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She was never supposed to walk into my club.   But she did.   I shouldn’t have looked twice at her.   But I did.   The criminal underworld is no place for a girl like her.   One night with Katerina isn’t enough, but men like me can’t afford to be weak.   So, I tell her to leave me behind.   She does, but not before she sees something she shouldn’t.   When she goes into hiding, it’ She was never supposed to walk into my club.   But she did.   I shouldn’t have looked twice at her.   But I did.   The criminal underworld is no place for a girl like her.   One night with Katerina isn’t enough, but men like me can’t afford to be weak.   So, I tell her to leave me behind.   She does, but not before she sees something she shouldn’t.   When she goes into hiding, it’s my duty to hunt her down.   I have a job to do, and she needs to disappear for good.   But four years later, Kat isn’t alone anymore.   And the little boy right beside her looks just like me.    


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She was never supposed to walk into my club.   But she did.   I shouldn’t have looked twice at her.   But I did.   The criminal underworld is no place for a girl like her.   One night with Katerina isn’t enough, but men like me can’t afford to be weak.   So, I tell her to leave me behind.   She does, but not before she sees something she shouldn’t.   When she goes into hiding, it’ She was never supposed to walk into my club.   But she did.   I shouldn’t have looked twice at her.   But I did.   The criminal underworld is no place for a girl like her.   One night with Katerina isn’t enough, but men like me can’t afford to be weak.   So, I tell her to leave me behind.   She does, but not before she sees something she shouldn’t.   When she goes into hiding, it’s my duty to hunt her down.   I have a job to do, and she needs to disappear for good.   But four years later, Kat isn’t alone anymore.   And the little boy right beside her looks just like me.    

30 review for Mine

  1. 5 out of 5

    Anovelqueen

    ***4.5 STARS*** I don’t even know where to begin or what to say....it was that good. It is hard to find a really good mafia romance. I mean one with great character development, plausible plot, extraordinary chemistry between the hero and heroine and plenty of action. This book had it all. Lev and Katerina (Kat) meet in a nightclub managed by Lev. Instantly drawn to her and protective of her Lev nurses her through an accidental drug intoxication. But don’t get it twisted...along with the sweet com ***4.5 STARS*** I don’t even know where to begin or what to say....it was that good. It is hard to find a really good mafia romance. I mean one with great character development, plausible plot, extraordinary chemistry between the hero and heroine and plenty of action. This book had it all. Lev and Katerina (Kat) meet in a nightclub managed by Lev. Instantly drawn to her and protective of her Lev nurses her through an accidental drug intoxication. But don’t get it twisted...along with the sweet comes the dangerous in Lev as he works for the Russian mafia. Soon Lev and Kat become embroiled in what they term appropriately a “clusterf***” and they must battle the external and the internal barriers to their love. This was a exciting and captivating book. Very well written and fast paced. The couple went through much and they still don’t get their happily ever after because the book ends on one heck of a cliffhanger. I highly recommend this one and I can’t wait until the next episode. Read this review and more at www.anovelqueen.com.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Giorgia ~ Reads

    [ 4.5 ] ⭐️ Wow, finally a good mafia romance. I went into this with no expectations really, and it paid off majorly. I just finished it and I'm still reeling from the way it ended.. I've been reading so many bad or mediocre books lately that I'm not sure if this is really THAT good or I feel that way because the bar was set really low... Actually, no. I think this is good. I feel like I should give some details and explain why I keep saying it's good but the thing is, I liked pretty much everythi [ 4.5 ] ⭐️ Wow, finally a good mafia romance. I went into this with no expectations really, and it paid off majorly. I just finished it and I'm still reeling from the way it ended.. I've been reading so many bad or mediocre books lately that I'm not sure if this is really THAT good or I feel that way because the bar was set really low... Actually, no. I think this is good. I feel like I should give some details and explain why I keep saying it's good but the thing is, I liked pretty much everything about it. I like how the two main characters relate to each other, there is no instant love story. Lev, the hero, is very ambivalent when it comes to Kat, the heroine, which in my opinion makes sense. Sleeping with someone cause you find them attractive and they want the same, does not provide the basis for love. Duh. I'll take lust and a general sense of intrigue over the bullshit insta-love, "I'm gonna betray everyone in my life to be with you although I met you 2 days ago"... you know the type. I'll say that by end of the book we get some deep attraction between those two which is exacerbated by circumstances but we still don't have the certainty of love for which I was saying hallelujah. I mean, look, for people who are so hardened by crime, suffering and pain (both him and her) and have a general distrust of others it makes sense that it will take them longer to fall and trust each other. I feel like the book was a journey towards building a base of trust and eventual love between the leads. Kat had no reasons to trust Lev and she was already basing her attitude on preconceived opinions about him.. you can't jump from that to I'll love you and take a bullet for you in a few sentences. I totally get why this story needs two books. There are a few iffy situations involving the two of them and I would have loved Kat to punch Lev in the face or make him clean the floors with his tongue, tit for tat and all that (there was a spanking scene and if you're thinking "sexy", think again, "disturbing" would be the correct word).. The thing is, there aren't many books that can have infuriating scenes and have me not care or more to the point -not be bothered- in the long run. It also needs to be mentioned that the action/mafia business was believable and I felt like throughout the book there was a general feel of unease or danger. No over the top stuff and the hero wasn't portrayed like this guy who can kill a room full of bad guys with a flick of his finger, cause like, the dude is human and all that... Basically, everything fits and makes sense. If I were to give a recommendation of some dark mafia romance, this would definitely be included with the best. This is a solid 4 stars, and definitely a lil' bit more than that, but there's something holding me from giving it a 5 star rating. Maybe that will change after reading the next book. The second book can't come out soon enough! Once I read that one I'll probably be more eloquent and give a final verdict in regards to this duet. I haven't been this excited for a book to come out in a while.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Bookgasms Book Blog

