Review: Saint (Boston Underworld, #4), by A. Zavarelli

SAINT (Boston Underworld Book 4)SAINT by A. Zavarelli
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have loved every one of the books in A. Zavarelli’s ‘Boston Underworld’ series and ‘Saint’ was no exception. This book was great! I can’t get enough of these Irish guys!

‘Saint’ is the story of Rory and Scarlett. If you’re like me, you probably only had a vague recollection of who these two were at the beginning of the book. If that’s the case, don’t sweat it. A. Zavarelli did a good job of re-orienting readers to the characters and how they tied into the story.

Scarlett is not your ordinary heroine. I was equally terrified and impressed by her. She was a total badass! She is out for revenge and she is a force to be reckoned with. If you’re expecting a submissive, mild-mannered female leading lady, you’re in for a big shock with Scarlett!

Rory is just an all-around nice guy. He’s tough and sexy, but he has this kind of laid-back personality that draws you in. He was so patient and protective of Scarlett that I couldn’t help but love him. He was swoon-worthy.

As Scarlett’s past is revealed, it becomes clear why she now preys upon wealthy, entitled men. She wasn’t always the predator that she is now. One night years ago left her forever changed when she was brutally gang-raped. Set up by her own boyfriend, used by him and his friends, and then left for dead, she has now dedicated her life to seeking vengeance.

Rory wants nothing more than to claim Scarlett for his own. He is infatuated with the beautiful man-eater, but refuses to let her use him and then write him off as just another guy that wants her only for sex. He is persistent and won’t give up until he can call her his.

No matter how hard Scarlett tries to push him away, she can’t shake Rory Brodrick. When he continues to unwittingly botch her plans, she decides to use him as a means to an end. After all, he just won’t go away.

When Scarlett’s past comes back to haunt her, she finds herself relying on Rory more than she had ever anticipated. Time and time again, he comes to her rescue. He’s made it his number one priority to save Scarlett from herself, even if she doesn’t realize that she needs saving.

This was a great story from beginning to end. Scarlett and Rory did not follow the typical relationship trajectory, and that kept it interesting. It was nice to read a book with a tough as nails heroine and a hero that can respect that. Although this wasn’t my personal favorite book in the series, it was great. In fact, every book in this series has been wonderful. I highly recommend this series.

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Review: Crow (Boston Underworld, #1), by A. Zavarelli

Crow (Boston Underworld, #1)Crow by A. Zavarelli
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Recently, this series has been blowing up my feed. After seeing several glowing reviews from friends, I decided to see what all the fuss was about. I expected to be disappointed, but was I ever wrong! This book was terrific!

Mackenzie decides to infiltrate the Irish Mafia in an attempt to find her best friend, Talia. The two grew up on the streets together, and they’re the closest thing to family that either one of them has. When Talia goes missing after she begins working for the mob, Mackenzie knows that her disappearance is connected and she intends to bring justice to those responsible.

It doesn’t take any time for Mack to catch the eye of Lachlan Crow, a fast-rising leader among the Irish ranks. As she works to infiltrate his organization, he’s trying to figure out what her secrets are. He wants her, but he doesn’t trust her.

As things heated up, I wasn’t sure whether these two were going to be the death of each other. I love a little tension and suspense in a story and this one did not fail to deliver. Right up to the end, I was trying to piece everything together.

As far as this couple goes, I couldn’t have been happier! Lachlan was a strong, dangerous and dominant type. He was definitely a sexy character. Mack was also an incredibly strong character. I admired her as a heroine. She may have chosen to submit to Lachlan, but it wasn’t because she was weak. Together, they were scorching hot!

Several supporting characters were introduced in this story that are bound to have their own books later in the series. The author has done a wonderful job of building intrigue surrounding these characters, so that you want to jump right into their stories as well. I certainly plan to.

Overall, this was a fantastic choice. I immensely enjoyed this book! Even though it is part of a series, this book does offer closure and can easily be read as a standalone. It won’t leave you hanging.

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Review: Reaper (Boston Underworld, #2), by A. Zavarelli

Reaper (Boston Underworld, #2)Reaper by A. Zavarelli
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This series has completely captured my attention. I am loving these alpha-male mobsters! Like the first book in the series, ‘Reaper’ was dangerous and incredibly hot!

