Release Date-23rd February 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 now.
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 favourite puppet. This mafia princess thinks she has me under her spell, but in the end, she is simply collateral.
It’s a shame to destroy precious things.
But this is what bad men do
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.