Book Review: Ruthless - Michelle St. James

 Ruthless - Michelle St. James
Publish:Aug. 3, 2015
Series:Mob Boss #1
Genre:New Adult, Suspense, Dark, Contemporary, Romance
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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.

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Why is Ruthless my first experience with Mob book. I think I have a new genre that I adore. To make things even better I found a new author that I’ll be checking for. It goes without question Michelle St. James has made herself a contender with this debut.

Angelica Bondesan is more than content with her hushed lifestyle. Working at a local barista. One night after closing up the quiet life she knew will forever change her. After having a bag placed over her head and waking up in a strange room with her brain full of so many questions? Who are you people? Why did you take me? What do you want?

New head of the Vitale family Nico has a vendetta to settle with the man he believes killed his parents all he need is the proof. Going against the rules of the syndicate he takes the man’s daughter is hopes of drawing him out. I have to admit I wasn’t exactly impressed with Nico as a mobster, but more so as a gentleman. He has this soft manner about him when I require more alpha.

Ruthless is told with a dual POV which works very well considering both Angelica and Nico are both looking for answers to the dilemma that has forced their paths to crossed. Nico is looking to Angelica about the man she didn’t know had a second life - her father who also has mafia ties. Refusing to believe her father could be a part of Nico’s world, Angelica is convince a mistake has been made.

The romance between the two come with much resistance both as time passes the battle of their attraction overwhelms their logic. In a way Ruthless reminded me of a modern day mob like Romeo & Juliet story. Two people from opposite sides torn by loyalty to their family and love.

While some reviews mention that Ruthless has a cliffhanger I would disagree with that. Ms. St. James definitely leaves the door open for more to come, which it is, but if not I would be satisfied. Who am I kidding I would still want to know more.
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Author's Bio:

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.

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