Review: Reaper (Boston Underworld #2) by A. Zavarelli

Thursday, September 1

Reaper by A. Zavarelli
My rating:
4 Stars…

What I loved:

Sasha.

He’s dark and mysterious. Quiet and lethal.
An Irish mobster.
Pure sin wrapped up in a beautiful package.
But there’s also something off about him.
He doesn’t feel anything. He shows no emotions.
Sometimes I question his humanity.
He hasn’t spoken to me in two years. Not a single word.
But we share a secret, he and I.
And if it ever comes out, I have no doubt in my mind…
He won’t have a problem killing me too.

Ronan.
I’ve slain for her. I’ll do it again.
When it comes to Sasha, there isn’t a line I won’t cross.
I watch her. She doesn’t know it.
She thinks I hate her. Sometimes, I think I might too.
But I’m always there, lurking in the shadows.
Craving her. Trying to keep the beast within at bay.
I’ll keep her safe. I’ll slaughter anyone who tries to hurt her.
The only thing I can’t do… is protect her from myself.

****

The more I think about this story, the more I think I loved it.

What I loved:

- Ronan was the kind of messed up, tortured hero I love. Not the perfect, charismatic, everyone-wants-him kind... the sexy but scarily broken and hates everyone kind. Didn't even care that he was essentially a stalker. Did not give 2 shits.
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- I don't read a lot of heroines like Sasha. She's a stripper, and she's been around, and she's been abused, and she has like 1 friend. In the end, I liked her.
- Ronan has a corgi! I threw an extra star in my rating for the relationship he builds with his dog.
- The writing was good. The descriptions were poetic, the editing was good, and the sexy Irish men sounded like sexy Irish men.
- Ronan & Lachlan deciding they need a practice baby. What kind of life do you lead where you can just borrow someone's baby to practice on?? I thought that brainwave was hilarious.

What I didn’t love:

- There were quite a few times in the first 1/2 of the book where I stopped, re-read the synopsis, and wondered why I was still reading. I felt like I spent way too long inside the MCs heads... just hanging out, listening to their thoughts. Pages and pages of internal dialogue, but nobody actually doing anything. To the point where I thought I was going to be sitting inside Sasha's head in a strip club for another 200 pages.
- No resolution of matters that should have been important (Emily & Sasha). And quick resolution of anything else (funeral / Ronan lying / the snitch / the feds.) I wish I'd spent less time in Sasha's head, and had more time with actual stuff.
- Mack still annoyed me. More so when Ronan and Lachlan take heat for her. Again. Having said that, I kind of expected it to be the case - I was not a Mack fan the first time around.
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Overall…

I liked this much more than the first book, Crow, and if you like a dark, violent storyline this one might be just your bag :)
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