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Ruthless People

(Ruthless People #1)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  20,511 ratings  ·  2,039 reviews
To the outside world, they look like American Royalty, giving to charities, feeding the homeless, rebuilding the city. But behind closed doors is a constant battle for dominance between two Bosses, cultures, and hearts.

Ruthless People is a romantic crime fiction set in modern day Chicago, following the life and marriage of Melody Nicci Giovanni and Liam Callahan—rivals by
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Published July 15th 2014 by The Writers Coffee Shop (first published July 14th 2014)
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SueBee★bring me an alpha!★
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★★★★★! Ruthless People, book 1 of 4. A whirlwind, blood-filled merger of two mafia houses and the power struggle / fuck-fest that ensues between a prodigal son & a mafia heiress!

“She fucking shot me. I had been so shocked and horny that my mind couldn’t even comprehend what had happened.”

Books in series should be read in order:
Book 0.5: Declan + Coraline
Book 1: Ruthless People
Book 2: Untouchables
Book 3: American Savages
Book 4: A Bloody Kingdom

The Ruthless People t
Feb 15, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
DNF @ 35%
The Takeaway: Wikipedia is not a reliable source for research into organized crime. Neither is Google Translate for languages you clearly don't speak.
The Takeaway #2: Mafias are not 007 James Bond spies. Stop acting like they are.

Well that was a huge swing and a miss.

I only got to about 35% before I honestly couldn't continue. And yet, I have more thoughts on this book than I do sometimes about books I actually completed. All I can really say about this book is: if you're going to do a
5 ruthlessly sexy stars
I. Am. All. You. Have. Just as you are all I have – My family and loyalty start with you and you alone.

Two powerful families, two cultures, merged together to create one force, one rule. To the outside world they are royalty; elegant, classy, charitable and family oriented but to everyone else they are the Boss and the Ceann na Conairte. Apart they are your worst nightmare, but together they own you, mind, body and soul.
He was known as the “Boogeyman o
Apr 08, 2014 rated it really liked it

Title: Ruthless People
Series: Ruthless People #1
Author: JJ McAvoy
Release Date: July 17, 2014
Rating: 4 stars
Cliffhanger:. No
HEA: (view spoiler)

They say that everything is black or white, good or bad, that there is no in between. Evil is just evil. And in ‘normal’, real life I would agree, but in places where the fiction rules, where we can tip toe around the edge and even dive into the world of VIOLENCE without the conscience, I am not seeing something as bad or good,
Jun 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Live now on Amazon!!!!

I must begin this review by thanking J.J. McAvoy. You have written an amazing book, and I feel like it was written just for me! Sorry, everyone else, but this baby is mine…

Ruthless People is sexy, witty, and suspenseful. Every time I put it down I had mixed feelings. You know when you love a book so much on one hand you think I have to finish this, but self preservation kicks in and you think if I take my time I can enjoy it longer
Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾
4.5 Ruthlessly Delicious Stars

She would never convert to what I needed her to be. She was a ruthless savage, and if you cannot break a ruthless savage, you need to figure out how to tame them.

When the first line in the book blurb is this:
"Mr. & Mrs. Smith meets the Sopranos..."

A bitch can get wary. I mean, it can't possibly be THAT delicious of a combination, right? No way will it live up to my expectations of gritty, erotic, amazing banter, with mafia savages that you can't help
Apr 03, 2014 rated it liked it
My Liam and Melody:


What a ride! I love when I come across something original and refreshing. And this book is exactly that.

Liam, 27-years old "soon-to-be head of the irish Mob" is about to marry Melody, 24-years old heir of Italian Mafia in arranged marriage. Liam thinks that his wife will be putty in his hands as soon as he puts his charms into the use. But he is in for a rude awakening because Melody is like nothing Liam expected. And so starts not so lovely love story between Liam Ca
Val ⚓️ Shameless Non-Snowflake ⚓️
4 Batshit Crazy Stars

This is going to be a short and quick review not worthy of this book, but I'm just not in a review mood at the moment.

