Ruthless by Lexi Blake is the first book in her brand new series Lawless. It is an erotic and steamy tale filled with plot twists and turns and suspense that will leave you avidly turning each page just ready to devour more and more and more of Riley and Ellie's story as well as the entire Lawless clan.
Ellie is the target - she has done anything wrong but the sins of the father will be visited upon his daughter. The Lawless siblings are out for revenge and she is part of their end goal. They don't realize that she knows how terrible her father was and is nothing like him, not until it's too late anyway.
Riley has a mission - get close to and infiltrate the life of Ellie Stratton in order to allow their revenge plan to be successful. What Riley doesn't expect and pretty much gets blindsided by is his bone deep attraction to Ellie. That was never part of the plan and now the plan must change.
But with years of planning in the works will this cause everything to fail catastrophically?
Amazing book, well-written and well-paced with characters you just want more of, like all the time, more! I loved it and cannot wait for the next book (Brandon's story), Satisfaction expected in January 2017.
Lexi Blake is one author that I know without a doubt will deliver a fast paced storyline, great characters and steamy romance. Ruthless is Blake's first foray into contemporary romance and man did she hit it out of the park.
To say I was excited to get a Lawless Sibling's book is an understatement. With Blake's ability to weave a story and a plot based on revenge at any cost, I knew it would be right up my alley. Ruthless is a spin off from the Masters & Mercenaries series, but can easily be read as a standalone.
For decades, the male Lawless siblings have been plotting the revenge for the murder of their parents. They know who the main players are and finally they are setting their plans in motion.
With the first mark clearly in their sights, they decide that the best course of action is to send someone in to seduce the daughter of one of their enemies and bring them down from the inside.
But Riley Lawless was not expecting Ellie Stratton. All of a sudden, what was a cold hearted mission turns into matters of the heart. Riley finds himself in a position where the best laid plans are not always the right ones. Can a relationship that started under false pretenses weather a storm that is set to knock the players in this game for six?
I love me a man that is consumed by his woman. And even though it is not in the traditional sense, this is exactly Riley Lawless. While he is not perfect, the internal conflict was genuine and he battled with doing what was right for all involved. His need to protect drew me to him like a moth to a flame. It didn't hurt that the man was a god at seduction and knew exactly the right things to say and do, both inside and outside of the bedroom. There was never a doubt that his heart was always in the right place, even if his actions appeared different.
Ellie was not without her own slew of secrets. Her heart of gold was also her biggest weakness but that did not make her weak in my eyes. It was apparent that she wanted love and affection in her life but when the chips were down, she was a tigeress. Her ability to trust, while misguided at times, was what made her genuine and relatable. I connected with her character on every level and at times my heart was so messed up along with her.
If you have not read a sex scence by Lexi Blake, you are truly missing out. The way that she is able to bring a scence to life - layer by layer of anticipation - ensures that the tension and chemistry is dialled to extreme. And the feeling of satisfaction for me is immense. She uses this scenes so well to compliment the chemistry and dynamic of the characters, rather than being included for the sake of it.
With the hallmark levels of action, intrigue and bad guys, Ruthless is a testament to Blake's writing. Her stories always pack a punch in both the sexiness and action. Never is there a dull moment or lull in her stories. Each page just seems to turn itself.
Lexi Blakes delivers a story that intermingles the need when you have found the one with the absolute thirst of exacting a revenge which has been in the making for decades. I highly recommend this book if you like your love stories with plenty of steam and action. You won't be disappointed.