Skip to main content

Crow and Reaper by A. Zavarelli (Boston Underworld #1 and #2)

Crow and Reaper by A. Zavarelli (Boston Underworld #1 and #2)
@glimpses_of_my_books

These books are (to me at least) two VERY different books and the reason you should never give up on an author after just one book. I did not like Crow one tiny bit. But I absolutely loved Reaper. One is a 1 star, while the other is a 4... 

Let's start with the good first, Reaper.

Ronan is likely to break your heart. Throughout the book we get snippets of his past, accounts of everything he had to go through before Crow and his mother find him and save him from the horrible life he was leaving. In a way, although I wasn't a fun of Crow in the first book, his love and care for Ronan had made me like him a little better.

Ronan is not quiet, moody, and broody by choice. It is a consequence of all the things he has been through, the things I mentioned above that will break your heart... He is caring and loving, but he has no idea how to put those things in action. He is, in a way, one of the most tortured and broken anti-heroes I've ever read.

Sasha has not had an easy life either, but needless to say her life is considerably easier than his childhood ever was. Her mother is dying of cancer and she is paying the bills working as a dancer in Crow's club. She is struggling though, it is all too much. An abusive ex, a corrupted man that knows too much, mother dying, pills to stay awake...

Ronan watches on silently. He cares and he protects her the best way he can, by staying away. He is to broken to do anything else. But as Sasha's life spirals out of control he has to do something. And she can't stand watching him watch her anymore, she has to say something... As their broken worlds collide they need to find a way to heal each other enough to be in each other's lives. 

This was a heartbreaking book. 

The chemistry was off the charts, but I wouldn't say it was sexy or hot because so much of it was shadowed by pain and uncertainty. It is an MC romance, but more than that, it is a dark romance. And it is beautifully written! 

Now for Crow. I will just copy and past what I had to say at the time from my goodreads account:

If I were Irish I would likely be embarrassed by the accent representation. I am British and I have been to Ireland a few times. Love the place!! and NO ONE SPEAKS like that!
I think there were at least 2 'ye' in every darn paragraph. I was rolling my eyes uncontrollably.
And that is complaint number one.

Two. Our bad ass hero had everything on the making of a glorious mafia boss. Instead we get one that accepts being cheated on because it was the boss' son. More so, upon being disrespected in front of others by our female protagonist does nothing about it. What happened to being a bad ass?

Three. We begin good. Bad ass heroine with bad ideas enters a ring and kicks ass. Than proceeds to forget about everything because...--> "penis magic".

I love mafia romance. This was not a good representation. 


Find the books at:

Reaper- Inklings Bookshop

Goodreads 



Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Quickies, April 2021

I read a good amount of older releases this past two months. I will not write long individual reviews for every single one of them but here are is a little bit about each one of them:  - Visions of Heat by Nalini Singh It's unlikely I will ever dislike something Nalini writes. She is a master of her craft. This is the second book in the Psy-Changeling series and it is just as good as the first. Shy and isolated Faith is plagued by visions of blood and murder. She has questions and needs help but can't ask those around her. She turns to the changelings and the only Psy she knows that has defied her race (first book in the series). Vaughn is more cat than human but has to control his instincts not to scare Faith away. This was a fabulous paranormal romance read but you really must read the first book first! 4 stars from me :)  - Desperate Measures by Katee Robert Desperate Measures is the story of Jafar and Jasmine. But if you read Katee before you know it is not that simple at

Fortune Favors the Duke (The Cambridge Brothers #1) by Kristin Vayden [arc review]

@glimpses_of_my_books Oh the beauty that is discovering new authors! Kristin Vayden is someone I had not heard of before Fortune Favors the Duke  was announced and Sourcebooks told me she is local to Washington State. I am planning a signing event with her and Lucy Gilmore this December at  Inkling Bookshop  and of-course I had to read the book ahead of time.  Fortune Favors the Duke  was utterly adorable! I managed to read this beauty in two sittings and I will be reading the other books in the series. Blurb: Quinton Errington is perfectly happy teaching at Cambridge, with his elder brother carrying the duties of being the Duke of Wesley. But when a trip to celebrate Wesley's last week of bachelorhood ends in tragedy, Quinton, who becomes the Duke of Wesley, would give anything to have his brother back. Now, under the most heartbreaking circumstances, Wesley's would-be bride, Catherine Greatheart, is left wanting. Her only protection left, her grandmother, has fallen ill, an

A Touch of Darkness (Hades & Persephone #1) by Scarlett St. Clair

I knew very little going into this book except that it had my current favorite bad boy in it: Hades! Seriously though, I have a "hades tbr" at the moment, it's a thing. And if you know any good Hades based romances do tell me. Always and forever looking for more. Hades, the God of the Dead was phenomenal. I have ZERO complaints about his character. There was more to the underworld than known by other gods and humans, and the same is true about the man that runs the place. He is to the point and although not always up front and straight forward he is always honest and true. He has built a gambling empire but his bets are not always monetary and they are known for being impossible.  Persephone was very much still learning who she really was. Up until meeting Hades and for some time after she has no power of her own. Plants die at her touch and that is that. She is also known as the goddess of spring, but that is not because of who she is but rather because of who her mother