Ruthless (A Lawless Novel #1)

By 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 has created the perfect spin-off to the Masters and Mercenaries series.  She has put together a diverse blend of characters and made them family.

The Lawless children, (Drew, Riley, Bran and Mia) have had to endure more than one family should have to endure.  They deserve justice even in the form of revenge.  But revenge often has casualties. It’s then we learn whether or not the Lawless children can live with themselves in the end.

Ellie Stratton daughter of Phillip Stratton and business parter of Steven Castalano.  These two men and Patricia Cain were the orchestrators of the murders of Benedict and Iris Lawless.

Quote:  “The sins of the father were about to be visited on the daughter’s doorstep.  Ellie Stratton would have to pay her father’s debt.”

The plan was twenty years in the making and Riley will integrate his way into Ellie’s life.  But no matter how perfect the plan is not every contingency can be foreseen.   Like caring about the person you are about to destroy or the person you want to destroy having his own plan.

I loved Ellie the moment I read about her.  She is a truly good person, that wants nothing but the best for the people that work for her.  She has those rose colored glasses on and never takes them off.  My heart hurt thinking that she was the one that Riley had to use and eventually destroy, but I was also really torn because I felt for the family.  They already had their lives destroyed and they need justice in order to more on.  Does having a good reason excuse the family from intentionally hurting this woman?

The Lawless children were great compliments to each other.  First you have the ultra-serious Drew, who can only see revenge all the way to Bran who is the rock of the family.  Mia is the wild child, who was able to get Case to see how good she was for him.   And finally we have Riley, who is a little bit of all them.  He understands that he is going to put his family first and do what he has to do so they can all move on with their lives.

One of the things I really liked about this book was that we got to revisit Case and Mia.  Case was a voice of reason in this book, which he really wasn’t in Dominance Never Dies.  He and Mia are so good together.

In closing, I loved this book and can’t wait for the second addition to this series.


My Rating:  5 Hearts

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