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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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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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A little too much abuse

I love dark alpha romance, but Nicolai was just too awful throughout the whole book to be redeemable in the last hour of book. This was my least favorite from the series. The other male characters had some heart throughout their stories. And how she fell in love with him I can’t see it.

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This series keeps getting better!

I am pleased to have found this author and have devoured the first 5 books in the series so far. All 5 star books with uniquely unforgettable characters.

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Yes! Yes! Yes!!!😜😘😍

Not trying to beat a dead horse…But again anyone who’s read my reviews know that I’m a huge fan of A. Zavarelli! So you also know I’m enjoying this Boston Underworld Series for its raw, real, and very extraordinary characters….I’m usually eager to find out what comes next in the series! 😍😁😘

The anti-hero, Nikolai so sexy, smart, devious, hot, an ass. Someone we love to hate. Tanaka, the heroine so beautiful, elegant, sheltered, strong, smart, battered, lonely, and angry. These two had so much chemistry it was raw it was sweet and I couldn’t put them down. 😍😘🥰😁Some might say this was one of the less complicated books but again real. I loved the tie-ins on this one of the other books and other characters. I’d almost forgotten how these characters fit into Ghost, Talia and Alexie’s, story until they started reliving some of the scenes from Nikolov and talia’s perspectives and then of course it all made sense….😁🤓

The narration was awesome, I would definitely read it again! And this one will go on my favorites!!!

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Fantastic

This book has everything you need from a mafia storyline. Good strong characters with great personalities and attitudes. Tracy brings them alive so very well. The balance of consent is perfect which shows the true talent of this author. Great job.
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Romantic Suspense

Thief by A. Zavarelli is a romantic suspense that I listened to on audio narrated by Tracy Marks.

This is the fifth book in the Boston Underworld series but each book can be read as a standalone.

I absolutely love A. Zavarelli books! I was hooked from the very first chapter and couldn’t wait to see what was going to happen next. I really enjoyed the relationship between Tanaka and Nikolai. Their relationship starts off rocky but you can’t help but root for them. They both make each other better in the end.

This is the first book in the series that I have read and I will definitely need to go back and read the rest of the books in the series.

Tracy did an amazing job on the narration. She really knows how to bring a story to life.

I would highly recommend this book if you like romantic suspense, dark romances, enemies to lovers, or captive romances.

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Dark Mafia Romance!!!

I love a dark romance with an Alpha Male and this book did not disappoint. I felt the struggles these characters when through and it just pulled me in even more. This is a great series and Tracy Marks did such an amazing job narrating. 🎧AudiobookObsession

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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!