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 Blake 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.
About The Book
Author: Lexi Blake
Series: A Lawless Novel, Book 1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Heat Level: Explicit
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Blurb: 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…
“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.
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.
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Lexi-Blake/e/B005JVSDJ0