Ruthless: A Lawless Novel by Lexi BlakeRuthless: A Lawless Novel by Lexi Blake

Ruthless: A Lawless Novel

byLexi Blake

Paperback | August 9, 2016

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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...
Lexi Blake is the New York Times bestselling author of the Masters and Mercenaries series, including Master No, You Only Love Twice, and A View to a Thrill, and coauthor with Shayla Black of the Perfect Gentlemen series, including Big Easy Temptation and Seduction in Session, and the Masters of Menage series, including Their Virgin Mis...
Title:Ruthless: A Lawless NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8.24 × 5.42 × 0.9 inPublished:August 9, 2016Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0425283577

ISBN - 13:9780425283578

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from It was alright... I felt this book did not go into depth enough, especially with character development. I don't plan on reading any more of the series
Date published: 2018-01-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not was I was expecting, but... ... this book is exactly what I was looking for. A book that doesn't solely revolve around the romance aspect, but has other developed plot lines. Cannot wait to read satisfaction.
Date published: 2017-07-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome read Really enjoyed, loved the characters and the story line.
Date published: 2017-04-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it I thought the characters and story was really good. Love this author
Date published: 2017-04-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was good... It was a good novel but I kept feeling it needed to go more in depth with the character development. Overall, good story though. Decided to read it because it was always popping up as a recommendation in this category, I'm not sure if I'll be continuing the series for now.
Date published: 2017-04-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I fell in LOVE! I bought this a couple of weeks ago, and I could not put it down. It's a great read.
Date published: 2017-02-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from loved it really interesting plot, the characters were thought of in great detail. Lexi Blake is a great author!
Date published: 2017-01-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I thought it was great! The book was an interesting read for me.
Date published: 2017-01-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great tale of revenge and redemption 4.5 stars! When I started reading Ruthless by Lexi Blake, I was worried that it would contain some of the things that I personally dislike in books. For example, the hero cons and walks over the heroine without remorse; or the heroine doesn’t pick up the clues as quickly as she should and then forgives the hero for deceiving her way too quickly; or it’s BDSM even though it isn’t disclosed in the blurb (frankly, it’s a little refreshing not to have a book with BDSM in it although I know that most of Lexi Blake’s books do feature it in some way or form). Reading this book relieved my mind of all worries. It was a quick and engaging read with just enough angst to satisfy, but not so much that I wanted to throw the book at the wall. The story itself is part of a series in which each book tells the story of one of the Lawless siblings. The Lawless siblings are all bound by hatred and revenge because of the murder of their parents. In this first installment, Riley (who has a different last name) pretends to be on the side of Ellie Stratton, the daughter of the man who the siblings believe caused the deaths of their parents. Ellie is in need of a lawyer and Riley steps to the plate. Of course, he doesn’t tell her who he is and starts investigating her, up close and personal. He continues to deceive her throughout the book until something happens that brings everything to a head and his motives are exposed. To be honest, I was concerned with whether the author could redeem the character since I’ve read way too many books where a character does something unforgivable but it is glossed over and forgiven in the last chapter of the book – this book isn’t included in that group. In this one, there is still a lot of story left when Ellie discovers exactly why Riley approached her in the first place and the truth about his feelings for her. I can’t give all of it away (including if Ellie ever forgives Riley); but I will say that this book restored my faith in writers who confront issues head-on, rather than glossing over them for the sake of a HEA.
Date published: 2016-08-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from retribution and retaliation RUTHLESS is the first installment in Lexi Blake’s contemporary, adult LAWLESS erotic romantic, suspense series focusing on the Lawless siblings: Riley, Drew, Brandon and Mia. This is attorney Riley (Lang) Lawless, and heir to the StratCast company and Ellie Stratton’s story line. There is a bit of a cross over/spinoff with Blake’s Masters and Mercenaries series with the appearance and ongoing role for Mia and Case (Dominance Never Dies), and the McKay –Taggart Security Service. Told from dual third person perspectives (Riley and Ellie) RUTHLESS follows the Lawless siblings as they set out on a path of revenge for the murder of their parents twenty years earlier, and their first target is the daughter of their father’s late partner Phillip Stratton-Ellie Stratton-a woman whose world is about to crumble and fall. Riley’s need to destroy Ellie Stratton comes to a screaming halt when our hero begins to fall for the daughter of the man that destroyed his life. Twenty years earlier Benedict Lawless and his wife were murdered in a house fire intended to kill the entire family-a murder for hire where greed and power were the precipitating factors. Fast forward to present day wherein the Lawless siblings seek vengeance against the people who stole everything from their life. What ensues is the building relationship between Ellie Stratton and Riley Lawless –the man she hired to assist in a business buyout- and the take down of one more person responsible for the death the Lawless parents. The relationship between Riley and Ellie begins as a business deal wherein Riley is hired to facilitate a buyout between Ellie Stratton and Steven Castalano-another business partner targeted by the Lawless siblings. Riley is a man determined to get in, destroy, and get out but finds himself falling in love with his beautiful mark. Ellie not only has to deal with the betrayals of her father, her father’s current business partner, and people she once called friends, but she must also face the lies and deception of the man with whom she is falling in love. The $ex scenes are erotic, seductive and intense. All of the Lawless siblings play secondary and supporting roles. We are introduced to Drew, Brandon, Mia and Mia’s husband Case, and one of Benedict’s former partners Bill ‘Hatch’ Hatchard-a man who all but raised the Lawless siblings. I suspect there is a story about Hatch, and his role in the entire family saga. There are a number of Ellie’s co-workers and employees, as well as Ellie’s PA Lily, and Steven’s son Kyle. Brandon’s story will be told next in Satisfaction. The world building focuses on vengeance and justice, and the interesting family dynamics between the Lawless siblings each brought up through the Child Welfare System but only the youngest child Mia found a permanent family and some semblance of love. RUTHLESS is an intriguing tale of retribution and retaliation. It is a story about greed and privilege, murder and survival, family and the future. The premise is entertaining and engaging; the characters are broken, colorful, animated and intense; the romance is provocative but will falter in the face of lies and more betrayal. Lexi Blake pens another wonderful start to a new and intriguing series
Date published: 2016-08-09

Editorial Reviews

  “I love Lexi Blake. Read Ruthless and see why.”—New York Times bestselling author Lee Child   “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   “Ruthless is full of suspense, hot sex, and swoon-worthy characters—a must read! Lexi Blake is a master at sexy, thrilling romance!”—New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Probst   “With Ruthless, Lexi Blake has set up shop on the intersection of Suspenseful and Sexy, and I never want to leave.”—New York Times bestselling author Laurelin PaigePraise for the novels of Lexi Blake   “A book to enjoy again and again…Captivating.”—Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews   “A satisfying snack of love, romance, and hot, steamy sex.”—Sizzling Hot Books   “Hot and emotional.”—Two Lips Reviews   Praise for the Perfect Gentlemen series by Shayla Black and Lexi Blake   “Hot and edgy and laced with danger, the stories in the Perfect Gentlemen series are just that—perfect.”—New York Times bestselling author J. Kenner   “While there are certainly incendiary sex scenes at the top of this series opener, the strength is in the underlying murder and political mystery.”—RT Book Reviews