family) wrapped around his fingers. Their love story is anything but simple, yet it's undeniably sweet as Ellie turns out to be everything Riley is unprepared for. 

Ellie hates her father. She knows he was a monster, a cruel, heartless, ruthless monster. But Ellie's been groomed from a young age to take over the company her father ruled with an iron fist and she plans to do that, and do it well. With her father now dead, and his partner Steven wanting to retire, Ellie is in the process of getting everything she needs together. She obviously can't buy Steven's stock, and take over, without legal counsel, so she hires Riley Lawless to make the transition simple. 

But Riley comes in with his own agenda, one that doesn't involve making things easy for Ellie. However, one look at the woman he had planned to take down softens Riley and eventually he has to decided between love and revenge.

Full of twists and turns, intrigue, and secrets, this book keeps you on your toes. There is so much happening behind the scenes, so many things that will take you by surprise. Lust, lies, and betrayal, Ruthless is a story about falling in love with the enemy. I loved every second of reading about these characters and I fell for each and every one of them. The dynamic, the chemistry, the entire book was just sizzling. And I have to say, I'm so intrigued by Drew, who feels like the dark force in this series, the one brother who desperately needs a woman to bring him to his knees.

Overall, I highly recommend this to readers who like steamy romantic suspense. It's well written. It's definitely addictive. And I am dying to get hands on the next book. 

Angie's Rating:

“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.

NY Times and USA Today bestselling author Lexi Blake lives in North Texas with her husband, three kids, and the laziest rescue dog in the 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.


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