After dinner with the most arrogant man in the world, Jessica Miller is shocked when her blind date tries to maul her in the parking lot. Enter “Zag”: the brooding, bruising alpha male who jumps off his motorcycle and teaches the jerk a lesson he won’t forget. After getting one taste of a bad boy who lives on the edge, Jessica’s hooked. Zag’s willing to give her the ride of her life. But she needs to wrap her arms around his powerful chest and hold on--tight.
Zag knows firsthand that the True Brothers MC isn’t for the faint of heart. He only intends to show beautiful, innocent Jessica a few cheap thrills to satisfy her curiosity. But the more he lets her in, the more Zag comes to depend on her gentle touch to help heal the wounds that he’s been denying for so long. Now, a rival gang has set its sights on Jessica, and Zag must step up once again. He just hopes he can go the distance to protect the woman he loves.
Well I have to say that yes we get an alpha male with Zag and he is his club's sergeant at arms but this book was actually more of a romance than others of its ilk. Zag rescues good girl Jessica from a blind date that's really gone to pot when her date gets a little too hands on. Jessica knows a good thing when she sees it and a little trip to the wild side with Zag is most definitely on the cards but it's the start of something that increasingly pulls them together. Now Jessica might be from an upstanding middle class family, but she knows her own mind and right now seeing Zag is all she can think of and luckily he definitely feels the same. Oh don't misunderstand, Zag sees the pitfalls but the chemistry between them is off the charts. Now every book needs a beginning, middle and an end and one of the Brothers takes a different path which puts Jessica in the eye of the storm. Being a part of Zag's world is scary without a doubt but it's about to get very dangerous indeed!
It was interesting to see an MC that was almost squeaky clean, they don't sell drugs, run guns, or profit from prostitution which made quite a change. Did it feel more or less realistic because of that; honestly I'm not sure as I wondered just what really did glue these guys together. The close relationship that Zag shared with his president actually did make sense which helped me understand the dynamics more although the setup of the Club did seem quite relaxed at times.
Jessica is independent but doesn't always show her friends her true feelings but with Zag around she grows as a character. What dominates is the burgeoning love between this couple. Passionate and yet it's strangely almost sweet. On paper this couple shouldn't work and yet with a bit of tweaking you know they just do.
Ruthless is my first book by Ms Archer and I'm not exactly what I expected but that's not a bad thing. I liked that I understood the dialogue and didn't have to roll my eyes and the supporting characters added to the fun. I'm curious what will happen next so will look out for the next book in the series.
I was gifted a copy of this in exchange for an honest review.