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Peek Inside Ruthless

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 meet her.

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People call me Ruthless for a reason.

Whether in the court room or the bedroom, my reputation is well-earned. I’m either working hard, working out, or working my way into some woman's panties. Problem is, none of them share my particular kink, and I end up walking away unsatisfied.

Until I meet her.

She’s a friend of a friend, which makes her off-limits until temptation takes me by the balls and I’m taking her up against a wall. She literally f*cks my world off its axis, but I can’t let it happen again.

My plan of avoiding her got blown to shit when my firm hired her as a new junior attorney. Now I’m her boss, and I have to act like I don’t want to bend her over my desk every five minutes.

But I’ve never held myself back from anything before, so consequences be damned. It’s time to take what we both want and show her just how damn good be ruthless.

Each book in the Playboys in Love series is a stand-alone, full-length story that can be enjoyed out of order.

Series Order:
Book one: Shameless
Book two: Ruthless
Book three: Merciless


Ruthless is a perfect example of erotic romance. It has everything you need for a steamy bit of escapism - the kinky alpha male, the strong woman with a penchant for kink that she was unaware of, the unexpected fall into the depths of love... it's all there, with bells and whistles.” - Bobbie Killip, Escape Into Words

“If you read and enjoyed SHAMELESS, all I have to say is 'BUCKLE UP!' because, if you thought Jane and Chance's sexual escapades were scorching, you just wait till you see what Roman and Addie get up to in 'RUTHLESS'! Their chemistry is off the charts. Their banter is hysterical. They share a few very sweet and vulnerable moments ... I must say, of all the books of Ms. Maxwell's I read to date, this is now my favorite one! Two words to describe Addie: sassy & open minded. Two words to describe Roman: confident & pierced. Two words to describe this book: PANTIES OPTIONAL!” - Irene Oust, Goodreads

“When I die, I want to be reincarnated as a book character like Addison Paige! She's tough, beautiful, smart, sassy, driven, and successful, basically a force to be reckoned with. And I want to meet a guy like Ruthless. Together they are unstoppable. This book is steamy, spicy, and all over HOT!” - Shannon Lambeth, HEA Novel Thoughts

5 Stars: “After reading Shameless I thought I knew what to expect, but Ms. Maxwell totally took me by surprise with this one, talk about HOT!!!!...I have to say this is by far one of the hottest little reads that I have had the pleasure of devouring in a long while, and enjoyed every sinfully delicious little drop!!...If you like your stories on the hot side and with a determined heroine at the helm, who’s not afraid to call the shots, then I highly recommend you take a chance on this story, Addison and Roman will set your world on fire!!” - Misty Pascoe, Red’s Romance Reviews

“RUTHLESS is a fun, fast paced, sexy story with great dialogue and lots of chemistry between the characters.  This captivating story centers on two bold and independent attorneys who are constantly giving each other lots of snarky attitude and I loved all their verbal bantering.” - Karen Brieger, Cocktails and Books

RUTHLESS is a MUST READ…. the SENSUALITY in this book is off the charts. It will leave you SPELL-BOUND...The chemistry between Addison and Ruthless is FIRE!!!  The dialogue and sex scenes (have I mentioned the sex scenes yet HOT!!!! STEAMY HOT!!!) was captivating which made the book a page-turner.” - Scarlett Se Leva

“This is a fantastic, seriously hot read that you don't want to miss. I highly recommend it.” - Bette Hansen, Goodreads

“I devoured this one. It was just a great mix of everything...It is smutty as sin and I loved it.” - Frances Chilcutt, Book Talk Girl

Ruthless was a one two punch to the ovaries. It was entertaining and downright sizzling. It had everything; humor, steam, fantastic story telling, and a hero that you will lust after from cover to cover. Guaran-damn-teed.” - Lana, Dirty Girl Romance

“Omg this book is so Laugh Out Loud good! What a great story! Fast paced, super sexy and oh so hot hot hot romantic! What's not to love? H.A.F. Strippers!! Yuussss!!...My very First book by this author and now I want to read them all!!! Put on your TBR today!” - Romazing Reader

“Holy Jebus...there is a reason why Ms. Maxwell is one of my go-to-authors and boy does she deliver yet again! Talk about a super sexy, hot and steamy, pantie soaker romance!...if you have not read a book by Gina, you need to go and one click any book by her NOW!!!!” - Laura, iScream Books

“I would totally recommend this book!...The characters are a lot of fun and I laughed a lot throughout the story. I think I might have gotten a teensy bit teary-eyed at the end but no one witnessed it so it can't be proven. The only regret I felt while reading this book is that I didn't read this author much, much sooner!” - Liz F., Kindles and Wine

“Maxwell is a new to me author and I just love her writing style. I devoured both books in two days. Fans of Shameless will definitely enjoy Ruthless. Well done again Maxwell!” - Richelle Robinson, Shelly’s Book Corner

