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Ruthless
     

Ruthless

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by Gina L. Maxwell
 

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He's called Ruthless.

A sex god with tattoos, piercings, black hair styled to look like he just got laid, and completely off-limits. But I'm like the badass honey badger, and when I'm told I can't have something I want, I go after it that much harder.

It wasn't long before I had him pushing me up against the wall for a mutually agreed upon one-time

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He's called Ruthless.

A sex god with tattoos, piercings, black hair styled to look like he just got laid, and completely off-limits. But I'm like the badass honey badger, and when I'm told I can't have something I want, I go after it that much harder.

It wasn't long before I had him pushing me up against the wall for a mutually agreed upon one-time thing. In an alley. Rough and wild. Best. Sex. Ever.

Now he's my boss and—spoiler alert—and we can barely keep from tearing each other's clothes off. But he's determined it will never happen again, and it's not only our work relationship that's stopping him. He has a secret kink—one he's sure I won't want any part of—and he's using it to push me away.

But I'm a honey badger, damn it, and I'm not about to give up on this without a fight. It's time to go after what I want and show this man he's not the only one who can be…ruthless.

Each book in the Playboys in Love series is a standalone, full-length story that can be enjoyed out of order.
Series Order:
Book #1 Shameless
Book #2 Ruthless

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781633757158
Publisher:
Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date:
01/30/2017
Series:
Playboys in Love , #2
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
289
Sales rank:
621
File size:
2 MB

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Meet the Author

New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author, Gina L. Maxwell, is a shameless romance addict with no intentions of ever kicking the habit.

Growing up, she dreamed of helping people escape reality with her sublime acting abilities. It wasn’t until college when she realized she had none to speak of, thereby derailing her lifelong plans. Another ten years would pass before she discovered a different means of accomplishing the same dream: writing stories of love and passion for romance addicts just like her.

Thanks to the support of her amazing family, Gina is now the Boss of the world’s first organized romance mafia, the Maxwell Mob, and living her dream of bringing a little romantic fantasy to the world—one steamy novel at a time.

Visit and chat with Gina on all her social media homes: www.ginalmaxwell.com


New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author, Gina L. Maxwell, is a shameless romance addict with no intentions of ever kicking the habit.

Growing up, she dreamed of helping people escape reality with her sublime acting abilities. It wasn’t until college when she realized she had none to speak of, thereby derailing her lifelong plans. Another ten years would pass before she discovered a different means of accomplishing the same dream: writing stories of love and passion for romance addicts just like her.

Thanks to the support of her amazing family, Gina is now the Boss of the world’s first organized romance mafia, the Maxwell Mob, and living her dream of bringing a little romantic fantasy to the world—one steamy novel at a time.

