Ruthless by Michelle St. James

Posted August 5, 2015 by Kate in Blog Tour, Liked It, Review / 0 Comments

Ruthless by Michelle St. JamesRuthless by Michelle St. James
Series: Mob Boss #1
Format: eARC
Source: Author
Genres: Alpha Guy, Love to Hate, Millionaire/Billionaire Hero, Mob, Revenge, Romance, Suspense

Two years out of college, Angelica Bondesan spends her time working as a barista, keeping in touch with her prodigal brother, and trying to figure out how to bridge the gap with her father, a wealthy real estate developer.

But all of that changes the night she’s kidnapped. Thrown into a windowless room, Angelica is positive there’s been some kind of mistake — until she meets Nico Vitale.

Gorgeous and frightening, Nico became the boss of New York City’s Vitale crime family after the execution style murder of his parents two years earlier. Since then he’s turned the old-school mob into a sleek, modern army of ruthless men who understand that physical violence — while always an option — isn’t the only way to get what you want.

Now Angel is forced to face the truth;

Her father is not the man she believed him to be.

Nico Vitale is dangerous, possibly lethal.

She is falling in love with Nico Vitale.

I love mob books! Which is so weird, since I’m not generally a fan of mob movies, but in books they just work for me. I have to admit though I was a little worried about this one because I knew it started off with basically a kidnapping by our hero on this story, for me sometimes I really hate kidnappings, unless they are written extremely well or there isn’t a lot of violence associated with it. Thankfully, the kidnapping aspect of the book didn’t bother me at all, and I seriously enjoyed the book.

So our heroine in the story is Angelica, who I really liked throughout the book, and oh man did I feel for her during the course of events. Her whole life changes so much from beginning to end. When the book begins she’s just a regular girl who has a degree in philosophy and works at a coffee shop, she’s pretty much estranged from her rich father, but has a good relationship with her brother. And then one night when she is locking up she is taken. Of course she thinks that she is being held for ransom, but oh is she so wrong. I liked that Nico isn’t violent with her, and when the creeper Dante tries to be, he seriously puts him down and hard. I understand how shocking the situation was for Angelica, but she handles everything so well, she has such fire and I love that about her.

So Nico is not exactly what I was expecting when I started the book, I mean he’s a mob boss, so I figured he would be hard and violent, but he was a complex character with more than one layer. I liked how he is kind of Angelica, when she goes on her hunger strike he does whatever he can to make her feel more comfortable and get her to eat. I liked how he was protective of her. I understood that he wanted to avenge his parents death, I mean if I was in his shoes, I totally would want the same thing. I really liked the evolution of Nico throughout the book, and I understood his actions throughout, even though they didn’t always get the results he wanted.

I really want to know what happens next with these characters, I will say that if you are hoping this book ends with everything tied up in a nice and tidy bow then this might not be the book for you. But if you want a book that will take you on a ride and leave you wanted to know what is going to happen next, then this is without a doubt a book you should check out.

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About Michelle St. James

Michelle St. James aka Michelle Zink is the author of seven published books and six novellas. Her first series, Prophecy of the Sisters (YA), was one of Booklist’s Top Ten Debut novels. Her work has also been an Indie Next selection and has appeared on prestigious lists such as the Lonestar List, New York Public Library’s Stuff for the Teen Age, and Chicago Public Library’s Best of the Best. Her character, Alice, won the Teen Read Awards for Best Villain against Harry Potter’s Lord Voldemort.

RUTHLESS, Michelle’s first adult novel under the name Michelle St, James, releases August 3rd and is the first book in the Mob Boss series.

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