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He was supposed to kill me.

I had done the unthinkable. I called the cops on him, on his family, but he let me live. We became friends, and then...we fell in love.

Lucy Ives is a foster kid, running from her turbulent past. On her first night in New York City, she accidentally calls the cops on the mafia. But when their fixer comes to kill her, he ends up sparing her life in exchange for a favor - be his fake fiancé or die.

Note: This is a full-length novel with sexually mature situations unsuitable for underage audiences. Please, proceed with caution.

©2017 Parker S. Huntington (P)2017 Parker S. Huntington

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A Hilarious and Unconventional Romance!

Asher Black is not my typical read/listen. I actually don't think that I have ever read a mafia book/romance. I'm so happy that I took the chance though to discover this new to me author!

This was a really entertaining audiobook and the heroine had me laughing throughout most of the book. Lucy's inner monologue and her back and forth banter with Asher was fantastic. Throw in the whole fake fiance trope and this was an awesome debut novel. Even though there are some heavier and more serious moments in the book, Lucy and Asher's interactions and chemistry kept it more lighthearted and playful. Readers/listeners may find a few parts of the story a little over the top, but for me it just made it more fun. This is my first time listening to the narrator, Lacy Laurel. I thought that she did a great job as Lucy and I felt her performance was perfect for the character.

I didn't find the book to be super mafia heavy and though the overall pacing was fine, I felt like the end was a little rushed/abrupt. I would have loved to have an epilogue as well as Asher's POV, but overall, this was a really enjoyable book and I look forward to reading/listening to more by this author.

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Suspension of disbelief is helpful

A hitman has targeted a naïve college student who accidentally called the police? Her only way out is to pretend she’s his fiancée?

This is a creative if not slightly implausible plot. There are many Alpha-billionaire-fist fighting-mafia romances these days and, at times, it can be a little much. The question is – how can an author and book differentiate themselves from the pack?

Parker S. Huntington certainly tries. Lucy Ives is not a meek heroine. She’s survived a horrific childhood and has done charity work in foreign countries before entering college in New York as a sophomore. She’s living in residence with another sophomore. Amy is tall, beautiful, and loyal.

The women go out to a nightclub and while Amy meets a cute guy, Lucy glimpses the most beautiful man she’s ever seen. Cue hot meet-up, misunderstandings galore, and a college co-ed now believing the mafia is going to send a hitman to kill her.

It sounds a little over-the-top, but it isn’t written that way. Lucy is a relatable character and Asher Black, the 25-year-old billionaire who is involved in the mafia, has more depth than I might have anticipated.

As I try to summarize both the book and my feelings about it, I am myself conflicted. I enjoyed the book but it was, at time, really over the top. And because I didn’t take the book seriously, I enjoyed it. Strange but true.

I like Lucy because she’s feisty and refuses to be walked over. She stands up for what’s right and is loyal. She even intervenes so no harm comes to someone she really dislikes.

Lacy Laurel is the narrator and she is improving with every book she narrates. If she does the next book in the series, I will probably listen. My only true complaint is her French. I understand it is challenging to speak another language, but this was incomprehensible. Fortunately, there were just a few lines, which are translated in the story.

Despite how unrealistic this book was, the secondary characters who are to be the main couple in the next book are intriguing to me and I want to discover out how they navigate this shady (and insane) world.

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Omg what a wonderful storyline

I hope this series brings these two and the characters close to them back. Loved the characters and narration. Beautiful although a little dark at times which is perfectly normal.

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Asher Black

This story was a fun and quick listen for me. The overall story line was a mixture of fun, action packed, & romance. Lucy’s roommate is rather fun, and sometimes annoying. But she is the first real friend Lucy has ever had. Asher doesn’t really have anyone either and that really pulls them together. I will be honest to me the best part of the story was the last couple of hours of listening, that is when the main action is happening. The book does have a bit of humor as well! The narration was very nice and easy to listen to.

I must be honest on this part though the blurb was a bit misleading to me. I never felt Lucy was in danger form Asher. And I was expecting way more mob ties throughout the story but their is very little mob action in this story.

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Amazing!

Parker S Huntington has written and amazing story and the narration by Lacy Lauren just made it that much better! This is not your typical mafia romance book. It has some tension and angst in the beginning but with a few times that you will giggle yourself silly. You can see the way this relationship grows from beginning to end with no parts skipped. I love the way it started, the way it continued and the way it ended. There is no part in this book that is not loved and you will not regret getting this audiobook to listen to. I myself can’t wait for the next!

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Loved listening to this!

Great listen. Loved the story and the characters, plenty of humor too. Really enjoyed Lucy’s mental ramblings. Excellent narrator who made it very entertaining to listen. I received a free review copy of this audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

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Not your typical mafia romance

Asher Black...the name exudes power...and Lucy finds herself in the clutches of this mafia "fixer". After getting herself in a situation with Asher, she has to make a decision. Save her life or become the fake fiance of the famous Asher Black. The story of the Asher and Lucy is a lighter listen to me, and as we get to know the complexity of their characters, it is more of a love story. Having a strong lead female is always a plus, and I found Lucy to be a great character. She never backs down and her amusing banter makes for a fun listen. Asher, the broody alpha, is harder for me to warm up to, but by the end, is likable. There are several themes in this that are interwoven really well, like family not having to be blood, protection of those you love as well as making sure you complete your education. Underlying subjects like these create the great back stories we love to hear about the characters. I do look forward to more of these character driven books(Lucy's bodyguard would be an entertaining one!).

Lacy Laurel always gives a performance worthy of listening to. Her well paced voices are perfect for the setting of this story. She has distinguishable voices for her characters, letting us know who is speaking and makes the story enjoyable.

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Entertaining Series Starter

Yes, the plot was a little unbelievable but sometimes I just want to be entertained. This story certainly accomplished that! Lucy and Asher were great characters that had me rooting for them from the beginning. I was drawn in by the interesting storyline and couldn't wait to see what happened next. Lacy Laurel's narration was great overall, adding to my enjoyment. This was a very enjoyable listen and I would recommend it.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This review is my honest opinion.

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A good start to The Five Syndicates series

Asher Black is a fun, though totally unbelievable story about Asher Black and Lucy. Lucy calls the police on what she thinks is a woman in need of help, which turns out to be a mafia related thing (the woman was actually fine) and, well, Lucy and Asher end up being thrown together due to her actions. I wasn't sure what to expect, but I enjoyed this listen and enjoyed getting to learn Lucy and Asher's stories. Both characters were likable, though I didn't feel invested in them as I do with some other authors. Lacy Laurel did a good job with the narration, reading with emotion when it's called for and with a good cadence. I'd happily listen to other audiobooks narrated by her.

As the description states, there is some graphic sex scenes, though there's honestly only a few. If this isn't your thing but the story sounds good, I'd recommend just fast forwarding through the few sex scenes. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher for an honest review.

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So good!

Love this book. Non stop entertainment! Can’t wait for the next book to get here!! Tons of laughs, hotness, and excitement! What more can you ask for in a book. And beautifully read!! Just fantastic!