• BLURB •
She was never supposed to walk into my club.
But she did.
I shouldn’t have looked twice at her.
But I did.
The criminal underworld is no place for a girl like her.
One night with Katerina isn’t enough, but men like me can’t afford to be weak.
So, I tell her to leave me behind.
She does, but not before she sees something she shouldn’t.
When she goes into hiding, it’s my duty to hunt her down.
I have a job to do, and she needs to disappear for good.
But four years later, Kat isn’t alone anymore.
And the little boy right beside her looks just like me.
• MY REVIEW •
Can I just start off by saying how much I miss reading Zavarelli’s mafia romances!? And that Mine brought all of the emotions back in full force. I wasn’t expecting to see an old character from her Boston Underworld series in this book and the second the little 💡 flicked on in my head with the realisation of who it was, I tell ya… it was fun-fucking A!
It almost felt like an extension of her series, or a spin off. So I’m telling you guys right off the bat — if you ❤ the Boston Underworld series, then I can guarantee Mine is a must read! Save the date. Set an alarm. Add to your TBR. Because this one will have you on the edge of your seat from start to finish.
It’s a very well-paced storyline (if anything, I think it went by too quickly). There was so much suspense and build-up, it felt like I was plummeting down a massive roller coaster loop, with my stomach in my mouth. Kat and Lev had sparks coming out of the bazoo the instant they laid eyes on each other, and I was sitting there reading (and surely looking like a creeper) wanting to see their interactions. 😍😍
I’ve only discovered a handful of authors who can get me invested in not only their characters, but in their stories within the first few pages — where we barely know anything about the characters yet, or where the story is heading (other than what the blurb has already revealed).. yet Knight and Zavarelli did it with ease (and such finesse!) I can usually tell straight away whether or not I’m going to like a character, and that’s a big tell on whether or not I’m going to enjoy my current read.
Both Katerina and Levka came onto the scene quite mysteriously. So, naturally I was damn curious to see who they were.
If you’re a fan of “heroines” who are smart, has heart, struggling at life but who doesn’t throw in the towel; a kitty with claws, if you will — then Kat (no pun intended) is your girl!
“I let out a violent scream and fight.
I fight like this is the fight of my life because it is.” — Kat
If you’re a fan of “heroes” who tips the moral scale all the way to grey (maybe even black), who’s pure alpha, both a hunter and protector, knows what he wants in life, and who can picture an end game — then Lev is most definitely your man!
“You are safe with me tonight.” — Lev
I haven’t read an intense, romantic suspense book in a while and my gosh this is one of those books you wish would be an introduction to a new series instead of just a duet. There’s always something about a really great mafia romance that you get so completely sucked into the world and wish it would never end.
Mine had all the right elements in it that not only made it one helluva mafia romance read, but also the type of book that’ll have you wanting to read over and over again. It was effortless, pure and simple. The way Lev and Kat’s world was able to pull me in immediately. There was enough details revealed to lure you in and keep you engaged, but not enough that you can predict what would happen next.
It ticked all the boxes for me. Not just within the mafia romance genre, but romance fiction as a whole.
- Diverse range of characters ✔
- Plot twists ✔
- World-building ✔
- Chemistry ✔
- Leaves you hanging with questions ✔
- Leaves you emotionally wrecked ✔
- Strong candidate for book hangover status! ✔
Before writing this review I was contemplating whether to rate this book full star rating or a little less based on my reading preferences. I’m sure everyone has things they’re not necessarily a fan of seeing in books — whether it’s violence, profanity, certain character traits, kinky shit.. whatevs! And whilst there was a little something in this book I’m not usually big on, in no way did it ruin the storyline or characters for me. It wasn’t my favourite scene, I admit, but it wasn’t a big enough moment to warrant a lowered rating in my books.
🤐 Without giving away any spoilers, and I know this won’t make any sense to you folks, and for some of you guys, this detail may not even be an issue for you at all. If you’re a fan of the Boston Underworld series, then this particular scene won’t surprise you all.
I don’t want to put anyone off from reading this book because it’s frickin’ magnificent and I would recommend it to any reader who’s a fan of dark romance, but I know a few who’ve said to me that they found the Boston Underworld series a little too dark and graphic for their liking, and I figured I should add this: As I mentioned earlier, Mine brought back all the same feels I had when I read that series. But in saying that, I also think it was less dark and gritty, nowhere near as graphic, and if you’ve just started reading dark romances or thinking of taking the plunge, I think this is the perfect book to ease you in.
These two fierce authors have portrayed their Mafia world exceptionally. Brutal. Unforgiving. Swift. The world Lev is wrapped in since birth and the family he’s obliged to makes his story both saddening and frustrating.
As is Kat’s. You don’t realise the trauma she’s been through until she’s back in a similar deadly situation and needing to survive. But even more now that she has someone else depending on her.
Lev and Kat may come from different worlds, but they both have a lot in common. And that’s one of the reasons I couldn’t put this book down. The way they connected (even in such a short period of time), you can’t miss the way they just gravitate towards each other. Ugh.
Mine technically hasn’t been released yet, and I know I’m lucky to have scored an early copy but damn… I needs me His like yesterday!! The way this book ended made my heart drop. It’s so climactic and panic-ridden, that you won’t know what to do with yourself when you realize it’s over and will have to wait for book two to see what happens! 🤯
I can’t stress enough how much I enjoyed reading this book. Whilst Zavarelli is one of my holy-grail romance authors, Natasha Knight was a new-to-me author. But after having read this one and loved it to death… I’ll definitely be checking out Knight’s books as well! 🙌
Escapism at its best! (Even if it is to a dark and deadly mafia world)
Please note: As this is part of a duet, Mine ends on a cliffhanger. Readers 18+ only!
Thank you to Natasha Knight, A. Zavarelli, and Candi Kane PR for the ARC in exchange for my honest review! ❤
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Happy reading, guys! Catch you in my next one! Xo