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review 2015-09-22 00:00
Ruthless People
Ruthless People - J.J. McAvoy Okay, let's get the ugly out of the way first. Even though I really liked it, the book was far, far, faaaar from perfect.

Some issues I had with it include:

1) Did the author, or anyone for that matter, care to proofread the book? There were typos everywhere and even a couple of grammar mistakes.

2) The cursing became hilarious after the first dozen fucks and bitches and motherfuckers and every combination thereof. It became a turn off since you could no longer take their threats seriously because the word "fuck" came out of their mouths every two words or so.

3) My Italian is very basic so I can't really judge on more than the fact that even I noticed that some of the phrases were not actually correct. You'd think the author or editor would at least care to make sure the few foreign phrases used were actually right. Do not make characters bilingual or multilingual if you can't take the time to make sure even the most basic phrases are absolutely correct. Just... don't. Now, I don't know any Irish so I have no idea if there were any mistakes in there, I would bet there are though.

4) "Family is the most important thing". How many times was this brought up during the book? SEVERAL. SEVERAL TIMES I TELL YOU. Yet, with the exception of perhaps one character or two, everyone doesn't really show to give a damn about family. They all care about their spouses (technically family but not blood) more than their actual relatives. Liam went around threatening to kill pretty much everyone short of his own mother. Melody, well same goes, although I'm not sure she was actually raised in this mindset. Declan and Neal also seemed to only really care about their wives more than anyone else. Even Evelyn (THE MOTHER) was pretty much like "You can touch anyone you please BUT my husband. He's off limits." so she didn't care that much about her own children. What even??? Again, I wouldn't really care if they didn't bring up the importance of family so much. What a bunch of hypocrites.

So well, those were my main issues, and given all of that you'd be wondering why I gave the book four stars when I've slapped better written books with one or two stars.

The answer is simple. This book was extremely entertaining to me. While the typos did bother me, and the cursing had me rolling my eyes (and I didn't care for the sex scenes, which comprised A LOT of pages), I could not put it down. I know that for most mafia nerds the book had a lot of inconsistencies but I didn't really care. Yeah, it was unrealistical as hell, but so what? It might have bothered me more if it hadn't been so much fun to just go along with the crazy.

For a bunch of characters that I really didn't like (With the excepetion perhaps of Coraline and SOMETIMES Declan) they really managed to pull me into their story.

Melody was a bitch. There's really not much else to say about her. She was just unnecessarily mean to a lot of the characters. But you know what? It's been a while since I last read about a female character who truly dngaf. It was...sort of nice. (In a: "I-wish-I-never-meet-someone-like-you-in-my-life, you-colossal-bitch.")

I didn't care for Liam. For a while he was nothing more than your typical alpha male wannabe with daddy issues and a not so secret soft side. *yawns* But I didn't hate him either, and that went a long way.

Neal and Olivia were boring.

Evelyn and Sedric were kind of amusing. I liked them well enough.

Coraline. Oh my precious and sweet child. What are you even doing there? Coraline is honestly the only actually "good" person you'll find in the book.

Declan. He is my favorite male character in the book, although I did hate what he did and how he acted in some parts What's with his random and creepy crush on Melody? It seemed OOC for him tbh, I was reading Coraline and Declan at the same time and I did not understand how he could even THINK of being with Liam's wife. It just didn't make sense. And then he goes and tells her to her face? are you stupid? what happened to you, Declan? I thought it was absolutely unnecessary and only served for people to hate Melody even more. She's treated like there's no one more beautiful and sexy in the world and that is such bs. GTFO.

I think I've rambled on enough. I liked the book for the same reasons some people disliked it.

I enjoyed the violence, the gore, how unapologetically awful the main characters were, how they are not redeemed but instead they push at you to try and hate them, and then they make you wonder if there's something wrong with you as well because you are enjoying it so much.

It was different, it was refreshing, it was original. For once, the title of a book actually delivers. Most everyone in this book was just that, ruthless, and they didn't give a fuck.

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review 2015-03-08 03:11
I was shocked at how good this is
Ruthless People - J.J. McAvoy

I received a copy of this book from Netgalley to read and review. 

