The Untouchables Ruthless People #2 Publication Date: January 22, 2015
Also in this series: The Untouchables
Book 2 in the Ruthless People Trilogy.
"One Secret. Multiple Casualties.” Everything Melody Callahan has ever been told about her past is a lie. Her father lied. Her husband lied. But like all secrets…they come out. Not only is her mother, Aviela, alive but she won’t stop until she tears down everything Liam and Melody have spent the past year building. With a new target on their back and the media now focused on their family as the Presidential election approaches, Liam and Melody must fight on two battlefronts. Melody is torn between being in love with Liam and wanting to kill him for lying to her. Being in love and showing love are two different things in her world. Liam wants to do anything to protect his family even if that means hurting the people he loves. Family is everything… but what happens when they’re out for your blood? Everything they have been through is nothing compared to what is coming... ***Warning: This book contains adult language and subject matter including graphic violence and explict sex that may be disturbing for some readers. This book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.***
J. J. McAvoy first started working on Ruthless People during a Morality and Ethics lecture her freshman year of college. X number of years later, she is an insomniac who has changed her major three times, and is a master in the art of procrastination. If you ask her why she began writing, she will simply tell you “They wanted to get their story out.” She is currently working on her next novel . . . so please bug her on Twitter @JJMcAvoy
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I am not even sure where to begin this review. First, this book is amazing. I am not talking "ah what a cute story" or "wow that was intense" - I am talking this book will blow your freaking mind!
It is no secret I absolutely loved Ruthless People, but Ms. McAvoy truly outdid herself here because there are not enough words to convey how much I loved The Untouchables and how highly I recommend it.
"We were all fakers; lying to people who were lying to themselves.”
The Untouchables begins were Ruthless People left off. Liam is keeping the secret about Melody’s mom, Aviela, being a live, and naturally you can’t keep secrets from a girl like Melody. What should be a happy moment for Mel, since she was orphaned when her father died turns out to be a horrible turn of events. Mel’s mom is alive, but she is also a contracted killer who is linked to multiple deaths in Mel’s family and is coming for them next.
On the other front we have Olivia’s father, Senator Coleman, who is running for president. The goal is for the Callan’s to own the White House, and once that happens the possibilities will be endless for the family. Despite their plans nothing comes easy when you have a worthy adversary, Availa, threatening you at every turn.
I try to go into almost every book blind. I don’t want to know what happens, because knowing takes away from the experience. So when I started this review I went back to the blurb to make sure I didn’t include any spoilers in my review. So while the two small paragraphs may feel like I told you the story, I in no way did. That is because this book was literally one thing after another, and I mean that in the on the edge of your seat, can’t wait to the turn the page way.
Obviously this story is intense and will have you dying to learn more, literally up until the last page. However, it is also so much more. I am so impressed with how JJ has developed these characters, all of them, not just Liam and Melody. When we first met the family we were given a brief rundown on them all, and I learning how they have changed in the year since Melody joined the family was fantastic. Melody didn’t change everyone she opened them up to be who they already are, she gave them a voice, an outlet, and freedom to be themselves.
I absolutely loved how Melody and Liam’s relationship developed. We have two people who were always more concerned with themselves and the end game, that now love and put the other first. This isn’t a love story, but the love story between these two makes my heart swoon. I loved seeing how they worked, lived and grew together. I enjoyed how Mel was able to open her heart to love and the changes she went through throughout the story. The old Melody would have handled things so differently and I love how JJ brought about the changes at the right time.
"You are mine! You are so hell bent on reminding me that you belong to no one but yourself. But that’s bullshit. It’s my last name attached to yours. You belong to me! And I belong to you…”
This book made me crazy tense. I felt like I was in the story and with every turn I wanted to know what happened, how things would play out. I can’t even begin to imagine what will come next in American Savages, but I am so excited to see how things are resolved. JJ McAvoy continues to blow me away with her writing, if you enjoyed Ruthless People you will absolutely love The Untouchables.
ARC graciously provided by JJ McAvoy in exchange for an honest review.