Visit and chat with Gina on all her social media homes: www.ginalmaxwell.com

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Ruthless 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Anonymous 8 days ago
Can not wait for the next one!!!
Anonymous 13 days ago
Super kinky, funny and impossible to stop. Roman is your bad boy wet dream with some serious kinky habit. Addie is a bossy, adventurous, open minded girl. Explosive combination
Anonymous 14 days ago
It was hot sexy and had me laughing. Super easy read.
AliCrean 16 days ago
Describe this book in nine words: Raw and naughty on the razor’s edge of tragedy. I normally would focus on the hot and sexy of a smutty book like this because HOT AND SEXY! There is nothing bad when those two things hang out together. And it’s enough to turn my head every time. The true value of this novel isn’t steam related in anyway-- but I will reiterate, it’s high on steam. Gina L. Maxwell interjects a heart wrenching undertone to Ruthless I think many erotic novels get snipped out in editing or overshadowed by inserted sensual scenes. In this second Playboys in Love novel Gina L. Maxwell stunningly retains a level of dark truth about broken relationships that plague the psyche of lovers throughout time. And she does it masterfully. Roman Reeves is one of those lovers a woman can define her every weakness and broken hope by. He’s a man of influence, a lawyer who likes to win. A man of stature who must always maintain an air of respect. Restricting his demeanor for public consumption has cleaved him in half, burying his real needs and wants deeply into an alternative world. His life has become a sleight of hand and a bald face lie. He has sacrificed a little on both sides to find a modicum of peace that leaves him feeling empty. He’s twins in one body: Roman--analytical and cold; Ruthless, the persona that can feel and live. A half life that can’t reconcile a personal relationship on a meaningful level for fear his dark side will devour and incinerate anything that gets too close. A friend of a friend and his new lawyer hiree, Addison won’t turn away from the things that might scare her. She burns for experiences that will allow her to touch danger. She wants to be pushed, starving for something that she can conquer and revel in. Her tragedy is that loving a man like Roman is like touching a star. The difference between what she sees and what she gets is no less than an ocean of tears. Let me tell you, the heart wrenching moment when Addison realizes she has walked into her own destruction is so crushing that I felt it too. Fear not, my little pervs! The under arching emotional plot construction isn’t so heavy that it will weigh you down from the sexy times. Some people won’t even feel it. Ruthless is different than Shameless in that the erotic parts aren’t a steady diet of kinky degradation. Roman’s fetish is uniquely his; the only time he can be himself--be honest. I think he likes what he does to some extent because he needs that part of him to be validated. He likes witnesses to the most vulnerable part of him. And the guy is hot and sexy. HOT AND SEXY. HOT and SEXY. SEXY! HOT. Addison is a genuinely likeable ball buster. I feel that her finest moments are when she lets down her shields and allows herself to shatter. It gave me a chance to find the strength in her character. The storycrafting is phenomenal and the telling stellar. I loved Shameless but this book feels like it is built on a more solid foundation. I really can’t wait to read Austin’s story. I don’t know if she can write another one of these gems but I hope so. If you like this then definitely pick up the first book Shameless. Also L.A. Fiore’s Beautifully Damaged or Penelope Ward’s Roomhate if you want to branch out.
JackiesBookWorld 16 days ago
Rating: 3.5/5 Not having read any other books by the author before, I was really intrigued with the synopsis of this book and of the swoon worthy cover! At the beginning of the book we get to meet Roman, a very successful attorney and a stripper. Though he has the job that he loves, it's his ruthless nature and sexual appetite that often gets him in trouble with the women that he meets. But it is his rule of no messing around with any of his friend's friends that has him on edge, especially when he meets Addison. Their chemistry from the start is one that they can't ignore, they know what their friends are going to think, but working together has them around each other constantly which doesn't help at all. No matter how hard Roman tries to put Addison on his off-limits list, she challenges him like no one has before and that he sets to make her his no matter what. For Addison being confident is one of her strengths, as a junior attorney for a major law firm she has been used to deal people challenging her all the time. Yet Roman is a different type of challenge that she can't pass, and soon she finds herself flirting with the guy that turns out to be her new boss. Needless to say the more time they send with each other, the more she begins to develop feelings for him that may or may not end up hurting her in the end. I very much enjoyed just how much chemistry the characters have. They are different yet the same in terms of wanting to challenge one another to get what they want. Although the story had strong moments, I was on the fence with Roman's character in pats of the story. The story as a whole is good, but it didn't wow me as I would have liked. All in all, Ruthless was okay for me, the ending was good and I do think people would really like it. I would still recommend it and I will most definitely be checking out more of the author's works in the future. ;) ***ARC provided for blog tour purposes in return for an honest review.***