    AHHH! When two of my favorite authors team up to deliver a delicious and sexy bratva/secret baby story, I am in fangirl heaven!! I absolutely loved Mine as it was dark, edge, sexy af and so addicting. I am such a huge fan of Knight and Zavarelli separately, so them writing together was just icing on the cake. I loved Lev and Kat so much. Their connection was fiery and while dangerous and edgy, the explosion of emotions between them could not be denied. When Levka Antonov meets Katerina Blake it w AHHH! When two of my favorite authors team up to deliver a delicious and sexy bratva/secret baby story, I am in fangirl heaven!! I absolutely loved Mine as it was dark, edge, sexy af and so addicting. I am such a huge fan of Knight and Zavarelli separately, so them writing together was just icing on the cake. I loved Lev and Kat so much. Their connection was fiery and while dangerous and edgy, the explosion of emotions between them could not be denied. When Levka Antonov meets Katerina Blake it was a meeting that was the beginning of the end for her. He knew it and she sensed it. He took one look at the innocent beauty and he knew he could not leave her alone. She was a good girl who was alone and he was the dangerous man who could not leave this girl in his past. I loved this story because only do we see the draw and the attraction between them, we see that there are emotions as well. What I loved more than anything was Kat's strength after Lev finds her four years later. The innocent kitten became a fierce Mama bear and I was here for it! I loved seeing Lev's protective and possessive behavior once he found Kat and their son. I was addicted to every word. Overall, this story was gritty and addicting and with that cliffhanger ending, I can't wait to read His. Bravo! 5 stars! ~Ratula

  4. 4 out of 5

    Nazanin

    4.5 Pure Stars I can’t decide what’s worse, the monsters who tried to corner her last night, or the monster in me demanding that I allow myself just one taste. One kiss. One touch. One fuck. Lev doesn’t do attachments and certainly doesn’t rescue broken women because in his opinion attachments become vulnerabilities. But when he sees pretty nineteen years old Kat in the club, high as a kite and vulnerable, he does the unbelievable and takes her to his room and takes care of her. Kat is exactly wha 4.5 Pure Stars I can’t decide what’s worse, the monsters who tried to corner her last night, or the monster in me demanding that I allow myself just one taste. One kiss. One touch. One fuck. Lev doesn’t do attachments and certainly doesn’t rescue broken women because in his opinion attachments become vulnerabilities. But when he sees pretty nineteen years old Kat in the club, high as a kite and vulnerable, he does the unbelievable and takes her to his room and takes care of her. Kat is exactly what he doesn’t need in his life but he can’t help it. something’s about her that draws him in. I want to know about her scars. Her pain. Every tear she’s ever shed and every secret that might pour from those lips. But if they know what fate decides for them and what destiny is awaiting them in the future… Told in dual POV, 1st person. It’s the first installment in the "Ties that Bind" series and it ends on a huge cliffhanger so that’s the warning you get and yet gain I couldn’t help it and dive into it. Well these two authors are my fave ones and they didn’t disappoint! It was really well-written and fast-paced. It’s the second chance mafia romance. Love both characters. Lev was like a real Alpha and what Kat needed in her life even though she didn’t want to accept it at first. Overall, I loved it and hope you enjoy it as well!

