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.
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Mr. and Mrs. Smith goes Tarantino
The whole book knocked my socks off. I really didn't know what to expect since I'm not much of a fan of the Mafia genre. But this was AWESOME. Imagine Mr. and Mrs. Smith meets the Sopranos. The whole story revolves around an young female Italian mafia boss tied in an arranged marriage to an Irish playboy mob leader. The characters are fantastic... the dialogue is clever, brutal and I was totally addicted. This has an HBO series written all over it. Fair warning - the language is strong (the f*** word is everywhere - but it suits these characters) and the sex is steamy.
Melody - she's a fabulous bitch that you can't help but love. The writer crafts the book from multiple character POV which is really interesting and helps you gain a deeper perspective on the characters you even thought you didn't like very much.
Kind of an amazing performance. I was really impressed with the way he was able to embody Liam and handle all the accents, but he also nailed Melody. Considering it's a guy who has to narrate as a female through huge sections, he did a killer job.
They're a match made in Hell.
Everyone I know that started this series totally couldn't wait to read the next book. If you liked Kill Bill or Guy Ritchie movies... go for it.
A mafia Bonnie and Clyde to die for.
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.
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.
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.
Meet Melody and Liam. Now run for your life.