Book 2 in the Ruthless People Trilogy.
“One Secret. Multiple Casualties.” Everything Melody Callahan has ever been told about her past is a lie. Her father lied. Her husband lied. But like all secrets…they come out. Not only is her mother, Aviela, alive but she won’t stop until she tears down everything Liam and Melody have spent the past year building. With a new target on their back and the media now focused on their family as the Presidential election approaches, Liam and Melody must fight on two battlefronts. Melody is torn between being in love with Liam and wanting to kill him for lying to her. Being in love and showing love are two different things in her world. Liam wants to do anything to protect his family even if that means hurting the people he loves. Family is everything… but what happens when they’re out for your blood? Everything they have been through is nothing compared to what is coming… ***Warning: This book contains adult language and subject matter including graphic violence and explict sex that may be disturbing for some readers. This book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.***
★★★ 3 Stars ★★★
Book 2 continues a year later with Liam & Mel ruling the newly merged family with an iron gun. Like the first book, it’s told in multiple POV’s so it’s more of a book about the family as a whole with several storylines running at the same time. Still as crazy and ruthless as before, the great banter and outrageous behaviour is still a theme throughout this instalment.
Happily married, a spanner is about to be thrown into the works when Liam discovers a secret that has been hidden from Mel her whole life and he struggles with the knowledge that this might be the one thing that might finally break her, but when Melody discovers the truth she is out for blood. Nobody lies to Mel and she is determined to find out why the mother she thought was dead is trying to destroy her and the Callahan’s. Not only that but they are campaigning to get Olivia’s father into the White House, plus run the drug business at the same time. What I enjoyed most was the strengthening of Liam & Mel’s marriage, and the way her softer side was able to shine through when they left their dark world behind and it was just the two of them together.
With side stories from his brother Neil and Olivia, cousin Declan and Coraline, Sedric, and several other new characters, this is a story packed with action and suspense. This was great at first, I was highly entertained for the first half and I specifically loved how Olivia got her revenge on her attackers from High School. Unfortunately, I seemed to get lost along the way and I felt there was too much going on at the same time and I’m sad to say I felt bored during the last third of the book.
Thankfully things picked up at the end because there was a HUGE cliffhanger that I’m still left thinking about which sets book 3 up quite nicely. I would recommend this for readers who loved Ruthless People but if you are looking for more romantic development between the main couple then you may be disappointed because I felt there wasn’t enough. If you love action and suspense, then go for it.
ARC provided by Author in exchange for an honest review
J. J. McAvoy first started working on Ruthless People during a Morality and Ethics lecture her freshman year of college. X number of years later, she is an insomniac who has changed her major three times, and is a master in the art of procrastination. If you ask her why she began writing, she will simply tell you “They wanted to get their story out.” She is currently working on her next novel . . . so please bug her on Twitter @JJMcAvoy
THE UNTOUCHABLES (BOOK TWO)
RUTHLESS PEOPLE (BOOK ONE)