  5. 5 out of 5

    •PerSefone•

    1.5 ⭐️ • Genre: Mafia Romance • Tropes: Instalust, secret pregnancy,“captivity” • First person, h/H POV • Standalone? No. • Cliffhanger? Yes. • Trigger? violence, dubious consent, child abuse (off page) • Steam ? High 🔥 Me before reading Mine: Me while reading Mine: Me after reading Mine: A disaster . And I'm so sad Because, seriously, I wanted to love this book. I'm a big fan of Mrs Zavarelli: I love Boston Underworld Series and Ghost is one of my favorite Mafia Romance. Plus, even though Natash 1.5 ⭐️ • Genre: Mafia Romance • Tropes: Instalust, secret pregnancy,“captivity” • First person, h/H POV • Standalone? No. • Cliffhanger? Yes. • Trigger? violence, dubious consent, child abuse (off page) • Steam ? High 🔥 Me before reading Mine: Me while reading Mine: Me after reading Mine: A disaster . And I'm so sad Because, seriously, I wanted to love this book. I'm a big fan of Mrs Zavarelli: I love Boston Underworld Series and Ghost is one of my favorite Mafia Romance. Plus, even though Natasha Night's books usually don't reflect my taste in romance, I think she is a really talented author. So yes..my expectations were pretty high and I was really excited for this partnership. Well, let's start with something positive and the reasons why I added a half ⭐️: • N.Knight and A. Zavarelli are two excellent authors and their writing style was really good.. I can't say anything negative about this aspect. • Alexei and Talia (from Ghost). I love these two characters and I can't believe Lev shares DNA with my beloved Alexei. Okey, now I can start my rant: Seriously what happened ? I haven't found what I usually like in AZ's books and I can't believe she wrote this. On the other hand, Mine totally reflects N. Knight's style and follows her usual pattern : • Damsel in distress with zero backbone and affected by the infamous Traitorous body Syndrome ✔️ • Abusive violent OTT "hero" ✔️ • Instalust ✔️ • Zero romance ✔️ • a lot of “rapey” sex ✔️ and I wouldn't be so hard if this was classified as dark erotica ... but label it as a romance? Are you kidding me?!! A big fat NO . ✾ PLOT : I really liked the first 20% of this story, especially the first interactions between the main characters. Unfortunately it was only the calm before the storm..after the first 30% things only got worse. The plot is predictable and full of fortuitous coincidences , which make this story unrealistic and hardly credible. I admit the cliffhanger is well played but I didn’t change my mind: I don't care about these characters and I won't read the next book. ✾ KAT : She is the perfect mix of everything I hate in a heroine: clueless, naïve, weak, doormat, traitorous body Syndrome and zero sense of self-worth and self preservation. Plus, I kid you not.. Kat is dumb . Seriously, I couldn’t stand her. ✾ LEV : I think he's the best thing in all this mess and I really liked him in the first 20/30%. My problem with Lev is that he's not a true alpha. I didn’t like his indecision: he treats Kat like trash and tells her he never wants to see her again. At the same time, he's obsessed with her and her past (he even threatens Kat's bff with a gun to get info about her). I started to despise him after he beats her..I'm sorry but Lev is quite disappointing compared to his cousin Alexei. ✾ LEV + KAT : The romance was the worst part of this book because well..there was none. They met and they had a one night stand, stop. They don’t know each other and there isn’t a real development of their relationship. No feelings, only lust and possession. And a lot of sex. After 4 years, the only thing they do is sex and their son, Josh, went on an entire lower priority. Plus, the fact that Josh get immediately adjusted to a stranger was the cherry on top. PS: In my modest opinion , Ties that bind is a little bit overpriced and this duet isn't worth it. If you haven't read it yet, I recommend you Boston Underworld Series: Crow is currently free and the entire series is available on KU. Sorry for my rant, Peace and love ☮️

  6. 4 out of 5

    Shabby -BookBistroBlog

    This is home turf for Zavarelli, her timid & shy persona hides a devilishly devious mind, that churns out painfully dark romances with consummate ease and familiarity. Her Boston Underground series featuring The Bratva brotherhood of the Vor is legendary in Mafia trope. This book is in the same vein of barbarity and thrums to the same dreadful beat. Levka Antonov is the manager of Delirium- the club which is center of nefarious illegal deeds. Drugs and booze flow freely, washing the morals out of This is home turf for Zavarelli, her timid & shy persona hides a devilishly devious mind, that churns out painfully dark romances with consummate ease and familiarity. Her Boston Underground series featuring The Bratva brotherhood of the Vor is legendary in Mafia trope. This book is in the same vein of barbarity and thrums to the same dreadful beat. Levka Antonov is the manager of Delirium- the club which is center of nefarious illegal deeds. Drugs and booze flow freely, washing the morals out of the door. He's a cold & elusive man, focused and lethal. "I have no attachments. Because attachments become vulnerabilities." In walks fresh as dove, Katerina Blake and the unthinkable happens Eyes collide, hearts hook up and she gets tied to Lev forever.. She's sweet, shy and struggling to survive alone. "I was a throwaway kid. Not one person gave a single damn about me." This is truly a very dangerous & life threatening development. Behind the scenes is some heinous monstrosity at work. It's tentacles reaching far and wide. Doggedly persistent in pursuit and merciless in meting out assaulting retribution, a nightmare is building up in strength, putting everybody's life in danger I've never read Natasha before but it seems both writers share the same thrilling narration techniques. Their styles have blended seamlessly, making it a double Bonanza for readers. To my delight, my Most Fave Character makes an appearance and I'm giddy with excitement. The pace is slick and smooth, the feels are larger than life. be it icy cold fear or blood heating passion, Zav has managed to inject all the emotions straight in our hearts. I cannot wait for book 2, so I can see what becomes of the cousin! 4.5 stars for innocence lost #BookBistroBlogApproved Follow me on: [email protected] https://Twitter.com/BookBistro www.instagram.com/BookBistroBlog https://bookbistroblogger.blogspot.com/ https://www.facebook.com/groups/BookB...

  7. 4 out of 5

    ❤️Emma Book Lover ❤️

    4 Stars First book in this duet , "Mine" is a gripping , a bit dark, mafia-romance, that proves that a collaboration between these two authors can be a very good idea. The book is about Kat -Katerina- a girl that had a hard life but makes the best of it and Lev a russian mobster. Kat goes at a club for her 19th b day and consumes a pill that makes her sick. There she meets Lev, her rescuer from some creeps. He is gentle and caring and she feels a pull to him, and so does he towards her. They have 4 Stars First book in this duet , "Mine" is a gripping , a bit dark, mafia-romance, that proves that a collaboration between these two authors can be a very good idea. The book is about Kat -Katerina- a girl that had a hard life but makes the best of it and Lev a russian mobster. Kat goes at a club for her 19th b day and consumes a pill that makes her sick. There she meets Lev, her rescuer from some creeps. He is gentle and caring and she feels a pull to him, and so does he towards her. They have a connection and consume this attraction they have with eachother, but Lev cannot offer her more than that because of his dangerous life, even if he desires badly to make Kat his. One night, not far from they passionate encounter,Kat witness something she shouldn't have, gets her belongings and goes into hiding far away from Lev. Little does he know that she left with very two important things for him. After 4 years he tracks her down into a small town , and when he sees that she is not alone anymore, but with a little boy that is his mirror image , priorities change fast: most important is to keep is newfound family safe. Trouble catches up with them and in a split second Lev can loose what he just found. This ends with a cliff, but the second book is not far away. Overall opinion: A solid read, intriguing and a bit dark, I liked Lev but I think he should work a bit more on his communication skills, and Kat, she is resourceful and strong , but gives up bit too fast in my opinion. Triggers:(view spoiler)[ rape off page, violence, crime, rough sex , dub con maybe.. (hide spoiler)]

