Review: Crow (Boston Underworld #1) by A. Zavarelli

Posted June 7, 2016 by sweptawaybyromance in Review / 2 Comments

Review: Crow (Boston Underworld #1) by A. ZavarelliCrow (Boston Underworld #1) by A. Zavarelli
on February 10, 2016
Genres: Romantic Suspense
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He’s a killer. A mobster.

The last man on earth I’d ever want to be with. I won’t lose my head just because he’s hot, Irish, and has a wicked accent to boot.

He’s one of the only leads in my best friend’s disappearance, and I don’t trust him.
So I’ve got a few rules in mind when it comes to dealing with Lachlan Crow.

1. Keep a clear head and don’t get distracted.
2. Do what’s necessary and never forget why you’re there.
3. Never, and I mean never, fall for him.

Fourth and final rule?

Throw out the book altogether. Because the rules don’t apply when it comes to the Irish mafia.

It was only supposed to be temporary, but now Lachlan thinks he owns me. He says he’s not letting me go.

And I believe him.



I don’t know who she is. I don’t know why she’s here.

But if it’s my attention she wants, she has it.

The Russians want her dead, and now it’s up to me to look out for her. This girl is trouble. A distraction I can’t afford.

So why have I already decided she’s mine?

I’ve claimed her and there’s no going back now.

This is a full-length standalone novel full of hot Irish guys with accents. Steamy and dark mafia themes throughout. HEA included.

Dorsey’s Review


2.5 Irish Mafia Stars!!

Not sure where to start, there was a lot going on in this book. We have Irish, Armenian, Russian, and Italian mafia all in one book…

This book centers on Lachlan Crow aka Crow, an Irish Mafia Underboss…he is second or third in line for the head of the MacKenna Syndicate depending on the head honcho. The Syndicate is trying to form an alliance with the Russian mafia by arranging a marriage between Crow and a Russian mafia princess. Meanwhile, they are trying to stay off the Italian mafia’s radar and being attacked by the Armenian mafia. The last thing he needs or wants is a woman. He was betrayed by his last woman, so he now doesn’t trust women in general, yet, when he lays his eyes on Makenna aka Mack, Crow is instantly fascinated with her. At first, he manages to push her away, until he learns that the Russians want her dead, only then does he decide to keep her safe. Crow was the perfect mobster, he was detached, cunning, ruthless, passionate and extremely possessive towards Mack.

“I thought I told you I don’t play by the rules,” I argue. “Ye’re mistaken,” he says. “Ye just walked into my world unbidden. So you will play by the rules, butterfly. You’ll be playing by all my rules.”

Now as for Mack, where to begin….she is a 22 yr. old virgin, MMA fighter, stripper (who doesn’t shed her clothing), and super sleuth investigator…just to name a few of her talents. Mack is trying to find her missing friend Talia who was working in a strip club/bar owned by the Syndicate and run by Crow. When she feels the police and FBI aren’t looking into Talia’s disappearance properly, she takes matters into her own hands by catching Crow’s eye and entering an underground fight (and winning the fight), then going to the club for a job. She starts working as a sort of stripper in the club and gets under Crow’s skin in the process. Mack started out as a strong heroine but then she seemed to have lost some of her brain cells when she lost her virginity. She would constantly put herself out there in the middle of situations, spying to get clues into Talia’s disappearance and causing Crow to come to her defense and look weak in front of the syndicate.

“I’m the daughter of Jack Wilder. A third generation Irish-American with champion’s blood running through my veins. I was raised on the streets of Southie, and I’m not afraid of anyone. I’ll take on every single of those motherfuckers and I’ll do it with a smile on my face. And when it’s all over, they will rue the day they ever met me or fucked with Talia Parker.”

As I said a lot going on, between all the mafia wars there was a couple of traders in the midst, back stabbing dancers, brutal killers, rape and sex traffickers….which is where this story really lost me.

Final thoughts: All in all not horrible, but just not my “cuppa”.


About A. Zavarelli

Hey, I’m Ashleigh.

A romance book junkie, cat lover, and traveler when plagued by intense cases of wanderlust. I like all things chocolate, books that come with warnings, and pretty much any kind of characters that are dark and gritty.

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3 years 7 months ago

I agree with your rating. At 1st I loved the book. Especially since I list to audiobooks and the zirish accent was sexy as hell. Some where in the middle of the book I was completely lost. The turn of events made no sense to me. I can’t go Ito specifics without giving away the plot. Unfortunately, the story fell flat Towards the end.

3 years 5 months ago

I completely agree Kirsten!! Thanks for stopping by!! =)