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.
This is a full-length standalone novel full of hot Irish guys with accents. Dark mafia themes throughout. HEA included.
©2016 A. Zavarelli (P)2016 A. Zavarelli
Good if slightly disturbing story. Makes a nice change to read something in the Genre that is written well.
"WE NEED TO BORROW A BABY"
I love this series. We meet Reaper/Ronan in the first book Crow. He's quite, mysterious, and doesn't have any social skills and this is why...when Ronan was 8 years old his father gave him to an Irish Revolutionary Group to train to be an assassin. But what this group called training was actually torture. I shed tears for what this group did to Ronan. The so-called training was to teach the boys not to show emotion, fear, pain. This is why Ronan is the way he is. As a teenager Ronan escapes and meets Crow and his mom in a church. They take him in. So Crow and Reaper have been friends since they were young teens. Their bond is why Reaper will do whatever Crow says.
Sasha is a stripper at a club the mafia owns. Ronan is there as much as he can be because he has a thing for Sasha but because of his lacking in social skills he doesn't approach her instead he follows her to protect her. One night Sasha is attacked and Ronan who was following her killed the attacker. This is their big secret because of who the attacker is. They never spoke of the attack but Ronan continued to watch and follow Sasha.
Sasha gradually gets Ronan to talk to her. After Sasha's mother dies Ronan shows up at her house and tells her she in danger and she needs to move in with him, she'll have own room, so he can protect her.
As I like to say, their story begins....
For me the feel of the story is somber but it captivates you with the first sentence and keeps you hanging on to the end. It tickled me I mean I would giggle out loud listening to some of the scenes where Ronan would watch and mock others trying to learn how to date Sasha.
Ashleigh Zavarelli has written a magnificent mafia series. She writes the characters so that you want to be a part of their inner circle.
Ronan stole my heart and touched my soul. Not only is this worth a credit or $$ it's a keeper for your library.
"An Irish Mafia Underboss with a hear!! Love it!!"
YES, of course this book is so good and the narration is great. I just fell in love with Ronan and Sasha is book 1 so I am so happy to see them together and well I won't give the story away!!
My favorite scene doesn't exist the book just flowed well. I did like the scene with Ronan and his new dog where he says her name is Dog..it was funny. I also loved the "We need a baby" scene and they are trying to figure out the pamper..funny. Overall I just loved this book.
I did but had to finish it in 2 days..ugh.
I was given this book in return for unbiased honest opinion. This book really is a great story and although it was hot, this book offers so much more. It is just a well written story with a great narrator that does a hell of a good Irish accent. LOVED IT!!
"Intense, Raw, Gritty ~ Zavarelli Does It Again!"
I love A. Zavarelli ability to write heart-wrenching stories built on the foundation of characters who have suffered loss, tragedies, abuse, and weave a tale that transforms the story into something powerful and beautiful. The stories she writes will speak to your heart, and stick with you well after you've listened to them.
The characters are complex, deep and scarred. Ronan, know in Boston's underworld as the "Reaper", is a trained assassin who's full of rage. He struggles to overcome his brutal past and the harsh training he endured. While he may be a killer to his very core, his heart belongs to Sasha. He's fiercely protective of her, even if he doesn't understand all the emotions she evokes in him.
Sasha's character is strong, and vulnerable. She has "quirks" which she uses as a coping mechanism for stressful situations but they border on OCD. She's facing a heart breaking loss, which has her emotions on edge. When Ronan's protective instincts force him to take action, he inserts himself in her life, and comes up with a plan to ensure she stays with him.
These characters had their ups and downs, and I enjoyed watching their journey bring them closer together. From the tender moments, to the explosive outburst, to the steamy love scenes, their story was awesome. I loved how Sasha and Ronan turned to Crow and Mac for support.
Tracy Marks performance was fantastic, and really brought me into the story. She projects the character's emotions perfectly, and you can feel the angst, worry, happiness etc. In addition, she gives each character their own voice, and you can easily distinguish between them. Crows Irish accent is still one of my favorites! Great job!
I received this audiobook in exchange for an honest review. This story is absolutely, positively worth a credit, and the time invested in listening to the stories.
"Another Amazing Addition to the Boston Underworld!"
I love Crow, hard, but I have to admit Ronan completely stole my heart. There are few books that have made me grieve so much for the hero, be terrified of them, and wish for them to get their HEA so badly. Ashleigh Zavarelli's writing is absolutely stunning. Her novels aren't for the faint of heart, but like other great dark romance authors, they take your breath away on every level.
The audio is performed beautifully by Tracy Marks for both male and female characters which is always a challenge. Her performance is top notch as usual. The Boston Underworld series by Ashleigh Zavarelli narrated by Tracy Marks is definitely a must buy for me. Now the countdown to Ghost!