“Just wow! This book will get your blood heating. I loved it from the first page to the last. Ruthless was sexy and sinful, with smoking hot intimacy. The characters were sexy and lovable. Roman was arrogant while Addie was sassy and independent. The dialogue was witty and dirty. The monologue gave us the perfect images of the complexity of these characters. I loved it so much that I put the rest of the series on my TBR.” - Christine, Just Love My Books

If you thought Shameless was hot, wait until you get your hands on Ruthless!!! I'm actually quite surprised that I didn't spontaneously combust from the heat between Addie and Roman.” - Jaime, Fiction Fangirls Book Reviews

 “Phew, this one truly set my Kindle on fire and I have to say I am really happy that the author has written these Playboys in Love books with such passion.” - MJ, Goodreads

Gina has a way of writing that grabs you and doesn't let go. Her combination of hotness, humor and conflict is superb. And her characters are so detailed you feel like you are right there with them and experiencing everything. I'm pretty sure that Addie may be my very favorite Maxwell heroine!!! I f-loved her so much....she was so strong, outspoken, experienced, hilarious, and sassy. A perfect heroine in my opinion. needless to say, I loved Ruthless and can't wait for Gina's Next book!” - Tricia, Goodreads

“Holy cow this book was awesome! I just loved Addison Paige and Roman Reeves. These two were off the charts hot and fun! “ - Sue  Galuska, Goodreads

“Not only does Gina draw you in and engage all your emotions from line one, but she does it repeatedly throughout the entire book. A hot alpha male, a sassy intelligent woman, and a relationship neither of them are willing to give up... couldn't have asked for more!!” - Michelle, Goodreads

“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.” - Tiffany, Goodreads


Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633757158
Series: Playboys in Love, Book 2
Release Date: Jan 30, 2017
Page Count: 289
Imprint: scorched
Genre: contemporary, erotic romance
Tropes: bad boy/bachelor/playboy reformed, forbidden love/off limits

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By Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾ February 07, 2017


I’ve never met a woman I wanted to either fuck or strangle so much in my entire life.

Well, well, Miss Maxwell, you naughty naughty girl. If I knew this new series of yours was THIS hot, I'd have jumped on it way sooner than this. As it is, I'm kicking myself for taking this long t ...more

By Coco.V February 06, 2017

Engaging, fast-paced and very well-written, I enjoyed immensely this seriously hot story that captivated me from the start. Ruthless was a great combination of all the elements that fit my reading preferences - entertaining plot, lovable and interesting characters, humour, romance, passion, emotion, ...more

By Sabrina February 06, 2017

*Amazon*Barnes & Noble*Kobo*

A Hero that wears both suits and piercings? Hell to the yes! I loved that Roman was such a contradiction and it made him a really unique character. It's not often that I would say two very different personalities could come together so well but this author did a b ...more

By ~IreneOust~ February 07, 2017

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I would like to say this book took me by surprise but then I'll be lying. If you are familiar with Gina L. Maxwell's work, you'd probably agree that she writes some of the hottest sexual encounters! I don't know what it is about her stories that manages to hit all the right buttons ... it just does ...more

By Natalie February 10, 2017

RUTHLESS is now being featured in a Blog Tour + giveaway!!

I've been a fan of Gina Maxwell's since I read her debut novel, Seducing Cinderella, and she cemented my fandom with Shameless. I absolutely fell in love with the P4H crew and couldn't wait to find out more about each of them and the ladies t ...more

By Malene February 11, 2017

I thought Shameless was okay. Ruthless was so much better. I really enjoyed the story for what it was. Yes, there wasn't any deep plot but I was entertained nonetheless. Addison and Roman were great and their chemistry insanely hot. Holy moly! Roman had his kinky side and Addison embraced it and her ...more

By Karen Mc February 06, 2017

You’re the predator right up until you’re the prey.

Gina Maxwell’s latest heart-thrashing romance, Ruthless, was the predator and I was the prey. This scintillating and spellbinding story pounced on me, holding me in its clutches, where I could do nothing but submit to this UTTER BOOK BLISS that was ...more

By Timitra January 09, 2017

I've been looking forward to reading Ruthless ever since I finished reading Shameless and I must say it did not disappoint and was totally worth the wait.

I loved the heroine, Addison, she had me laughing over the ridiculous things she'd say and think. I loved that she was strong, feisty and the pre ...more



Be prepared to enter the world of delicious alpha men with their own kink when you open the cover of the Playboys in Love series. This erotic world that Gina L. Maxwell is perfect blend of licentious deeds and romance, creating a story that will pull at ...more

By Jen February 07, 2017

Roxie and Jen's Review

Holy smoking hotness!! This will kind of be a double review of sorts.

YES, YES, YES! Think Meg Ryan orgasmic bliss... We wanted a hot, soaking panties kind of read and we got that and so much MORE! We are suckers for stripper books. Like we can't get enough and stalk lists loo ...more

By Liz February 07, 2017

Review copy courtesy of the publisher via NetGalley.

