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.***
THE UNTOUCHABLES (BOOK TWO)
RUTHLESS PEOPLE (BOOK ONE)
AMERICAN SAVAGES (BOOK THREE)
I feel like my brain just went through a tornado. Like a freaking F5 with winds of 250 mph! I am still trying to wrap my head around everything that has transpired, whilst reading The Untouchables.
I found myself often thinking "what the hell is wrong with this author?" " Why, would she even think to do or say that?" "Who comes up with this stuff?"... I have no answer for you, only that I am so happy she does! Ms. McAvoy writes stories like you have never read before. I will not lie to you, I wanted to quit reading this book! Why you ask? Because I knew my freaking blood pressure was going to shoot through the freaking roof...and it did!
I almost feel like I hated or disliked every character in this book at one point. Maybe not Evelyn, Sedric or Ethan. But that is what is so delicious about it. It's all the sugar, real butter and chocolate you want, but you know it's going to make you fat! You crave it and eat the entire batch in one setting! They are awful and the most despicable people you could ever meet. BUT, they demand loyalty and respect. You hate that you love them, even though you hate them.... understand? I know, its like a freak show.
I want so badly to tell you everything, but that would be such a disservice to you. This was a hard book to get through. Not because it was bad, but because there are so many players and you can trust NO ONE! There are chapters dedicated to body guards, the police and of course The Callahan's, all of them. It's this insight that you very often do not get, in most books. I had no idea where Ms. McAvoy was taking us, like NONE. I would think I had something figured out .... NOPE, not even close. It's frustrating, but in this "tell me more" kind of way.
These characters are not lovable, they are not sane, they are not normal, they are not "hearts and flowers", they are Ruthless and some of the most fascinating characters that I have ever read. I mean it, you seriously have to dig deep to find what you like about them. But, it is there.
For me Melody is strong and demands respect. Those are not bad qualities in a person. It's her ways of getting that respect that is not rational. She has a soft side that I LOVED seeing in this book. She surprised me the most. There were times I was cheering her on and there were times I was thinking "girl you are nuts!" But it works so well.
Liam, he is my bright spot. Yes, his arrogance is very annoying, but what do you expect from "the Chosen one?" He is super protective of his family, that is a down fall. He demands loyalty and will shoot you in the face if you disrespect him. BUT, his love for Mel, is bar none deep and passionate. I very much enjoyed seeing them get close and loving one another.
Declan and Coraline, I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE. They tore my emotions apart! I am so vested in these two...
Neal and Olivia... This series brings out my inner MOB voice, I don't mind Neal, he does need to man the hell up, but he does not bother me... His wife on the other hand... "I want her dead, her family dead, her dog dead, even her plants dead!!!" (said in my best DeNiro voice.) Good lord I hate that woman!!! I can not wait to see what is in store for her in book #3.
Sedric and Evelyn, they are lovely, I can see them cutting you down in a second, but I do enjoy them none the less.
Stick with it, this one is a tough one! Not because its hard to follow. There is just a ton of information that is given that is key to understanding Melody and Liam. The carnage they leave in the wake of devastating events, is A LOT! I guess if you hate them, then the author is doing something right. Her job is to evoke emotions and reactions in her readers... and trust me, The Untouchables will do just that!!!!!
I love the chapter headers! They are so insightful, they give you a glimpse of what you are about to dive into. I just love it!
The Untouchables gets 4.5 Clocks from me and I am dying to get my hands on book #3 American Savages. March is just around the bend, I think I make it.
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