Ghost (Boston Underworld #3) by A. Zavarelli

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Synopsis:

Talia.
I have always been a bird. Caged by one prison or another when the only thing I ever wanted was to fly away.
Sold. Beaten. Starved. Drugged.
Nothing scares me anymore.
Until him.
He makes the numbness go away.
He is hazardous to me. It has nothing to do with his mafia lifestyle, and everything to do with what he offers.
A gilded prison.
A retreat from everything that I once knew. The reality I have no desire to return to.
He thinks he’s caged me, but soon…
I’m going to fly.

Alexei.
I live by a code. The Vory code.
In this mafiya world, there are traditions.
Expectations.
She does not care for these things. She does not care about anything.
She thinks she has me fooled with her haunted eyes.
What she can’t know is that I see her better than most.
She wants to fly.
But I’m going to clip her wings.
And make her my wife.

**This is a DARK mafia romance. A full-length standalone novel with HEA and no cheating.**

Review:

Ghost was a fun read. I love this author's dark mafia books, Reaper has been my favorite so far, but I really enjoyed Ghost as well. I don't know what it is about these mafia guys I love so much.

Alexei is not someone you want to mess with. He will do whatever he needs to to get what he wants. But he is also a really great guy and wonderful if you have him on your side. He keeps to himself and is not the most outgoing, but he does what he needs to to get things done.

Talia has been kidnapped and beaten and raped and everything terrible you can imagine. She is being held captive and has given up. She doesn't want to live anymore. There is no more fight and fire in her. She has been trying to find a way to kill herself for a while now and she has a plan. A good plan. And it is almost time to put that plan into action. Then she can finally leave this life of pain and suffering and horror. Only Alexei shows up and saves her even though she doesn't want to be saved.

Alexei takes Talia back to his place and is determined to keep her safe now. Plus use her to help himself out of a situation that he wants out of. The two of them don't have the best of starts, Talia is really far gone when he shows up, but slowly but surely she starts to come back to life. She is not the same person she used to be, I don't think anyone could be after everything she went through, but she is starting to come around to living again. She doesn't want to, but she starts falling for Alexei. And he never expected to fall for her either. The two of them were so perfect together! I loved them. Alexei especially as he was wonderful with Talia. Yes, this story is dark. Yes it is not sunshine and roses, but you can see how they care about each other. How Alexei would do anything for Talia. There is a lot of mafia politics going on, lots of players in motion, and that causes some not so good times, but it was awesome to watch.

This book was another great read in this series. Only one more to go. I can't wait to see what Saint has in store for me!

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

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