I've FINALLY done it! I've finally read a book by Gina Maxwell! I met her at the RT Convention a few years ago and she was so fun and hilarious and cool that I couldn't wait to start reading her! All of my blogmates loved her and I knew she was goi ...more

By MJ February 05, 2017

I thought Shameless was off the charts sexy but with Ruthless, I'd say Gina Maxwell has clearly let her inner freak flag wave tall and proud! Phew, this one truly set my Kindle on fire and I have to say I am really happy that the author has written these Playboys in Love books with such passion. You ...more

By Scarlett February 07, 2017

RUTHLESS is a MUST READ…. the SENSUALITY in this book is off the charts. It will leave you SPELL-BOUND.

The book is well written. A little, No a lot on the RISKY side but done exceptionally well. Ruthless is smart, educated, and SEXY as HELL. I like his devotion that he has to his friends and family. ...more

By Lisa February 07, 2017

I received a NetGalley ARC for an honest review.

And honestly - this was a great little story. The characters and the story line kept me engaged. Yes, there was instalust, yes there was some push/pull, and yes there was miscommunication/assumptions made, but Ruthless was an awesome alpha hero without ...more

One of the best I've read this month so far!

"Ruthless" (Playboys In Love #2) by author Gina L Maxwell.
Release Day: January 30, 2017
My Rating: 5
Cover: 5

I could kick myself for never reading this author before now. Well in my own defense, there are so many great authors around, I don't always come ac ...more

By Richelle January 06, 2017

So after reading Shameless in one day I didn't know how I was going to make it until Ruthless came out. So I went on NetGalley, requested the book and the next day this baby was on my Kindle. Talk about happy girl!!! This book did not disappoint!!

We are first introduced to Roman and Addison in Sham ...more

By Tami January 09, 2017

This review is based on the ARC provided by the author and/or the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.


M/F - M/F/M - BDSM lordy I love my alphabet soups. Voyeurs thrown in to keep it interesting. You don't NEED #1 in the series to enjoy this book. I didn't read it, and I love ...more

By Ayekah February 07, 2017

What a great story. Seriously hot, and had me flipping pages because I didn't want to miss a single thing.
Roman... have mercy on me. I could only picture those words coming out of his mouth, me with a strangle hold on my kindle.
Addie, I loved this honey badger of a girl. Tough, bright and sexy and ...more

By Danielle January 10, 2017

4 hot and steamy stars
Roman and Addison know each other through friends. Her BFF and his BFF are together. So for Roman, Addison is off limits. This makes Addison want him more and Roman tries to fight it but can't. Their attraction is too powerful.

Then Addison is hired to work for Roman at his law ...more

By Maria Rose May 29, 2018

Ruthless is the second story in the Playboys in Love series by Gina Maxwell. It’s part of Entangled Publishing’s Scorched line, which definitely is a good description for this imprint. The series revolves around a group of guys who work as strippers in their off hours, when they aren’t at their regu ...more

By Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews February 07, 2017

Slick's review:

4.5 stars

The second book in Gina L. Maxwell’s Playboys in Love series is even better than the first book. Ruthless is every bit as raw and sexy as Shameless, but this hero has two very different sides and the heroine finds out she does as well. Ms. Maxwell has really turned up the hea ...more

By Wit & Wonder Books February 07, 2017

*** ARC provided by the author in exchange for honest review ***

Can’t tell you where to start with this book… words like; Hot & Holy Hell come to mind first!

Captivating, faced-paced and melt your panties good are other words that describe this fantastic read by Gina L. Maxwell.

Ruthless is the secon ...more

By Becca February 10, 2017

Holy Hotness Batman! Roman will make you fanning yourself in the fridge to help keep the blush at bay when reading.

Addison is on a mission... to bed the hotter than hell Roman. The only problem is that Roman has a steadfast rule... No sleeping with friends or friends of friends. And since Addie is ...more

By Sue February 07, 2017

Holy cow this book was awesome! I just loved Addison Paige and Roman Reeves. These two were off the charts hot and fun! Did I mention hot? I knew Addison was going to be fun based on what she did to Jane in the first book by sending her a stripper from Playboys 4 Hire, but I didn't have a feel yet f ...more

By Elle aka Leftie aka Shoebelle February 11, 2017

*ARC received from author via InkSlinger PR as part of blog tour*

Another scorcher by Gina!

The 2nd book in the series, this standalone is now about Jane’s friend, Addison (Addie), and Chance’s friend, Roman. If you’ve read the first book, you know what Roman does as a side gig, along with his 3 other ...more

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Gina L. Maxwell

About the author

NY Times Best Selling, USA Today Best Selling Author

Gina L. Maxwell

Gina L. Maxwell is a full-time writer, wife, and mother living in the upper Midwest, despite her scathing hatred of snow and cold weather. An avid romance novel addict, she began writing as an alternate way of enjoying the romance stories she loves to read. Her debut novel, Seducing Cinderella, hit both the USA Today and New York Times bestseller lists in less than four weeks, and she’s been living her newfound dream ever since. When she’s not reading or writing steamy romance novels, she spends her time losing at Scrabble (and every other game) to her high school sweetheart, doing her best to hang out with their teenagers before they fly the coop, and dreaming about her move to sunny Florida once they do. You can find her on Instagram at and sign-up for her newsletter at:

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