Ruthless

Ruthless

by Lexi Blake
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Ruthless by Lexi Blake

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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ISBN-13: 9780425283578
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/09/2016
Series: Lexi Blake's Lawless Series , #1
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 199,469
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

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 Mistress and Their Virgin Secretary.

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Ruthless 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a quick read, page turning introduction to the Lawless siblings own series. Of course, I loved it. It's Lexi Blake... but be warned this story is rather VANILLA compared to other series . Can't wait to see what Bran does in the next installment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's a good introduction of the Lawless men...I say men because Mia had her story in the Masters and Mercenaries series in Dominace Never Dies, she's married to Case Taggart...yum! Oh yah, where was I...This series is about a family that was ripped apart by the greed of 3 people,...no make that 4, and the way it has shaped their lives and the women who are going to show them that there is so much more to life than revenge/justice...like love and happiness. If you haven't read Lexi Blake's Masters and Mercenaries series I would highly recommend it, and then continue with the Lawless series...but, you don't have to read it to enjoy the Lawless series...either way, happy reading:)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story line was well put together. All of the characters were interesting and made me cheer for them even when I didn't agree with them. Can't wait to read the next book in this series. Thanks Ms. Blake for another great book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book. Enjoyed the character interactions and Lexi Blake gave us plenty of reasons to look forward to more of the Lawless family.
MaimeosAngelsEL More than 1 year ago
I have read and loved all in the Masters & Mercenaries series by Lexi Blake and when I heard that she had a new series coming out I eagerly jumped at the chance to read and review it. I knew I wasn’t going to be disappointed and Ruthless is the start of another fantastic series. The Lawless brothers Riley, Drew, Brandon, and their sister Mia, are bound and determined to seek revenge on those they hold responsible for their parents’ murders 20 years ago. Separated after their parent’s death and out into the foster care system, the siblings fought to regain control of their lives whilst actively seeking revenge. Their lives were not easy and it is from this that they draw their strength and their commitment to seek justice for their parents. Ellie Stratton is the daughter of one of the men responsible and it is through her they intend to start their plans of revenge. Riley is the brother tasked with getting close to her, although he doesn’t count on his almost instant attraction to her. Riley struggles with his feelings for Ellie as he works both against Ellie and with her as her new lawyer, so much so that he becomes uncertain if he can go through with the plans that they have made to bring her down. When Ellie’s life is threatened, she is shocked to find out that Riley is determined to seek revenge for his parents and this in turns threatens the relationship that is building between them. Will he risk the love that has formed to seek the revenge that has been planned for most of his life? Or will he let the past go for the woman who has come to mean so much to him? The chemistry between Riley and Ellie was sizzling. I loved how Riley gave Ellie the confidence that had been trampled in her previous marriage. There was mystery, intrigue, suspense, hot alpha men and as you can expect from most books from Ms. Blake some moments of humour. I love Lexi Blake’s writing style; no one does romantic suspense like she does. Riley and Ellie are meant to be together; two halves of a whole. Ruthless is one of those books that in many parts, you read and go, wait, no, did that really happen? I am eagerly anticipating the other books in the series. I believe Brandon is next and then Drew and I am excited for their stories. You also get a glimpse of some of the M & M characters as Mia is now married to Case Taggart. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher through Netgalley.
Lisa-Lou More than 1 year ago
Ruthless by Lexi Blake is the first book in her brand new series Lawless. It is an erotic and steamy tale filled with plot twists and turns and suspense that will leave you avidly turning each page just ready to devour more and more and more of Riley and Ellie's story as well as the entire Lawless clan. Ellie is the target - she has done anything wrong but the sins of the father will be visited upon his daughter. The Lawless siblings are out for revenge and she is part of their end goal. They don't realize that she knows how terrible her father was and is nothing like him, not until it's too late anyway. Riley has a mission - get close to and infiltrate the life of Ellie Stratton in order to allow their revenge plan to be successful. What Riley doesn't expect and pretty much gets blindsided by is his bone deep attraction to Ellie. That was never part of the plan and now the plan must change. But with years of planning in the works will this cause everything to fail catastrophically? Amazing book, well-written and well-paced with characters you just want more of, like all the time, more! I loved it and cannot wait for the next book (Brandon's story), Satisfaction expected in January 2017.
