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Talia

I have always been a bird. Caged by one prison or another when the only thing I ever wanted was to fly away. Sold. Beaten. Starved. Drugged. Nothing scares me anymore. Until him. He makes the numbness go away. He is hazardous to me. It has nothing to do with his mafia lifestyle, and everything to do with what he offers. A gilded prison. A retreat from everything that I once knew. The reality I have no desire to return to. He thinks he's caged me, but soon I'm going to fly.

Alexei

I live by a code. The Vory code. In this mafiya world, there are traditions. Expectations. She does not care for these things. She does not care about anything. She thinks she has me fooled with her haunted eyes. What she can't know is that I see her better than most. She wants to fly. But I'm going to clip her wings. And make her my wife.

©2016 A. Zavarelli (P)2016 A. Zavarelli

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Deep, Dark, Raw and Emotional

This book (and series) is definitely not for the faint of heart. This story is deep, dark and emotional. It doesn't shy away from mafia issues like human trafficking, drugs, betrayal, and murder. It is extremely descriptive and detailed with characters that are beyond flawed but not beyond redemption. It's a gripping story for those who love raw, suspenseful love stories.

Tracy Marks narrates these books wonderfully. Her accents and clear voice make listening a pleasure.

Note: This book includes descriptive sex scenes, violence, and strong language. This is definitely an Adults Only listen.

I would like to thank the author, narrator, or publisher for providing me this audiobook at no cost in exchange for my unbiased review.

17 of 23 people found this review helpful

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Not sure how to rate this one

Would you be willing to try another book from A. Zavarelli? Why or why not?

Yes, but I'm not sure I can articulate why that is. The books in this series have gotten progressively darker, but something keeps me listening.

What about Tracy Marks’s performance did you like?

Her telling of the story was part of what saved it for me. I love listening to her accents.

Any additional comments?

I looked back at my review of the first book where I had mentioned a rape scene. Usually I shy away from violence, sexual or otherwise in any way, shape or form. That said, someone I follow recommended these books so I gave them a try.

What happens to Talia has to be every woman's nightmare. She survives a crappy childhood only to be betrayed in one of the worst ways. Then she's saved only to be betrayed again by someone she's come to love. Not a fan of the back and forth in a story, but something about this book worked. Maybe because there was some justice for the bad guys.

The ending was a little abrupt, but maybe that's where the author was led by the story. On to the next book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Tracy Marks narration never ceases to amaze!!

The fantastic story telling ability of A. Zavarelli and unending talent of Tracy Marks narration make this series a must have. Another out of this world book filled with intense emotional highs and lows. I got so mad at one point I had to pull over in my car!!-that's how much this story grabbed me and never let go until the last word. Talia is one messed up character who goes through so much, and Alexei is one brooding male with a vulnerability that makes him so endearing. Loved!! Go get it- seriously- right now.

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  • Lia
  • Sutton, Australia
  • 11-05-16

Dark Emotional Story

What an emotional roller coaster. I still haven't gotten off the rush of the book yet. I wanted to give it 5 stars, but after all the couple went through the end seemed to just be rushed. It was total turmoil and then BAM it was done. It kinda rubbed me the wrong way.

This is a very graphic dark story. Bad things happen and some of it just seems unbearable at times and down right depressing, but you read on to see what would happen. I was up all night reading even when I knew I had to get up for work. I could not put it down, I had to see what was going to happen.

Talia.... sigh.... why does so much terrible things have to happen to one person. I felt so bad for her and at times I just wanted her put out of her misery wondering what she really had to live for. Alexei at times was so cruel to her I couldn't comprehend why he was so cruel. He could never really give her want she needed and that was love unconditional love. The author was so talented that when he told her he could never love her, I felt that emotion from her and I just wanted to throw up because of the disappointment and anguish expressed. I know Alexei's issues are the cause of it, but it just was down right cruel. At times you just wanted them to not be together, because they were both their own worst enemies. I hate that she always got betrayed no matter what happened. How sad that you don't trust because you always know it will end.

Alexei.... argh..... sometimes I just wanted to reach through my iPad and kill him. He was just as messed up, but i don't think as damaged as Talia. He was more messed up mentally while Talia was both messed up mentally and physically. He irritated me that he played with her in his own way too and at times was worse then the captors that raped and beat her. He would show how much he cared and lure her in then BAM crush her within a second later. Then he would say he knew he would crush her and he was no good for her. I can't believe what he does at the end to think that with everything Talia did and said he did what he did. It was almost unforgivable and in a way I am glad she did what she did to make him hurt. He deserved it and more.

Tracy Marks was good with the delivery of the story

12 of 18 people found this review helpful

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Gripping… Heart-Wrenching… Compelling…

Another undeniably gripping addition to the Boston Underworld series. A. Zavarelli excels at writing stories with characters who are flawed, scarred, and have traumatic pasts that will pull on your heart strings. Her stories don’t just "tell" you about the characters emotions, but written in way you actually feel and experience all the emotions right with the characters.

Some spoilers:
Alexei is an alpha character all the way. He's sent to find Talia and ends up rescuing her from being a sex slave. While he's determine to bring her back, he doesn't coddle her and makes her his wife. Slowly they both start opening up and letting the other in, but when his deepest secrete is revealed to his brothers, he feels betrayed and suspects Talia is the one who betrayed him.