  8. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Crump

    Oh my stars! I’m on an edge, desperate for the second book! Say hello to your next favorite Mafia read and hold on tight as you’re on a race to survive. The suspense, the hot hot hot Russian alpha and his possessive ways...are so fantastic, you’ll be taking some cold showers as you read this. Expect the unexpected and get ready for a fight.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Carla Bulian

    I love books like this one: well written, with a lot of action, little dark. It’s worth the reading.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lyn❤Loves❤Listening #AUDIOBOOKADDICT

    Audio.. Female narrator..5 Stars Male narrator......3.5 Stars Story....4 Stars

  11. 4 out of 5

    Birjis

    A dangerous and addicting second chance mafia romance. I love the beginning and the story was simply explosive which had a tad bit familiarity with A. Zavarelli's other mafia books but I was simply into the story easily. I am not very much familiar with Natasha Knights books but since she writes books almost similar to A. Zavarelli I will check her books out. Levka Antonov is a mob who is cold and lethal. He has issues and agenda for being where he is. Katerina Blake is a sweet, shy girl with a h A dangerous and addicting second chance mafia romance. I love the beginning and the story was simply explosive which had a tad bit familiarity with A. Zavarelli's other mafia books but I was simply into the story easily. I am not very much familiar with Natasha Knights books but since she writes books almost similar to A. Zavarelli I will check her books out. Levka Antonov is a mob who is cold and lethal. He has issues and agenda for being where he is. Katerina Blake is a sweet, shy girl with a horrid past who happens to be in the wrong place on her birthday. Both Lev and Kat share a connection from the beginning and couldn't stay away from each other, when mafia life happens, and trouble comes in most inopportune times which force them in two different directions. This book has a bit barbarity and assualt. It was a bit dark read and ends with cliffhanger.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kay's Blushing Book Reviews

    Mine is the first book in The Ties that Bind Duet – I have to say I was so excited when I found out that two of my top dark romance authors were collaborating on this project. Kat and Lev’s story is intense. There is something always happening, there is plenty of suspense, twists and danger. I love Kat’s strong character, this story really pulled on my heart strings. Lev is edgy, overly protective and fiercely loyal to his family. Beware the story end on a BIG Cliffhanger so I can’t wait for boo Mine is the first book in The Ties that Bind Duet – I have to say I was so excited when I found out that two of my top dark romance authors were collaborating on this project. Kat and Lev’s story is intense. There is something always happening, there is plenty of suspense, twists and danger. I love Kat’s strong character, this story really pulled on my heart strings. Lev is edgy, overly protective and fiercely loyal to his family. Beware the story end on a BIG Cliffhanger so I can’t wait for book 2!

  13. 4 out of 5

    NiCoLeTa E. {Addicted To Books}

    ***4 "You're mine!!!" stars*** #Now Available "I have no attachments. Because attachments become vulnerabilities." A.Zavarelli and Natasha Knight had joined forces and they brought us a fantastic result!!!! Two great mafia writing pens had delivered a very beautiful story full of secrets, passion and suspense!!! Levi and Kat were explosive, and even though in the beginning, i had my reservations, they managed to win me over as the story was developing and i'm dying to find more, especially a ***4 "You're mine!!!" stars*** #Now Available "I have no attachments. Because attachments become vulnerabilities." A.Zavarelli and Natasha Knight had joined forces and they brought us a fantastic result!!!! Two great mafia writing pens had delivered a very beautiful story full of secrets, passion and suspense!!! Levi and Kat were explosive, and even though in the beginning, i had my reservations, they managed to win me over as the story was developing and i'm dying to find more, especially after that ending!!!! "Show me your world, Lev." Kat shouldn't be at "Delirium", but she was. She shouldn't had trusted her friend and swallow this little pill. But she did. And because of that, she found out trouble and her savior was a bigger trouble than the previous one... Lev was shady but gorgeous, and Kat couldn't stay away from him, even though she knew she had... "I feel like a hunter staring at his prey. I'm drawn to this girl in a way I haven't drawn to anyone else... ever. And that's exactly why I need to let her run, as fast and as far as she can." Lev was a part of a dark and dangerous world... He knew that he had to keep Kat away from his world, but even though he tried, he just wanted a taste... And then all hell broke loose... Even very late, he tried to stay away from her, but even though he tried, she got into his life and get herself into his mess with no good results... "I'm no good for her, and she's definitely no good for me. Not with the type of life I lead." Four years later, Kat is still hiding, but she had created a new life away from the monsters of the past.... A life with her son!!! She doesn't know that she had been found from the man that she was running away from... Lev, after all these years, finally found her and he was sent after her to end her life once and for all... But being so close to her is bringing in the surface feelings that he had to bury deep inside... And the existence of a small boy that looks like him doesn't help things... "Fuck me. She's even more beautiful than I remembered. A little softer, a little curvier, and without a doubt. the sweetest poison I ever tasted." So what will happen after all with these two when they are having so many unresolved matters between them???? And when the whole mob seems to be after them??? Will Kat subside her fear for the only man that she ever felt something and who proved to be the worst of them all??? Will Lev let her go, when she was holding something so serious from him??? "Lev and I are bound to one another. I feel like we were from that first meeting. But it's more than that." Well, i can't wait more of them and their story!!! Kat was a tortured creature... She had an awful past, a past that was still after her and Lev gave her hope... But then, he took that hope away from her and he found herself for once again, hunted and alone... Lev from the other hand, he appeared to be the bad mafia boy, but he had his own issues... From the very first moment, he was very possessive of Kat, and he had a soft spot of her... So inevitable, he couldn't not make a mess to protect his family.... And now, of course, I'm wonddering how the things will turn out after all!!! "But this is him, isn't it? The dichotomy of Lev. Violence and tenderness, they're interchangeable. He is capable of both to an extreme." "I remember when she looked at me like I was her hero. Now, I'm the enemy, and it feels like a betrayal. A hot knife in my back. I don't know how to make her understand." ***I received an ARC of this book for the excange of an honest review***

