I have always been a bird. Caged by one prison or another when the only thing I ever wanted was to fly away. Sold. Beaten. Starved. Drugged. Nothing scares me anymore. Until him. He makes the numbness go away. He is hazardous to me. It has nothing to do with his mafia lifestyle, and everything to do with what he offers. A gilded prison. A retreat from everything that I once knew. The reality I have no desire to return to. He thinks he's caged me, but soon I'm going to fly.
I live by a code. The Vory code. In this mafiya world, there are traditions. Expectations. She does not care for these things. She does not care about anything. She thinks she has me fooled with her haunted eyes. What she can't know is that I see her better than most. She wants to fly. But I'm going to clip her wings. And make her my wife.
©2016 A. Zavarelli (P)2016 A. Zavarelli
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"Best One of the Series....so far."
This book (and series) is definitely not for the faint of heart. This story is deep, dark and emotional. It doesn't shy away from mafia issues like human trafficking, drugs, betrayal, and murder. It is very descriptive and detailed with characters that are beyond flawed but not beyond redemption. It's a must listen for those who love suspenseful love stories.
Tracy Marks narrates these books wonderfully. Her accents and clear voice make listening a pleasure.
Note: This book has very descriptive sex scenes, violence, and strong language. This is definitely an Adults Only listen.
This book is worth a credit and I would like to thank the author, narrator, or publisher for providing me this audiobook at no cost in exchange for my unbiased review.
"Another fantastic, dark, delicious romance"
The continuation of the Boston Underworld series - I loved how we got to learn what happened to Talia and I loved how characters I already knew and events I had already read about in the previous two books kept coming up. There were a couple of inconsistencies, but they were completely forgivable - I was reading it for the dark, erotic and delightful romance, not for the details.
Alexei, because he surprised me. The impression I had got of him from the cameos he has played in the previous two books was totally different to the Alexei we get to know in this book. For starters, I hadn't realised he was the 6ft 6" hunk of manliness that he appears to be. I liked him particularly for his weaknesses and flaws which never detracted from his alpha male personality.
Even though he only plays a very small role, definitely Lachlan Crow. Tracy Marks's Irish accent is absolutely delicious. I could listen to it endlessly. But if I were to have to choose from the main characters, then you couldn't go wrong choosing Talia. Tracy Marks has the Boston accent down pat.
I loved it. I love all of the books in this series. More please!
"Dark, Raw and Riveting!"
What a great story! This is my first A. Zavarelli and "Wow!" I did not know what I was missing. This was the third book in the series, but was well written and gave enough details, it could easily be listened as a stand alone. I did not feel lost.
Ghost is a dark story. Talia was sold as a sex slave, by her "boyfriend", and Alexei was sent in to find Talia. He rescues her, and keeps her safe by marrying her. During her captivity Talia suffered a lot, and had a tough road to recovery. Alexei slowly helps Talia recover, and they start to develop true feelings for each other. However, Alexei had another reason for marrying her, and did not want others to know. When his secrete is revealed, he suspects Talia is the person who betrayed him, and he treats her badly.
Tracy Marks narration was awesome. She did a great job on all the accents.
This story was good, and well worth a credit.
"IT WAS EVERYTHING I DIDN'T KNOW I WAS LOOKING FOR"
This listen is raw, gritty, dark and moving too as a very broken Talia is rescued from imprisonment, beatings, rape, starvation, and sexual abuse by a handsome powerful Russian named Alexei. Talia has slowly mentally shut down since she was sold into being a sex slave and it's going to take a special man to coax her out of her shell - one that's just as damaged as Talia. But he's no Knight come to rescue his damsel because Alexei had his own demons to battle so first he will marry her, tattoo his 'mark' on her, bring her back from self-harm and suicide, get her pregnant, gain her trust.. and then break her heart.
Alexei is Counsellor to the Boss of the Russian Mafia, he's cold, closed off, unreachable.. and he's promised his new wife that he'll do anything for her, heal her and give her whatever her heart desires.. but he'll never love her. Alexei has his own reasons for marrying Talia - the broken woman who he understands so well, knows her darkest thoughts all too well and is determined to bring her back to life. But challenges like having a Dad for an enemy within his ranks, a half brother who's maybe an enemy too, a secret disability and a very bitter determined power-hungry ex causes untold grief. Apart from two people, Alexei is surrounded by people he can't trust but, as his feelings and desires for Talia grow, he lets a third person in.. but just when he thought he could have it all he was humiliated and betrayed by someone who'd gotten close and there was only one suspect.. his wife. And anger, rage and coldness washed over him as he pointed his judgemental finger on just one face.. and then he unleashed his fury on her.. fury that would have dire consequences - and would bring him to his knees in the end.
Well, I thought the other two books in the series were great - but this one hit it way over the fence for me. The mental destruction is chilling as you hear Talia's broken descriptive inner thoughts and musings.. and the tentative steps she takes as Alexei heals her are deep. Alexei is mysterious, dangerous, powerful and has something to prove but his feelings for Talia slowly brings out another side to this Russia - the best.. and worst sides. There's all you'd expect from an A. Zavarelli book - it's emotionally charged, with high anxiety, drama, angst, sex, mystery.. and, out of the debris comes love. Dual POV's and Tracy Marks did an awesome job at narration - her ability to adapt to genders, emotions and action truly brought this book to life.
