CROW (Boston Underworld Book 1)

By: A. Zavarelli



He takes his time with me, even though we have a room full of people out there waiting for us. I wait until his breathing grows harsh and then I reach up and bring my lips to his ear.

“Lachlan.”

“Aye, sweetheart?” he grunts.

“You’ve already put a baby inside me.”

I smile when he comes unexpectedly and then blinks open his eyes, staring at me in disbelief.

“Ye’re joking.”

“Nope,” I laugh. “I took a test this morning. Five of them in fact.”

“Holy shite,” he mutters.

And then he kisses me hard and deep.

“I love you,” I murmur against him.

He brushes his lips down my throat, and I can already feel him swelling inside of me as he thinks about what he’s accomplished.

“I’m completely mad for ye, sweetheart.”

We’re both smiling at each other when something breaks the silence between us. It’s my cell phone. And normally I wouldn’t even think twice about answering it. Except for the fact that everybody I already know is right here in this building.

Lachlan sees the expression on my face, and hands me my bag. I rifle through it and flip open the phone, bringing it to my ear.

“Hello?”

“Mack?”

My heart leaps into my throat and tears spring to my eyes when I hear the voice on the other end of the line. “Talia?”

“Yes,” she whispers. “It’s me.”

“Are you okay?” I ask. “Please tell me you’re okay.”

“I’m okay,” she answers. “I can’t talk very long though.”

“What do you mean?”

“I just…” Her voice cracks, and then it grows stronger and more determined with every word. “I just wanted you to know that I’m okay. And that you shouldn’t worry about me anymore.”

“What do you mean don’t worry about you?” I demand.

“I’m safe,” she repeats. “And I’m not coming home.”

“Talia…”

“I have to go, Mack,” she says. “I just wanted to say congratulations on your wedding. And that I love you, and I miss you so much. But I’m okay now, and I have you to thank for that.”

I don’t even get a chance to reply, because she hangs up, and the line goes dead. I look up at Lachlan, and we both say it at the same time.

“Alexei has found her.”



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Acknowledgments



Okay, here we go.

It seems to me this list continues to grow, which can only mean one thing. I have some really awesome friends and an amazing support system.

Once again I have to give a huge shoutout to Dani Kermon because without you, I’m fairly certain I would have been left to the devices of google. This book would not have been possible without your feedback and tips on all things Irish. Also Kelly in Belfast and Mike in Limerick. Thank you!

To my lovely beta reader Amy Halter… how’d I get so lucky to find you? You’ve been so helpful on this and my other books, I cannot thank you enough for everything you do including your work in the street team.

Melissa Crump. You are the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Seriously, you have helped me so much that I really can’t even find the words to express my gratitude. I’ve had a blast getting to know you and doing takeovers and talking books with you.

Dark Rebels. I’m pretty sure you guys are the best street team ever! Thank you for helping to get the word out and also the fun conversations we’ve had over the last month or so. A special thank you to Kristina Lindsey, Louise Brodie, Victoria Stolte, Helena Rizzuto, Melissa Crump, and Amy Halter for all of your hard work in January.

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