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To the outside world, they look like American royalty, giving to charities, feeding the homeless, and 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 was 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.
Warning: This book contains adult language and subject matter including graphic violence and sex that maybe disturbing or triggers for some listeners. This book is not intended for listeners under the age of 18.
This book is written in the perceptive of mobsters who aren't looking for redemption or possess a heart of gold.
©2014 J.J. McAvoy (P)2015 J.J. McAvoy
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By CharlesRandr24 on 11-02-15

A mafia Bonnie and Clyde to die for.

Where does Ruthless People rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Very high. The narrator pulls of an incredible range of characters and the writing is excellent. I got totally wrapped up in the story and invested in the characters... which, considering they are all pretty awful people, is incredible. The book is dark, brutal but brilliant... and the narration brings out the dry humor very well.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Ruthless People?

No spoilers but there was a really amazing section where one of the characters that seems cold as ice has a real crisis. It's a major turning point for the main relationship and I thought it was handled really well.

What does Joel Froomkin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He certainly made me smile... Melody and Liam have a really dry, wicked wit and he pulls it off really well. The heroine is kind of Sigourney Weaver meets Anjelina Jolie and I was kind of shocked how convincing it was. He handles that and the Irish and Italian characters believably - and considering how many different leading characters he had to pull off... I totally went along for the ride.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Meet Melody and Liam. Now run for your life.

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By MariaStJ on 11-18-15

Brutal and Brilliant

This book is freaking awesome. The lead characters, Melody and Liam are sexy, savage and impossible not to love and loathe. McAvoy has created this huge cast of characters that each get a chance to take the narrator's helm... It should feel like a mess - but instead it gives an incredible rich tapestry and nuance to the work. It's a huge mafia romance saga - but it's the psychological interplay between the two leads and their desire for power playing against their passion for each other that keeps you totally engaged. The narration is pretty amazing... For a male performer to be able to create a huge arrange of male as well as female characters that aren't silly or cartoony was really impressive. I can't wait to read more in the series. It's sexy and sinful as hell.

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By anna jones on 11-29-16

loved every minute

this was great!! full of twists and with some things you think was funny. would listen again

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By Alyce on 08-14-17


I have always loved a good mafia romance, but throw a kick ass woman and you definitely have my attention.
Meland Liam story gripped me from the first chapter. all the characters came alive for me and the plot had me coming back for more. The narrator was fantastic. this is not something that happens a lot.. that being said I would have preferred a woman to Narrate Melodies part, but still it was fantastic. wow I seem to be using that word a lot. but I truly did enjoy it!

the second book was a one click for me and no thought included. it was that easy of a choice.

the writer had me experiencing the highs and their Lows. The last chapter had me wanting to turn to the next book straight away.

This book was a five star for me and I highly recommend it. grab it today!

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