A Lawless Novel
By Lexi Blake
Coming 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...
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“Revenge was only one part of their plan. Justice was another.”
Ruthless is told from a combination of third person omniscient and subjective narratives (yeah, I had to look that up too). What this means is you have more of a bigger picture view and the internal dialogue for the main characters. This is a story telling technique that I haven’t seen in a while and I can’t remember any recent books in the romance genre where this was used. Or maybe I have but they didn’t stand out to me they way this story did. In the beginning it would take me off guard because I couldn’t tell WHOS head I was in. But stick with it! I think you’ll learn to love this added view of the story. I loved this book from page one. The prologue left me teary with my heart racing. After just a few short pages I was desperate for more. I needed to know what would happen to these characters and whether they would actually get the revenge they’ve spent multiple decades planning. And who would be damaged in the wake of their destruction.
“The safest way to ensure he got what he needed from her was to secure her loyalty. The easiest way to secure her loyalty was to become her lover.”
Ruthless mainly follows Riley Lawless one of four Lawless siblings. After the loss of their parents the siblings spend years trying to get back to each other and to find out what really happened the night they lost them. Part of their plan is to get inside information on one of the men they believe is responsible for their parents’ deaths, through his daughter. The unsuspecting Ellie Stratton gets caught in the middle of a dangerous game. Ellie’s father wished she had been a boy; A son that he could groom to take over his company. She has worked her whole life to be good enough. Yet has never felt like she was enough. For anyone. Until Riley walks in to her life and changes everything. But losing focus now, she could love all that she’s worked so hard for. The company is almost hers. Is she worth risking it all?
“Nothing that’s worth anything is safe.”
This was my first book by author Lexi Blake. Let me just say that I was not disappointed. She scattered so many seeds of what’s to come in the Lawless Sibling novels. I am eagerly awaiting SASTISFACTION, releasing in January. Book 2 in the Lawless series follows the youngest Lawless brother, Brandon. All the brothers had a hard life growing up in the system. Bran refuses to talk about all the details. But it changed him.
“He worried about Bran’s anger as much as he worried about Drew’s arctic chill. Whereas Bran had gone red hot, Drew was icy cold.”
If you’re like me and haven’t read any of Lexi’s books yet, I highly suggest you start with this one. The story was gripping with complex characters and so many different twists and turns. It left me desperate for more. I really hope that Lexi writes a book for each of the siblings. There were even a handful of side characters I wouldn’t mind learning more about. I’m going to leave you with a quote from RUTHLESS that I can’t stop thinking about. It hit me deep in my core.
“We all want to think there’s some magical normal out there that we could achieve if we only did this or believed in that. It’s not true. Normal for humans means struggle. We’re all out there trying to make it through.”
(Photo credit: Brie/@chapter_break on Instagram)
(Photo credit: Brie/@chapter_break on Instagram)
NY Times and USA Today bestselling author Lexi Blake lives in North Texas with her husband, three kids, and the laziest rescue dog int eh 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.