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
"Deep, Dark, Raw and Emotional"
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 extremely descriptive and detailed with characters that are beyond flawed but not beyond redemption. It's a gripping story for those who love raw, suspenseful love stories.
Tracy Marks narrates these books wonderfully. Her accents and clear voice make listening a pleasure.
Note: This book includes descriptive sex scenes, violence, and strong language. This is definitely an Adults Only listen.
I would like to thank the author, narrator, or publisher for providing me this audiobook at no cost in exchange for my unbiased 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.
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.
"Dark Emotional Story"
What an emotional roller coaster. I still haven't gotten off the rush of the book yet. I wanted to give it 5 stars, but after all the couple went through the end seemed to just be rushed. It was total turmoil and then BAM it was done. It kinda rubbed me the wrong way.
This is a very graphic dark story. Bad things happen and some of it just seems unbearable at times and down right depressing, but you read on to see what would happen. I was up all night reading even when I knew I had to get up for work. I could not put it down, I had to see what was going to happen.
Talia.... sigh.... why does so much terrible things have to happen to one person. I felt so bad for her and at times I just wanted her put out of her misery wondering what she really had to live for. Alexei at times was so cruel to her I couldn't comprehend why he was so cruel. He could never really give her want she needed and that was love unconditional love. The author was so talented that when he told her he could never love her, I felt that emotion from her and I just wanted to throw up because of the disappointment and anguish expressed. I know Alexei's issues are the cause of it, but it just was down right cruel. At times you just wanted them to not be together, because they were both their own worst enemies. I hate that she always got betrayed no matter what happened. How sad that you don't trust because you always know it will end.
Alexei.... argh..... sometimes I just wanted to reach through my iPad and kill him. He was just as messed up, but i don't think as damaged as Talia. He was more messed up mentally while Talia was both messed up mentally and physically. He irritated me that he played with her in his own way too and at times was worse then the captors that raped and beat her. He would show how much he cared and lure her in then BAM crush her within a second later. Then he would say he knew he would crush her and he was no good for her. I can't believe what he does at the end to think that with everything Talia did and said he did what he did. It was almost unforgivable and in a way I am glad she did what she did to make him hurt. He deserved it and more.
Tracy Marks was good with the delivery of the story
"Darkest one so far"
Tracy Marks slayed this series, I can`t tell you how much I have enjoyed the first 3 books in this series so far.
This one was darker for sure, and parts of this book made me feel uncomfortable, when you read this book I`m sure you will understand.
But OMG Alexi, and that's all I`m going to say. Worth the credit without question.
Onto the next book in the series.
Tracy Marks`s is a master in voices and accents, she can do it all and I personally think she is one of the best with male voices.
"Dark Romance at its best"
This audiobook was dark but I really enjoyed it. The narration was so good. Aleskei seemed like a character that would be hard to enjoy but he was a great hero. He had a tragic past so it gave him an opening to relate to Talia's pain.
The story telling was hard, yet it felt authentic. I empathized with the characters and was rooting for them. They were damaged but together they found a partner. I loved Aleskei's "adopted" mother though she never called herself that. She was truly the glue that mended both main characters.
The feels in this book was amazing and I consider this one of the best books I've listened to in this genre.
This story was absolutely beautiful!! Two tarnished souls finding each other and providing the one thing that they have lacked for so many years!! Alexi and Talia together was an amazing twist!
I have in book 1 and 2. She is phenomenal!! One suggestion, a little more excitement in the sex scenes.
"Dark & twisted"
I loved Crow & Reaper in the Boston Underworld series, so I knew I was going to really enjoy Ghost as well. I surely was not disappointed. Talia's story is so dark & screwed up. The author is amazing at pulling you into the story & sharing every detail with you. A must read for sure! After you've read the other two as well of course. I really need to read more from this author. The narration is on point, just as it was in the other books in the series. Tracy Mark always knocks it out of the park. If you are an audio listener I definitely recommend this series on audio as well. (:
Honestly, Tracy Marks is the best !! She did such phenomenal job with the narrations, especially hearing her do Alexi in Russian.
Definitely Alexi . He really came to life
Too many !! but i would have to say the scene where Talia finally opens up and nurtures him
I LOVED every second of it. their were parts were i would laugh or just feel sentimental towards the characters. But overall the audio really did bring this book to life and made you feel like you were experiencing it in real life.
"Great story and narration!"
This series has been an unexpected surprise. A. Zavarelli was a new to me author before I started devouring the books in this series. I'm very impressed by her writing! Book 3 features the developing relationship between Talia and Russian mobster, Alexei. Their story is completely unconventional, but these two flawed characters are absolutely perfect for each other.
I have to state upfront that this book is not for everyone. This is definitely a dark romance and deals with sensitive subject matter. The first few chapters feature very descriptive rape and abuse scenes. If that's a trigger for you, avoid this book. The theme throughout, centers around Talia's experiences after being sold as a sex slave. Anyone sensitive to that subject matter will struggle with this book. I actually struggled for a while, but knew it would be worth it in the end. And it was SO worth it! I love stories of redemption and over-coming unbelievable hardships. Both of these characters have that in spades. The story is both hard-breaking and beautiful.
Audiobook review: In a word - Awesome! Tracy Marks does a fabulous job making each character sound different. The accents are definitely a nice touch! She nailed it.
I rate it: 4 Solid Stars
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