  14. 4 out of 5

    Syndi

    I have my own reservation about this book. It seems this book will be a duet. There are some pieces that are missing that link together the story. My confusion is surrounding Lev. His character is sometimes hot then flips into cold. There are some BDSM aspect in the story but light. Miss Zavarelli never shy from violent and dark themes. And this book has some aspect of abuse and sexual violance. N9t for fainted heart. 3 stars

  15. 5 out of 5

    Ezinwanyi Chinyere

    Boy, this one caught me off guard. I wasn’t expecting to enjoy it and I did. Lev was a really good guy. I love the mafia guys who are kind and considerate at heart. I love the attraction between him and Katerina. I love the back story as they are trying to reconcile issues from their past. It wasn’t overly graphic sexually or in terms of the violence. This is my kind of dark romance, the “lightly dark”. I will say the cliffhanger was a beast.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Rhonda Ziglar

    5 DEAD STARS!! These two phenomenal author have just killed me DEAD. My heart is pounding out of my chest....I have been on the edge of my seat with this captivating story. Lev and Kat's story will squeeze your heart with all the feels and the sexiness is off the charts. I need the next book like NOW. If you love mafia, dark and hotness, you need this book. 5 DEAD STARS!! These two phenomenal author have just killed me DEAD. My heart is pounding out of my chest....I have been on the edge of my seat with this captivating story. Lev and Kat's story will squeeze your heart with all the feels and the sexiness is off the charts. I need the next book like NOW. If you love mafia, dark and hotness, you need this book.

  17. 5 out of 5

    KatS

    Since jealous and possessive heroes are my kryptonite how could I not be drawn to this story? If not the title then the book description did it for me. My only hesitation about reading it is was my concern that Lev would not be celibate during the separation while Kat would be. If anything will hurt my enjoyment of a story then it is cheating and/or the hero having sex with OW after meeting the heroine while the heroine is a sexual deep freeze. No matter how many reviews I read I could not find Since jealous and possessive heroes are my kryptonite how could I not be drawn to this story? If not the title then the book description did it for me. My only hesitation about reading it is was my concern that Lev would not be celibate during the separation while Kat would be. If anything will hurt my enjoyment of a story then it is cheating and/or the hero having sex with OW after meeting the heroine while the heroine is a sexual deep freeze. No matter how many reviews I read I could not find out the answer to my question and so I took the plunge and read it anyway. I am glad that I did because I enjoyed reading the story and Lev was celibate during the separation as was Kat. Sure it was a lot more clear that Kat was celibate because Lev asked her. However did Kat bother to ask Lev? No apparently it was not a problem for her either way. However some of the story is from Lev's point of view and so two of his thoughts confirmed that he was celibate during the separation. Specifically he thought, "It's been 4 long years and I am not going to last." and "My c*ck unleashing 4 years of pent up tension and a f*ck long of come." With some exceptions, the authors both tend to have jealous and possessive heroes and Levi is as well and so I got my fix. Also the story includes hot sexy times and kept my interest. I read it in one sitting. Sure it ends in a cliffhanger and the second book is not out for a couple more weeks but I knew both of these things ahead of time and so I didn't have a problem with either. I will be reading the next book.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Keri Loves Books

    Protecting What’s Mine This Russian mobster will stop at nothing to protect his family. A possessive, alpha male who will risk it all. Lev and Kat meet at Delirium. It’s a club that embraces the darker side of life. Kat was brought by her best friend Nina to celebrate her ninteenth birthday. A little extra chemical fun leads to a bad situation that forces Lev to step in. He’s no hero. He’s everything Kat should run from. Kat’s young but she knows what she wants. She may not know what’s good for her Protecting What’s Mine This Russian mobster will stop at nothing to protect his family. A possessive, alpha male who will risk it all. Lev and Kat meet at Delirium. It’s a club that embraces the darker side of life. Kat was brought by her best friend Nina to celebrate her ninteenth birthday. A little extra chemical fun leads to a bad situation that forces Lev to step in. He’s no hero. He’s everything Kat should run from. Kat’s young but she knows what she wants. She may not know what’s good for her, but Lev is a risk she wants to take. He knows he should stay away. But the temptation is just too much to resist. Kat expects to have her fun and then walk away. However, her whole life is about to be irrevocably changed. Her best friend’s father is on the wrong side of the mafia and Nina gets dragged along. Kat unknowningly goes to Nina for help with a personal matter. Wrong place, wrong time. Now Kat is on the run. You can’t run fast enough or far enough from the Russian mafia. It may take time, but they will find you. Lev is fearless. Protecting his family is ingrained in who he is. His mafia boss was his family. When secrets begin to unfold, loyalties change. Lev wants the truth, but now he has more to lose. A great mafia romance with suspense and steamy, hot sexy times. You’ll love Lev’s possessive side. This man will stop at nothing to keep what’s his.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Mimiorphee