12020351 More than 1 year ago
Lexi Blake did it again! Lots of humor, oh man do I love the humor, and yet I could totally feel the characters emotions as well. Such a great read! Anxiously awaiting the next one!
Maria-Rose More than 1 year ago
This is a good start to what looks to be an intriguing series. It’s a spin-off of the author’s Masters and Mercenaries series, with Mia having captured the heart of Case Taggart in Dominance Never Dies. Here, we see her and Case as secondary characters, as well as Drew and Bran. The main focus of the story is on Riley and Ellie, but there are several scenes with the siblings that give you a good feeling about what each character is like and the dynamics of their interactions show a family that cares about each other. They’ve plotted for a long time together to get revenge on the people who perpetrated their parents’ deaths. Nothing is going to get in their way, including possible collateral damage, such as Ellie the daughter of their enemy. Well, this is the attitude at first, but as Riley gets to know Ellie, he has a change of heart and realizes that he wants to protect her from the fallout of their actions. Because there definitely is going to be some fallout. I don’t want to give away too much of the plot but suffice it to say there is a lot of action, drama and intrigue as the story progresses. Riley and Ellie are drawn to each other from their first meeting and they share some steamy scenes as they grow closer together, even as they both are clear that this is a sex-only fling and neither is looking for commitment. It’s Riley that soon realizes he’s in over his head, though, and he knows he’s going to break Ellie’s heart when she finds out why he’s working for her. There are lots of twists and turns to the story, and some things happen that I did not see coming! Surprisingly, I did find that there were some slow scenes, and sometimes the dialogue was a bit stilted. But I still wanted to continue reading the story at every opportunity and see how everything would turn out. Riley’s redemption as a character first bent on revenge then realizing the human cost was a favourite part for me. Drew remained a somewhat mysterious character as the older reclusive brother while Bran seemed to be almost a bit simple, in his actions and speech. Both Riley and Bran have some issues left over from foster care that also get discussed and make it clear that none of them have had an easy path. In the end, I was quite satisfied with the romance between Riley and Ellie, and I definitely plan to read the next in the series. 3.5 stars
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
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
AboutThatStory More than 1 year ago
3.5 out of 5 stars I liked this, some of it was good, some of it was great. It was the overall storyline that had me turning the page since I was enjoying the twists and turns. There was an intense start and I was intrigued by what was being laid out. I liked Ellie and Riley a lot and enjoyed their chemistry and liked where everything was going. There was a lot of back and forth in their relationship and I liked the complications presented to them. I enjoyed learning about the Lawless family and the details that were being shared. I thought there family dynamic was great and liked how they all worked together. There was decent character development happening but not overly in depth and I enjoyed the build. That being said, as much as I liked the storyline, I never felt connected to the main characters or fully invested in them, which made it hard to throw myself into the story. I felt this was a fast paced story and some parts felt rushed to me. It was a good but I felt I was being told not shown the majority of the time and that made it hard to fully connect. I did enjoy the drama. It was a complicated web of deceit with lots of details to keep track of. There was definitely a lot going on. I thought this was a great start to the series. I liked the intrigue and the overall storyline that was introduced that will carry over into other stories but there were so many things that were glossed over, I just wanted more detail and grit. Again, it was the storyline that had me turning the page because I wanted answers. Basically I liked it but had some issues. I’m still super curious about what will happen next so I plan on continuing with the series. Really good read! Complimentary copy received for honest review.
