— BLURB —
An Irish mobster. A missing friend. Two loyalties, ripping me apart.
I had a plan.
Get in, get my information, and get out. Easy, right?
Turns out, infiltrating the Irish mafia isn’t exactly what I thought it would be. I just wanted a soldier. Someone I could flirt with to get me in the door.
That’s when Lachlan Crow noticed me. Problem was, he wasn’t a soldier. No, he was next in line for the throne of the Irish underworld. And he was determined to hate me from the outset. My sob story about needing a job? Yeah, he wasn’t buying that either.
Too bad for him, I won’t let anyone get in the way of my mission.
Who cares if we have some kind of crazy chemistry? He’s the worst kind of wrong- and I would never in a million years be with a guy like him.
Because they took her from me, and I’m going to make them pay.
— MY REVIEW —
🔔 Ding. 🔔 Ding. 🔔 Ding. 🥊 Winner!
*singsong voice* I loveeeeeee it! 😍😍
This book is, and always will be perfection in my books! I first discovered Crow, the Boston Underworld series, and A. Zavarelli back in 2018… and I have no regrets! One of the best things I could’ve stumbled upon. This book has everything I ever wanted and didn’t know needed in my dark romance reads! Hell, romance reads, in general!
- World-Building ✔
- Suspense ✔
- Character development ✔
- Relationship growth ✔
- Blazing, hot chemistry ✔
- Drama ✔
It keeps you glued to the pages with it’s gripping story development between the characters. It’s utterly addictive with it’s build-up of suspense that there’s no way you could turn your back on any of, not wanting to miss one itty, bitty moment! What I love about Crow besides the swoony Irish, is that the story is consistent with it’s level of tension between the characters and their blooming relationship, all the while mafia-related heat is building all around them. There’s a lot of light and shade with this book, with a good dose of good vs evil.
A. Zavarelli was a new-to-me author back when I first read Crow, and I can tell you now, if you haven’t read any of her books — THIS IS THE BOOK TO START YOU OFF!! 💙
And speaking from experience as someone who hadn’t read many dark romances before reading Crow, this will plunge you head first into that genre, I’m not gonna lie. If you have guts of steel, and don’t get triggered by sensitive subjects easily… then yes, read, read, read! I can’t nudge you guys enough to start this series TODAY!
Mackenzie aka Mack is determined, stubborn, yet soft and vulnerable in a way that you can’t help but feel for the girl. Her go-get-em attitude may not be to everyone’s liking but I say, if you aren’t already loving her from the beginning, then you have to give her a chance to let her grow on you. She’s the way she is for a reason. She’s quite a complex and somewhat damaged character. One of the things I instantly loved about her was she was no damsel (not if she could help it, anyways). I’ve read one too many heroines who are described as tough, independent bitches, but never fully follow through. Mack, on the other hand? Yep. She’s the real deal! A fighter through and through, and I think that’s why she’s the perfect person to have gone toe-to-toe with the one and only Lachlan Crow.
“Ye’re a deadly wee thing, aren’t ye butterfly?”
Now. Ask yourself: Do I like Irish men? If you were like me, then you’re answer would’ve been along the lines of…. “Uhh. Never really thought about it.” Or “Hmm… meh.”
Well. Read Crow and you to tell me afterwards that you didn’t go a little crazy jabbering on about hot Irish mobsters and how sexy their accents sound. I dare ya! 😉😂😂
Lachlan Crow had the perfect balance of intimidation, strength, and possessiveness. With a dash of protectiveness, a splash of lighthearted sense of humor, and a pinch of gentlemanly manners, wrapped in an all-out sexy exterior. Morally grey characters never looked so good! Raaawrrr!
Crow will have you second-guessing your loyalty. Is the Irish Mafia really thaaaat bad?!
“I can’t let you go, Mack. The reasons don’t matter, so it’s better ye just accept it now.”
With Mack’s backstory and her initial reasoning for targeting Crow and the MacKenna Syndicate will have you on the edge of your seat to see if she pulls off her plan unscathed, or if Crow will discover the truth and end her like any other enemy.
With a forbidden and unlikely romance like theirs, there’s hurdles they have to overcome. You’ll see a lot of emotions float around between Mack and Lachlan. Feelings that they’re unfamiliar with, and both trying to deny. There’s a lot of trust issues, game-playing, and secrets being kept. Who’s playing, who? And who will come out alive?
This review is long overdue. But I can tell you now, my feelings for this book have not swayed whatsoever! Since 2018, I’ve found myself rereading this book at least once or twice yearly. It’s a romance story that will stay with me forever. There are certain scenes that get me every single damn time that I can pinpoint when I’m about to tear up, or get butterflies in my stomach from the suspense. Every time I read this book, it’s like I’m reading it for the first. It’s that kind of book, people!
It’s pure dark magic that it has this effect on me (and I’m sure on a lot of other readers too who’ve not only read Crow but this entire series)! It’s an effortless read. Beautifully told from dual points of views, with glimpses of their past revealed in between the present that elevates their individual stories to another level of world-building and growth. Zavarelli has created a world that holds so much endless possibilities, with her secondary characters also playing vital roles to making this story and the relationships within multi-dimensional.
I’m one of those pickle of a reader that if the book hasn’t captured my attention in the first two chapters then I will most likely abandon it for another.
I didn’t get past the first chapter of Crow before I was swallowing down that red pill! Screw the blue one! (A little Matrix reference, in case you didn’t know). 😉
Zavarelli has a way of catching your attention right off the bat by immediately getting you to question what the protagonists’ deal is. Her characters are unique, (and after having read more of her books since 2018) can easily be identified as Zavarelli’s because of their strong personalities, quirky mannerisms and unforgettable quotes. You will never get her characters confused with any other. They ooze out of the pages and leave an everlasting impression. Guaranteed.
You’ll laugh. You’ll cry. You’ll hold your breath. And you’ll swoon. Your heart will break a little for these characters, but you’ll be rooting for everything to work out in the end!
“There was no avoiding you, Mack. It was always meant to happen this way.”
Oh. And if you’re a fan of boxing, like little ol’ me — then all the boxing fights/ scenes will be the cherry on top of what I consider an already delicious read!
This is only the beginning of what I can assure you is an even darker, grittier, more trigger-inducing series of books that’ll have you staying up reading!
How much would I recommend Crow to friends and fellow romance fans? Dude. An infinite amount! I haven’t stopped recommending it… and I’m recommending it again now, in this review! *singsong voice* Reaaaaad it!
Read more of my reviews on A. Zavarelli books!
Sin City Salvation (Book One) — Dark, romantic suspense.
Sin City Salvation (Book Two) — Dark, romantic suspense. Mild MC romance.
Standalone, contemporary romance. Age gap. School setting.
Ties That Bind Duet (Book One) — Mafia romance. Dark, suspense romance.
Ties That Bind Duet (Book Two) — Mafia romance. Dark, suspense romance.
Modern, standalone romance. Dark fairy tale retelling.
Catch you in my next one! Stay safe and keep positive! Xo