Blog Tour – Review & Excerpt: Ruthless (Lawless #1) by Lexi Blake

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Welcome to the Blog Tour for Ruthless (Lawless #1) by Lexi Blake hosted by Inkslinger PR

Check out my review for a sensational, suspenseful and a gritty romance about vengeance and justice as well as a little sneak peak into this awesome sauce book! 

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The first in a sexy contemporary romance series featuring the Lawless siblings—from New York Times bestselling author 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…

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This is the spin – off series from the Masters and Mercenaries Book #11 – Dominance Never Dies (if you want to know more about the series, READ HERE!) a series about the Lawless siblings, with their dream of vengeance against the people who destroyed their family. It is the vengeance that has fueled every single decision of theirs and it is now the time to have their justice, one way or the other.

Drew Lawless, Bran Lawless and Riley Lawless are brothers, but they do not share a name, for sharing a name is against their plan. But plans have a way of unraveling in a way that leaves most humans breathless.

Riley is a lawyer – because lawyer was a profession that the Lawless siblings needed for their plan. Now this profession is going to be the one that gets them one step closer to Ellie Stratton, the daughter of one of their targets. Riley is focused and suffers from a bit of guilty conscience for the way that their eldest sibling, Drew had to give up everything to keep them together. His need for vengeance might not have been incessant, but his loyalty to his family was absolute.

Ellie Stratton is trying to take over her father’s company, StratCast, a company that was first found together with the Benedict Lawless, Philip Stratton, Castalano and Patricia Cain – three people who murdered Benedict Lawless and his wife, but failed in the endeavour to murder his children. His children, who will now be using Ellie Stratton as a part of their revenge.

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Ellie has been through tough times, she has gone through a divorce that she wasn’t exactly expecting and her father’s death, but more than that is the secret that has been weighing down on her with her father’s last breath. She is the literally the epitome of female heroines that I have come to expect from Lexi – she is strong; she is a bit hesitant but that doesn’t mean that she doesn’t know her own mind, she might have lacked a bit of confidence but she was NEVER EVER a doormat and that is why it was a treat to read her POV!

This series, at least with this book, shows that this is going to be a bit more different from the M&M series – for this has the underlines of familial feelings that is more than what was seen in the original series and it was a good different, really!

I adored the kind of dysfunctional family that the Lawless siblings had with each other – but also their loyalty, and their apparent love for each other. Their interactions, even with Ellie were with a foundation of love and loyalty. Not that M&M didn’t have the foundation of family, but it was a family of loyalty, but the Lawless? They were a family in the strictest sense, and it definitely showed, especially considering they all ended up as a choice for each other in the end.

And as with all the heroes that I have already fallen in love with, Riley is the epitome of the hero I have come to admire. He had such a hard time when it came to understanding and getting used to feeling that in-consummate love for Ellie, but when he did, he went all out! Especially when it mattered!

Ellie, on the other hand, was far more logical when it came to Riley’s deception (for of course there was deception!), yes it hurt, but she had enough to sense to keep an open mind, especially considering their history together!

All in all, it was a treat to know that Lexi never really disappoints, not once! Now, I can’t even decide whose HEA I am more excited for – Theo or Bran’s!! 😀

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“Smart, savvy, clever, and always entertaining. That’s true of Riley Lawless, the hero in Ruthless, and likewise for his creator, Lexi Blake. Both are way ahead of the pack.” ~ New York Times bestselling author Steve Berry

“I love Lexi Blake. Read Ruthless and see why.” ~ New York Times bestselling author Lee Child

With Ruthless, Lexi Blake has set up shop on the intersection of Suspenseful and Sexy, and I never want to leave. ~ Laurelin Paige, New York Times bestselling author

Ruthless is full of suspense, hot sex, and swoon worthy characters — a must read!” ~ New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Probst


“Why did you do that?”

It was the first time she’d spoken without being prompted. “Do what?”

