I enjoyed this book, and this series. I didn’t feel quite as much suspense in this final book as I did with the previous one, but I still really liked it. I am torn on the inclusion of multiple villains in this series. On one hand it keeps it fresh, but on the other hand I also love singular super-villains that seemingly can’t be bested. I am happy with the way this ended, but I was hoping for resolution on Damen’s runaway wife, mentioned in a previous book. In the absence of that I’d love to see Damen and Arsen get their own books/series. From my lips to the author’s ears! 🙏
Update: Damen and Arsen DO have their own books!
This series was my first read from this author, but it won’t be my last!
This was the most suspenseful book yet from this series! Loved it! This book came out swinging- sexy times, suspense, TWO villains to worry about, a hero who messes up and has to make amends, a dark past coming to light, and a misunderstanding. Yasss, girl! I flew through these pages, and am now off to the next one to find out what happens!
Yes! I needed this! I really liked this book and its prequel, and can’t wait to dive in to the next book in this series. Head’s up- this one ends in a cliffhanger. I enjoyed the growth of the relationship between the two main characters, but I did think the progression of Rue’s comfort level with Dryas seemed a bit quick. She sped right from terrified to accepting physical contact. Zero to a hundred, real quick. That said, it lent some realism for me that Rue experienced shame after encounters with Dryas. After the brainwashing she experienced in her youth that only makes sense. This was a quick read in that I couldn’t put it down. I can’t wait to see where this story takes us! Have we seen the last of Father Derrik and the prince? I hope not, because they deserve some karma. Like, maybe a high-five. To the face. With a chair. Also, what happens with Rue’s sister? Does Rue get un-brainwashed? Does Dryas get his revenge? Does Rue? I need answers! Off I go to get them!
I am intrigued. I am intending to carry directly into the next book to find out what happens next. So- mission accomplished, prequel! I need to know what happens to Rue. I need to know who her father is. I need to know what is happening to these girls. I just need to know everything!
The Contract is the prequel to The Debt, book one of the Mafia Vows series. It had a good pace, and kept me interested. Maya does come across as a bit vapid, but maybe that’s part of her character evolution? I am continuing the series, so I’ll find out soon.
This is definitely not a standalone- you’ll need to get the next book unless you don’t intend to continue. The good news is that, as of today (9/5/2019), all three books in the series are now available. Hooray!
My curiosity is piqued, which was the point, so I’d say mission accomplished. Onward to the next one!
“You shouldn’t want this, Birdie,” I growled. “Tell me to fucking stop.”
Aaagh- I loved this book. Even more than the first book, Confess. Don’t get me wrong- loved ’em both, but this one edged ahead for me.
I did feel some kind of way about Ace’s treatment of Birdie in a few of the scenes, and was glad when he later felt bad about it. I’m cool with my book heroes messing up- it makes them human. But they better be sorry about it later.
The backgrounds of these two main characters were so unimaginably tragic, and yielded two such profoundly damaged people. At different points both of them get separately warned off of the other, told they aren’t capable of love or relationships. Friendship, even. I wanted to shake those side characters and tell them to leave these two the hell alone to figure it out. With their own innate fears and insecurities they sure didn’t need other people weighing in on why it could never work. Let ’em try, people! Dang!
Anyway, I think the author did such a great job with these characters. As always these books had well developed characters, strong stories, great suspense and pacing, and smoking hot sexy times. Time to take another spin through the A. Zavarelli book list to make sure I haven’t missed anything because her books are easy one-clicks.
She should have pulled away, and I should have stopped. But neither of us moved. And when my fingers found the tender flesh of her throat, I drew her closer, tasting what was never meant to be mine.
This book. It exhausted me. My emotions ran the full gamut. I was happy. I was sad. I was hot and bothered. I laughed. I cried and cried, and checked reviews for information to see if I should go on. This was good. Really good. Lucian is a bossy, seemingly sorta mean alpha guy, and damned if I don’t just love those. Granted, he is kind of weird in the beginning with the way he goes about things- it has kind of a fatherly ring to it (such as ordering her to go sit in the corner), but whatever. I still grew to love him. Just as our heroine did.
“I shouldn’t be doing this to you.” His voice held so much agony, I couldn’t stand it. My fingers wrapped around his face, forcing him to look at me. “I want you to.”
I enjoyed the backgrounds of both of the main characters. Not because they were happy or good (spoiler: they WEREN’T), but because they made sense for their hangups/issues. I was hoping that Gypsy connecting with a local Roma gypsy might yield some kind of information on or connection with her mother, but I suppose I can’t win ’em all. I was a little taken aback by a turn of events in the book, but so happy about the outcome that I was willing to suspend belief a bit about the journey of getting there. I won’t comment any further about that. I definitely recommend this book. I just can’t believe it took me this long to read it!
Lucian nipped at my throat, his words so low I barely heard them. “You’re going to ruin me.”
