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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.


Thief by A. Zavarelli
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

So I have never read anything by this author before, but I will definitely be adding her books to my enormous TBR pile for future reads.
I loved “Thief” so much it dealt with some major issues between its pages that I wasn’t really expecting and I was glued, unable to put it down.
So “Thief” is basically Nikolai Kozlov (Russian mafiya, member of the Vory) and Tanaka (she’s not Russian) story.
In fact, Tanaka is collateral for her father’s debt, a guest in Nikolai’s home until such time as he pays up or she pays with her life.
So Tanaka lives for her ballet she knows she will have to eventually give it up when she marries, an arranged marriage and until that day she is protected by walls and locks and guards a prisoner at the will of her father.
To the outside world a pampered princess.
But appearances can lie and there’s a whole lot more going on here than what can be seen with this criminal princess.
On the night Niko calls in his debt Tanaka’s world implodes as shes dealt a harsh blow, an injury she will struggle to overcome.
Taken with the permission of her father Tanaka finds herself a guest of Niko’s.
Niko of the tattoos and fuck you attitude.
A world totally foreign to what Tanika is used to in her usual small controlled environment.
Shes like a lost soul, really out of her comfort zone and depth here.
There’s also a lot else going on with Tanika that is explored in “Thief” and these things ultimately have left there mark on her.
Niko has no idea why he wants to help but he does.
Going out of his way to try and assist Tanaka.
There’s also a deeper agenda going on here on Nikos part.
And that’s partially why he wants Tanaka so much as everything is connected.
“Thief” is ultimately a dark romance that deals with plenty of uncomfortable situations and themes.
There’s plenty of action in typical mafiya style and also an extreme sense of family, a dysfunctional one maybe but still at heart a family.
I was rooting every step of the way for Tanaka and Niko, even when the deck seemed to be stacked against them I was praying for a happier outcome for the both of them.
The world Thief is set in is so believable I could almost feel the bonding and the blood and violence that ultimately connects this dysfunctional brotherhood.
I’m so looking forward to my next book by this author as this was such an engrossing read, It is one of those stories that digs deep and sticks.
Bravo to the author for such an engaging piece of fiction.`
I received an ARC of “Thief” (Boston Underworld, #5) from the Author of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

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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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