This book sat on my kindle for a long time because it's classified as erotica and I don't typically read erotica. But it was nothing like I expected. I think I went in expecting the entire book to be poorly written sex scenes. But the sex scenes were actually the best I've ever read. All of the characters are so well developed, even the minor ones. Each character has their own backstory and personality. The action is non-stop, with a bunch of sub-plots. Throughout the entire book I was on the edge of my seat. That's not to mention the romance! I fell in love with all the characters in this book and I can't wait to read the sequel.

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review 2015-02-21 13:10
Ruthless Is Such An Understatement
Ruthless People - J.J. McAvoy

“She looks like a sweet little lamb from afar, but when you get close, you find out she skinned and ate the damn thing just to use it as a coat."

 

I struggled with my rating of this book. I can’t remember the last time I loathed and loved a novel, all at the same time. But it made me feel, and that is always a point in my book.

I’m going to start with the good stuff, so we can get to the ugly stuff lately.

 

The Good

 

- The Mechanics between the families were well made; I liked the idea of a modern mafia invested on drug dealing.

- No dull moments in here. The plot was fast-pace and hard to take your eyes off it.

- The chemistry between Melody and Liam was so obvious it could as well slap me in the face. When they weren’t doing this: 

 

 

They were doing this: 

 

 

And I was fine in both times.

 

BLOODY FUCKING MELODY. What an amazing character. Ruthless, strong, independent. This woman murdered and pillaged while wearing high heels. And I’m SO fine with that.

 

- The side characters had brilliant personalities, enough that each one of them could have their own book and it would be an entertaining read.

- I care enough to read the second book of the trilogy.

 

The Bad

 

- Oh god,THE PLOT HOLES. There we so many of them this book was starting to look like a Swiss cheese.

 

- The plot was also too predictable and sometimes it went borderline ridiculous.

 

- It was too close to insta-love/insta-lust to my tastes. My underwear may enjoy this, but my brain doesn’t. If you’re already writing sex at 20% of the book you hardly had time to develop the relationship of the characters before they do it.

- Who the hell bangs after being shot? TWICE?!

 

The Ugly

- I don’t know if this book had a professional editor but if it did the guy was blind. Remember that post I made about commas? The author did NOT read it. I started to take notes of the weird choppy sentences but gave up when I had about 50 of them.

 

*Sentence: Recommended if you need a fun read with some erotic thrown in. If you want something to think about…well. This is no literacy prize.*

 

If you by chance decides to try this book,let’s do a drinking game: Take a hit every time Liam thinks about grabbing Melody’s ass. We will both have drunk poisoning on the first chapter.

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review 2015-01-02 14:08
Ruthless People Review
Ruthless People - J.J. McAvoy

Synopsis:

 

"Mr. & Mrs. Smith meets the Sopranos..." To the outside world, they look like American Royalty, giving to charities, feeding the homeless, 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, 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.

1 Marriage x 2 Bosses = 3x the Chaos

 

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review 2014-08-10 18:19
How to Insult An Entire Country
Ruthless People - J.J. McAvoy

I have never felt so insulted in my entire life. J.J McAvoy's "novel" is the most ridiculous thing I have ever read and she has managed to successfully insult an entire country and culture.

 

Here's a tip for you all: if you want to write a popular Mafia book, do your fucking research. Do not, under any circumstance, make up bullshit to cover up the fact you have no clue what you're talking about and do not fucking use Google Translate to butcher a whole language. 

 

I haven't been this mad since... since ever, really.

 

A Little History Lesson As Aly Knows It:

 

1) The Italian and Irish Mafia have always been allies, never enemies, which makes the marriage between Liam and "Melody" (for an Italian Mafia Princess, that's a stupid name) entirely inplausible. If they married to make their alliance stronger, I would've believed it.

 

2) The Italian Mafia would never let a woman or a child train to murder. Not because women can't do it but because women and children are revered in Italy. Without women, there would be no children and without children there wouldn't be a family. Which makes Melody's training "from the age of seven" a load of bullshit.