jeniNY More than 1 year ago
Riley is seeking revenge along with his siblings for the deaths of his parents at the hands of a ruthless corporate shark. He will do whatever it takes to get back at the people who ruined their lives. Even sleep with the enemy. Which turns out not to be such a hardship, but can he keep his emotions in check and concentrate on the job at hand take down Castlleno's company or will finally falling in love bring down Riley instead. Ellie's father told her a terrible secret on his deathbed, she knew he was a horrible man but never thought he he would go so far as to commit murder. Ellie plans to take steps to make things right, can she erase the damage her father did or will she be destroyed in the process? This is the first book in the Lawless Series and once again Lexi Blake hits it out of the park. I was entralled iwth the characters from the first chapter. Ellie has been through a lot in her life a neglected childhood and then working her way up the ranks in her fathers company she never had time for love. Then lawyer Riley walks into her office and turns her orderly world upside down. He literally takes over and in away Ellie realizes she needs that someone on her side someone to take care of her. But is it real? Riley wants to avenge his parents' deaths but he never expected to fall for the beautiful Ellie. When he does he falls hard. I loved Riley, he was all alpha male and take charge just what Ellie needed. Ellie thinks she can't trust anyone around her even her friend Lily and especially her half sister. Riley makes himself her go to guy, until he betrays her trust OMG that was tough to swallow but as always Lexi Blake gives us twists, and turns that shock and amaze. The Lawless siblings were so fun to read as well, their love and loyalty to each other was so real. I also like the character of Hatch would love to know more of his back story. I could not put this book down and I am so excited for the next books in the series. Brandon's story is going to be awesome a teddy bear with a dark side! If you like your romance with suspense and lots of drama this is the book for you.
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SunshineReads More than 1 year ago
Another great series by Lexi. A spin-off from Masters & Mercenaries. Mia's brothers and their quest to right a horrible wrong. Of course there is cameo's of our favorite security team. Riley needed his head smacked a few times but what man doesn't now and then. A few twists and turns in this book and I'm sure there will be more on the coming books as well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome book! Cannot wait for the second one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
I'll admit I was a tad bit annoyed with Ellie early on--she and Riley move pretty quickly (not as quickly as he intended, at least--you go, girl!) and in the middle of their, uh, first foray into fun, she thinks to herself I know I can trust him. He'll never hurt me...and it was like a needle scratched across the record in my brain. Because, what? Girl, he's been lying to you from the get-go! And even if he hadn't, how could you possibly know that already?? Fortunately, once you get past the insta-love and insta-trust, Ruthless really takes off. There's so many twists and turns and betrayals along the way--not to mention steamy scenes--that you just need to hold on and let the story sweep you along. And sweep you along it does! Ruthless doesn't leave you with a cliffhanger--Riley and Ellie get to their happy place in the end--but the overall question of how everything went down with the Lawless parents' murder still needs resolution--which is fortunate, because both youngest son Brandon ( Satisfaction , his book, is next!) and eldest Drew need to have their stories told too :) Rating: 4 stars / B I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
ReadingInPajamas More than 1 year ago
Review: RUTHLESS (A Lawless Novel) by Lexi Blake http://wp.me/p3d0RZ-69I Publication Date: August 9, 2016 Reviewed by: Reading in Pajamas/ Cori Rated: 4.5 Stars I picked up Ruthless based on the author and cover alone. The cover is so pretty that I want to pet it and I love Lexi Blake's books. Ruthless was incredible! This new series is a spinoff of Lexi Blake's Masters and Mercenaries series. The Lawless series will have a book for each of the brothers in the Lawless family, but their sister Mia has a book in the Masters and Mercenaries series, Dominance Never Dies. You don't have to read it before picking up Ruthless, but if you want to follow the complete storyline I'd read it first. I'm so excited about this series after reading Ruthless. The Lawless Series is all about the Lawless siblings seeking vengeance for their murdered parents and Ruthless is Riley and Ellie's story. Their story was full of deception, secrets, intrigue, passion and suspense. I loved it! I love a good mystery and Lexi Blake delivered that with some hot romance! I highly recommend this new series and can't wait for the next installment. I'll be devouring it as soon as I can get my greedy little hands on it. *Review copy provided by Penguin in exchange for an honest review.
