Review: Ruthless by Lexi Blake

Ruthless by Lexi Blake

Series: Lawless #1
Publication Date: August 9, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Suspense
Length: 348 pages
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...


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. In Dominance Never Dies, Mia Lawless married to Case Taggart. Together, they form alliance to the people who destroyed their family.

The Lawless only has one purpose for life; revenge. Twenty years ago their parents was brutally murdered and the siblings had forced to separate. Now they're back together and Riley was the man who will do the job. As the new head of StratCast., Ellie Stratton hired Riley Lang as her new lawyer to handle the company's matter. Turns out, Riley attracted to Ellie more than for revenge. He believe Ellie is innocent and didn't mix into his father's sins. This time, Riley has to be her dragon as the one who protect the princess.

Both Riley and Ellie are easily likable. Riley is your typical easy-going man. However, Ellie is kinda awkward in real but quite firm and confident in the office. There is no hate for them. But their insta-love was unbelievable. They're into each other very quickly. When Riley admitted that he liked her, he still on cover and they haven't share anything outside bedroom and work. It's kinda okay for a while. Who doesn't wanna enjoy the hot lawyer? (FYI, the sex scenes more like heart and flowers. Not my cuppa. I prefer the M&M series. LOL!)

Their mundane life is really boring. Also the business talk that I hardly understand. But it was forgiven with the suspense and intrigue within the story. Everything happened so quickly when Riley was blindsided by the enemy and Ellie 'kicked' him. I was amazed with Riley that he managed to control his cool to get Ellie back with him even though she hated him. Their chemistry started to connect when they're open to each other and I enjoyed it. Even there isn't much dirty talk, but Riley's desperation for Ellie really did the romance.

“Are we just kissing, Ellie? I can handle that. I can. I can keep this wherever you want me to, but I need to set expectations right now.”
It would be smart, but she was so far past that. “I want you inside me.”

The family really has unbreakable bond. As the eldest, Drew didn't has much choice but he did everything he could. I think Drew is the ruthless one, because Riley seems more tender like Mia. I loved their interaction especially the jokes. Ugh they're killing me. Moreover, there was Case Taggart! He changed so much since he's with Mia. He's more relaxed than before.

Overall, the conclusion was really amazing. I devoured every chapter when the suspense starts to kick in. Ruthless was well-written and the world building feels real. Sexy, intriguing and dangerous. I already hooked with Drew and Bran. My heart aches for wounded man.

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