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Reaper (Boston Underworld #2) by A. Zavarelli

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Boston Underworld #2
A. Zavarelli
Fiction, Dark Romance
May 19, 2016


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.

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Val’s Review

5++++ Fucking Awesome Irish Mafia Sequel Stars

Holy fecking Christ, people.

For those of you who are unaware of this series, this book is the sequel to this awesome book.

As you can see, I lurved it.

Now, nine times out of ten, a sequel to a book I lurved ends of being, well….


It always seems like the first one is just SO fucking awesome…

…it’s like a drug.

But then you crack open book two and soon realize…


However, such was NOT the case here.


Because a strong white crystalline central nervous system stimulant this was indeed.

And I adored every moment of this thing.

As I said about book one, this book was “Val Perfect,” meaning that it had ALL the ingredients I LURVE….AND pulled it off to boot.

Those ingredients, again, being:

1) Mafia – IRISH in this case.

Now (again)…I’m not sure how legit the slang, culture and all that jazz was depicted here, but…


2) Super hot Irish Mafia Alpha Male…who is the perfect possessive asshole – with a side of some SERIOUS emotional…glitches…



Now, I’m not sure if AZ was trying to establish Ronan as being on the spectrum or if he simply just had troubles connecting to his emotions based on his upbringing, but again…


3) A rational, mature heroine who was trying to get through some super heavy shit…who – again – I didn’t want to punch in the face the entire time.

Again…let’s celebrate.


I really, REALLY liked Sasha.

It seems that in books like these, we either get saddled with a TSTL idiot…


A TSTL idiot who thinks she’s a badass…


…but isn’t.

Or the stubborn one who thinks she is “helping…”

…but is really just a) making things more difficult for the H and/or b) basically handing herself over to the bad guy.


4) H/h have a previously established “connection,” but are working out some of the…kinks.

It was obvious in book one that there was something going on between Sasha and Ronan, but we weren’t completely sure what.

And in this book we get the answers to all of those questions, and more.


5) Some – more -cool actions scenes.


Which, again, weren’t perfect.

But again…


6) A continued sense of “brotherhood” between Ronan, Lachlan, Rory, and Conor.


This never gets old…and snuggles.

7) A supporting cast of characters, including new potential couples, that make me WANT to read about more.



Hellooooooo Rory and Scarlett!

But what I loved most of all?


You can tell that the author did her homework.

I’ve said this before, and I will say this again.

And again.

SO many times it seems, authors want to write about something they know nothing about…

e.g., sports, NCAA athletics, gangs, prisons, law enforcement, the mafia, the justice system…

…and you can tell that they didn’t do their due research diligence or just plainly decided to “wing it,” leaving the story feeling cheesy and shallow.

(Looking at you…and you…)

OR, they decide to go SO overboard on the violence, etc., that it ends up being a convoluted mess of things that would never, EVER happen.

But not so here.

Again, I felt that the author really fleshed things out and “stayed in her lane” – aka didn’t make things so fantastical and violent in the quest to make them “seem real” that they just end up feeling ridiculous.

But she also didn’t err on the side of caution in the way that some authors do in an effort to not make her supposedly tough characters dislikeable to some readers. (Looking at you…as much as I love you.)

In my opinion, this was – again – just the prefect blend of…well, everything I like lol…

In fact, I think I even like this more than I liked book one, because…well, Ronan…