    First book in the Ties That Bind duet, Mine is the result of the collaborative work of two authors I've been following for a few years now: Natasha Knight and Ashleigh Zavarelli. Their dark mafia romance series never fail to enthrall me.  In Mine, we follow the storie of Kat and Lev. She is a collateral in Lev's work in the Russian Bratva. Strong young woman, she is loyal to those she loves. That is the reason why she found herself in that intense predicament. Now bound to the dangerous, possessiv First book in the Ties That Bind duet, Mine is the result of the collaborative work of two authors I've been following for a few years now: Natasha Knight and Ashleigh Zavarelli. Their dark mafia romance series never fail to enthrall me.  In Mine, we follow the storie of Kat and Lev. She is a collateral in Lev's work in the Russian Bratva. Strong young woman, she is loyal to those she loves. That is the reason why she found herself in that intense predicament. Now bound to the dangerous, possessive and protective Lev, her life is going to be changed forever.  "The dichotomy of Lev. Violence and tenderness, they’re interchangeable. He is capable of both to an extreme." Mine is a intense read with turns and twists. It's not as dark as I expected it to be, considering the previous works of the authors, I can't wait to see if the next opus will deliver the thrill I am so addicted to! *winks* I VOLUNTARILY REVIEWED AN ARC COPY OF THIS BOOK. THANK YOU!!!

  20. 5 out of 5

    XxTainaxX Curvy and Nerdy

    These two authors are my dark romance dream team. I loved Kat and Lev’s story. They had a spark but were at different points in their very different lives. Then as everything gets more complicated, their paths cross again but there’s a link they can’t ignore. The plot allowed for the setup for a great second part and gave us just enough to stay on the line. Lev was a bit OTT at times but he ticked all those alpha, sexy boxes that are such a treat. Complementary copy received and voluntarily revi These two authors are my dark romance dream team. I loved Kat and Lev’s story. They had a spark but were at different points in their very different lives. Then as everything gets more complicated, their paths cross again but there’s a link they can’t ignore. The plot allowed for the setup for a great second part and gave us just enough to stay on the line. Lev was a bit OTT at times but he ticked all those alpha, sexy boxes that are such a treat. Complementary copy received and voluntarily reviewed.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Athena D.

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5 STARS I could not get enough of this book, I read it in one sitting!! I loved the chemistry between Kat and Lev. This was dark, dirty and just full of grit. Natasha Knight and A. Zavarelli make quite the writing duo. Mine by Natasha Knight and A. Zavarelli is an EPIC read and will join the ranks of the BIBLIO-ARISTOCRACY!!!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Mizz Latte

    Why do romance authors think it's ok for abuse victims to be abused in the exact same way by the so called "hero" The heroine was sexually abused by her foster father who would make her orgasm and this would cause her a great deal of shame. Then the "hero" handcuffs her whilst she is terrified and proceeds to sexually assault her and makes her orgasm just like her abusive foster father. The hero then whips her with his belt to deliberately cause her pain whilst she is still handcuffed. This was n Why do romance authors think it's ok for abuse victims to be abused in the exact same way by the so called "hero" The heroine was sexually abused by her foster father who would make her orgasm and this would cause her a great deal of shame. Then the "hero" handcuffs her whilst she is terrified and proceeds to sexually assault her and makes her orgasm just like her abusive foster father. The hero then whips her with his belt to deliberately cause her pain whilst she is still handcuffed. This was not in a sex scene. This would still be classed as a dark romance because it's about the Russian mafia so it doesn't need disgusting abusive behaviour by the hero... there is absolutely no need for it. This book would have been fine without that scene. Its moments like these were I wonder whether the author has had any experience with childhood sexual abuse victims because her portrayal of them is awful The annoying bit is that I have to read the second book because I hate cliffhangers

  23. 4 out of 5

    Tracy

    Every page of this book had my mind reeling with anticipation! From one chapter to the next I couldn't read fast enough to see this story and their fates unfold. Mine completely shattered my heart and I'm praying His puts it back together again. These two authors writing together is a force like no other. Their chemistry is unique and intoxicating. I honestly cannot wait to read on to His! Every page of this book had my mind reeling with anticipation! From one chapter to the next I couldn't read fast enough to see this story and their fates unfold. Mine completely shattered my heart and I'm praying His puts it back together again. These two authors writing together is a force like no other. Their chemistry is unique and intoxicating. I honestly cannot wait to read on to His!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Karin The Dark Bookworm

