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Thief

Boston Underworld, Book 5
Narrated by: Tracy Marks
Series: Boston Underworld, Book 5
Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
Categories: Fiction, Literary
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Publisher's Summary

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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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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great

This was a great story with a unique spin. I enjoyed the characters and story however in hindsight, I would rather have read the books in order despite it being a standalone. The narration was great- well edited and performed. Great read- just read the whole series for maximum enjoyment :)

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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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A new twist to Mofia romance

Note, this book is part of a series. I do not recommend reading it until you have read the other books in the series. It seems like each book is centered around a different couple but the characters are all intertwined in some way. With that being said, I did not read all of the previous books and was a little lost at certain parts. It did not take away from the story, just got a little confusing at times.

The story was great! It was a new concept in the mofia romance sub-genre and the author did great with it. There were so many times when I wanted to take Nikolai and shake him for being a big, stupid goon and other times when I wanted to hug and kiss him for being a sweet, loving man.

The narration was good, I did have a hard time understanding some names and words during Nikolai's chapters because of the accent but overall it was good.

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GREAT SERIES!

I absolutely love this series! The narration was amazing and will keep you entertained! The author did a great job with the character builds and plot. I have read every book in this series and enjoyed them all! I look forward to reading more of her books! I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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love love

I love this series. I can listen and relisten to these books. I dont want it to end.

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Loved the story.

I loved the way this story flowed. It was exciting and wonderful, while pulling at all my emotions.
I didn’t care for the way it was read by one person in two perspectives. The story wasn’t lost to me, it just sounded weird and I would have preferred a duo reading.
In all, I’d recommend this book, and I will definitely be reading/listening to more from this author!

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Excellent narration but struggled with story

Audiobook: Narrator – Tracy Marks

As always, this narrator did an amazing job of bringing these characters to life. She brings so much passion and emotion into the story I can’t imagine anyone else narrating this series. While I struggled a bit with the Russian accents, that was a me thing and nothing to do with Ms. Marks performance. My ear just has a hard time tuning into some of the words and that’s an issue I have with other narrators as well.


To me this book felt grittier and darker than the previous books. Perhaps because it’s been a while since I’ve read a mafia story. I didn’t mind the gritty darkness, but I felt that it hindered my connection to the characters and their relationship. I struggled to believe that Nikolai and Tanaka were really falling in love. One minute they aren’t and bam, the next minute they were...with a lot of push and pull in between. However, the intense passion whether anger, hate, lust or love was never in question. There’s no doubt these characters are swimming in emotion and it shines through. It was just the transition from hate to love that wasn’t believable.

This is a slower pace read/listen but the action and drama never slow the story down. The steam is absolutely sizzling although there are some extreme scenes with moments of dubious consent, so please read with caution. I loved getting more of some of the characters from previous books and I was especially happy at how this couple are finally able to find their HEA.

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not recommended

overly dramatic and completely unbelievable, not sure if it was the writing with it's cliche lines or the narrator with her breathy reading... I was disappointed after enjoying the beginning of this series. This was a let down. Would not recommend.

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Great finish!

Another well written story! I really enjoy how every book played off of each other. I almost felt like there could be a whole nother series. It took me some time to get use to Tanaka's voice because there was so much emphasis on the end of her words but eventually, it was easy to get used to. I'm looking forward to reading more by this author/narrator team!

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  • LilleyLoohLah
  • 08-17-18

Mafia romance at its best

Gosh. I love this series so much and Nikolai’s story is no exception. Another story of forbidden love within the Boston Underworld. So much angst. My heart breaks for Tanaka and Nikolai, both of them such strong personalities in a world where rules and family obligations mean everything. One Italian, one Russian, both destined to marry within their family, both willing to make that sacrifice until their paths throw them together in the most cruel way. Again, a fantastic storyline, wonderful characters, so much passion and emotion, so much sexual tension, and of course violence, it wouldn’t be Boston Underworld without the drama, secrets and savagery. Narrated solely by Tracy Marks, who as usual does an excellent job of this dual POV story, narrating both Nikolai and Tanaka perfectly.

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  • Clare Keating
  • 07-16-18

A dark love story

Wow this book got very dark. I loved it so much. So much happened in this book it was so entertaining. It follows Tanaka a ballet dancer and daughter to the leader of the Italian mafia. She is given to Nikolai the Russian Mafia in return for a debt. What follows is a dark time for Tanaka as she heals from a very bad injury. Tanaka and Nikolai slowly start growing feeling for each other but people don't want them to be together. I love the feel of the book and that you get to see how both characters are feeling. Tracy Marks is just so fantastic I love her Russian accent and she keeps it up so well through quiet long sections. A.Zavarelli is just an amazing story teller she never disappoints. I have the first 4 books so look forward to getting to know the rest of the characters. This is so well worth a listen and a second listen. Amazing story.

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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!