in a sexy contemporary romance series featuring the Lawless siblings—from New
York Times bestselling author Lexi Blake.
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...
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...
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...
I was immediately intrigued by Ruthless by Lexi Blake. I don't know what the draw or pull was to this story, but through many distractions and starts and stops, I persevered. I pressed on and was not disappointed by the story that unfolded between Ellie Stratton and Riley Lawless.
All his life he had to fight... no, really he did. He fought for his family, he fought in a group home, he fought for his future, and he had to fight for the one person he ever loved outside of his family, Ellie Stratton. However, because he was always in fight mode, he almost missed the one thing his deceased father told him he should strive to be in life--HAPPY.
Conversely, Ellie had all of the finest things the world money could buy, except the love and acceptance of her father and because of that, she learned to be a fighter. She had to fight and work hard for everything she wanted, but she had a dangerous blind spot that left her vulnerable because she was always the optimistic the the cruel world of corporate American and a deranged old man that wanted her dead.
Together these two were swoon worthy. There was no pretense or barriers between these two star-crossed lovers. Even though their paths were destined to cross, because of a murderous plot 20 years before they met. However, as fate would have it their hands were forced by that deranged old man I was talking about earlier and through a web of lies and deceit he nearly tore the two of them apart.
Overall, I enjoyed this story! All of the characters of the Lawless clan were intriguing from Mia to Bran to Drew to Case and even Hatch. I loved how the story ended and I can't wait to read the next installment of this series, entitled Satisfaction which will feature Bran's story and his journey to find love.
I digress. I would give this novel an easy 3.5-stars and would recommend that you jog and read Ruthless, by Lexi Blake. Although, I overall enjoyed the plot, the characters, and pace for the most part, I felt there were time when I felt I was reading the same thing over and over again.
This was the first book of this series and I am definitely looking forward to not only Bran's story, but Drew's story as well, because whoever manages to tame that man will have to be dang near Wonder Woman, Drew is a bad -bad and his story is enough to keep my attention throughout this series.
About The Author
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.
“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.
“Smart, savvy, clever, and always entertaining. That’s true of Riley Lawless, the hero in Ruthless, and likewise for his creator, Lexi Blake. Both are way ahead of the pack.” ~ New York Times bestselling author Steve Berry
"I love Lexi Blake. Read Ruthless and see why.” ~ New York Times bestselling author Lee Child
With Ruthless, Lexi Blake has set up shop on the intersection of Suspenseful and Sexy, and I never want to leave. ~ Laurelin Paige, New York Times bestselling author
Ruthless is full of suspense, hot sex, and swoon worthy characters -- a must read!" ~ New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Probst