If you’ve read the first book in the ‘Boston Underworld’ series, then you’ll remember Sasha as the nice stripper that became Mack’s friend. Similarly, Ronan stands out as Lachlan’s best friend and the man he trusted to guard Mack. You’ll probably also recall that there was some serious sexual tension between these two.

On the other hand, if you haven’t read the first book, this book could easily be read as a standalone. Having the background provided in the first book was nice and helped me understand the history between all of the characters, but it wasn’t absolutely essential. If you choose to read this book and haven’t read the first one, you’ll have no trouble following along or understanding what is going on.

After finishing the first book, I couldn’t wait to dive right into this one. Sasha and Ronan’s story was so much more than I had hoped for. It was emotional and heartfelt. Honestly, I didn’t see it coming.

Ronan is deeply scarred from his past. He has survived abuses that no one should ever have to. While it is simply amazing that he grew into a functional human being, he was not left without some deficits. In so many ways, he is childlike and closed-off.

This was something that I didn’t pick up on in the first book. I knew he had issues being touched, but didn’t understand why or to what extent. He was a strong and silent type, but I had no idea that there was far more going on. Everything is slowly brought to light in ‘Reaper’.

Although I didn’t find Sasha’s history to be surprising, it was still incredibly moving to read. Like Ronan, she has survived some terrible things in her life. Neither of them have had it easy and I think that is why they are such a great match. They get each other in a way that others would not be able to.

The more time the two spent together, the stronger their bond grew. Ronan showed a completely different side of himself when Sasha was around. The trained killer would morph into a sensitive, tender and insecure lover. He was so vulnerable with her that my heart melted.

It is a Mafia story, so you can expect plenty of danger and action to keep you on the edge of your seat. The author has done a nice job of balancing the hard and soft sides of this story. It is gritty and dangerous, but also romantic and heartfelt.

Overall, this was a fantastic read. I am hooked on this series now. Thankfully, each book to this point has provided closure and hasn’t left me hanging. That makes the wait for the next book far more bearable.

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Review – Ghost, by A. Zavarelli

GHOST (Boston Underworld, #3)GHOST by A. Zavarelli
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ever since reading ‘Crow’, I’ve been curious about Alexei, the mysterious and reclusive Russian friend of Lachlan. It was evident that there was far more beneath the surface and I was dying to hear his story. Finally, we get his story in ‘Ghost’ and it does not disappoint. I devoured this book!

Talia is a far cry from the young woman she was when she went missing. Betrayed by her “boyfriend” Dmitri and sold into sexual slavery, she’s suffered unimaginable horrors. Her only goal is to find a way to end her own life, freeing her from the hell of her daily existence.

When Alexei is asked to find Mack’s best friend, Talia, he does far more than he’s asked to. Seeing her picture, he becomes enamored with the missing lady. He decides, before ever meeting her, that this is the woman he will marry. He’s agreed to find her, but he has no intention of ever letting her go. He plans to rescue her from one prison and thrust her straight into another.

Alexei arranges to take Talia from her owner, Arman, as collateral for a deal that Arman failed to deliver on. Neither man has any intention of letting her go, but Alexei finally has her in his possession. With the help of his loyal house staff, Alexei begins to nurse Talia back to health while setting plans in place to make his “ownership” of her permanent.

For the first time in her life, Talia is important to someone. She finds a mother-figure in Magda, the woman who raised Alexei and now oversees his household. She is cared for and treated well. Yet, she still longs for the type of love that Alexei says he will never give.

Coerced into a marriage of convenience, Talia realizes that she is, yet again, enslaved to a man. Alexei might be nicer than the men before him, but like the others, he’s using her. She knows that he will never love her.

Marrying her was Alexei’s way of preventing his own arranged marriage to Katya, the daughter of another high-ranking member of the Russian Mafia. Despite her persistence, Alexei has no intention of ever being married to the woman that betrayed him with his own brother. However, Katya is not planning to let him go without a fight.

From start to finish, I did not want to put this book down. I have loved every book in this series, but I think this one has been my favorite. Alexei and Talia were so broken and yet, so perfect together. I love dark, twisted stories and their story just called to me.

Make no mistake, this story is a dark one. This story addresses the topics of rape, physical and psychological abuse, etc. If you’re put-off by stories that contain darker themes like these, then ‘Ghost’ will not be for you.

On the other hand, if you love darker reads like I do, ‘Ghost’ is a phenomenal choice! I loved every minute of this disturbing story! It’s a new favorite of mine.

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