Her face flushed the sweetest pink. The color went all the way down that sexy V-neck. Her breasts flushed as well as her face, and it made his damn dick tighten. “Kiss me. Why did you kiss me like that?”

Oh, so many reasons, but he gave her the most compelling one. “I wanted to.”

The minute she’d opened the door and he’d seen her standing there looking anxious, he’d known how to calm her down. All he’d had to do was put his hands on her and some odd connection flared between the two of them. She hadn’t fought him. He could have gone on kissing her. He’d been the one to pull away.

It was like the minute he walked in, he was the only thing that existed for her. It made him feel ten feet tall, but it also made him want to please her.

It was an unsettling sensation.

Her hands came up, fingers on the sides of the table. “You know what I’m asking. You knew I wasn’t alone. Why did you pretend to be my boyfriend?”

It was easy to see she’d wanted him to wait for her at the restaurant so as to avoid him meeting her sister and ex. When she’d opened the door, he’d immediately known something was wrong. He’d gotten a glimpse of her sister and known Ellie had likely needed a hand. It had to be tough on a woman’s ego to lose even a pathetic excuse of a husband to a younger sister.

“You were alone with your sister who slept with your husband. Excuse me. Ex-husband.”

She shook her head. “At the time, we were definitely married. How did you know he was my ex-husband?”

“He took half your net wealth. I’m your lawyer. At this level, a good lawyer is less legal counsel and more war consultant. I can’t properly perform my duties if I don’t know everything about you, including the fact that you tend to have terrible taste in men.”

She frowned. “I haven’t had a ton of boyfriends. I’m not sure what my taste is.”

He really wanted to understand why she’d married that obvious prick. “What attracted you to him? Because from where I was standing, he looked like a dickwad desperate to be twenty-one again.”

She bit into her bottom lip, her eyes glancing away from him. “He wasn’t always like that. I actually met him when he was twenty-one. He was far more mature then.”

He liked her candor. “You were in college?”

“Last year of undergrad. We dated for two years and then it seemed like it was time to get married. We’d moved back here to Manhattan so I could take my place at StratCast. I thought he was going to go to grad school, but he decided on a different path.”

“What path was that?”

A single brow rose over her right eye. “You don’t know?”

Of course he knew. He knew everything. “Are you referring to your ex-husband’s penchant for swinging for the fences? When it comes to investments, that is.”

It was what he liked to call “idiots who funded ridiculous ideas.” They never wanted a simple profit out of their money. They wanted millions and really fucking fast. They swung for the grand slam when all they needed to do was get on base.

It took a true genius to take a single idea and make millions off it. Drew had.

Her shoulders straightened. “He wanted the easy solution. A get-rich-quick scheme. He wasn’t that way at first. At one point he was very intellectual. It’s what attracted me to him. He was curious about the world and liked to discuss everything from politics to social jus- tice to movies we saw. He changed. I didn’t. In some ways, I blame getting involved with me for what happened to him. He got around my father and real wealth and wanted some of his own. When I met him, he wanted to be a professor. He wanted to teach.”

At least he’d gotten her this far. She was talking. Now he needed to get those shoulders down from around her earlobes. For one moment, for that moment when he’d drawn her into his arms and pressed his mouth to hers, she’d relaxed against him, given over to him. Her body had softened and she’d leaned into him, and if he’d pressed her, he didn’t know what would have happened. She might have continued kissing him, forgetting all about the other people in the room. He could have cupped her breast, her ass. Put his hands anywhere he liked.

She hadn’t given a damn that they hadn’t been alone. All she’d cared about was him.

About The Author (3)

NY Times and USA Today bestselling author Lexi Blake lives in North Texas with her husband, three kids, and the laziest rescue dog int eh world. She began writing at a young age, concentrating on plays and journalism. It wasn’t until she started writing romance and urban fantasy that she found the stories of her heart. She likes to find humor in the strangest places and believes in happy endings no matter how odd the couple, threesome, or foursome may seem.



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