 

3) Women stand by their husbands in the Mafia and get a say in what they do. It's not unpopular. You're putting at risk a family, so you might want to get the okay from your wife. In Italy, family is everything whether you're part of the Mafia or not.

 

4) A name means fuckall. It's utter rubbish that if you have a certain surname, the Mafia will come after you. My surname is a popular Italian surname, yet we're not part of the Mafia. So what fuckery is this?

 

5) The Mafia was never interested in drugs, which makes the "drug kingdom that started before time" another load of crap. It began with properties and land. They were staking a claim. It then moved on to alcohol during the abolishment of it in the 20s. Drugs only came into the picture in the late 50's/60's, when the young power-hungry men came to power.

 

6) They wouldn't shoot a pregnant woman because they felt like it. Are you fucking kidding me?

 

If You're Going to Write in Italian, Do it Right.

 

The fact that McAvoy completely destroyed the Italian language makes my blood boil. The fact that she used Google Translate to do so makes me even angrier. HOW did this get published and how on earth does it have so many 5 stars? I'm shocked that McAvoy didn't think this through, considering Italians will probably read this.

 

For example:

 

Il mia bambina dolce should be La mia dolce bambina (my sweet child, female)

 

 

You NEVER say "addio", you say "arrivederci" or "ciao" when saying goodbye. By saying "addio" you're accepting that you will never see that person again. 

 

Benvenuto abbordo should be Benvenuti a bordo. (Welcome aboard)

 

Sei in ottone, idioti maleducati, egoisti e cazzo, razza di mangiare, dormire, uccidere e gobba come cani! makes no fucking sense whatsoever. It's a bunch of insults thrown together that make no sense. "Sei in ottone" means "you're in hard metal"... what? "egoisti e cazzo" means "egoist and dick" so I have no idea what that means. "Gobba come cani"... food like dogs? What?

 

Voi tutti mi fai schifo is supposed to be Mi fate tutti schifo. (You all make me sick)

 

Questo libro mi fa schifo. This book makes me sick. Moving on:

 

 

Stop Sprouting Bullshit Like It's Going Out of Fashion:

 

This book is hilarious, purely because it tries so hard to be terrifying, yet it makes the characters look weak and childish. There's so many "fucks" used in the 60% I read that it made my eyes bleed. Constantly playing with their guns, stabbing and shooting each other, then having sex is like awfully done fanfiction... and there's a lot of awful fanfiction out there.

 

First of all, the Mafia (if they cared about not going to jail and/or dying) would never be in the centre of the public eye like Liam and Melody. This happened decades ago, but now? Now they're quiet and keep to themselves. Why? Because money can't buy anything.

 

Speaking of money, they wouldn't use credit cards like their lives depended on it. Hello? Money trails. The police would be all over you like a badly treated rash, for goodness sake. 

 

They wouldn't threaten the police, they wouldn't shoot random people in public because they felt like it. In fact, the Mafia are still standing today because they're somewhat intelligent... unlike Melody and Liam, who are so power hungry and naive, they should probably just sit down with a Monopoly set.

 

Also, the "no divorce" rule because Melody is Italian and Catholic is laughable. That law hasn't stood in decades, yet this book is written like it's supposed to be taking place in the 18th Century, not the 21st. 

 

This book is by far the most terrible pile of crap I have read this year.

 

The POS Characters

 

Liam is an asshole and Melody is a bitch. Usually, I don't mind a bitchy MC but there's an 'appealing' bitchy and then there's the 'stop fucking bitching before I high five you in the face with a shovel' bitching. Unfortunately, Melody falls in the latter category.

 

All she does is whine, shoot, stab, whine, creycrey, whine, shoot, stab, complain, swear, complaining, swear, whine, complaining, creycrey... you get the picture, right?

 

Liam, on the other hand, is a misogynistic POS who is looking for a good slap  on the face. Not only does he act like every woman should fall at his feet, but he also likes to promote rape culture by screaming stuff like:

 

He stopped for only a second to look me over, and the storm in his eyes raged worse than I had ever seen. "This is your one and only chance to tell me to stop."

