Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Review: Saint by A. Zavarelli

(Boston Underworld #4)
by A. Zavarelli
Releases Date: December 17th, 2016
Genre: Romantic Suspense


When going to war, there are three very simple rules one must abide by.

1. Know thy enemy
2. Be prepared to sacrifice.
3. Always wear good shoes

After all, revenge is a dish best served in stilettos.
I’ve got an eye for it, and nothing’s going to stand in my way.
Not even Rory ‘The Saint’ Brodrick.
He’s a fool if he thinks he can change me. By the time I’m through with him, I’ll make his mafia look like child’s play.
Cross me, Mr. Brodrick?
You better cross your heart and hope to die.


I’m a fighter. A hustler. A mobster.
I’ve seen a few things in my day.
But I’ve never encountered anything like her.
She's a beauty with a beast of a heart. The poison apple I just can't resist. And in her trail she leaves a wake of men crawling on their knees.
What she doesn’t know is that I like my women wild.
It only makes it that much more fun to tame them.

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This is the 4th book of the amazing Irish mafia series Boston Underworld and Saint had a lot to live up to. Although Rory is not a character that intrigued me much in the previous book, Zavarelli instantly make me a big fan of his right from the start.

The heroine, Scarlett is a handful and not exactly likable in the beginning. She is duped the Medusa, Satan and Devil by Rory. Scarlett is Mack's friend and still working on the street, I didn't expect her to be on a rampant to avenge herself. I finally understand the reason behind her cold unfeeling personality and the ease she manipulate the men around her. Although she is frustrate me to no end with the way she treat Rory, I understand where she is coming from and just hoping she will come around and see that she have people that is on her side.

Rory, the big bad Irish hustler is such a sweetheart. I know I'm supposed to highlight his alpha personality and how badass he is in the ring, but the reason he win me over is his protective nature towards women, especially Scarlett, the woman who hates his guts. He is so patient and forgiving when it comes to her. He knew she is trouble but he still goes along no matter how badly he get burn. 

Scarlett is single minded in her mission for revenge, even if leaving a pile of bodies behind is what it takes. With Rory constantly nipping at her heels, he might be turn into one of her casualties as well. 

The story is suspenseful with Scarlett's painful past and the enemies she needed to eliminate one by one. The constant push and pull relationship between Scarlett and Rory is also intriguing as fuck because I really can't wait for Scarlett to finally grow a heart and treat Rory the way he deserve. 

I have some minor complaint though. I find that the way the main villain was being dealt with was a tad anti-climatic. After witnessing what he had done, I would have prefer a more satisfying outcome that what was presented. And regards to the final battle between Crow's men and the rich folk's security details, I find that was a bit OTT. It feels like a freaking warzone. I wonder who the hell they hired as security guards and what kind of firearm are they packing. 

Despite my minor quibble towards the end, Saint is still an amazing and engaging read for me. Both romance and suspense part of the story was really well done. Rory is such an amazing hero and Scarlett definitely came along way from the evil ice queen to a woman who can finally admit she is smitten with her man.