Title: Thief
Series: Boston Underworld #5
Author: A. Zavarelli
Genre: Dark Romance

Release Date: February 23, 2018


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
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, 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
It’s a shame to
destroy precious things.


But this is what bad
men do.
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The first thing I always notice about a person is their
posture. I was raised to believe that good posture conveys good manners, as
well as respect for those around you. Nikolai carries his posture like a casual
‘f#ck you’ to everyone around him. There is no decorum in his leather jacket,
jeans, or his haphazardly laced motorcycle boots. Everything he wears is black,
but the small glimpse of skin beneath is a riot of colors. Tattoos cover every
inch of his exposed skin, including his throat.
I’m not sure which is more offensive- the ink or the faux
hawk atop his head. This is not the way you attend a ballet, nor is he the type
of man I expect my father to keep company with.
“Tanaka.” He reaches for my hand and kisses it in a way that
few men would ever dare to do in my father’s presence. “You dance beautifully.”
The words are unmistakably accented. Russian. And I’m
struggling to maintain my composure while making sense of this situation. My
father has always been protective of me. His own men know better than to speak
to me or look at me, but for this stranger, somehow, it’s okay.

My manners, at least, are still intact, so I reply as I should. “You’ve seen me

Nikolai flashes a boyish smile in contrast to the deepness
of his blue-green eyes. “I like to invest my time in the arts.”
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Author Bio
A. Zavarelli is a USA Today and Amazon bestselling
She likes all things chocolate, books that come with warnings, and putting her
characters through hell. Her tales have been known to flirt with darkness and
sometimes court it unabashedly altogether. Revenge themes and tortured souls
are her favorites to write and this gives her an excuse to watch bizarre and
twisted documentaries in her spare time.

She currently lives in the Northwest with her lumberjack and an entire brood of
fur babies. 


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Since book one I have absolutely loved this series. I adore the series if I’m being honest. The Boston Underworld is one of the best mafia reads that I have read. No seriously this is the best. It had me on the edge of my seat and biting my nails.

They say that the greatest love stories always end in tragedy. Maybe not always. But here it was a close call.

The Characters.

Tanaka Valenti the Italian mafia princess has always wanted to be a ballerina and she has achieved every single thing she set her mind to. But she has always lived on the outskirts of the mafia world. But knew at some point that she would have to give her dream up but not the way that it was ripped from her and who did the ripping. Her rat bastard of a father has offered her up as a debt. Against her will she exchanges one prison for another.

With a name like Tanaka I thought that she was Japanese now how amazing would that have been with a Yakuza. Waving a hint here, think about it Ms. Zavarelli.

Nikolai Kozlov at heart is a thief, art is his speciality, he steals it, creates it and sometimes even destroys it. Nikolai has been promoted to the rank of Avtoritet, but there are problems with his father Sergei and Nikolai his brother. But he will make amends. Nikolai has been a Vory right from the start. is from a completely different world to where Tanaka has grown up.

Now Tanaka is collateral. But there is a reason why Nikolai took her he has a plan, but he didn’t count on his attraction.

I liked Tanaka and I didn’t. To begin with she was a snob and naïve. But she learnt fast and had good character development. But I also felt her to be somewhat of an idiot because she was so naïve., a snob and ignorant.

I liked Nikolai a lot more than Tanaka although he is volatile at and too placid at other times. I wanted to hate him, but I couldn’t. There were times he was completely off his rocker. He had his flaws and was torn between duty and his heart.

The Chemistry.

Yes, there is chemistry between the two. However, they both didn’t want to feel something for one another and tried to fight it but couldn’t. They both gave in not matter what was to happen.

I would do well to stay away from her. She is of no importance to me. And as shameful as it may be to see something so lovely destroyed, it might come to that in the end.

They both play mind games and well they have a twisted kind of love that that is no surprise to how it all starts out.

The Writing & Plot.

This runs parallel to Ghost’s book and is just as dark, gritty and I loved every fucking second of it. There are some fucking cringeworthy moments especially at the end and Ms. Zavarelli did not go easy on me in the least. Quite the opposite she took it all, shattered it and stomped around for a while but delivered something exceptional. So, fangirling here right now.

I’m going to sound like a major mare here but the woman can write, no for real she can WRITE! There are so many authors out there who think that they can write but they can’t.

It was tough going on how many stars to give it. At some point it was a 5-star read and could have easily stayed that way. Alas, IMO the author gave us about twenty pages too much with the back and forth of Nikolai having to make a choice but not wanting to.

The Verdict

Firstly, brace yourself for the awesomeness of this book. Secondly read the book.



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