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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Review: Crow by A. Zavarelli

Crow by A. Zavarelli
Series: Boston Underworld #1 (full reading order below)
Publication Date: February 10th 2016
Links: Ebook • PaperbackGoodreads
Source: I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review

An Irish mobster. A missing friend. Two loyalties, ripping me apart.

I had a plan.

Get in, get my information, and get out. Easy, right?

Turns out, infiltrating the Irish mafia isn’t exactly what I thought it would be. I just wanted a soldier. Someone I could flirt with to get me in the door.

That’s when Lachlan Crow noticed me. Problem was, he wasn’t a soldier. No, he was next in line for the throne of the Irish underworld. And he was determined to hate me from the outset. My sob story about needing a job? Yeah, he wasn’t buying that either.

Too bad for him, I won’t let anyone get in the way of my mission.

Who cares if we have some kind of crazy chemistry? He’s the worst kind of wrong- and I would never in a million years be with a guy like him.

Because they took her from me, and I’m going to make them pay.

I love mafia books!! I should really read more of them. It’d been a good while since the last time I read one, so when I was offered the chance to read Crow, I jumped at the chance. And I’m so glad I did – Crow is a sexy, thrilling, fun mafia romance with a strong heroine and a fantastic alpha hero. It’s not as dark as I’m used to with mafia books, so if you’re looking for a light but still intense mafia read, I highly recommend this one!

“I thought I told you I don’t play by the rules,” I argue.
“Ye’re mistaken,” he says. “Ye just walked into my world unbidden. So you will play by the rules, butterfly. You’ll be playing by all my rules.”

Mackenzie Wilder wants to know what happened to cause the disappearance of her best friend, Talia, and since the police aren’t helping her, she’s taking matters into her own hands. As the daughter of one of the most successful MMA fighters, and a fighter herself, Mack just might have what it takes to go undercover into the Irish and Russian mafia syndicates – but what happens when she starts to fall for an up-and-coming leader of one? Will she still be able to go through with her mission?

Lachlan Crow is next in line to become the leader of the Irish mafia, and he’s not about to let anyone threaten his chance to become king. He’s dangerous, seductive, and doesn’t trust easily. So even though there’s an instant and intense attraction between him and Mack, he’s not about to just let her into the underworld where he reigns. But soon enough, Mack breaks down the walls around his heart, and he wants to protect her and claim her for himself. He’s definitely an alpha hero, and he even has an Irish accent to boot. I’m not entirely sure how accurate all the Irish-related things in the book are, but nothing seemed too over the top, and I kind of adored the accent once I got used to reading it! Especially when Lachlan says some sweet things to Mack with that accent.

“I know ye’ve had to be tough all your life, sweetheart,” he says. “But ye don’t have to do that with me. I’ll protect ye, and on occasion boast because ye’re mine. That’s just the way it goes.”

We don’t get into too much detail about the Irish mafia, sadly. I would’ve loved more chapters in Lachlan’s POV so that aspect of the book could be fleshed out a little more, and I totally wouldn’t have minded reading more about his feelings for Mack. Crow is told mainly in Mack’s POV, so I was a little bummed out that the dual POV wasn’t as even as I expected, but since I really enjoyed Mack’s narrative, I didn’t mind too much. All in all, I really couldn’t put this book down. It’s full of action and chemistry, and the romance was sweet as it was sexy. The ending was adorably sweet and satisfying. I’m super excited for the next book now because of the couple starring in it!

4 hearts

Reading Order: Boston Underworld series


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


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