This was crazy awesome in that the characters were (as I said in my review title, just to be redundant) bat shit crazy.


Melody and Liam were fucking nuts.

They say that psychopathy is a creation of nature (you are born that way) and sociopathy is a result of jacked the fuck up nurturing or environment. Now, obviously I am not an expert and I'm ove
|4.5 gotta get me some Irish and Italian stars|


*You kill for family. You die for family. Because you can't trust anyone else.
*Take no prisoners and have no regrets about it.
*Just because you sell drugs for a living isn't an excuse not to dress well.
*No bloody divorce.
*Never displease your mother.

Blurb: To the outside world, they look like American Royalty, giving to charities, feeding the homeless, rebuilding the city. But behind closed doors is a constant battle for dominance between two
Ruthless Is Putting It Mildly.

Liam and Melody are anything but a conventional couple. Pushed together in an arranged marriage in order to merge two large mafia families, it is a battle of wills right from the start. Halfway through this book I still wasn't sure if they were going to end up killing each other!

Liam is the sexy, hot-headed and greatly feared next-in-line head of the Irish mob in Chicago. He is known for his icy demeanor and take-no-prisoners attitude. He is a force to be reckoned w
• Jodi Bibliophile •
May 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Fuck it I would fuck them both!


I haven't been able to put this fucker down since I first started reading it.

I'M COMPLETELY OBSESSED with EVERYTHING about this fucking story!

When these two get down and dirty I seriously contemplate humping the fucking wall.

Fuck a cold shower I need a fucking cold bath!

It's all about POWER, DRUGS, MURDER, FAMILY, LOVE and hot fucking SEX!

I never
Lo Bookfrantic
Sep 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lo Bookfrantic by: Sasha elle a.k.a. Mrs. Liam Callahan!
Shelves: arc-review-ng
4***Bloody Mel Stars

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“She was mine. She was all fucking mine….I was the king of the jungle, and the woman beside me was my queen.” Leam

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This story takes place in the city of Chicago. Were three families stronger than all the rest in the mafia world are fighting to take control of their city. The Callahan, the Giovanni, and the Valero.

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Leam Alex Callahan was a cocky, gorgeous twenty seven year old man. His family had arranged his marriage when he was young with the Giov
Christine Wallflower & Dark Romance Junkie
4 Exciting, Sizzling, Funny, Badass Stars!!!

Well colour me suprised!

After seeing all my GR friends loving this book, I kind of got a bit of reverse performance anxiety. Because trust me, with my track record the chances of me enjoying a book everyone loved are very low. So I put reading this book off... but I finally stopped procrastinating and started reading it last night. Now I've always loved everything mob/mafia for as long as I've found the idea of a hot guy holding a gun hot. And I've al
Jennifer Kyle
DNF @ 61%

An arranged marriage to combine an Italian mob family and an Irish mob family brings two mob leaders to share the position of ‘boss'.

Melody Nicci Giovanni …


Liam Callahan…


Together the Callahans...


So far in the story they kill people, threaten violence on one another, have tons of sex all the while striving for world domination.

Is there more to this? I’m not sure sadly I stopped could be just the wrong time for me to read this one.

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Carla ☺Did I Say That☺
Jun 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Carla ☺Did I Say That☺ by: SueBee★bring me an alpha!★
4.5 **Motherfucking** Sorry for the language.. thats my inner Mel talking!!!
"Mr. & Mrs. Smith meets the Sopranos..."
Now..when I read that honest reaction was...

I mean come on...Sopranos...Mr & Mrs Smith..that's a tall order right there!!..But Im here to tell you...after reading this...I dont have a single suspicion...Ms .McAvoy absolutely...

Trust me people..

Ruthless People tells the story of Liam Callahan and Melody Giovanni..two powerful and ambitious individuals..tha

Ughh... As much as this kills me because I was really looking forward to reading this series this weekend...just NO!

