Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Standalone/Series: Standalone (part of a series)
Published on: May 16, 2016
POV: first dual POV
Rating: 4.5 STARS
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It’s official, guys. Boston Underworld series by A. Zavarelli is one of my MOST favorite series! I cannot fully express in words how I love this series; how obsessed I am with each of the books in this series. I was crazy in love with Crow (Boston Underworld #1) and felt the same with Reaper, the second book. Each book in this series can be read as a standalone but I suggest that you read them in order. Trust me, they all are AWESOME!
What is the story about?
Sasha is a young woman that works as a stripper in a pub owned by Irish syndicate, which is one of the most powerful and feared mafias in the United States located in Boston. Working as a stripper has never been her dream but one bad decision led her to this place. With her mother having a terminal ill (cancer) and a younger sister to protect has left her with no choice but to become a stripper while being taken advantage by some men along the way. Until one day she was freed by a man from the evils who caused her so much pain for years.
“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.”
After two years longing for the man to notice her and talk to her with no result, she finally gives up. Her only dream is to be able to get out of the syndicate and start a new life somewhere far away from the place she is living now, even though she knows it is a wishful thinking on her part. It is impossible the syndicate will let her go.
Ronan is a member of the Irish mobster. He is famously known for his dark, mysterious, quite, and lethal persona, which is feared by many and understood by only one man, his best friend, and brother Crow. He does not socialize. He does not show any emotions. He does not feel anything. These facts about him have made him one of the most dangerous killers that any human hopes to avoid. He never fails and always does everything perfectly as ordered. The only thing he knows and is the best at is killing. However there is a secret anyone does not know about him—he is secretly obsessed with her. The foreign feeling he doesn’t know the name of and doesn’t know what to do about it.
“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.”
What did I think about it?
The character developments are awesome. Ronan is a difficult character to write in my opinion. He was dangerous, mysterious, and dark yet innocent. All these opposite traits were blended together and amazingly portrayed, which made him both relatable and dangerous. It felt like I understood him but not fully did it at the same time. His mysterious sides kept me wonder what he would do next whereas his innocent, loving, and caring sides made me feel close to him. A complicated feeling that made me obsessed with him. His character developed AMAZINGLY throughout the story, which is one of my favorite things to witness in this story.
“He only shows the world the smallest safest parts of himself. But inside, underneath, is a wealth of hidden discoveries. I want to know them all.”
Similar to Ronan’s character, Sasha is both unique yet relatable character. She looks soft on the outside and might seem weak at times but is a strong-willed young woman on the inside who will do anything for those she loves and in order to survive. I could not blame her for the things she did. The author managed to make me fully connect with her. There was no moment from the beginning to the end—when I was with her in her journey—did I wish she should have done something differently.
In addition to the character developments, their relationship was the tough one but the author did manage to make it work. It worked as it was supposed to be at a perfect pace; not too rushed but enough to make me connect with them as a couple without me feeling bored. Every scene had a purpose and showed the developments in both their characters and their feelings toward each other. Each of their intimate scenes was full of emotions and were there as a part of their growing feeling. I could feel the strong connection between them and connect to them as a couple. My applause to the author.
“I will never understand what it is about this quiet, enigmatic man that renders me completely senseless. Ronan feels it too. This explosive link between us. All I have to do is enter his orbit, and I’m a slave to his power.”
Moreover, I enjoyed the actions and humor. The humor showed the richness of the dialogues in the tensed situations. It made me feel all the emotions—the fear, hopelessness, tension, and sadness the main characters were feeling and the light-hearted senses of humor the supporting characters thrown in the middle of the conversations. All of them made the action parts not only heartfelt but unpredictable and enjoyable. I was sitting on the edge on my seat with the anticipation I’d rarely felt. They also perfectly highlighted the personalities of each of the side characters, made me get to know and grow to love them. I cannot wait to read Alexei and Talia’s story.
The last but not the least thing that I loved was the friendship and brotherhood among these alpha males. It was so fascinating to see the soft and vulnerable sides that each of them showed to one another. Their loyalty and support to each of the members of the family were admirable, not to mention hilarious and entertaining at times.
There was one scene I found not in line with the scene in the earlier book (Crow) which made me a little bit confused. Hopefully, the next book will provide the answer I wanted. When you read two books in a row, you easily memorize the plot line, therefore, finding some inconsistencies sometimes is inevitable.
Overall, I highly recommend Reaper (Boston Underworld #2) by A. Zavarelli and all the books in the Boston Underworld series to those who love mafia world, full of actions that made your heart beat fast, a swoon worthy alpha male, fantastic heroine, awesome supporting characters, and slow-burn romance. If you love any of these, this book should be your next read.
“My life, my love, my breath. May we always have each other, in this life and the next.”