    Mine- A. Zavarelli & Natasha Knight ❤🔫❤🔫❤🔫 When Ashley and Natasha announced they are going to co-write a Bratva/ secret baby duet together , I told myself- this should be gooood, I could feel it in my bones! And I am so happy I was right and got to enjoy this angsty, hot, exciting, hard felt story! ☠😍☠😍 On her nineteenth birthday Katrina "Kat" ends up in Delirium, a night club owned by the Russian mafia (which she didn't know, but her friend Nina took her to) , she takes a bad pill which changes Mine- A. Zavarelli & Natasha Knight ❤🔫❤🔫❤🔫 When Ashley and Natasha announced they are going to co-write a Bratva/ secret baby duet together , I told myself- this should be gooood, I could feel it in my bones! And I am so happy I was right and got to enjoy this angsty, hot, exciting, hard felt story! ☠😍☠😍 On her nineteenth birthday Katrina "Kat" ends up in Delirium, a night club owned by the Russian mafia (which she didn't know, but her friend Nina took her to) , she takes a bad pill which changes her life forever! Levka "Lev" ( in Hebrew it means heart ❤) finds himself rescuing Kat at that night at Delirium, and takes care of her. He can't explain the draw he has toward Kat , but can't seem to fight it, even when he really wants to. "It isn't smart or logical, but perhaps she is right. For tonight only, I can indulge this fixation I have with her, and tomorrow, I will say goodbye to her for good!" I won't spoiler the book, but I will only say that, the sequence of events that led Kat to Lev, changed both their life forever! After an eventful night, Kat runs away, away from Lev and his line of work... fast forward 4 years and the story of Kat and Lev gets complicated even more. 👼🤱🤰 I loved that through out the book, we get glimpses of characters from previous books by the authors, and all in all, the supporting characters really enhanced the plot. 🧩🧩🧩🧩 Kat is a strong, protective character who will do what ever is necessary to to stay alive and protect what's hers, but Lev is the hardcore mobster who wants to make her his and protect her even when Kat thinks he's there for other reasons. "Christ, what is it about this girl that makes me forget what the f*ck I'm even doing here " This books ends on a cliffhanger which concludes in the book His. This book took my breath away, I was constantly on the edge of my seat to find out what's going to happen. And that doesn't happen to me often. I give this book a ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ for the sole reason that it made my heart speed up with every page. I can't wait for the conclusion of this duet and to find out what's going to happen with Kat and Lev❤ ** Disclaimer- I got an ARC for an honest review **

  25. 4 out of 5

    Amber- Leave Me Alone I’m Reading

    I straight up DEVOURED this book. Mine had me hooked from the very beginning and I just couldn’t put it down! I get so excited to read an excellent mafia book and these authors know exactly how to slay me. This book is sexy and suspenseful with characters that I just fell in love with. Ooh and there’s a cameo by one of my faves from Boston Underworld! So exciting! I will be on pins and needles waiting for the conclusion to this duet!!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Yael Shalom

    I had difficulties getting through this book . The hero was a violent , overbearing , possessive asshole who treated the heroine as if she was an object of his , and worse . (I love Alpha males but it's SO not that ! ) I couldn't connect with the heroine who was a victim in childhood and continued to be into adulthood. Kind of repetitive and well-known chronicle . There's nothing here that made me enjoy it, and I especially need it these days ... abandoning at 78% I had difficulties getting through this book . The hero was a violent , overbearing , possessive asshole who treated the heroine as if she was an object of his , and worse . (I love Alpha males but it's SO not that ! ) I couldn't connect with the heroine who was a victim in childhood and continued to be into adulthood. Kind of repetitive and well-known chronicle . There's nothing here that made me enjoy it, and I especially need it these days ... abandoning at 78%

  27. 5 out of 5

    Weronika - Little Steamy Reads

    "She is exactly what I don't need in my life right now. Or ever, for that matter." I’m completely obsessed with this story! A. Zavarelli and Natasha Knight are both incredible when it comes to mafia romances and together they created pure perfection! Mine is a completely addicting and unputdownable read, it kept me in suspense and gave me the thrill I seek in mafia books. The romance between Lev and Kat was something out of this world, it was full of need, passion and danger. I devoured their "She is exactly what I don't need in my life right now. Or ever, for that matter." I’m completely obsessed with this story! A. Zavarelli and Natasha Knight are both incredible when it comes to mafia romances and together they created pure perfection! Mine is a completely addicting and unputdownable read, it kept me in suspense and gave me the thrill I seek in mafia books. The romance between Lev and Kat was something out of this world, it was full of need, passion and danger. I devoured their story in one sitting and I’m dying for more! Lev stole my heart with his protective and caring nature. He’s a criminal, a cold and dangerous one, but he’s also tender and loving for the right person. He’s able to scare you and make you swoon at the same time. He’s possessive, totally drool-worthy and I couldn’t get enough of him! Kat is a proud and strong woman. She can take care of herself and she does what she thinks is best. On the surface she seems innocent and vulnerable, but she has a good sense of self-preservation and takes action when it’s needed. Their chemistry was palpable from the moment they met and it was completely off the charts! Even though they both had their doubts and reservations, the attraction was so strong that they couldn't stay away from each other. And when they were together it was combustible! I’m all hot and bothered just thinking about these two! Mine is a captivating story filled with secrets, suspense and many unexpected twists and turns. It’s also scorching hot and a bit emotional. Zavarelli and Knight did great pairing together and creating such an amazing book! I cannot wait for the continuation of Lev and Katrina’s addicting story! ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Diana * burningdesire_x3 *

