— BLURB —
From the shadows, I’ve tracked her every move.
I was just supposed to watch her. But now, I can’t stop.
She’s my obsession. My addiction. My poison.
Watching her isn’t enough.
The savage in me won’t be satisfied until I take her and make her mine.
One taste and I’m hooked. Too bad for her… I’m never letting her go.
Stalked. Hunted. Captured.
He took me from my life and locked me away in his compound.
The ex-con. The big bad biker. Inked, bearded, and inhumanely sized.
And yet, every time he looks at me, I melt.
This broken beast hides demons behind those brutal eyes. I hate him… and I crave him.
His touch, his words, his lips.
When my enemies come for me, he vows to protect me as long as I do what he says. I’ll be secure in this prison he created for me.
But who will protect me from him?
— MY REVIEW —
BIRDIE AND ACE’S BOOK WAS EVERYTHING I WANTED AND HOPED FOR COME TRUE!!
I don’t know if it’s because I was still reeling from reading Confess a couple days earlier resulting in an unexpected emotional breakdown.. but I started Convict with my eyes already burning and ready to shed more tears.
As much I loved reading Gypsy and Lucian’s story, I knew almost immediately that when Birdie and Ace were introduced in Confess and had their first encounter that getting my hands on their story would have me acting like a total savage!
So, before I dive into my review I just want to first say a big thank you to Ashleigh Zavarelli and to the ladies @ happilyeverinstatours for the amazing opportunity at being one of the earlier readers to snag a copy of Convict! Xo
**This is a spoiler free review so please read on!**
Okay. Let’s start off with my thoughts on the characters. Starting with the man of the moment – Ace. I was already quite drawn to him when I found out he was a bikie part of an MC. I love my MC romances with alpha bikers and women who completely give them a run for their money. When I first read that he was all built, bearded, leathered-up and inked I was like “ding, ding, ding.. we have a winner, folks!” 😜
And Birdie.. oh bless her. When I think of Birdie the first thing that always pops into my head is that that girl needs a big ol’ bear hug, stat! Even with her tantrums and facades towards other people, deep down she’s caring, vulnerable, and girly.. but who’s in obvious need of a strong, steady support system.
Similar to Confess with secrets and mysteries surrounding the protagonists’ lives, Convict was just as much a storyline that needed to be unravelled due to Birdie and Ace having pasts that they both can’t seem to escape from.
What I enjoyed about Convict (and Confess alike) is that the story’s written so that the further you read on you start to get an idea of what their pasts were like, and what each lead character had gone through. It makes you have assumptions yet it keeps you intrigued to see how it all unfolds and whether or not you were right in thinking about certain things in a particular way. It’s beautifully executed, nicely paced, and in my opinion a little more gripping than Confess. Ashleigh does a brilliant job of not revealing too much away too early on.
As I said earlier Ace is a biker, and although he’s part of an MC that play somewhat of a role in this story, it’s not your conventional club where you see them fending for their turf against other clubs or anything of that sort. Although they’re not in the foreground whenever one of Ace’s brothers is around you do see that strong brotherhood and that MC life mentality within Ace. If you like reading romance books that have MCs in it like I do – then you may like this one a little more! 😉
Whilst it didn’t have the big shock factor for me like I had experienced with Confess… Birdie and Ace are such likeable characters (FYI I definitely ended up liking Birdie a lot more than Gypsy) with intriguing, complicated lives that I found that unexpected scenes or plot twists weren’t needed to keep me hooked. In fact I ended up finishing this one a lot faster lol. What can I say? I just couldn’t put it down!
And although I had a little issue with the big age gap between Lucian and Gypsy in Confess, funnily enough the age difference didn’t bother me with Birdie and Ace. Maybe because their one wasn’t as bad, or maybe because Ace wasn’t as old as Lucian.. Who knows? But their relationship felt like it developed more organically and in the end.. just inevitable. They fit so well together even with all the road bumps they were forced to go through and the complexity of their situation.
They’ll make you swoon…
They’ll make you hold your breath…
They’ll make you gasp…
They’ll make you melt…
I’ve never read a dark romance as suspenseful and apprehensive as this series had been.. and I honestly don’t know what I’m going to do now whilst I wait for Ashleigh’s next book. Birdie and Ace are officially up there along with my other fave couples Mack and Lachlan (Crow), Sasha and Ronan (Reaper), and Scarlet and Rory (Saint) from Zavarelli’s other books.
Another irresistible book from A. Zavarelli that’s a surefire hit! And definitely NOT to be missed! Ashleigh has the Midas touch when it comes to creating characters who are raw, gritty and broken but who persevere nonetheless. Read it and you’ll know what I mean!
Thank you to A. Zavarelli for the opportunity to read an advanced copy! 💜
— Convict by A. Zavarelli —
Sin City Salvation (Book Two)
Release Date: July 22!
Birdie and Ace are first introduced in Confess and although it’s not necessary to read it prior to Convict – I still highly recommend that you do. It’ll provide you with a fuller understanding of the world they live in, the situations they’re at, and how they came to be together in Convict.
Please Note: This book is graphic and contains dark themes and touches on serious and very sensitive subjects such as: child abuse, rape, violence, traumas and death. It also contains steamy scenes. Readers of age only!
Read my review for the first book in the series!
Thank you for stopping by and reading my review! Hope you enjoyed it. Catch you in my next one! Xo