Ruthless People by J. J. McAvoy


Book description:

“Mr. & Mrs. Smith meets the Sopranos…”

To 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.

1 Marriage x 2 Bosses = 3x the Chaos

*Warning: Due to bad language, graphic violence and sex this is for over-18’s only* These are not mobsters with a heart of gold….

They do VERY bad things and will NOT change.
They are criminals…murders.

If things like that bother you Ruthless People is not for you. You’ve been warned 😉

Giselle’s Review:

I honestly do not think I’ve ever had such a big internal struggle with what to say in a review. But here I am, 2 hours after finishing Ruthless People, mentally struggling to find the right words to describe my experience with Ruthless People. Ruthless People can be described as unique, f*cked-up, bad-ass, sexy-as-hell, and yes, even a bit romantic. <3 I also found a lot of things in this book to be hilarious but if you don’t enjoy dark humor chances are you may not find this book as entertaining as I did.


I am a huge fan of mafia romances but this one is by far my FAVORITE mafia/mob romance EVER. This book had everything I loved in a book, and I mean absolutely everything. Ruthless People had the bad-ass dominant heroine, the alpha male, the dark humor, the perfectly steamy scenes.

First you should know, Ruthless People is not a fluffily, sunshine, and rainbows read. This book is really messed up. There’s killing-of-innocents, destroying-of-lives, bashing-of-faces, and a helluv a lot more violence. And yes, despite all of that, I still became OBSESSED with this book and these characters.

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Going into this book, I knew bad things were going to happen, and decisions were going to be made that I necessarily didn’t agree with, so I knew not to overthink it. I mean J.J. McAvoy even warns you, “These are not mobsters with a heart of gold….They do VERY bad things and will NOT change. They are criminals…murders.If things like that bother you Ruthless People is not for you.”. She’s not kidding people!

This book drew me in from the beginning because it was just so damn entertaining. It was one of those novels that grabbed a hold of me and didn’t let me go. The characters are different from any characters I’ve ever read about, and having the dual POV was the cherry on top of this delicious ice-cream sundae.

So meet Melody Giovanni and Liam Callahan. Two merciless Mafia Bosses arranged to be married.


Melody and Liam have the biggest lust/love/hate relationship on this planet. Like think about the biggest love/hate relationship you’ve ever read or known about and then multiply it times 10. That is Melody and Liam’s relationship.

So what happens when you put two extreme dominant’s in a relationship and give them some combat training, guns, and knives?
Well, a whole lot of this..

and this…


Ruthless People not only had some of the hottest fights/make-out scenes, but it also had some of the greatest dark humor. I highlighted so many inappropriate and witty things in this novel that J.J. McAvoy truly deserves an award for making me stop, laugh, and highlight so many times.

“My mother told me never to hit a woman, but you are pushing my limits.” “Funny, my father told me the same thing. Would you like me to apologize?”

“What the fuck do you mean you couldn’t get extra kiwi!” I yelled, opening the lid to my drink. “You can fucking destroy Chicago, make it rain blood, but you can’t get a fruit in my drink?”

Did I mention that this book is also HOT? Like I felt the flames coming out of the page hot? If you like your alpha male this book is definitely for you because Liam is nothing if not one of the baddest alpha kings out there.

“The moment the ink touched that fucking paper, you were mine. Mine to fuck. Mine to fucking command, and mine to put in your fucking place.” 

However, I probably would have not enjoyed this book as much as I did, if at all, if Mel just rolled over to Liam’s ways and didn’t fight back, but fight back she definitely did!

“First,” I said, pressing into his neck, “get used to this position, because you’re my bitch , not the other way around.”

Ruthless People is a MUST READ for all Mafia romance lovers and I recommend it to everyone who can handle the violence and bad people doing bad things. So go ahead and one-click this novel ASAP if you meet the requirements. 😉

P.S. This book is the first book in a three book series. *impatiently waiting for The Untouchables*

Click on cover photo to purchase Ruthless People on Amazon. 🙂


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