Tracy Mark's performance is phenomenal! She knows how to portray the characters, and pulls the listener in with her authentic accents and emotions. Mark's narrating skills really shine in this series.

I received this audio in exchange for an honest review and LOVE IT! ~ It's Worth Every Minute! If you like dark romances with a mafia theme, flawed characters, an alpha bad boy and steamy sex scenes, then this is a story you do not want to pass up. But be warned, there's language, violence and graphic sex scenes.

10 of 15 people found this review helpful

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SOLD..BEATEN..DRUGGED..STARVED....RESCUED!

We learn about Talia's disappearance in the first book CROW. Mac and Talia are best friends, the last place Talia worked was at the bar/strip club owned by the Irish Mafia. CROW managed the club and Mac came there looking for Talia. This is how CROW and Mac met. Talia had gone to Mexico with her, thought to be boyfriend, Dimitre who sold her into sex slavery.

In the 2nd book Reaper, Talia is located in Russia. The Irish and Russian Mafia's have an alliance so Mac asked Alexei, Counselor to the Russian Mafia's Pecan, to use his connections and rescue Talia.

In Ghost, Alexei rescues Talia and this is their story...

The feel of this story is somber. There are flashbacks of Talia's treatment as a sex slave. There is mystery and suspense. The story moves along at a nice pace without any fluff or a lot of inner dialogue.

I've enjoyed this series and it's definitely a keeper for my library.

A. Zavarelli is a talented writer and Tracy Marks gave an all consuming performance.

Worth a credit/$$: Yes, Yes, Yes...get the whole series.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Darkest one so far

What made the experience of listening to Ghost the most enjoyable?

Tracy Marks slayed this series, I can`t tell you how much I have enjoyed the first 3 books in this series so far.
This one was darker for sure, and parts of this book made me feel uncomfortable, when you read this book I`m sure you will understand.
But OMG Alexi, and that's all I`m going to say. Worth the credit without question.
Onto the next book in the series.

Have you listened to any of Tracy Marks’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Tracy Marks`s is a master in voices and accents, she can do it all and I personally think she is one of the best with male voices.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Dark Romance at its best

This audiobook was dark but I really enjoyed it. The narration was so good. Aleskei seemed like a character that would be hard to enjoy but he was a great hero. He had a tragic past so it gave him an opening to relate to Talia's pain.

The story telling was hard, yet it felt authentic. I empathized with the characters and was rooting for them. They were damaged but together they found a partner. I loved Aleskei's "adopted" mother though she never called herself that. She was truly the glue that mended both main characters.

The feels in this book was amazing and I consider this one of the best books I've listened to in this genre.

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  • Tiff
  • Durham, NC, United States
  • 11-17-16

LOVED IT!!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This story was absolutely beautiful!! Two tarnished souls finding each other and providing the one thing that they have lacked for so many years!! Alexi and Talia together was an amazing twist!

Have you listened to any of Tracy Marks’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have in book 1 and 2. She is phenomenal!! One suggestion, a little more excitement in the sex scenes.

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Dark & twisted

I loved Crow & Reaper in the Boston Underworld series, so I knew I was going to really enjoy Ghost as well. I surely was not disappointed. Talia's story is so dark & screwed up. The author is amazing at pulling you into the story & sharing every detail with you. A must read for sure! After you've read the other two as well of course. I really need to read more from this author. The narration is on point, just as it was in the other books in the series. Tracy Mark always knocks it out of the park.  If you are an audio listener I definitely recommend this series on audio as well. (:

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • SN79
  • 10-02-16

amazing

brilliant story, well narrated and a great next edition in this series. Question is when and which characters will be next!

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  • LilleyLoohLah
  • 11-01-17

A wonderful dark read - perfect narration

I'm just loving this series (even though this is book 3, it's only my second book), I'm definitely going to be reading book 2. Each book can be read as a standalone. I love these possessive hot alpha mafia guys so much. Zavarelli has a way with words and her wonderfully gritty characters made this story all the more interesting, I never knew what was going to happen next. Told in dual POV we get to see inside the complex minds of both Alexei and Talia, two broken people who have been let down by those who should have been protecting them most. Alexei was so stubborn, I wanted to shake him to make him see sense, I did however love his take charge attitude, his ability to protect his secret and his vulnerability and his alpha dominant side. The chemistry between these two was off the charts. Fantastic supporting characters. I can't get enough of these guys. Dark romance is a favourite genre of mine, so this hit the spot perfectly. Tracy Marks nails it again playing both characters perfectly, she is fast becoming a favourite narrator of mine.


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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-27-17

Terrible Russian accent

Story stuck to Zavarelli's usual template, but it was still engaging.
The narrator was more Scottish than Russian which was disappointing as her Irish accent is fairly good. However I liked her timing, very easy to listen to.

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  • Anna Vardaro
  • 03-03-18

Russian lover!

Another amazing story in the Boston Underworld series. Love the hero and the heroine and the narrator was so good!

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  • Carcoura
  • 12-05-16

What an awesome audiobook!

A. Zavarelli just keeps the good stuff coming with this third episode of the Boston Underworld series. The terrible darkness that has spun Talia and Alexei's lives so far off course is portrayed delicately but powerfully, making their ascension into the light truly memorable. As a book it is terrific. But with Tracy Marks' narration - flawlessly moving between male and female timbres, and Russian / Boston American and Irish accents - the audio book is quite sublime.
Awe-inspiring and awe-some!