THIS book is EVERYTHING.
Sasha Varela became stuck the minute she agreed to become the property of a mobster to keep her sister safe. Sasha knows she needs to get away from the toxic atmosphere of the MacKenna Syndicate, but she knows too much, is in too deep. They'll never let her go. Her only saving grace is the stoic and silent Ronan Fitzpatrick.
Ronan's a sociopath. A killer. He's the reaper for the syndicate. And he's kept watch over Sasha and has vowed to destroy anyone who harms her in any way. He feels no emotion, except when it comes to Sasha. Ronan has no idea what to do with a woman, no less a woman like Sasha, but she's determined to help the man who's helped her so many times before, even if she's leaving Boston the second she can.
I don't know what it is about bad dudes that makes REAPER so bloody fabulous…I should be mortified that a hardcore emotionless killer sexy as hell (right???). A. Zavarelli has a way of making bad guys (not to be confused with the bad boy, for sure) so appealing and human, despite the atrocities they commit. Ronan's character is heartbreaking--I don't want to get into why because you deserve to get the entire story as it unfolds, but suffice to say that he isn't like any other book MC I've ever had the pleasure of reading.
Sasha wasn't the typical heroine either. She wasn't overly fierce or kick ass; she was just trying to make the best out of the shittastic hand she was dealt and get through life until she could get the hell out of Boston. She wanted to simultaneously fuck and protect Ronan, though she never knew from what exactly, given his profession. This quote from the book sums up their relationship in a nutshell:
Ronan and I have always had a fucked up way of going about things. The first time he fucked me, it was next to my dead boyfriend's body. The first blowjob, in a basement he uses to kill people. He isn't at all sweet. But if I wanted sugar, I'd eat a fucking cupcake.
I seriously couldn't tear my eyes off this story; it was raw and gritty and just so so good. It was unique and dirty and sad and so many things that combined to make something that I can't recommend enough. The insane amount of bizarre and sometimes creepy chemistry between the couple floored me, and I went back and forth repeatedly considering Ronan's a sexy Alpha dude or a psycho stalker. I kinda think he's a little of both, and I kinda think Sasha fucking loves that about him.
Bottom Line: The Boston Underworld
series just keeps getting better, and I can't wait for the next book (Ghost) featuring Alexei and Talia!