 

Okay, first of all if a woman decides that no, she would not like your periwinkle in her vajyjay any more, you will stop screwing her. She doesn't get "just one chance" to say no, she can say no whenever the hell she likes, whether it be before or during the act. Okay? Cool.

 

Next point: 

 

"The moment the ink touched that fucking paper, you were mine. Mine to fuck. Mine to fucking command, and mine to put in your fucking place."

 

No, asshole. She is not "yours" and she is definitely not yours to do with how you please. She is a goddamn human being, with goddamn feelings, freedom of speech and human rights. She is not your pet. She is not your toy. You treat her with some damn respect, just like you want to be treated with respect.

 

Obviously, McAvoy has done 0 research in how marriage should be, too. Whether it be done for business or love, you treat your partner with respect at all times. Unless your contract states you're a sex slave or something, you have human rights and freedom of speech.

 

Melody and Liam spend more time beating each other up than trying to get to know each other... as they should be doing. It's not sexy, it's not hot. It's disgusting and you do not see this kind of shit in other Mafia books. Why the hell would you write something that goes against every human principle and moral? WHY?

 

Also they try so hard to be scary, but fail miserably. They're not scary, they're like annoying school kids trying to win the upper hand.

 

He was "Boogeyman of the East" and I was the unknown "Wicked Witch of the West".

 

I'm terrified.

 

 

 

 

Time for Sex? Nope, Time to Laugh!

 

Oh man. I don't think I've ever laughed so much at sex scenes that are meant to be "steamy". These are so awfully done, I found myself clutching my sides and howling instead of blushing and giggling like a schoolgirl... which I would prefer.

 

Here are some samplers:

 

I fucked her like she was a bitch in heat.

 

 

His dick was pointed right at me.

 

 

I felt my cock trying to detach itself.

 

 

 

And those are just samplers. The actual scenes are incredibly funny, what with the grunting, screaming, yelling, squishing... it couldn't get better, really. 

 

Word of advice. I once spoke to an author of erotica and I asked her how she managed to write such appealing scenes without sounding too OTT or funny. Her response was: "I read them out to my husband and if it turns him on, I know I did well."

 

Sounds stupid, but if you manage to make someone horny by reading your stuff, it works. If, however, 9 out of 10 people laugh, it's probably not a good sign.

 

 

 

Wherefore Art Though, Grammar?

 

 

 

It always shocks me when an author's grammar and spelling is awful. Mine isn't perfect, I know that, but at least I try to do my best. I edit and re-edit my work, I use spell check, I ask my friends to look at it... but when it's published work? I'm completely gobsmacked.

 

McAvoy's grammar in this book is eye-burning.

 

"It's nonnegotiable"

 

 

"He's going sign and he's going accept I'm not normal"

 

 

"I knew needed"

 

 

"Try not hold their faces underwater"

 

 

"Where their brothers where"

 

 

"'LIam," said arching toward me"

 

 

Need I go on? I wouldn't complain if it happened once in a while, but we're talking every single page. And in every single page, it happens once, twice and even three times. This obviously has not been edited. At all.

 

 

 

The Treatment of Women

 

 

Is bloody disgusting. Reading this, you'd think women couldn't bloody vote. Liam and Melody continuously put down and slut shame other women because of their looks, their sexuality and how they spent their money. Again, I think they don't know what freedom of speech and human rights are.

 

"You are a floozy, a manky, a whore, a woman of no importance or brains with nothing to note but a good ass and a deep throat."

 

 

"She pouted and it was ugly. Most of her facial expressions were ugly, but I didn't keep her around for her face, or her brain for that matter."

 

 

"Ugly people didn't have to stay ugly forever."

 

 

*rolls eyes*

 

Charming.

 

 

0 stars. Safe to say, I won't be recommending this to any of my friends.

 

Final Notes: I am Italian, born and bred. I moved to England when I was 10/11 and taught myself how to read, write and speak English. I think I've done a pretty good job and this book not only insulted me as an Italian, but it also insulted my intelligence. McAvoy should have done her research.

 

Fuck this book.

 

 

 

 

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