Sandy-thereadingcafe 16 days ago
3.75 stars--RUTHLESS is the second installment in Gina Maxwell’s contemporary, adult PLAYBOYS IN LOVE erotic, romance series focusing a tight knit group of male friends who have formed ‘Playboys 4 Hire’-an after hours all-male strip group for hire. This is attorneys Roman ‘Ruthless’ Reeves, and Addison ‘Addie’ Paige’s story line. RUTHLESS can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from the previous story line is revealed where necessary. NOTE: RUTHLESS is an erotic story line that contains scenes of M/F/M sexual situations including voyeurism, ménage and sharing partners. Told from dual first person perspectives (Roman and Addison) RUTHLESS focuses on the building relationship between Roman Reeves, and Addison Paige. By day, Roman Reeves is a high powered attorney working for his own upstart law firm; by night our hero is Ruthless, an exotic dancer for hire with one rule, and one rule only-he doesn’t date friends or friends of friends. When his partner at the law firm hires a new attorney, Roman comes face to face with his last one-night stand. Enter Addison Paige, his best friend’s wife’s friend, and the woman who makes him break all of his rules. What ensues is the developing romance between Roman and Addison; and the fall out when mistaken beliefs and a lack of communication interfere in the growing relationship. Roman’s sexual proclivities extend towards the kink, and there is never a repeat or second time. Addison is a woman whose attraction to Roman finds herself accepting all that is Roman Reeves, including a relationship where another man is part of the scene. The $ex scenes are intimate, erotic and intense. There is plenty of back and forth banter between all of the story line characters. We are re-introduced to Chance and Jane (Shameless #1), as well as Austin Massey, the third member of the Playboys 4 Hire. Austin will enter the relationship between Roman and Addison, a relationship that will be destroyed when jealousy and anger override one man’s sexual desires. The world building looks at the professional lives of Roman and Addison as they struggle to keep secret their after-hours affair, and as they battle the growing love between one another. Work place romances are difficult but mistaken beliefs push Addison out of Roman’s life and into a world of heartbreak and hurt. RUTHLESS is a sexy, provocative and fateful story line of two people caught between desire and love, want and need. The premise is imaginative; the characters are spicy and impulsive; the romance is energetic and intense.
Naughty_Book_Blog 20 days ago
Oh sweet baby Jesus, this book! I devoured it in a matter of hours. It was my first book by this author, but it definitely won't be my last. When I first started it, I was a little unsure if I was going to be able to get into it. I sort of felt like the premise was one that was overdone and I was sort of bored with it. Another forbidden office romance. Yawn. And his "I don't sleep with friends of friends" rule. Lame. So not forbidden in my book. Then, like divine intervention, the clouds parted and light shone down from the heavens and all my senses perked up. Ménage you say? YES PLEASE! Please forgive me for doubting, you have my full attention now. It even gets better! Roman is a sexy lawyer by day, with a badass stripper alter ego by night with tattoos and a piercing I had to Google to find out exactly what it was. HELL YES. Then Addison, God bless her fiery spirit, put Roman in his place, called him on his seriously weak excuses and things got seriously HAWT. I did find the plot line and Roman's character a little bit predictable, but in the end I didn’t care because it was exactly what I wanted from the story. Even when you see the train wreck about to happen, you still can't look away, right? I thoroughly enjoyed watching Addision teach Roman a thing or two, put him in his place and bring him to his knees. Atta girl!
Anonymous 21 days ago
I finished in one day! I waited three weeks for this book now I am waiting for Austin's and Liam's stories! Thank you for the awesome books!
Lori-Gonzo 25 days ago
Ok, warning, keep your fire extinguisher, ice pack, or cold shower nearby. This book is freaking HOT! Roman and Addison are explosive and so delicious in every scene they are in. She kept him on his toes and challenged him every step of the way. In return, he fueled all her sexual desires and then some. They were an entertaining pair for sure. I loved her sass and gung go attitude. Roman was hot, wickedly dirty, and yet tender with her. This story flowed very well and kept me wondering what filthy fun they would get to next. I loved all the secondary characters and hope Austin gets his own story soon. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher through Netgalley.
Emily-SBDR 26 days ago
I may have been a Gina L Maxwell virgin going into Ruthless, but she has made me a freaking lifer. This book was EVERYTHING. Kinky. Delicious. Sexy. Intriguing. Stunning. See? Told you. It's everything I was looking for. The fresh voice, and uniquely smart-assed and quippy characters make for one hell of a read. Addison and Roman are one ballsy couple. She's tough with a melt-y center reserved for Roman only, and he's implacable and guarded with a teeny tiny sweet spot that Addison makes burn brighter. They're not relationship people. But together they're just sublimely sensual and fun. A cat and mouse duo with nothing but pleasure in mind for their endgame. He resists. She tempts. They combust. A quite typical formula, but with the special spark Ms. Maxwell delivers, Ruthless became a world of characters I wanted to revel in. This book is a must-read. With a hint of menage, downright lovable and endearing characters, a sturdy and well-versed story and tons of heat-pounding sex, Ruthless has edged it's way into my to-be-read-again pile and I'll be needing more of these sexy Playboys in Love men! Happy Reading! *ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*
