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Ruthless

(Lawless #1)

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4.09  ·  Rating details ·  3,698 ratings  ·  451 reviews
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 sol
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Paperback, 1st edition, 352 pages
Published August 9th 2016 by Berkley
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Laura Butler Yes and no. This is the brother of Mia who is married to Case. Their book was Dominance never Dies but they are only in this book to help Mis's brothe…moreYes and no. This is the brother of Mia who is married to Case. Their book was Dominance never Dies but they are only in this book to help Mis's brother. This book is not tied to the storyline of that series there is just some name dropping. (less)

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Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾
4.5 Stars
You tempt me like no other woman ever has. I don't understand you and I might never, but I'm going to know you, Ellie Stratton. I'm going to know what makes you smile and what makes you scream out my name."


I don't know how this woman does it, but she manages to write books that do it for me. Every. Single. Time. Being a huge fan of her Masters & Mercenaries series, I've been salivating for more of the mysterious Lawless siblings ever since we first met Mia and Drew in From S
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Angie - Angie's Dreamy Reads
Jul 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
***4.5 STARS***

Ruthless is a non stop thrill ride, chock full with secrets of revenge and betrayal. It's dramatic and brings some hard hitting feels from the opening lines. Lexi Blake is a smart, seasoned writer, engaging her reader instantly, and easily, in this addictive start to a brand new series! I'm intrigued by everything, everyone, and I can't wait to see what's going to happen to Brandon and Drew.

Captivating, the Lawless gang is impossible not to love. A bunch of juicy alpha males who
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Eve (Between The Bookends)
Dec 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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VENGEANCE
ˈvɛn(d)ʒ(ə)ns
Punishment inflicted or retribution exacted for an injury or wrong.


Vengeance is all the Lawless siblings have carried with them for twenty years. Having lost their parents to murder and being forced to grow-up apart. It's time to put their plan for justice into motion. Unfortunately one of those guilty parties has died, leaving his daughter at the helm of his company. If they can't get to Phillip Stratton himself, Ellie Stratton will have to do. Enter Riley Lang (Lawles
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SueBee★bring me an alpha!★
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Stand-alone book 1
Release: August 8, 2016
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Blurb:
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 hi
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4,5-5 STARS

"Revenge was only part of their plan. Justice was another."


Ruthless was more than good, it was fantastic! At the beginning I was nervous since Lexi Blake is a new author to me! But once I started I couldn't put it down! The characters in Ruthless are complicated and the storyline interesting with mystery and some twists I didn't see coming!

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Riley’s entire focus is on revenge due to what happened to his parent but when he meets Ellie everything will
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Sabrina
Feb 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
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I had to wait until my brain stopped screaming "This is the best!" before I could even attempt to write this review. Not only was I super excited to get more of the Lawless family, but I was extremely happy with the story Lexi Blake delivered to us. I loved Riley and Ellie!



Ruthless is the start to the Lawless series which follows Riley, Drew, Brandon and Mia Lawless as they attempt to get revenge on those responsible for their parents' death. When the
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ღFloღ the coffee addict
4.5 **mindless fun** STARS



First off, I love love love Lexi Blake and especially her Masters & Mercenaries series. When I heard there was going to be a spin-off with the Lawless brothers that was non BDSM/military I was excited and a little apprehensive. I just adore M&M series and I was really hoping this new adventure could live up to my expectations. Well, long story short...IT DID!

Ruthless is the first book in the Lawless series and can be read as a complete standalone in regards to the Maste
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Chantal ❤️
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Katy Loves Romance ❤️
4 Stars****
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Ruthless was so Intriguing, and a whole new author to me full off a packed out plot that had me guessing the whole way through, I really enjoyed this.

Business owner Ellie is set to be CEO of Stratcast and so very near seeing to her goal. After her father died she's set to take his place. But her father wasn't a nice person and has some enemies to conquer, but she's been in this business from being a young adult and so has worked hard to get where she is, yet the lawless family ju
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Geri Reads
Aug 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars!

