A Zavarelli

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.

I live by a code. The Vory code.
In this mafiya world, there are traditions.
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.


I absolutely devoured this book, I ate it right up and i’m never letting it leave my thoughts – by far one of my favourite ever ‘captive’ books, and definitely in my top 5 Mafia reads!

Ghost follows an American girl named Talia, who has been kidnapped and sold to a Bulgarian arms dealer, via the Russian Vory. Her life is so miserable and full of despair, the only thing she looks forward to is the death that she has been planning ever since she arrived at her prison in the basement of her captors home.

Alexei is a top ranking Russian Vor, he is a solitary man, and one who is incapable of trusting anyone. Apart from his closest friends of which there are few, he spends most of his time holding the world at arms length. When the head of the Irish syndicate comes to him for help to find his wife’s best friend, he sets himself on a mission to find the broken woman in the photo, and who he believes will be perfect for his plans.

Swapping one captor for another is terrifying for Talia, but not because her new master treats her badly, but quite the opposite. She cannot afford to have hope.

“I may not ever be able to love you,” I tell her.
“But I can want you. And let there be no doubt, Solnyshko, I am keeping you.”

This book was pretty much perfect in my opinion, I have not one bad word to say about it. It was brutal, gruesome, heartbreaking, emotional, swoony, sexy, and completely authentic. There was nothing gratuitous, nor over the top, it was a fantastically well-written mafia romance that made me feel a multitude of emotions, but most of all it was such a beautiful love story, between two broken people who were perfect for each other.

I could read this all over again, and I am going to shout to everyone that I know, that if you love a dark romance, this is one that you must add to your shelf – it was SO GOOD!

Top marks to Zavarelli.

Ghost is a dark romance, told from dual POV and can be read as a stand-alone novel. Also part of a series following fellow mafia members in both the Irish Syndicate and Russian Vory.

Images featured in this review were created by me using stock images either purchased from deposit photo or from free stock sites.

About the Author

A. Zavarelli is a romance book junkie, cat lover, and traveler when plagued by intense cases of wanderlust. She likes all things chocolate, books that come with warnings, and putting her characters through hell.

Her tales have been known to flirt with darkness and sometimes court it unabashedly altogether. Revenge themes and tortured souls are her favorites to write and this gives her an excuse to watch bizarre and twisted documentaries in her spare time.

She is slightly obsessed with Theo James and funny animal memes. If you don’t mind these things, you should add her on facebook.

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