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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 that 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.  

Note: This book contains dark subject matter, please listen at your own discretion. This is a full-length standalone that can be read in any order within the series.  

©2018 A. Zavarelli (P)2018 A. Zavarelli

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  • seelk
  • Ontario, Canada
  • 04-08-18

dark heart

Can dark hearts be melted? Maaaybe...
A great addition to the series, although it can be listened to as a standalone, I would say go listen to the other ones too, the story will be more rounded in your mind, having those characters joining in this one too. Wow... dark, heartbreaking, I was on edge the whole time, addicted and wanting more, Ms. Zavarelli has the "spell" to keep me interested.
Not sure I liked Nikolai before, but once knowing more of his life, and his quest, I understood his drive. What Tanaka went thru as a child, then as a young woman broke my heart. I would never thought they would match, but they did, even after so many explosive encounters and the dangers they were both in. Quite a few twists and the revelations made my head spin, this story is not for the faint of heart, I didn't know it ends in HEA till almost the end.
Ms. Marks did an amazing job ... again! Love the accents, love the passion and how each character gets its own voice.

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Wow

This story had me hooked from the start. I heard it all in one go! Very good addition to the series. I love how it can stand alone or if you have read the other books, makes your experience richer.

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slow

it was slow but I finished it. the story had a lot of other stories involved. kinda confusing but still a decent story. I'm just glad it at least had a happy ending.

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When love tricks a thief

Well this was a strange story to begin with, but from the beginning it kept you intrigued what will happen who is wright and who is bad guy and who is good guy. On few occasions, i thought that what was supposed to be is maybe wrong perception.

The struggle of Katia with her captivity and eating disorder and for Nikola how to get her better. I loved all about her eating disorder as it was real it was as someone would be telling their own story. And during this and the rest of the story you could feel their struggle their hope and despair. The love, which was real but forbidden.

Love story amongst death and lies and deception.

If you like bad boy go rough and love changes all kind of story than this is a must read.

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Melt the man's heart!

Another installment of the Boston Underworld keeping me in love with mafia romantic suspense. This story features Tanaka, a mafia princess that is given to Nikolai as collateral for a debt owed by her father. Knowing what the life consists of, she is very aware of the her situation. She belongs to Nikolai, and with this there is a definite Stockholm syndrome feel in the story, I wasn't sure if I liked the character of Nikolai, he is harsh, rough and demanding, but as I learned more of his situation, I could see the good in him. I really enjoyed seeing Alexei again, his story is so compelling, and Zavarelli wove more of his hidden secrets into this book. I love how the book melds the Irish and Russian mafias together each with skills the other can use, and brining characters like Ronan in for a cameo appearance. With suspense, angst and romance, this book is has a little of everything to have kept me engaged and looking for more.

I have to say, the narration of this book is incredible, Tracy Marks gives a stellar performance. No other narrator has the ability to switch accents and genders as easily. Each character she creates has a specific voice and you know exactly who's speaking, an amazing portrayal of the Boston Underworld!

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Get ready for a ride....

This series has been one of the many I love. Just the struggle alone to find one's self is an adventure.

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Thief

Some elements of this book I absolutely loved, while other things I didn't. The story pulled me in, but I was hoping for more updates on the other characters in the Boston Underworld. I have enjoyed this series, but this story didn't grip me the same way as Ghost did (that was my favorite one of the series). Some things were answered, and other things not so much. I thought the author was very insightful with her portrayal of what sacrifices ballerina's go thru to maintain their weight and shape. Without giving away spoilers, the imagery in this story was graphic at times and painted some vivid images. Stockholm syndrome was another vibe I got from the book. The narration by Tracy Marks was outstanding. She was able to give so many characters distinguishable voices that one could hear who was talking. I would love it if A. Zavarelli would write another book in this series featuring more of the wives and how they deal with their men in a lighthearted and sexy way.

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Best Book Yet

Each book leaves me wanting more. While with everyone I think it can't be better than the last and A Zavarelli raises the bar she has set with each new book.

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  • Daisy
  • PALMYRA, VA, United States
  • 04-27-18

Wow, what a mafia story

This is your typical mafia story but with more emotional, betrayal, want and needs. I was just pulled into this story from the beginning. Just when you think what’s is going on your throne with a surprise you never saw coming. Narration was good. Worthy fan credit.

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Tracy Marks is absolutely brilliant!!

Loved this book so much! And this narrator is absolutely brilliant with her narrations! She makes you feel every emotion of this amazing book!

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  • Yvonne
  • 04-27-18

Another 5 Star

I love this series and certainly enjoyed Thief I have no hesitation in recommending the book and of course Tracey does her usual super narration

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  • Book addict
  • 04-16-18

Intensely dislike the hero

This went way over the line of overbearing, caveman, mafia, dark hero, and wayyyyy into abusive unlikeable hero. There’s no love here! No redemption. Just a seriously dysfunctional relationship. I like the series, but this book crossed a line for me and I kept listening hoping for a turn around in the character that I could buy into - it never happened. I’d like to say more but it would lead to spoilers.

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  • ***Casey***
  • 04-17-18

love this series!!!

the fifth and final book in the BU series. I love A Zavarelli books, and i love, love, love Tracy Marks narrating. this book wasn't my favourite of the series, but it was still enjoyable nonetheless and was definitely full of the type of drama and emotion that you would expect from this series. Nikolais description was the first thing that threw me, from first hearing of him in the 3rd book, Ghost, I had conjured up a different appearance of him in my head, but I quickly got used to Mis Zavarellis vision of him. all in all, A recommended read if you love this series. you'll definitely need to satisfy your curiosity by reading this book.
POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT.......
the only part that has left me dizzy and confused is the a part in this book that corresponds with a part in Ghost, when Alexi finds out that Talia is alive, Nikolai already knows and is driving him to the hospital, but in this book, it is Alexi that informs Nikolai via text that Talia is alive. I may have gotten it wrong, but I reread the scene 3 times, and it just doesn't make sense to me. I struggle to admit this small amount of negative feedback, because this series is actually my hands down favourite, and I mean FAVORITE SERIES that I have ever read....and I have read a lot.
love your work, Hun. can't wait to see what you give us next!