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
"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.
"I love stories with a strong woman"
This woman was absolutely a boss chick. She is all about business and she doesn't put up with anyone's nonsense. I could not put this book down. The way it was written draws you in!
"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.
"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.
Absolutely! Joel made the story come ALIVE!
Joel absolutely nailed the accents. His range is amazing!
Just when I began to have sympathy for Melody, I ended up hating her again. She was so over-the-top evil. Liam was HOT. Who doesn't love a sexy Irish crime boss with a heart of gold??
This story was such a fun escape from daily life. I felt propelled into another world and Joel Froomkin made it all possible. Fantastic job all-around!
I could not even go to sleep for not wanting to put it down. I haven't felt like this since Harry Potter 7. It's my best mafia story blended with the strong female type and romance. It had everything.
Major kudos to the narrator!! He was able to voice many different accents and sexes and make them all unique and distinct. Bravo! The subject matter was distasteful though (very) and the storyline was too over the top to be believed.
Melody and Liam were ruthless but to a cartoonish level. There were some interesting family story lines but not enough to redeem them or their actions. The narrator made it an interesting listen, but just barely.
"WHOA NOT your typical romance"
Well damn! I was NOT prepared for any of it! Nothing predictable! No fillers! Just 1 shock after the next!
I only had 1 issue and that was narration. This male narrator should NEVER EVER EVER do female voices! EVER!
"What a ride!!"
Freakin loved it! Story line! Characters! And the narrator were brilliant!! Definitely worth a credit and then some!!
"3.5 stars But @ $3.95 Not Bad"
So I have no idea how to rate this book so I went with 3.5 stars. Honestly the first 20% made it almost a DNF for me I hated Melody. I felt she tried way to hard for those around her to find her ruthless and I swear she had penis envy. But as the story went on I started to warm more towards her especially when she started having feelings for Liam. Liam was super sexy in a serial killer way but also immature with his short temper. When they actually started to work together I really grew to enjoy them. Their banter is great and I love how he started to see her for the Boss she is. Now to my biggest problem which is why I couldn't go any higher with my stars is the fact that the constant killing of people in this book stared to get ridiculous and I couldn't stop rolling my eyes. We're not just talking one member of a family were talking the entire family including the children. I wish the author had limited the killing because the book at times seemed like a parody of a bad mafia movie and it's a shame because I enjoyed the writing and the story and didn't want to put it down. So with that being said HELL YEAH I'm downloading book 2 to see where these lunatics go next.
Joel Froomkin was good with the delivery of the story
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