Thief by A. Zavarelli
Series: Boston Underworld, #5
Published by Indie on February 23, 2018
Genres: Dark, Mafia, Romance
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I’m a good girl.
I live by a code that can’t be bent or broken. It is my duty to my family to stay innocent and pure. To marry an Italian man. The stars are already aligned.
But Nikolai Kozlov re-writes my destiny with five simple words.
You belong to me now.
He's Russian mafiya. A thief. A skilled liar with no moral boundaries. He is everything I have been taught to hate. A man who stands for nothing. A man who takes what he wants without a second thought.
And what he wanted was me.
He thinks he controls my fate, but what he doesn’t know is, sometimes it’s the good girls you have to watch out for.
I’m a dangerous man.
I live by a code. The Vory code. It is my duty to my family to protect the brotherhood. To destroy anyone who threatens what we stand for, including her.
She’s a dancer. A beautiful little doll. My prisoner, and my new favorite puppet. This mafia princess thinks she has me under her spell, but in the end, she is simply collateral.
It’s a shame to destroy precious things.
But this is what bad men do.
Thief is my first book by A. Zavarelli and I think I just fell in love with a new to me author. I’ve had Crow, which is the first book in the Boston Underworld Series since March of 2016. WHY HAVE I SAT ON IT FOR SO LONG? Seriously. Now I know what I have been missing out on. While Thief is book five in this series, it can be read as a standalone. Like I said, this was the first book I read and I didn’t feel confused or feel like I was missing anything. This is a big deal coming from me because I’m am usually very OCD about reading order.
Now that I got all that out of the way, let’s talk about Thief. In a time where writing seems to be getting a bit too staccato for my taste, Zavarelli delivers a perfectly descriptive style that flows effortlessly. Unlike Tanaka and Nikolai’s story, which is chaotic and destructive. 🙂
On the surface, it seems like Tanaka is the perfect Italian princess. Ballet is her life but she’s been raised to know her place and she will soon marry the man her father has chosen for her. When Nikolai shows up in her life, everything changes and she soon finds herself battling with her heart and her mind against the thief of the Russian mafiya.
“The thief stole my heart, only to hold it in the palm of his hand, extorting my affections when it suits him.”
Nikolai had plans when it came to Tanaka but little did he know that she would change his life forever as well. He’s ruthless and a monster but there’s something about her that calms him and infuriates him at the same time. He’s drawn to her and craves her but he knows that they can’t ever be together.
“I want to collect his secrets like he has collected my tears.”
Thief is dark, dangerous and heartbreaking. I couldn’t get enough. The push and pull between Nikolai and Tanaka sucked me in and captivated me. From start to finish, I devoured their story. Dark romances sing to my soul and Thief did just that. I can’t explain it and if anyone looks at my highlights from the book, they probably might have me committed and I’m absolutely OK with that.
If you like your books dark, dirty and twisted, then you need to get Thief now!!! You can thank me later. I’m off to read the rest of the books in this series.