WendyR86 27 days ago
Just like the first book in the series, this was an easy hot read. Roman and Addison are the best friends of the main characters from book one. There is a definite attraction from both sides and it was interesting to read how each one would act on it. I did enjoy the time that Roman and Addison spent together in regular settings-they gained a great rapport and I could sense the dramatic progress of feelings. It was nice to see their interactions together and the progression of their relationship. Gina had me hooked on how it would all play out. While this wasn’t a bad read, there were some parts of the story that I didn’t gel with-this was more due to my preferences than anything else. This was a quick nice read. I really liked the characters-they were great. Just like book one, they are what kept the book interesting. I am intrigued by Austin and I’m hoping that his book is next.
Nicolerko 27 days ago
I loved this one! It's really hot so make sure to have an ice cold drink handy. Trust me you'll need it. Roman is delicious and he a few surprises. The chemistry between him and Addison is off the charts. Roman doesn't touch friends or friends of friends, but when the attraction is as explosive as it is between him and Addison he can't help, but touch. Things get a little complicated when business comes into play. Can Roman break the rules when it comes to Addison or will he let the best thing ever happen to him slip away?
TammyS32 27 days ago
Hot! This is a fast paced steamy read with great characters and steamy sex. Gina did a great job of weaving this hot read in to a steamy love story. I loved it!
Rhondaz 27 days ago
Ruthless by Gina L. Maxwell......Oh my!! This book is so hot I could not put this book down read straight through. I loved the characters Roman and Addison they both strong and fun. I enjoyed watching their stories be told. I love Gina L. Maxwell, she is an amazing storyteller and pulls you into the story. I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book from publisher via NetGalley.
etoile1996 27 days ago
in ruthless, the second book in gina maxwell's playboys in love series, we see roman and addison light up the boardroom and the dance floor with their explosive chemistry and crazy sexual tension. addie has always been the girl who flouts the rules, she fights for what she wants, and works and plays hard. she wants roman as soon as she sees him, and even though he usually doesn't get tangled up with friends of friends sexually, she's going to make sure that he breaks that silly rule of his. there's a reason for this that addie isn't aware of. roman has certain needs that most girls he meets aren't up for. he enjoys sharing his partners, having another pair of hands on hand in order to increase his partner's pleasure. addie is taken aback by these needs, but she's open-minded enough to try things. especially given how intense the connection is between roman and her. when she ends up working at roman's newly-launched law firm, at first they try to stay away from each other, but it's too late to stop their relationship, they are already too connected to keep things only professional. their relationship as it develops and grows is really lovely, and sweetly emotional. but just when roman is ready to admit that he's ready to be intimate with only addison, and doesn't need the added buffer of a third, he's blindsided by a secret that addison has been keeping from him. now as you are reading, you totally know that this is coming, but at the same time, it's one of those things where the whole thing could have been avoided. i think the issue is that what causes the big blow up is such a stupid misunderstanding, and these characters are smarter than this. they should have been able to communicate better, we'd seen their relationship grow into something strong, even given their emotional baggage. so the level of obtuseness was a bit hard to swallow given that they had been behaving like normal human beings otherwise. they figure themselves out, but i think i would have preferred something less dramatic happening to cause the drama or something with bigger stakes, because in the end, when they finally have the talk that resolves everything, they've been separated for three months, and a ten-minute conversation fixes things. and like of course i'm happy for a happily ever after, but at the same time, i struggled with the way everything ended up getting resolved. **ruthless will publish on january 30, 2017. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/entangled publishing (scorched) in exchange for my honest review.
voraciousreaderKB 27 days ago
