Book Review : Crow (Boston Underworld #1) by A. Zavarelli
An Irish mobster. A missing friend. Two loyalties, ripping me apart.
I had a plan.
Get in, get my information, and get out. Easy, right?
Turns out, infiltrating the Irish mafia isn’t exactly what I thought it would be. I just wanted a soldier. Someone I could flirt with to get me in the door.
That’s when Lachlan Crow noticed me. Problem was, he wasn’t a soldier. No, he was next in line for the throne of the Irish underworld. And he was determined to hate me from the outset. My sob story about needing a job? Yeah, he wasn’t buying that either.
Too bad for him, I won’t let anyone get in the way of my mission.
Who cares if we have some kind of crazy chemistry? He’s the worst kind of wrong – and I would never in a million years be with a guy like him.
Because they took her from me, and I am going to make them pay.
When Talia told her that she planned to start working as a waitress in Slainte – a bar owned by the Irish mafia – Mack already disapproved before Talia could even finish her sentence. Mack was worried about her best friend. While she was able to take care of herself thanks to years and years of boxing training from her dad, Talia couldn’t. And that has never been a problem before, as Mack would always be around to protect her. But this, working at a bar owned by Irish mobsters is taking it too far.
Talia and her grew up on the streets together. When they didn’t have anyone to count on to, they counted on each other. That is what made her so dear to Mack. Talia was the closest thing Mack has ever had to a family. Mack would do anything and everything in her power to protect her, heck, she would even die before she lets anything happen to Talia. That’s how much she cares about Talia. And that was exactly what Mack told her. She wanted Talia to quit her job at Slainte, she knows nothing good comes from dabbling with the mafia, especially the Irish Mafia. But Talia’s mind was made, she wanted to work there and she didn’t plan on quitting. They ended up arguing, and that was the last time Mackenzie saw her best friend.
“Talia has nobody shouting for her. Only me.
And that means it’s up to me to find out what happened to her. ”
Six months she has been gone. Mackenzie has scoured high and low for Talia. The place she could have gone to, her house, the shelter, and she comes up with nothing. She asks around on the streets, asks for the police and FBI to help her find her best friend, but they did nothing. They barely even glanced at the details when she filed the missing person report. Six months. Her best friend has been gone for six months, and Mack is not getting any closer to finding her.
She is desperate to find Talia, she is worried sick about her. Wondering where her best friend is, hoping that she is still alive, fearing that she is already too late and Talia is no longer alive. Her fear propels her forward, and she thinks up of what might have been her craziest idea yet. Mackenzie is going to infiltrate the Irish Mafia in the attempt to get Talia back. Talia went missing while she was working for the Irish Mob, Mackenzie knows that Talia’s disappearance must somehow be connected to the club where she works at and she intends to bring justice to those responsible.
Carrick Crow is dead. The man who raised Lachlan. The man who gave him everything and made him the man Lachlan is today. His grandfather is dead. Shot by the Armenian gang while having a meeting with the Russians. Lachlan promised Carrick that he will find the one responsible for Carrick’s death, and he intend to keep his word. He promised he will make them pay, and pay they will.
With Carrick Crow, who was the underboss to Niall – the boss of the Irish Mafia – dead, now the responsibility is shifting to Lachlan. He feels it, the burden of proving his loyalty to Niall and affirming his dedication to the syndicate. To take Carrick’s place and become the underboss. While Carrick’s shoes will not be easy to fill, Lachlan is more than eager to pay his grandfather’s dues. But knowing Niall, Lachlan also knows that he won’t give the position to Lachlan so easily. Lachlan first has to prove himself worthy of being the underboss. Which also means, he has to wed, and soon.
“Family, loyalty, honor, and blood. Tis the only thing that’s true.”
There isn’t a thing that Lachlan won’t do for the syndicate. He wants to do right by Carrick and takes his rightful place as Niall’s second in command. And with that, Lachlan also knows that he will have to take a Russian bride – to seal the alliance between the syndicate and the Russians. While he struggles to get on board with the idea of having to marry a woman he barely even knows, he is determined to make sure that nothing and no one will stand in the way of him achieving his goal.
This series has been in my to-be-read list for quite sometime, but for some reason I have continued to put it off for months. Until not so long ago, when I was cleaning out my bookshelf that I realize I have a copy of this book and decided to give it a try. I am so glad that I did, and also kind of angry at myself for putting off reading this book for as long as I did. Because this book was good. It was more that good, this book was phenomenal.
Mackenzie Wilder is the heroine I don’t know I have been looking for. She is strong, determined, tenacious. The list goes on. She is a fighter, figuratively and literally. And not to mention that mouth of hers. I swear, this girl lives to taunt and push other people’s buttons.
“Did you need something? Or you just want to manhandle me some more?”
“What did I tell ye about that mouth?” he grunts.
“That it’s pretty and looks good in red lipstick?”
Mackenzie first fights one of the Irish Mafias in the hopes to garner one of the syndicate’s men’s attention. More specifically, the attention of those men who has lower rank in the gang so she can easily manipulate them for information and a job position in Slainte. While she does get the attention she wants, it isn’t from the low ranking member of the gang. It is from Lachlan Crow himself. Mackenzie never plans on attracting Crow’s attention. He is too smart, too unpredictable, a wild card. Not to mention, he owns Slainte. One wrong move and Mack can kiss her plan bye-bye.
And Lachlan Crow. Oh my god, just his name alone makes me sigh in pleasure. Let me just be frank, he is a complete asshole. He is hot one minute and cold the other. Merciless, dangerous, and only loyal to the syndicate. With all the things that is on his plate right now, the last thing he needs to add on it is Mackenzie. He doesn’t like women and he doesn’t trust them. When Mackenzie defeated one of his best fighter and then asked to be an exotic dancer in his club, he already knows this woman means trouble.
With Lachlan being as high in the syndicate as he is, his loyalty will forever lie with the syndicate. If he plays his card right and do as planned, he will be the next leader of the organization. But he also can’t help the attraction he feels for Mackenzie. His mind is screaming at him not to trust her, and he knows that she is dangerous for him, but he can’t seem to stay away.
This book. Just thinking about it makes me want to go back and re-read the whole thing all over again. Yes, it is that good. The chemistry between these two is through the roof. It is honestly too strong and too intense for words. Their relationship builds up slowly, there is no instalove – where they fall in love at first sight – which I appreciate as I enjoy a slow burn romance more. It is full of lust and passion, while the two of them grapple to get a hold of their feelings.
“You’ve wrecked me, Mack,” he says. “You’ve fucking wrecked me.”
He said I wrecked him, but he completely destroyed me.
From the characters to the story plot, this book is guaranteed to capture your attention form start to finish. When I was reading this book, my eyes were practically glued to the pages and I cannot turn th e pages fast enough. With all the suspense and twists and turns that is happening in the book, I can vouch that there will never be a dull moment while reading “Crow”. While this book is part of a series, it does offer a closure and can be read as a stand alone.