Book Review: Crow by A. Zavarelli

Title: Crow (Boston Underground #1)
Author: A. Zavarelli @AZavarellibooks
Reviewer: Grace
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 314 pages
Rating: 4.25 Stars


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.

Grace Review

With our book signing, a Dark & Seductive Affair coming up in July, I have a goal to read as many of the attending authors as possible. And this author was one on my list. But where to start?

I decided to ask our FB After Dark Reading Group for their opinion as to which of the author’s books to read, and this one was a near unanimous vote. Done and done!

So what did I think?
Well if you didn’t already know, I have a weakness for anti-heroes. With Lachlan Crow being a big player in the Irish mob in Boston, I knew I’d found a book I sink my greedy reader teeth into it. And boy oh boy did I hit pay dirt with a BBF who lives by his own moral code. Family/syndicate first.

I really liked the story the author built. I’ve seen a good number of mob movies and read a number of books, yet this storyline still felt fresh. This featured a determined heroine, Mackenzie Wilder, who was looking for her missing friend, and sets her sights on Crow’s organization and his club Slainte. Her goal was to get close to Lachlan in hopes that she’d find out answers regarding her friend. But she didn’t take into account two things.
1) Lachlan’s initial resistance to bringing her on board.
2) Falling in love with Lachlan.

Touching on the first point, Lachlan doesn’t trust Mackenzie. Which doesn’t make things easy for her getting into his world. But like I mentioned prior, she is one determined lady, and she doesn’t back down. I loved this about her. Her loyalty to her friend shows how good a friends she was, and the risks she was willing to take to get answers.

While there was an attraction between Lachlan and Mackenzie, this isn’t an instalust story. It takes some time for things to build. As a multitude of threats rain down in the syndicate, Lachlan moves into role of protector, and that’s when things start to get interesting between them. From there is passion is hot and they become insatiable around one another. And as they come closer together, there lack of honesty with each other comes back to haunt them.

He’s infiltrating my thoughts, my soul, my very life force . . . wrapping his fingers around them and squeezing.

There really isn’t a dull moment in this book. Whether it be the sexy times, or the hunt for the traitor within the organization that put them all at risk, this book had a fast pace and something big happening in nearly every chapter. And while I didn’t initially buy into the relationship between Lachlan and Mackenzie, due to first couple encounters, they sold me on their love along the way.

“But the thing about butterflies is they need to be admired from afar. If you touch them, they could die.”

As a “new to me” author, this story was a great treat, and I’ll definitely be continuing this series in the near future.

– Grace

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