His by Natasha Knight & A. Zavarelli

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• BLURB •

I’ve been in hiding for four years. On the run from the man in whose bed I once slept.

I saw something I shouldn’t have seen.

Took something I shouldn’t have taken.

And he’s just found me.

But it’s not just my safety I have to worry about. I have a little boy. His little boy. The secret baby of a Russian mobster.

He told me in no uncertain terms that I’m his. That we would be a family.

But his uncle still wants me dead and I know the man whose been hunting me is the only one who can keep us safe.

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• MY REVIEW •

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What an amazing conclusion to an unbelievably gruelling journey Lev and Kat had gone through! *phew!*

‘His’ kicks off right from the ending of ‘Mine’ (with that cliffhanger) and boy, was I already on high alert and on the edge of my seat wondering what the hell happened?!

In ‘Mine’, Lev and Kat were in a battle of trust, loyalty and survival. You’ll see in this one how far they’ve come and gone through in their relationship since. The dynamics have changed drastically between them from a push and pull to Lev having Kat put a lot of her faith in his hands to ensure not only her safety but of their child; Josh. Whilst that sounds like quite a domineering move on Lev’s part, it’s actually more over-protectiveness than anything else. With Lev’s dark unsettling past, he’s determined for history not to repeat itself… and it shows in his actions and drive to keep his family safe from the dangers of the mafia world he’s betrayed.

“You belong to me. I will take care of you. There’s nothing you can say or do that will make me let go of you.”

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I loved Lev in this book just because of how much his grown since he was first introduced to us in ‘Mine’. He went from a man who rarely showed his true emotions to one who exuded them at any chance he got. The guy has no shame in sharing his thoughts or feelings now that Kat and Josh are with him, and he’ll be damned if anyone fight him on it! He’s a character who has just the right amount of alpha, gentlemaness and family man side to him. Yes, he can be bossy, forward and yeah.. a little intimidating but it’s all in the Lev package (and if you can believe it, he is like this for good reason).

Just like Lev, Kat had quite a character development — bigger in fact. Having a child, being on the run and all the stress and pressure of keeping it together really showed in how much Kat has grown as a person. I almost forgot that she’s still quite young with the amount of troubling events she’s gone through in life. I guess it’s true what they say about having children.. (especially when you’ve barely reached adulthood) it’ll force you to grow up fast — at least in Kat’s case anyways. 

It’s hard not to sympathize with her. She was thrusted into Lev’s dangerous world and for the majority of the time, she had no real control or choice of actions. I’ve read quite a few dark reads and romances with characters who’ve survived ordeals and still keeps fighting — This duology (and Kat) is now included in that list. Katerina is one tough mudda! She goes through a lot in this story, and the strength she has is one of the reasons why she’s not your stereotypical heroine who backs down once a man steps into the picture. She hasn’t lost her opinions and despite knowing the likely outcome, she’s still prepared to take risks. Now.. I wasn’t a fan of all the risks she took but appreciated the fact that she wasn’t a weak ass heroine.

“He doesn’t expect me to be armed and dangerous. But I am.”

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‘Mine’ set a very well paced story which continued effortlessly into ‘His’. If anything this half of the story was a lot more intense, more action-packed, and filled with more uncertainty that it was hard to put down. The further you read on, the level of build-up intensifies to the point where you know a bomb is about to drop (despite the fact that you don’t know which particular one it might be because there’s so many directions the storyline could go). There is some predictability but there’s plot twists in the book that’ll have you overlooking that minor detail. I felt some things were a little anticlimactic or could’ve gone into more detail (but I think that’s more to do with the fact that I’m constantly reading dark, grimy romance books that I’m expecting long, drawn out scenes now. I’m twisted, I know lol) 🤭

But overall ‘His’ left me feeling happy and full of contentment. Other than one particular character from Mine who I thought might’ve been forgotten in this book but did make a last minute appearance.. (not going to lie my heart sang a little and wished there was more of him) 😊 it still wrapped up beautifully. I couldn’t have asked for a better outcome and ending to this mafia romance. No questions were left unanswered (at least not for me). You have one happy reader right here!

As I said in my review for Mine, if you’re a fan of Zavarelli’s Boston Underworld series, then this duet is not to be missed. It gives you similar suspenseful vibes in this one as you would’ve had reading about the Mafiosos in that series.

I’ll be real — there are some gritty scenes that may be a little graphic but I promise you it’s bearable for those who tend to be a little squeamish or not a fan of detailed violence. Knight and Zavarelli does a great job of keeping you on edge throughout the entire story with a few unexpected twists and turns that’ll have you gasping!

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Sad it’s come to an end but I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. The ending left me finally being able to breath easy and it was a deserving one for our beloved protagonists. Lev is now another fictional book boyfriend to add to the ever growing list! 😉 Knight and Zavarelli make quite a collab. Do I recommend this book? Uhhh.. hell yes!

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐½

Thank you so much to A. Zavarelli, Natasha Knight & Candi Kane PR for the opportunity to be part of the blitz and for the advanced copy!

🔔 Interested in reading His? Grab your copy here: Amazon (Universal)  |  Amazon  |  Apple Books  |  Barnes & Noble  |  Kobo

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Read my (spoiler free) review for Ties That Bind: Book One!

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📖 Mine by Natasha Knight & A. Zavarelli


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Hope you’re all doing well, guys! Happy reading. Catch you in my next one! Xo

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