Title: A Bloody Kingdom
Author: JJ McAvoy
Series: Ruthless People #4
Genre: contemporary romance, crime
Liam and Mel.
A Bloody Kingdom by J.J. McAvoy
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
5 **ruthless** STARS
“We laugh together. We cry together. We fight together.”
That was perfect, just bloody perfect. I really thought the series was well and done after the third book, but then I started reading this and I can honestly say the fourth book in the Ruthless People series was the book I never knew I wanted, but I'm so freaking happy we got it.
It probably comes with no surprise to followers of my reviews that I love JJ McAvoy's books, and A Bloody Kingdom is no exception. The fourth instalment in the Ruthless People series was a very welcome and in hindsight needed continuation and ultimately wrap up for Liam and Melody.
I'm still smiling like a loon. Bloody, ruthless, all kinds of exciting, heart-breaking, and so damn bittersweet. I loved it.
“There is no expiration date on vengeance. It doesn’t just last a lifetime, it spans generations. So let us rest tonight; it is not us who will die tomorrow.”
A little about the story. (Probably not safe to read on for people who haven't read the first three books.)
Mel is governour, Liam takes care of the family business and their three kids are getting older. But that’s pretty much the calm before the storm - or maybe I should say calm before the hurricane.
There are enemies, both the obvious and the more secretive kind who create problems. Not unusual for a family running the Irish and Italian Mob, while balancing a life in the public political eye.
On top of that it’s really a book about family. The interactions between the characters, preparing the kids for their future lives at the top of the mafia, and of course the epic love story between Mel and Liam. Written from various POVs to give you a very rich and comprehensive look at what is going on.
“You are mine, Liam. You belong to me. Your face, your body, your heart, your soul, you sold it to me and I sold mine to you. So if I die, you die. If you die, I die. As long as there is air in your lungs, there is air in mine.”
I have said this again and again, the Ruthless People series is the perfect read to send your morals and decent human behaviour on a vacation. The characters are unconventional, blood-thirsty and they are good at the criminal game.
All in all, the perfect way to end the series and a fantastic setup for future books about the little Callahans. The ending was shocking, but so right. If nothing else, it’s worth to have that last page. I’m still smiling. And just between us, when I was done reading I actually went back and re-read the first three books. Something I will do a lot in the future. I simply love Mel and Liam.
That’s all. Thank you for your time.
**ARC very kindly provided by author in exchange for an honest review.