ARC Review: Reaper by A. Zavarelli

Crow by A. Zavarelli
Series: Boston Underworld #2 (full reading order below)
Publication Date: May 21st 2016
Links: Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads
Source: I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review


He’s dark and mysterious. Quiet and lethal.
An Irish mobster.
Pure sin wrapped up in a beautiful package.
But there’s also something off about him.
He doesn’t feel anything. He shows no emotions.
Sometimes I question his humanity.
He hasn’t spoken to me in two years. Not a single word.
But we share a secret, he and I.
And if it ever comes out, I have no doubt in my mind…
He won’t have a problem killing me too.


I’ve slain for her. I’ll do it again.
When it comes to Sasha, there isn’t a line I won’t cross.
I watch her. She doesn’t know it.
She thinks I hate her. Sometimes, I think I might too.
But I’m always there, lurking in the shadows.
Craving her. Trying to keep the beast within at bay.
I’ll keep her safe. I’ll slaughter anyone who tries to hurt her.
The only thing I can’t do… is protect her from myself.

RONAN!! I’d been super excited for Ronan’s story ever since reading the first Boston Underworld book, Crow (my review here), and the author absolutely didn’t disappoint! Ronan and Sasha’s romance was as intense, tumultuous, and emotional as I’d hoped and expected – these two tortured souls captivated my heart, and I couldn’t put their book down! If you love mafia romances, this series is a must read. You’ll fall in love with the alpha men, strong heroines, and fantastic action and suspense in these novels.

I don’t know anything other than that it’s always been her, from the moment I saw her three years ago. She’s the thing that I’ve yearned for more than anything else. And for that reason, she’s the one thing I can never have. I cannot control my urges. My instincts.

To say Sasha and Ronan have lived tough lives would be an understatement. Sasha’s demons lie in the form of abusive exes and the cancer her mother is dying from. Ronan is still haunted by the nightmares of his childhood. These are two characters who couldn’t have more broken souls, and yet they find the strength to lean on and fall for each other. Ever since they met three years ago, Ronan has always been there for Sasha, with or without her knowledge. She’s the only woman for him, and I swoon so hard at the intensity and devotion he has for her. Sasha herself can’t seem to ever forget Ronan or stay away from him. But how can a relationship work between them when all Sasha wants is to leave the mafia world, of which Ronan is the appointed Reaper?

I really enjoyed Sasha’s character. She’s quiet, keeps to herself, keeps her head down in mafia business, all so she can one day escape that life and create a better one for herself. I admired the inner strength and determination she had in her. She never really appeared weak in my eyes, which I’m thankful for. She’s got so many things going against her, but she’s not broken, no matter what she believes.

Ronan’s past especially hurt my heart to read. There are so many fascinating layers to this man, from the tortured childhood he lived through, his job as the trained killer for the Irish mob, to now a man obsessed with one woman. I love that we get his POV, even though it hurt to experience. I hated what he went through as a young boy, and how it still affects him as a man, pulling himself away from Sasha again and again. But the love he has for her is unlike anything else, and I still fell pretty hard for this complex man.

My dark prince. The reaper. The man who spilled blood for me without pause. For that reason alone he’ll always be on a pedestal that no other can reach. He’ll always be the memory I revisit in my darkest of times.

I loved Reaper!! It’s dark, gritty, and entertaining from start to finish. It’s fast-paced and full of action. I do recommend you read the first Boston Underworld book beforehand, because you might be a little lost with all the characters in the story and what their roles are in the mafia world. And if you have read Crow, be sure to pick up Reaper! The series only gets better, and I can’t wait to read more from A. Zavarelli!

4.5 hearts

Reading Order: Boston Underworld series


#1 ~ Crow: My Review • Ebook • PaperbackGoodreads
#2 ~ Reaper: Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads


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12 thoughts on “ARC Review: Reaper by A. Zavarelli

  1. Wow. I think this is the highest score I’ve seen you give to a book since I started reading your reviews. I’ve never read this author or a mafia romance. I think I told you I’ve been into sexy and funny lately. Don’t know if I can do dark yet, but maybe need to check it out when I’m ready. Thanks for the great rundown of the book.

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