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.
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This book (and series) is definitely not for the faint of heart. This story is deep, dark and emotional. It doesn't shy away from mafia issues like human trafficking, drugs, betrayal, and murder. It is very descriptive and detailed with characters that are beyond flawed but not beyond redemption. It's a must listen for those who love suspenseful love stories.
Tracy Marks narrates these books wonderfully. Her accents and clear voice make listening a pleasure.
Note: This book has very descriptive sex scenes, violence, and strong language. This is definitely an Adults Only listen.
This book is worth a credit and I would like to thank the author, narrator, or publisher for providing me this audiobook at no cost in exchange for my unbiased review.
- 🌼DARA "AUDIOBOOKS+TASKS=ADVENTURES! I 💙Romances: Hist./Insp./Contemp.🔹I Also Receive Books In Exchange 4 Reviews In Varied Genres🔹NO SPOILERS 🙊"
IT WAS EVERYTHING I DIDN'T KNOW I WAS LOOKING FOR
This listen is raw, gritty, dark and moving too as a very broken Talia is rescued from imprisonment, beatings, rape, starvation, and sexual abuse by a handsome powerful Russian named Alexei. Talia has slowly mentally shut down since she was sold into being a sex slave and it's going to take a special man to coax her out of her shell - one that's just as damaged as Talia. But he's no Knight come to rescue his damsel because Alexei had his own demons to battle so first he will marry her, tattoo his 'mark' on her, bring her back from self-harm and suicide, get her pregnant, gain her trust.. and then break her heart.
Alexei is Counsellor to the Boss of the Russian Mafia, he's cold, closed off, unreachable.. and he's promised his new wife that he'll do anything for her, heal her and give her whatever her heart desires.. but he'll never love her. Alexei has his own reasons for marrying Talia - the broken woman who he understands so well, knows her darkest thoughts all too well and is determined to bring her back to life. But challenges like having a Dad for an enemy within his ranks, a half brother who's maybe an enemy too, a secret disability and a very bitter determined power-hungry ex causes untold grief. Apart from two people, Alexei is surrounded by people he can't trust but, as his feelings and desires for Talia grow, he lets a third person in.. but just when he thought he could have it all he was humiliated and betrayed by someone who'd gotten close and there was only one suspect.. his wife. And anger, rage and coldness washed over him as he pointed his judgemental finger on just one face.. and then he unleashed his fury on her.. fury that would have dire consequences - and would bring him to his knees in the end.
Well, I thought the other two books in the series were great - but this one hit it way over the fence for me. The mental destruction is chilling as you hear Talia's broken descriptive inner thoughts and musings.. and the tentative steps she takes as Alexei heals her are deep. Alexei is mysterious, dangerous, powerful and has something to prove but his feelings for Talia slowly brings out another side to this Russia - the best.. and worst sides. There's all you'd expect from an A. Zavarelli book - it's emotionally charged, with high anxiety, drama, angst, sex, mystery.. and, out of the debris comes love. Dual POV's and Tracy Marks did an awesome job at narration - her ability to adapt to genders, emotions and action truly brought this book to life.
Worth a credit? If you hadn't already guessed it it's a YES - but only a yes if you're prepared for a dark chilling start and you're willing to wait for that 'feel good' factor.