by Gina L. Maxwell
Series: Playboys in Love #2
Published by Entangled Scorched on January 30, 2017
Sub-Genre/Theme: Contemporary, Erotic, Menage
Format: ARC, Ebook
Source: The Author
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I received an advance copy of this book from The Author.
People call me Ruthless for a reason.
Whether I’m in the court room or in the bedroom, my reputation is well-earned. I’m either working hard, working out, or working my way into some woman's panties. But none of them share my particular kink, and I walk away feeling unsatisfied.
Until I met her.
She’s a friend of a friend, which makes her off-limits in my book. But then temptation had me by the balls and I had her up against a wall. She literally fucked my world off its axis, but it can’t happen again.
My plan was avoidance, but that got blown to shit when my firm hired her as a new junior attorney. Now I’m her boss, and I’m supposed to act like I don’t want to bend her over my desk every five minutes.
But I’ve never held myself back with anything before, so consequences be damned, it’s time to show her how damn good it feels...to be ruthless.
How is it possible for a book to be completely smutty but also romantic at the same time? In a word: Ruthless.
Ruthless is book #2 in Gina L. Maxwell’s Playboys in Love series, which follows a group of friends who also happen to be male strippers (very Magic Mike).
Roman Reeves is a dichotomy: during the day, he’s a cunning lawyer. At night, his alter ego Ruthless comes out to play. When the business suit and tie come off, the tattoos and edgy persona are revealed. Needing to strike out on his own, Roman has recently quit working for his father and started his own law firm with one of his buddies. His partner has hired two new attorneys who are starting soon, so Roman is looking forward to establishing their firm’s reputation.
Addison Paige is a self-proclaimed honey badger and kickass attorney. All her life, she has struggled with perfectionism, thanks to the unattainable standards set by her parents. As an adult, she is more than capable, but her talents are being wasted at her current job, where she isn’t appreciated at all. She has the potential for so much more.
Roman is good friends with Chance (from book #1, Shameless). Chance is in a committed relationship now with Jane, who happens to be best friends with Addison–which is why, despite Roman’s intense attraction to Addison, he doesn’t want to get involved with her. Since they share mutual friends, he doesn’t want things to be awkward if they ended up dating and breaking up.
One night at the club, Roman finds himself in Addison’s crosshairs. She’s determined to wear him down and hook up. She succeeds–though not without an initial fight–and their physical compatibility is undeniable.
Things get complicated when Roman heads into work to discover that one of his new attorneys–aka his new employee–is none other than Addison. Addison’s just as shocked at this interesting turn of events. Despite the fact that they’ve recently hooked up, Roman and Addison make an excellent team at work. It’s not long before they give in to temptation and mix business with pleasure. But Roman has a specific kink that he needs to share with Addison: namely, he needs to share a woman with another man. Will she agree to explore it or will it destroy their growing relationship?
There are so many layers to this story. Addison and Roman are coworkers–more accurately, employer/employee–so they have to manage the duality of their relationship in addition to the power imbalance. Additionally, their relationship later explores menage, which is when things get even dirtier–and much more emotionally entangled–than before. There’s also the matter of Roman being a stripper on the side. (However, I think it’s worth noting that although Roman has that side job, it isn’t a point of contention with Addison the way that it was part of the central conflict in Shameless.)
Inevitably, though, fun turns into the feels, which leaves Addison and Roman with some tough choices. There’s some mild drama and conflict, but ultimately I found the ending of the book quite satisfying, thanks to some well-deserved groveling on Roman’s part.
For me, the perfect combination is a book that can balance the dirty with the romantic. Ruthless gets it right. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to the next installment in the Playboys in Love series.
I received an advance copy of this book from the author and InkSlinger PR.
Rating: 5 stars