I was coming off a horrible book slump prior to reading this book. I was desperate to end that slump. Enter Ruthless by Lexi Blake. From the first chapter alone, I knew I was going to have a winner.

Riley and his siblings waited years for the opportunity to finally exact revenge from the people who killed their parents. Their first mark is Ellie Stratton, daughter of one of their targets. Their revenge starts to unravel when Riley’s feelings for Ellie deepens. Suddenly, revenge became m
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NMmomof4
3 Stars

Overall Opinion: Meh. This is why I'm not a huge fan of suspenseful romances. For what it was -- I guess it was enjoyable. I just need a good balance between the romance and the suspense to enjoy it, and that rarely happens for me. I, unfortunately, didn't find that in this book either. I felt like the romance was a little too instalove for my tastes, and I just didn't fully understand their connection. The story dragged for me through all of the business drama, but I never felt the need
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Michelle
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Intense, sexy, riveting, and absolutely consuming are just the few words that comes to mind when describing any book from Lexi Blake. In Masters and Mercenaries Series, readers were introduced to Drew, Mia and the Lawless siblings and so you could imagine my excitement when I discovered that Lexi Blake was writing a whole new series on the Lawless siblings and their quest for revenge and justice for their parent’s death.

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Kate
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
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Janie
Aug 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I really liked this one. Riley gives the best grovel of any H ever. And so he should. Ellie was an amazing h. She was so kind and loving and looked at the world through rose colored glasses. Riley realized pretty early on what he was doing was so wrong. He did everything in his power to help Ellie when the time came and did it more selflessly than I thought was possible. The secondary characters were amazing too. I can't wait for Bran's story. I am a little worried about Drew's but sometimes the ...more
Elle
4* banging Mr. Lawyer STARS!!

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Lexi Blake is a must read for me. I know her works since Master and Mercenaries series (BDSM romance). Lawless series is brand new and can be read as a standalone but I'd advise to read M&M series because of some characters may be make an appearance in the future. Lawless already introduce in From Sanctum with Love (Kai's book) and I'm hooked with this family. Drew Lawless as the eldest and the head of 4L Company along Riley, Bran and Mia. I
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Astrid - The Bookish Sweet Tooth
No elaborate review for this one, just...I loved the tension and the mystery of it all. The author left enough hints along the way to guess what happened.

Loved both hero and heroine. On to the next!
Bj
*I gave this audiobook a B- for both the story and narration  at AudioGals*

Narration by Alexandra Shawnee

I had high hopes for Ruthless . The blurb had me enraptured. Being a big fan of twisty, romantic suspense titles, this revenge-based plot turned into love held much appeal for me. Unfortunately, while I enjoyed the underlying story of corporate espionage, the “ruthless” tactics for both taking over and taking back a company, and the suspense around a mysterious fourth person involv
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TereseDK
5 stars! Hell ya, this was amazing!!

Really awesome and thought out plot! Great MCs - h is sweet, gentle albeit somewhat naive, but strong and loyal. The H spends the latter half of the books on his hands and knees begging for forgiveness! Now that's what I like!

This is one of those books where the plot is so strong that I actually wasn't waiting for the nookie, I was so entranced in the "who did the whadda?" I have a strong feeling this could easily become a new fave "suspense" series.

This is m
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Ang (Sizzling Pages)
Aug 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing

4.5 Revenge-filled Star

Lexi Blake is one of my favorite BDSM novelist and the absolute best when it comes to writing erotic stories that are not only off the charts steamy, but intriguing as well. Yeesh, found within the pages of her books are some of the sexiest flogger-wielding Alpha-Doms ever. (I freaking love all the McKay-Taggart hotties in the Masters and Mercenaries novels). When finding out there was a new series coming along, I jumped at the chance to get my hands on the first insta
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Francoise
Jul 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
4-4.5 Stars

Ruthless was a beautiful story of love triumphing over all obstacles. It was also an intense and gripping ride of suspense and deceit, with an intriguing backstory, that kept me flipping the pages until the very end.