"The Irish Mob are a wee bit scary"
Wow!! Well, that was an interesting experience. The Irish Mob sure do look a wee bit different to the Irish mob of blokes I’ve met up till now. My encounters with anyone from Ireland so far includes the “to be sure, to be sure” variety, not the “I’ll blow your bleedin brains” type. I’ve even been to Ireland and stayed in a relative’s rundown castle (which was bloody cold) and managed to avoid any scary types. The scariest things I experienced in Ireland was their driving and maybe overdosing on potatoes. Fried potatoes for breakfast, chips for lunch and roast potatoes for dinner. I like potatoes, but not to eat them at breakfast lunch and dinner. So, to meet the mob and see this side of Ireland was a real eye-opener.
The audio of Reaper was everything I thought it would be and more. I was sitting on the train listening to some pretty horrific scenes practically hunched up in a ball. I was seriously freaked out to the extent that I was looking around waiting for a knife or gun to be pulled out by someone around me. The narrator, Tracy Marks, does an awesome job of grabbing your attention and making you feel like you’re part of the scene. I think I was mostly affected by the violence more than anything. The sexy times were frequent but to be honest, listening to them on audio is way different to reading them. For one, I don’t normally have an audience when I start to get twitchy. Secondly, I’m still convinced everyone around me can overhear it, so I’m forever turning the volume up and down depending on the level of profanity. When it comes to the accents, I felt that the narrator did a really good job. It’s hard enough to do accents let alone change from a male to a female character. I’m adding Tracy Marks to my favourite narrator's list. Not necessarily for her voice but because she brings emotion and feeling to the characters that other narrators just can’t do as well.
Storyline…I knew after reading Crow that this book was going to be very, very interesting. Poor bloody Ronan. That man…I just wanted…I just needed to give him a hug. The horrors he faced and lived through were unbelievable. No child should have seen let alone lived through that. It bloody scares me that children are used in this way, but then again we know, not just in Ireland but worldwide there are children being used and abused. I’m glad that Ronan and his Mum were there for him in the end.
I really want to think that this is all from the author’s imagination, but to some extent, I could imagine it to be real. Even though I mentioned I’ve only met the “to be sure, to be sure” Irish, I know there are the “I’ll blow your bleedin brains” too. I remember the news reports of bombings and violent protests. We heard U2 sing about Sunday, bloody Sunday and saw movies like In The Name of the Father. Innocent people die and there’s always the wrongly accused fighting to be heard. So, I knew that Ireland isn’t just four leaf clovers and leprechauns, but it still shocked me to see this side of Ireland.
Sasha has had a hard life. Her mother is dying of cancer and she’s the only one available to financially support her. Sasha’s dad is dead and her sister is in another state studying. Sasha doesn’t want this life for her sister so tries to shield her as much as possible. Look, I felt sorry for Sasha, but I definitely felt that she brought some of her problems on herself. Yes, I’m quick to judge, but she seemed to just keep falling into the same traps over and over again.
The relationship between Ronan and Sasha is a little strange. Ronan is obsessed with her and even though Sasha knows it, she doesn’t know the extent he has gone to and will go to, to protect her. It’s a little…no, probably more accurate to say a lot unhealthy the way the relationship starts, but you always know there’s something different about Ronan. Ronan’s past has made him unable to have normal relationships. He doesn’t recognise love, is uncomfortable being touched and generally only knows violence. Sasha knows all of this but refuses to see just this. She wants what’s underneath. She wants to push past his vulnerable shell and bring him out just for her. Ronan does eventually come out of his shell…just because it’s what Sasha wants.
I really enjoyed the audio of Reaper. The author drags you into the seedier, violent side of the Boston Underworld and takes you for a ride. This series is awesome and I can’t wait to meet more of these crazy Irish Mobsters.
"I wish the Reaper would come for me! Fantastic 5* listen"
Good God almighty I want to squeeze Ronan! I never thought I'd ever say that. I didn't think I would like his story as much as Crow, but I honestly loved it so much more! Such a great story, with great narration. Definitely a 5 star listen!!!
"The Real Boston Underground"
Felt everything Ronan endured, my heart weeps for him regardless of who he had become.
Once again wicked performance my Tracy Marks's, I don't think anyone else could do this series justice, Tracy I think your name was written all over this series.
"What a ride!"
Ive listened to this book 5 times now. The narrator really draw you into the story. I cant decide Ghost or Reaper, they are both excellent books. I'm addicted.
This is definitely a favourite of mine in this awesome series!! This book consumed me from start to finish and Tracy Marks is an AMAZING narrator with her accents! She is perfect!!!
"RONAN: PURE CONTRADICTION, SOULLESS & VULNERABLE"
A.Z. hit this one out of the park! The series just gets better. Reaper gives a rare inside view into the mind of an assassin. The "how, when and whys." She seamlessly blends a trained remorseless killer with a believable, vulnerable, & deserving man. Sasha loves him, defends him, fears him and needs him. Together they heal, they exist, they live. But only together.
What I failed to mention in CROW (Book One) and the same applies here is that the narration rocks! Tracy Marks pulls of male and female voices, accents and everything in between professionally and accurately—every time.
I don't give synopses. I'll just say that the book is a smash hit, an exciting hot & sexy story, well worth the credit. Ok then, I'm anxious for book three!
I was provided this audiobook through Audiobook Boom at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review.
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