Conor has been with the Mafia ever since a tragedy with his younger brother and is constantly trying to prove to Crow he’s loyal and their for the brotherhood. When Crow gives him a job with regards a young female, it goes pear shaped quickly. Ivy has been hassling Crow for a job for a while now and finally he’s allowing her to dance. Ivy’s trying to keep a low profile as one of the gangs is after her but they won’t dare come into the Irish strip club, if they value their lives. When it appears there is no other way to protect Ivy, Conor proposes a marriage😍
Fantastic story, great to revisit with old favourites and a fast paced, Mafia style story that will keep you on the edge of your seat in anticipation❣️
A Zavarelli's 'Boston Underworld' series has been amazing! This novella, 'Conor' (the final installment) was just as brilliant as all the others (although Ronan was my all-time fav). The genre was mafia romance(erotic)-action-suspence and the story was told via dual POVs. The feel was fast, gripping and delicious. It wasn't as confronting as 'Reaper', but it certainly had the BU signature dark and jagged charm about it. Conor O'Callaghan was the alpha hero for this book - wolf-like, cold, fearless and raw with a few quirks to add extra interest. His life had been all about revenge, violence, fierce loyalty and no personal connections. Heroine, Ivy, entered the world of Crow's syndicate through Slainte, escaping from the Lenox Hill crew and hoping to survive. Conor was given the task of 'dealing' with her, and as a rookie, he was eager to prove himself. Her intel was impactful and at the same time, sad. Ivy's name appropriately means 'strong survivor and pledged love' and soon Conor felt unfamiliar emotions invading his heart when compassion, protectiveness and possessiveness kicked in. But, would that be enough to keep Ivy, himself and his brothers from grave danger? Ashleigh Zavarelli is a clever and natural story-teller and 'Conor' was a fabulous finish to the series. Loved it! (Btw, the previous characters all make an appearance.)
Ivy knows she needs this job, she has to get enough money to move away so the Locos won’t find her. Seeing Ivy, Crow thinks she’s there because she saw them kill her boyfriend and gives Conner the job of looking after her. Conner’s surprised that Ivy affects him, after being betrayed he doesn’t do relationships or sex since, deciding to follow her he finds her sleeping in an ally, and reminds himself that his brothers come first, he can’t feel anything for her. Conner continues to follow Ivy and what he sees changes everything, he can’t think, and they end up at his townhouse, seeing her shiver at his touch, he knows she’s getting to him, he doesn’t want to have to kill her, so he finds a solution, she marries him. As much as Conner likes the feel of waking with Ivy, he’s avoided relationships and sex since he was betrayed and she’s only there because she doesn’t have a choice. He lets her know that they shouldn’t make a habit of it and complicate things and blur the lines. Conner start to realise has he watches Ivy, he wants to make her happy, and realises that it’s not just because it’s the right thing to do, and he knows she’s not sure and feeling trapped, but he hopes he can make her realise he wants it to be real.
Swooon! I love these Irish mafia mobsters and their dedication to their brotherhood and family! Conor and Ivy’s story was everything I have come to love and expect from the BU series. There was enough mafia action and scenes in Reaper’s basement to quench my thirst!!!!! The narrative was fast paced and kept me riveted. I loved seeing the return of all my favourite characters like Crow, Reaper and Alexei.