The Lawless siblings, Drew, Riley, Bran and Mia, have a common goal: obtain justice for the murder of their parents. The police claimed their deaths were a murder suicide, but they know this assumption is wrong. Someone tried to kill them all. Their story was heartbreakin
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 Leo (Queen of the Rants and Spoilers)
IMHO this book it's not worth $8.
I found myself getting bored with it and then I started skimming and In the end I DNFed.
Now don't let my opinion stop you from reading it, you might like it. It just wasn't for me.
Since I DNF I won't be rating it.
GimmeAllTheWerdssss
4.75 why have I waited so long to read this awesomeness stars?!!!

Seriously...have I been living under a rock?? This book was GREAT and Lexi is a GREAT author! I'm familiar with Lexi's work but never delved into the Master's and Mercenaries series. For whatever reason they just didn't appeal to me...well, now I'm going back and will start that series asap!

This book starts off at a rather dark place. That darkness causes four children to focus their lives on nothing but revenge for the murder of t
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Denna
Aug 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Bev
I love me a twisty turny suspense and I sure got it with Ruthless. The suspense kept me guessing all the way through. I also love me a good grovel and oh man, did Riley ever give a good grovel, he's the master!

Roll on January for the second book in the series.
1-Click Addict Support Group
Aug 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Dear Amazon, who do I talk to about allowing more stars for a review?
Thank you,
Blissed Out Reader


If I was ever to write that request, it would be for this book! I love this author’s books and this spin-off series may be the best…EVER! You know a book is great when every single character is just perfect. Perfectly sexy, funny, supportive, loving, warm… Or perhaps evil, petty, and absolutely rotten! They run the whole gamut, and come together in a story that was mesmerizing from the first page t
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Shayna
I knew this new series by Lexi Blake was going to ROCK my WORLD, I just didn't realize HOW MUCH! This book was just EVERYTHING! It pulled emotion after emotion out of me...there was NO WAY I was putting this one down for one second. Lexi Blake continues to give us characters (new and old) that are so easy to fall in love with, characters that you just want to stand up and root for, and characters that you connect with on such a deep emotional level. These characters become a family to you, and y ...more
My_Strange_Reading
Mar 05, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf, chick-lit
DNF. 10% 😂😂😂 The writing is so bad. No wonder the book was free. 😂🤦🏻‍♀️ I'm all for letting some bad writing slide for a good story, but wow. So many simple sentences and ridiculous overuse of similes 😂😂😂 I'm out.
Aղցela W.
Spoiler Ahead This was the first book in a new series by one of my favorite author's. The Lawless siblings are bound by vengeance Drew, Riley Bran and Mia who is married to Case Taggart lost their parents twenty year ago when they were killed by Ellie Stratton's father and his business partners. When Ellie needs a new lawyer to buy out her father's partner she hires Riley Lawless. Riley didn't count on Ellie being so attractive and him wanting to get into her pants. I really liked Ellie she ...more
JewelsyGoolsy
Aug 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 stars

Yep, this hero got his win-back and grovel down to a satisfying tee! And this author got her plots, twists and mysteries crafted into a very interesting and well written story.

I'm looking forward to Bran's book and seeing what this series has in store.

Dual POV and standalone story in a series. This is my first book by this author and won't be my last!
Teodora
Jun 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Bulgarian review: https://bookishipster.wordpress.com/2...

Actual rating: 3.5 stars.
I don't usually read romantic novels but this one surprised me because it also had a lot of suspense in it wich i liked more than the love story. It was an interesting read, not very unpredictable, but still good enough for when you need something entertaining. I didn't like the romance though - i found it too unrealistic and fast, i couldn't even realise when the two characters had started liking each other.
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NY Times and USA Today bestselling author Lexi Blake lives in North Texas with her husband, three kids, and the laziest rescue dog in the world. She began writing at a young age, concentrating on plays and journalism. It wasn't until she started writing romance and urban fantasy that she found the stories of her heart. She likes to find humor in the strangest places and believes in happy endings n ...more

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