JackiesBookWorld More than 1 year ago
Rating: 4.5/5 :) Not having read any other works by the author before, I was really interesting in reading Blake's newest book/series. Needless to say, I was really impressed with the fluidity of the story and of the characters. The Lawless series is supposed to be about four siblings who are out to take revenge for what happened to their parents twenty years ago. Their parents' murder pulled the family apart, and now as adults they are together again to finally put an end to the StartCast empire once and for all. In Ruthless, we get to meet Ellie Startton, heir to the empire that her father and friends built. Being the only daughter of the CEO, she has eyes on her constantly and doubts of her ability to take the company to the next level. To get the power that she needs, Ellie must get more shares to have the ultimate power. With that she has hired Riley as her lawyer, yet her attraction to him is magnetic from the very beginning and soon the two start to trust in each other. She tells him her hopes and dreams for the company and little did she know that Riley would use that against her when the time comes. On the other hand there is Riley, who thanks to his brother he is now a lawyer ready to take down the company that ended his parents' lives. When he first got to the company, he had only one intention and that was to fill the purpose that he intended to finish, but new obstacles are threatening to take away what he had build with Ellie and he is willing to go against his family in order to protect her. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Ruthless, it was filled with steamy scenes and twists that took the story to the next level. It's evident that the characters have a connection from the very beginning, but it is up to them to discover if there could be something more between them. Ellie goes through ups and downs as she gets used to the fact that she will have to take over the company some day. But not everyone likes the idea and that is when she has to face obstacles to get what she wants. Though in this case the leading hero is not the big CEO, Riley is still quite wealthy and his killer looks could get him just about anything that he wants. He is also sweet and caring, he falls for Ellie rather quickly, but it works out for them. He takes charge when Ellie is powerless, and the two make quite the pair. I love the ending, it's sweet and works well with the story. I would highly recommend reading this book it's definitely worth it. :) ***ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.***
JensReadingObsession More than 1 year ago
The title of the book sets up Riley to a certain type of man and to a certain extent he is. But when he meets his mark, Ellie, for the first time, she is not he expected. He is determined to do what it takes to bring down the man who had a hand in his parents murder, but the more he gets to know Ellie, the more he wants to protect her from the fallout. Ellie instantly falls for Riley, but when she learns that he was involved in events that hurt her company, she is heartbroken. I loved that Riley did everything in his power to help Ellie, even if it meant going against his family. Luckily for him, his family he did not have to choose. Great story about revenge, loyalty, family and love. Looking forward the rest of the series! 4.5 stars I received an ARC via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. I was not compensated for this review, all conclusions are my own.
gigiluvsbooks More than 1 year ago
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... Review: This was an exciting start to this new series. Loved the whole revenge plot of the Lawless siblings. Crap! I want to let some plot points out, but I am going to try not to because I think the Author did a great job of throwing in some great surprises into the mystery surrounding the death of Riley's parents. I will say that we still don't know everyone who was involved in that incident. The story does have a resolution for Riley and Ellie. The story will continue, but this is the first book, so get on-board now. Riley and Ellie....they are super sexy and really are great together. They do have a multitude of problems and obstacles to overcome on their way to a HEA. It was quite the ride though. Ms. Blake has a way with writing that really draws you in and makes you want to lose yourself in the story. Plus, she can write sexy like nobody's business. Wonderful, wonderful start to this series! Cannot wait for Bran's book which looks like it is next. 4.5Stars *I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.*
BubblesBaubles More than 1 year ago
It didn't quite have the same kink as the author's previous books, but the humor was still there, as well as the excellent plots that you can expect from Lexi Blake!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Riley Lawless is consumed with getting justice; well revenge really for his parents murders. Thanks to one woman, Riley begins to realize there is more to life than revenge. Great chracters who show growth and you cheer for.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its still hasn't downloaded yet...I would like to read it...but I can't. .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
7.99 what the what this is an e book people
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Would love to read