I was given an advanced copy of this book to write an honest review for Netgalley and Cocktails and Books. RUTHLESS is a fun, fast paced, sexy story with great dialogue and lots of chemistry between the characters. This captivating story centers on two bold and independent attorneys who are constantly giving each other lots of snarky attitude and I loved all their verbal bantering. Roman and Madison hook up and afterwards discover they are going to be working together when Addison is hired to work for Roman’s law firm. Even though they are attracted to one another, Roman and Addison try to hide their feelings. It is entertaining as they spar with each other and try to ignore the sizzling chemistry burning between them. Roman is constantly trying to get himself under control whenever he is around Addison but she pushes all his buttons. Roman has never met a woman like Addison. She is a great attorney and they have a highly charged sexual relationship. What starts as just sex turns into more as they spend time with each other. I like these two together; they complement each other. Roman tries to keep his distance from Addison because he thinks he is too kinky for her. He enjoys threesomes and he needs to be in control. Addison is sassy, smart and strong willed, yet she likes Romans dominant ways. Addison is ambitious and sexy and pretends she feels nothing for Roman. Roman and Addison both have two personas. One is for work and the other for play. Roman is a bad boy with piercings and tattoos in his free time and a conservative attorney while at work. This story is told from alternating POV’s and has some entertaining secondary characters. RUTHLESS is a smoldering story filled with heat, desire and wickedness.
Janet_Reads 27 days ago
Ruthless is the second book in Gina Maxwell’s Playboys in Love series, but you do need to read the first book in order to dive into this one. The premise for the series is that three college friends own a stripper-for-hire company and all three men moonlight as strippers. They started the business in college but all now have successful day jobs, and they are all three also into kinky sex - each has his own favorite fetish. Roman is the lawyer of the bunch and his stripper name is Ruthless. He meets Addison (Addie) through a mutual friend, and they have a crazy hot night of sex (in a bar) that gets complicated - on many levels - because Addison now works for Roman. Even though mixing work with sex isn’t the smartest, they can’t resist each other. They find they like each other and the casual sex becomes a relationship. Luckily, both are professionals and seem to be able handle working together, but Roman is into menage and feels like he wants/needs it to be satisfied. Addie has never experimented, but she wants to with him and they do. They have sex A LOT, but Ruthless also has a heartfelt and interesting story that sensitively explores some of the emotional aspects of multiple partners. Roman and Addison are both great characters who both challenge and compliment each other. They have amazing chemistry and there is a witty push/pull between them. While Roman’s kink isn’t my cup of tea, Ms. Maxwell writes sensual love scenes with emotion. Ruthless is hotter than the first book - Shameless - so you’ll definitely want to read this one at home. ARC provided by publisher via NetGalley, but this review was voluntarily and honestly written.
Bette313 27 days ago
I thought the first book in this series Shameless was hot. Well get ready to crank up the heat level as Roman "Ruthless" Reese brings us his brand of sexy. Both Roman and Addison are great characters. Both have intense personalities and while they work hard all day they both enjoy playing even harder. By day they are upstanding hardworking attorneys, by night their wild sides come out to play and there is no holding back. This is a fantastic, seriously hot read that you don't want to miss. I highly recommend it.
tsmb02 3 months ago
Holy cow this book was awesome! I just loved Addison Paige and Roman Reeves. These two were off the charts hot and fun! Did I mention hot? I knew Addison was going to be fun based on what she did to Jane in the first book by sending her a stripper from Playboys 4 Hire, but I didn't have a feel yet for Ruthless Roman, lawyer by day, stripper by night! Addison is attracted to Roman right away when they meet at a friends get-together, but Roman has a rule...don't mess around with a friend's friend. Since Janey started dating Chance, she has become a good friend to Roman so that makes Addie off limits. Too bad Addie has other plans...she didn't earn the nickname Honey Badger for nothing! Addie pursues Roman and does get her man! Talk about explosive! Problem is that neither one of them expected it to be so explosive! Then two months later....BANG!...guess who is the new junior lawyer working for Roman????...Addie! The sexual frustration these two go through because she is now his employee is comical! I really enjoyed their banter back and forth. You knew it wouldn't take long for these two to hook back up. Problem is that Roman has a certain preference when it comes to sex and he wasn't sure Addie would be agreeable to that. Imagine his surprise when she is! As these two spend more and more time together their relationship quickly changes. Even thought they both have issues from their past, they are able to find their happy ending. Overall, this was a wonderful story, with such great, fun characters who set the pages on fire!
Lashea677 3 months ago
ARC Review: Ruthless (Playboys in Love) by Gina L. Maxwell For this bad boy, breaking the rules is a way of life. Roman thrives on pushing the envelope in his career, his personal life and behind closed doors. He meets his match in maneater Addison. She knows what she wants and goes for it, no matter the risk. So when she sets her sights on Mr, Ruthless, himself, not only do things get interesting but a torrential downpour couldn't cool off the inferno that blasts through their lives. Ruthless takes raunchy to a whole new level with it's sexcapades while delivering a story that is as demanding as it's main characters.