It's not every day that I have to pull this one out, but sometimes, it's just appropriate!

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I will say, as I have said before on here, the mafia genre, especially Italian mafia, is one of my very favorites, in both film and books. So I am really picky when it comes to it, and I am expecting a lot when I read a book where the blurb cl
Shannie's ⭐️Lookin' 4 My Next BBF⭐️
Apr 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Shannie's ⭐️Lookin' 4 My Next BBF⭐️ by: SueBee★bring me an alpha!★
5+ I Wanna be Mrs. Liam Callahan Stars!!

J.J. McAvoy has created Mr & Mrs Smith meets Goodfellas in this brilliantly done novel. Ruthless People is one of my favorite reads of 2014!!! I'm a tiny bit ashamed of myself in saying this but, I totally rooted for the MC's and their ruthless, crazy, insane murderous ways!!

What's this book about:
Liam Alec Callahan, is about to be the Ceann na Conairte, head of the Callahan Irish Mafia. Liam has it going on ladies: smart, charismatic, handsome, dominating

✰ Liz ✰


"The Giovannis are one of the most powerful, if not the most powerful family in Italy and most of the west coast. My father wants an end to the rivalry between the Irish and the Italians."-Liam

Two households brought together to tear down the world! This is one mafia romance you will never forget!


Liam Callahan is the reigning prince of the Irish Mafia. In order to strengthen their power, Liam's father has arranged a marriage with Melody Giovanni the reigning Ita
Everyone is ruthless. They just don't know it. You do. I do. And that is why we are on top and will remain so."

Oh, to hell with it, I will just go with the 5 stars. Freedom of rating and all that. I don't care that the main character should have rot in hell for the things they did, I grew to root for the Callahan's clan. I can't believe this is actually a debut novel, it was faced-paced, action packed, entertaining, sexy and exhilarating.

We have two main characters that very much resembles Mr.
Patty ~ Wrapped Up In Reading Book Blog
(BR with my Bestie)

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This book literally put me to sleep the past three nights.
I even fell asleep two more times tonight on it. And I was on the last 25% of the story.

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I love a good mafia story.
I've seen all the classic movies. I heard that this one was brutal. That it was not a hearts & flowers love story. I was prepared for that.
The cursing didn't phase me. I curse like a filthy truck driver, every
day!! The violence didn't bother me as well.

This story is just preposterous!!
Maybe I am goi
EDIT (17/12/2018): I officially need to stop learning new languages! A couple of months ago I started with Italian, and it managed to destroy a book for me, already! Okay, the thing is, Melody is Italian, and several times she or another character speak Italian. The author several times said that she had it multiple times checked to make sure those sentences are correct. But I can say that she did not! I can see those mistakes.
And I love this book or even the whole series. But honestly, I'm jus
*J* Too Many Books Too Little Time

"You kill for family. You die for family. Because you can't trust anyone else."

The merging of two powerhouse families.

The uniting of the Irish and the Italian.

The marriage of the Boss and the Ceann na Conairte.

The joining of the Wicked Witch of the West and the Boogeyman of the East.

Liam Alec Callahan and Melody Nicci Giovanni

Together Liam and Melody will rule the world. They will take down the Valero. They will elimate anyone that stands in their way. They w
Hulya Kara Yuksel
Dikkat! Bu kitabin yayin haklari bir Turk yayinevi tarafindan satin alindi. JJ bu bilgiyi kendi FB grubunda paylasti ve size tek soyleyebilecegim bu kitabi TBR listenize ekleyin ve de Turkce cevirisi ciktigi zaman da hemen alip okuyun. Zira Liam Callahan ve Melody Giovanni ile mutlaka ama mutlaka tanismalisiniz! 😉😉😉

This book is going to translate in Turkish! I'm so happy for my friends who can read it when the book is out... 😊


OH MY GOD! This book is fucking amazing people! You
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
Find all of my reviews at:

In the immortal words of one smushy faced former A-List Hollywood actress: "You had me at hello" errrrrr, I mean . . . . .

