by Blake York

Release Date: Available Now

My review:

“Ruthless” is the first book in the new ‘Dangerous Ties’ series by Blake York. It’s a childhood friends to-enemies-to-lovers dark mafia romance with some unexpected twists and turns.

Serenity was close childhood friends with Heath and his triplet brothers, until her father turned traitor against his mafia family. As part of the punishment, her family was ostracized and driven into poverty. When her foolish brother gets into debt with the Russian mafia, and offers up Serenity as payment, she shows up on Heath’s doorstep in desperation, knowing that he’s the only one who could possibly save her. He knows that by all rights he should refuse to help her, but he always cared about her, and he just can’t bring himself to do it. He gives her refuge and they both discover that their mutual teenage crush is nothing compared to the intensity of the passion that flares between them as adults. But they still have to deal with the Russian mafia, her brother, and his family.

I thought this was a good book and I enjoyed it. We’re giving a little bit of back story about good times Serenity and Heath had together when they were young, but it would have been nice to have a better understanding of that as a foundation for their adult interactions. The end of this story was dramatic in unexpected ways and I appreciated that. I liked what we saw of the brothers and will certainly read the next book in the series which will be about one of them.

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