Blog Tour, Review, Guest Post & #Giveaway: ☆Ruthless People☆ by @JJMcAvoy

Ruthless People
A Novel by J. J. McAvoy
Release Date: July 17, 2014
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, and follows the life and marriage of Melody Giovanni and Liam Callahan—rivals by blood and leaders through fear. Their marriage, arranged by their fathers in hopes to end years of bloodshed between the Irish and the Italians. 
Liam believes he’s getting a simple-minded wife, one he can control, one who bends to his every need . . . the complete opposite of Melody. She knows exactly what type of man he is, and would rather die than give up the power she has spent her life building. 
The Mafia of the past has evolved, and with rival bosses gunning for them, Melody and Liam will have to learn to work as one to take down those who stand in their way.

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 but love to hate…and just simply love. Right? RIGHT?! WRONG. Because it really was that perfect combination and so much more.
Rule One: You kill for family. You die for family. Because you can’t trust anyone else
If you’re looking for a book with a heroine that’s almost more ruthless and bloodthirsty than the Irish mob hero, and an all around bad bitch, look no further. Meet Melody Giovanni
The daughter of the biggest Italian mafia boss in Chicago, and soon to be wife of Liam Callahan. Their marriage, arranged by their fathers in hopes to end years of bloodshed between the Irish and the Italians, is also bound to combine two of the biggest mafia families. Too bad Mel is not exactly the docile little mafia princess that Liam has been expecting
…do not ever put your fucking lips on me without my permission.”
“My mother told me never to hit a woman, but you are pushing my limits.”

“Funny, my father told me the same thing. Would you like me to apologize?”

“Third, if you ever interrupt me again, Liam Alec Callahan, may God have mercy on your soul when I send you to meet him.”
The banter between these two was one of my favorite parts of this book. Mel is one cold and ruthless bitch. This is definitely not a book for everybody. But I gobbled it up like a starving junky.
Say you’re sorry and I will free you now, love, and then we can start anew”

He was trying to break me, the fucker.
“Fuck you and the Audi you drove up in.”
This is no ordinary power couple. The things that both of them do is certainly not for the faint of heart. But hey, you’re reading about the 2 heads of powerful mafia families. You didn’t expect kittens and rainbows, did you?
Rule Two: Take no prisoners and have no regrets about it.
I was sucked into the story from the first chapter. The action, the banter, the characters. Everything about this book worked for me. Did I also mention the banter?
Declan leaned into me. “When she wakes up in the morning, the devil curses.”
“We both do,” I muttered.
Rule Three: Just because you sell drugs for a living isn’t an excuse not to dress well.
A couple that tortures together, stays together. And the fact that they’re both gorgeous and burn up the sheets with some of the best angry sex you’ll ever read? Icing on the murder cake.
Rule Four: No bloody divorce.
But with a ruthless powerhouse couple like these two, why would you even think that?
Fucking Jesus, Liam.”

“Not even he can save you from this now.”
Quick paced, action packed, erotic, gritty, and addicting as fuck. There is a cliffhanger, but it wasn’t as bad as most you’ll find in books now. It ended in a satisfying enough way that even my cliffhanger avoiding ass didn’t end up in a tizzy.
Writing Style First person POV (Dual, with a few instances of other POV’s thrown in). I actually really enjoyed the additional POVs. Typically I’d find something like that confusing, but I really felt it added to the story in this case.

Guest Post

Guest Post by JJ. McAvoy
So tell us how you got the idea for the book? Also inquiring minds want to know; any news on the release dates for the next 2 books? If Ruthless People were to be made into a movie, who’d be your dream cast?

I’ve been asked this so many times I wish I had a more polished answer. The truth is Ruthless People had been bubbling up in the back of my head for months if not years. I was inspired by a mixture of television shows and books I had either watched or read. However I grew annoyed with never seeing a woman be strong and not in the emotional/family strength type of way. I wanted a kickass heroine. The ones I did find in stories were either never central to the plot or explained in detail. So I listed out all the things I wanted my heroine to be…somehow I got Melody. Ruthless People is sort of centered around her effect on the “family”. 
After what happened at the end of Ruthless People…you can only imagine how Melody is going to have to change and adapt. Book 2 and 3 will be just pure chaos. I hope that they will both be out soon, however I have no idea when that will be. Right now in doing some major edits to the second book. But I’m so happy you and everyone is excited for The Untouchables.
My not sure who my dream cast is yet and don’t hold it to me but, I know I like Jaimie Alexander for Melody 
For Liam either Garret Hedlund or Ian Somerhalder
Wait for Liam– 

Daniel DiTomasso

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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

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