Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Ruthless (Lawless #1) 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...
 



This is my first Lexi Blake book and I can tell that I have been missing out on this talented author. But fashionably late is the way to go.

5 It is time to show the queen that her knight can take care of her Stars.

The beginning of the book was heartbreaking, it was so emotionally touching and just made you want to continue reading even if it was gutting. It sucked me in and with these kind of sentences

Four of them. There used to be six.

But Riley just looked at Drew. And knew one day they would be together again. After all, they had a job to do.

How could I not want them to get what they deserved?  And root for them all the way.

Three brothers out for revenge. Vengeance. Justice. Retribution. Call it what you want. There will be collateral damage. There will be blackmail, lies, betrayal, sabotage, subterfuge, deception let’s not forget misery. But deep down for all of the hurt and the drastic measures they go to above there is one emotion that is the strongest and that is LOVE.

Of the three brothers Drew is the oldest, Riley is the middle brother and the youngest of the brothers is Bran. They have a task to do. Twenty years a plan in the making nothing can go wrong. Pay back to the three people that took everything. But everything will go wrong. Murphy’s Law peeps no way around it.

Until……they find out that there is a fourth person involved in the murder of their parents but they don’t know who it is yet. The stakes get higher and higher for all parties involved.

Everything needed has been set in motion to infiltrate StratCast and stop the deal from going through. Riley is the go-to guy when a little seduction is needed. This is the case…. It won’t be a hard ship for him and maybe he didn’t want to at first but once he saw Ellie Stratton things became complicated.

Ellie Stratton’s father passed away, Ellie is about to buy out her father’s partner, Steven Castalano the company StratCast. She hires a lawyer for the takeover. Enter Riley Lang he changed his name from Lawless to Lang. For Ellie Stratton is the daughter of Phillip Stratton was dead but the daughter has to pay for the sins of her father.

Riley Lawless and his tight man buns, he is sex on a stick. And is a shark/lawyer and I do not like lawyers there on par with politicians. Alone Ms. Blake making me like the character is an added bonus.

At the beginning it was hard for me to believe that they really had feelings for one another. Although there is an instant attraction there is no instalove. They don’t act on their feelings for quite a while. But their thoughts of one another – hi-lari-ous!

Little Miss Prim and Proper turned out to be someone entirely different than he’d thought, and she had some serious junk in her trunk.  –Riley Lang-

Riley Lang and the other dude- whose name she’d forgotten because looking at Riley Lang apparently made her drop a couple of IQ points- Eliie Stratton –

They get to know one another and then Ellie caves I love the way Riley went about it.

We got out on a few dates, see if we like each other. Maybe have a really nice make-out session that ends with me taking a cold shower. Then you decide if I’m the man who can bring you multiple, screaming orgasms.”

“Might I also point out that the answer to that last question, the one about the screaming orgasms, is yes, I’m the man.” “Hey, at least you’re confident”

Everybody is trying to stick a wedge this is such an intricate chess game. And Ellie is way in over her head. Ellie is being attacked from all sides, known and unknown enemies.

He said none of you would ever accept Phillip Stratton’s daughter into your family. “Well, we definitely would wouldn’t take the other one. I read the write-up on her,” Bran said with his head. “Sorry, but your sister’s a skank. You’re perfectly welcome. You make Riley less obnoxious. He also masturbates way less.”

This is war in the boardroom and in the bedroom.

What the Lawless brothers didn’t realize is that you can be predators and you can achieve the end goal but there is always a complexity and a fluidness to the situation. Feelings get involved, loyalty is redirected.

She’d realized that her father was a monster as he told her his sins on his death bed and she wanted to make amends where it counted. She has always been alone in the world but she has kept the goodness in her. Her now ex-husband and an affair with her sister.  And she isn’t’ bitter or cynical.

Some good memories of Riley’s past also come to light. Of when they were a family before everything went horribly wrong.

This is the secret to life, Riley. When someone asks you what you want to be when you grow up, you tell them this.” He leaned in, ready to heat this magical secret. “What?” “Happy. You want to be happy.”

At the same time their romance progresses the ultimate power play is made by Stephen. He had everyone fooled the evil bastard that he is.

“Good-by, Lang. You know, you have your mother’s eyes.” Riley stopped, his whole body suddenly a live wire. What had he said? But he was dragged to the door. Castalano had played them all.

Ellie loses everything but with the help of Riley and his family she’ll survive. And she isn’t a means to end any more. Riley proves himself. . He could win her back. He had to. And he did.

Mia their sister is also their voice of reason and I’loved how they as siblings interacted with one another.

“Don’t expect me to keep my mouth shut when I see you do something wrong.”

“I don’t need you to be my conscience,” Drew insisted. “Oh trust me, you do. You all do. And don’t act like I haven’t done my part. If you didn’t have me, Bran would still be in college. Riley would still eat like a five year old. Drew, you would never have gotten 4L off the ground, because you would have named the company after a dinosaur or a superhero, and Hatch would still be sleeping with skanky hookers.”

Drew frowned. “I actually still think that MegaRaptor Software would have worked. It screams strength to me.”

He would protect her from the fallout. He would keep her safe. She might lose some face, the stock might fall momentarily, but he was being optimistic. He could do this. He could come out of this with revenge and the girl. Yeah Riley you keep telling yourself that. Whatever helps you sleep at night, right?

I am really excited about Bran’s book he is my favorite in the series.

Drew will be the toughest one to crack.

I have a friend who loves Lexi Blake and she got declined. As I said the beginning sucked me and I was riveted but at some point it became stagnant and I didn’t get bored per se but I was starting to lose interest and I saw a 3 Star review in the future for this book.

But then….

It became absolutely fantastic and it has shot up to a 5 Star review.