TRIGGERS: there are some pretty harsh triggers “off-screen” (past events that are referred to)- sexual exploitation/assault of children, death of a child, physical abuse of a child.
Yep. This was what I needed. I’d been so excited for Luca’s book prior to this one, only to not love it as much as I’d expected. It was still good, but not quite what I’d been starved for. There was too much overlap with the previous books for me. Now, this one here? This one did it for me. There was still overlap (with Remo’s book), but it seemed more separated to me. It didn’t feel like I was re-experiencing the same events. Perhaps because Luca’s book was the POV of other half of the featured duo whereas THIS book took place during Remo’s book, but in the dual POV of a different couple. We get to know what was happening off-stage (with Nino and Kiera) during that time, and then the book continues on beyond the end of Remo’s book to give us new adventures. Yes please! I always need more Camorra! I can’t WAIT for Nevio to grow up into a complete hell on wheels. He will drive Remo crazy, and I’m gonna love every second of it. Anyway, I enjoyed the struggles (that sounds mean, but I don’t mean it like THAT) Nino and Kiera experienced. I loved getting more of a glimpse of how Adamo dealt with the aftermath of his time with the Outfit. Speaking of that, I loved getting the tension and reactions of the Vegas set while Adamo, and then subsequently Remo, were held by the Outfit. We missed out on that with Remo’s book. We also got to know Savio better in this book, and what a book he will have when it comes out (that bad, bad Savio!). Adamo and Savio are growing into their own; no longer just the kid brothers, but now men in their own right. I so love this world that Cora Reilly has created. I hope she never stops writing about them. In ten years I want to be reading about Remo’s great-great grandchildren. Fingers crossed!
I was confused by the pacing of this book. It was pretty slow for the first half, then picked up speed more and more as it neared the end. The last parts of the book almost felt glossed over as months passed in the space of a chapter. I was disappointed because, though I raced through the earlier books, I struggled to power through the first half of this one. Claire softens toward Shepherd in this book, though still struggles with her feelings of responsibility toward the people’s resistance, and toward her friends. As she struggles Shepherd tries to get her to connect with their baby, and puts effort into trying to bring her joy. It was good to see him trying instead of just demanding. I’m still struggling with the marked differences between traditional romances and these Omegaverse books, but I’m enjoying the story outside of that component so I’m trying not to focus too much on terms like “nest” and “knot” as they take me out of the story. But, that’s just me not being used to this type of story. I thought the author did a great job with the villain in this book- I really hated this person. The brutality set into place, coupled with how well she had several people snowed, was a stark indicator of her being a complete psychopath. Overall, I enjoyed this book by the end. But, I had to push through the first half. If Omegaverse is your jam, and you can manage some tricky triggers, I definitely recommend this series. If you’re new to Omegaverse and curious as I was (and understand there are triggers) I still recommend it.
TRIGGERS- violent non-consent; another devastating trigger I won’t name due to spoilers, but if you have a particular trigger that happens to be very sad I suggest you read a review with spoilers before diving into this one.
Another winner! This is the second book in this series, my second-ever Omegaverse read, and my second book from this author. As with the first I am a little distracted by the language that I’m not used to, but that’s to be expected since I’ve never read this kind of book before. I generally stick to dark romance/romantic suspense, and avoid paranormal (among others). This series kept popping up on recommended lists so I decided to give it a try. I really liked this book. There is a considerable amount of detail both in the world as well as the characters. I also really love that the relationship between the two main characters is not insta-love, and Claire doesn’t just roll over with stars in her eyes the minute Shepherd tell her to do so. She fights. She refuses. She is defiant. She does what she can (uses whatever she can) in pursuit of what she believes to be right. She couldn’t complete a task on her own, so she did what she needed to do to get the help she needed rather than throwing her hands up at the hopelessness of it all. I am also enjoying Shepherd’s struggle. It seems like he wants Claire to develop feelings for him. To care for him. To see him as her mate as opposed to her kidnapper/tormentor/attacker/captor. Unfortunately he has never had to build a relationship before, nor has he ever even seen it done. He has seen only twisted “relationships” based on abuse, bartering, power… but not love or affection. And Claire, having never had a relationship herself, and with her mother having passed away when Claire was so young, has never had nor seen a relationship develop, either. So it’s the blind leading the blind over here. She wants him to do something he doesn’t know how to do (woo her), and he wants her to do something she’s been repelled by, and fought against, her entire life (accept her Omega status and submit to that life). It is interesting to watch it unfold. When Shepherd does something nice is it out of affection? A desire to appease Claire? Or does he perhaps have more self-serving motivations? I also love the side characters. Well, except Svana. That’s not to say she isn’t an excellent character from a technical standpoint- she is. I HATE her. And that is a mark of a “good” character.
Warning: there is OW drama and activity in this series.