"Mr. & Mrs. Smith meets the Sopranos."

I mean for realz yo. When I read that I was seriously like . . .

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Or momma. Whatevs.

Meet Melody Giovanni and Liam Callahan. She’s the daughter of the Italian mob boss. He’s the son of the Irish version. The two have been made an offer they can’t refuse – an arranged marr
Amy | Foxy Blogs
Jun 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Amy | Foxy Blogs by: SueBee★bring me an alpha!★
Ruthless People is a romantic crime fiction set in modern day Chicago, and follows the life and marriage of Melody Giovanni and Liam Callahan—rivals by blood and leaders through fear.
I knew I wanted to read this book. Thank you, SueBee, for sharing Liam with me. *muah* ♥


ONE You kill for family. You die for family. Because you can't trust anyone else.

TWO Take no prisoners and have no regrets about it.

THREE Just because you sell drugs for a living isn't an exc
5 Badass Stars


Love this book! This couple is beyond badass. Even though I hate the movie, these gifs express their relationship perfectly


Has a bad habit of shooting and beating up her new husband, but it's ok he gets off on it. At a young age, she has taken over as Boss of the Italian Mafia. Her marriage has been arranged to the future Boss of the Irish Mafia, Liam.
Liam is a playboy, a hot head, looking for his place in the world through love.

"And yes, I am pushy, annoying and c
Jx PinkLady Reviews ♡ @bookwormthoughts
It's LIVE!

Ruthless People has Power struggles, conflict, Mafia bosses, an arranged marriage, sex, romance, rivals, love.... It's a Ruthless Story about Ruthless people, and never has a title been more apt.

“Everyone is ruthless. They just don’t know it.”

Three families are stronger than all the rest; their names feared by many...

Who will reign supreme?

Two families join together in marriag
Jacqueline's Reads
Apr 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing

5 Kickin’ Booty Stars

I love coming across a new author and I love it when I love the book! Ruthless People is very much like Mr. & Mrs. Smith with a touch of mafia

There are a few things you should know…

- The Hero and Heroine are Ruthless People.
- The Hero is Irish
- The Heroine is Italian
- Both are to be wed and both are fine with it
- Both want to be the boss and therefore, there’s lots of juicy and yummy drama!


Very early on, Liam and Melod
Deanna❤Pink Lady❤️
Apr 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
4.5 "Ruthless" Stars

The Irish and the Italian....The Ceann na Conairte and The Boss....the "Boogeyman of the East" and the unknown "Wicked Witch of the West." Liam Alec Callahan from Chicago and Melody "Mel" Nicci Giovanni from California have been preordained to be married by their fathers. It would join the Irish and the Italian mafia, the biggest merger the mafia world would ever see. The only catch, which runs the show? This book is about the mafia, they kill, sell drugs, and manipulate at
MELISSA *Mel Reader*
Apr 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
4.5 "Stupid Fucking Sexy Irish Man" Stars!
(ARC provided by Netgalley)

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Melody Nicci Giovanni aka Mel/Boss/Bloody Melody is a 24 yr. old badass woman who was raised to rule the Italian Mafia, and be the 1st female boss. The Giovanni's are one of the most powerful families in Italy, and on the west coast.

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Melody is the only child to mob boss Orlando Giovanni, and he trained her since the age of 7 to be fearless, ruthless, & powerful. To show no mercy, and lead through fear. As a woman in
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“She looks like a sweet little lamb from afar, but when you get close, you find out she skinned and ate the damn thing just to use it as a coat. She’s a beast.
~Liam C.”
“Liam, soon-to-be-fucking-dead, Callahan was walking down the stairs—my fucking stairs—with his sex hair high and his green eyes sharper than razor blades. He was beautiful, and I almost regretted the fact that I would have to put a bullet in his head and then smash it through a fucking wall.
-Melody G.”
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