Worth a credit? If you hadn't already guessed it it's a YES - but only a yes if you're prepared for a dark chilling start and you're willing to wait for that 'feel good' factor.
"LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS SERIES!"
It ticked all the books - great story, great narration. That is all I ask of my audiobooks
This is part of a series, but can be listened to as a standalone. Tracy Marks narration was fantastic and she does an excellent job on all the accents, which is very important
A Zavarelli is a fantastic author and Tracy Marks' narration really help to bring this series to life. I cannot wait for the next audiobook in this series
I received an audio copy of this book from the author via Audiobook Blast in exchange for an honest review
"Gripping… Heart-Wrenching… Compelling…"
Another undeniably gripping addition to the Boston Underworld series. A. Zavarelli excels at writing stories with characters who are flawed, scarred, and have traumatic pasts that will pull on your heart strings. Her stories don’t just "tell" you about the characters emotions, but written in way you actually feel and experience all the emotions right with the characters.
Alexei is an alpha character all the way. He's sent to find Talia and ends up rescuing her from being a sex slave. While he's determine to bring her back, he doesn't coddle her and makes her his wife. Slowly they both start opening up and letting the other in, but when his deepest secrete is revealed to his brothers, he feels betrayed and suspects Talia is the one who betrayed him.
Tracy Mark's performance is phenomenal! She knows how to portray the characters, and pulls the listener in with her authentic accents and emotions. Mark's narrating skills really shine in this series.
I received this audio in exchange for an honest review and LOVE IT! ~ It's Worth Every Minute! If you like dark romances with a mafia theme, flawed characters, an alpha bad boy and steamy sex scenes, then this is a story you do not want to pass up. But be warned, there's language, violence and graphic sex scenes.
I absolutely adored every second of this book. I read it first and loves it but to hear it was amazing. The narrator made each character come to life. Her accents were spot on. Edge of the chair suspense with a loving storyline that soothed my desire for a happily ever after.
I have been honored enough to listen to this entire series now via Audiobook Boom but I can tell you with complete honesty that all of A Zavarelli's audiobooks are credit worthy.
I have been waiting for Ghost very impatiently and I was not disappointed. Alexei and Talia are such big mysteries throughout the series and I couldn't wait to get the story.
Alexei has secrets and keeps to himself yet he has been my favorite and discovering his secrets in Ghost made me swoon even more. He is flawed and he is unstable but he has every right to be and when you aren't in the business of going to "therapy" and have no outlet to work thru your demons, they fester. Talia has her own set of demons. Unable to trust and for good reason, completely out of self esteem and no hope to be found... how can her and Alexei manage to have any sort of relationship? I didn't think it would be possible but what happened between these two damaged characters was beautiful and perfectly imperfect.
Ghost was not an audio I could press pause on. I listened in the shower, I listened while I drove, I listened while I cooked & cleaned and I listened until I fell asleep. The first thing I did upon waking was turn it back on. It gave me all the feels and to finally have some closure on these characters feels so great. I hope there is more to this series and I hope Tracy Marks narrates it!
Tracy Marks did a Boston accent, Italian accent, Russian accent... sometimes all 3 in a conversation and she did it flawlessly. I am so impressed by this chicks abilities. She is a narration queen, this woman. I was kept in the story, never leaving because of narration quirks. It was perfection.
I give this audio ALL THE STARS and recommend you pick it up today!
Very interesting series! I've read them out of order--Reaper first, purchased based on reviews, then saw Ghost was available from audiobookboom and, truly, stopped looking at selections and clicked the gimme button.
These books have been my first exposure to A. Zavarelli, but she is now on my 'look for' list. The characters and situations are unique, and while there is the initial attraction spark the relationships develop beyond the merely physical. The writing flows beautifully.
I gave the story 4 stars instead of 5 mostly because I liked Reaper better, but make no mistake, this is a good story.
Narration is flawless. I'm not a big fan of the Boston accent, but oh well, since our heroine is from Boston.
This review copy audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost.
We learn about Talia's disappearance in the first book CROW. Mac and Talia are best friends, the last place Talia worked was at the bar/strip club owned by the Irish Mafia. CROW managed the club and Mac came there looking for Talia. This is how CROW and Mac met. Talia had gone to Mexico with her, thought to be boyfriend, Dimitre who sold her into sex slavery.
In the 2nd book Reaper, Talia is located in Russia. The Irish and Russian Mafia's have an alliance so Mac asked Alexei, Counselor to the Russian Mafia's Pecan, to use his connections and rescue Talia.
In Ghost, Alexei rescues Talia and this is their story...
The feel of this story is somber. There are flashbacks of Talia's treatment as a sex slave. There is mystery and suspense. The story moves along at a nice pace without any fluff or a lot of inner dialogue.
I've enjoyed this series and it's definitely a keeper for my library.
A. Zavarelli is a talented writer and Tracy Marks gave an all consuming performance.
Worth a credit/$$: Yes, Yes, Yes...get the whole series.
brilliant story, well narrated and a great next edition in this series. Question is when and which characters will be next!
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