    This Man’s Hot *arc generously provided by the promo team in exchange for an honest review* “There's something in the wind, I can feel it blowing in It's coming in softly on the wings of a bomb There's something in the wind, I can feel it blowing in It's coming in hotly and it's coming in strong.” Change – Lana Del Rey What’s this book about? (I'm trying to give as little spoilers as possible) One moment in Kat’s life changes everything. Four years later, she’s living her life outside of trouble with he This Man’s Hot *arc generously provided by the promo team in exchange for an honest review* “There's something in the wind, I can feel it blowing in It's coming in softly on the wings of a bomb There's something in the wind, I can feel it blowing in It's coming in hotly and it's coming in strong.” Change – Lana Del Rey What’s this book about? (I'm trying to give as little spoilers as possible) One moment in Kat’s life changes everything. Four years later, she’s living her life outside of trouble with her kid. Until her past, in form of Lev, comes back to haunt her… “The rumblin' from distant shores sends me to sleep But the facts of life can sometimes make it hard to dream Life rocked me like Mötley Grabbed me by the ribbons in my hair Life rocked me ultra-softly Like the heavy metal that you wear.” Heroin – Lana Del Rey This is my first read of Natasha Knight and A. Zavarelli (together and as solo authors). I’m writing this right after finishing Mine. I can’t wait for the conclusion to the story because that cliffhanger is a torturous one. This was a fast-paced and entertaining read. I grew more invested in the story as it progressed. I was determined to give it a shot because I know that I’m tough on stories; I can lose interest very easily, but you can gain my attention just as easily. After approximately 40%, I was totally clutching unto my Kindle app. Lev and Kat became an idea that I shipped more and more as the story evolved. Lev’s ways were hot and the steam with him and Kat was undeniably appealing *smirk* *smirk*. Lev was creepy, dangerous, mysterious, dominating and definitely did the job. He had one job and even if other people in the book might’ve thought he failed, I say LEV DID EXACTLY WHAT HE WAS SUPPOSED TO DO (for me LOL). He knew how to stage an entrance like SHEESH. Kat and her son were too adorable. When the son was first mentioned, I squealed in happy noises LOL. It was simply too cute. Kat had tenacity; she was brave. I rooted for her and I hoped that she’d get her happy ending. The more we delved into Lev’s and Kat’s backstories, the better I understood and loved them. There was something utterly romantic in their relationship LOL. This is dark romance. We have different standards here. I can’t wait to see what happens in HIS (coming out on April 22). I recommend this read to lovers of mafia reads, intense and scorching hot romance between two characters that shouldn’t have met, overprotective daddies and sexy momma bears. Instagram Facebook Goodreads Bookbub Amazon

  29. 5 out of 5

    Niki

    3 Stars....It didn't blow my socks off, but it didn't blow There really wasn't any romance between Kat and Lev. Just chemistry, a one night stand and they can't stop thinking about each other. Lev pushes her away because she's too pure to be apart of his life. Kat sees something she shouldn't and because of her tragic past knows to get the heck outta dodge quick. 4 years on the run with her secret baby and Lev finally finds Kat and realizes he's a daddy. Then the story becomes "you're mine and I 3 Stars....It didn't blow my socks off, but it didn't blow There really wasn't any romance between Kat and Lev. Just chemistry, a one night stand and they can't stop thinking about each other. Lev pushes her away because she's too pure to be apart of his life. Kat sees something she shouldn't and because of her tragic past knows to get the heck outta dodge quick. 4 years on the run with her secret baby and Lev finally finds Kat and realizes he's a daddy. Then the story becomes "you're mine and I won't let anyone hurt you" but he falls short and we're left on a major cliffhanger. I will read the next one to see what happens and maybe there will be more relationship meat in that one.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Precious ✨

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. SPOILERS ARE HIDDEN . . . "A subtle message she can’t miss. Honey, I’m home." Just, wow. I started this book because I read a really good review, and I am very happy that I did so. - Thanks Giorgia! This was my first time reading either of these authors and I would definitely read more by them in the future. I'd give this book a solid 4.5 The story is about Katerina just trying to support herself after having the crappiest childhood basically ever. She meets Lev at a club on a night gone hella SPOILERS ARE HIDDEN . . . "A subtle message she can’t miss. Honey, I’m home." Just, wow. I started this book because I read a really good review, and I am very happy that I did so. - Thanks Giorgia! This was my first time reading either of these authors and I would definitely read more by them in the future. I'd give this book a solid 4.5 The story is about Katerina just trying to support herself after having the crappiest childhood basically ever. She meets Lev at a club on a night gone hella wrong with her friend. Now Lev is a Russian Mob affiliate whose been working for his Uncle for the past ten years, and when he sees her he doesn't want to taint her with his lifestyle. "Kat leans into me like it’s the most natural thing in the world, and it chokes some of the air from my lungs. I can’t keep her." So they do the thing, the thing is great, and then shit hits the fan and now Katerina is on the run with no interest in looking back. We fast forward 4 years and Lev has finally tracked her down and he's still a bit stuck on this girl. “You don’t get to kill me,” I murmur against her. “You don’t get to leave me again.” Then he's really stuck once he sees a little boy rolling around with her. It's a lot of emotions between the two, tons of ups and downs for them and its all so real. Now yes this is tagged as mafia romance, so it's not like real real in a sense that this could happen to me and you, but there isn't any "DADDY I LOVE HIM" *in my best Ariel voice* moments, its just two people with major issues trying to figure all this out. I liked Kat. I really did, she wasn't trying to be anything she wasn't. She didn't have some black and white moral compass, she was a survivor. "Should I be upset by this? Tell him no? Not to do it? I’m not, and I don’t." She just did what she needed to, to take care of herself and later on her son. She's still dealing from (view spoiler)[ the abuse she went through but I honestly appreciated certain parts of it being worked through, it brought up parts of what survivors go through that doesn't get highlighted or addressed in other books I've read. Shame and shame of their body's reaction is a HUGE part for some people and it doesn't get mentioned or properly address for them. (hide spoiler)] So having Lev bring it out of her and let her know that none of it was her fault or anything to be shamed for was very much a big chunk of my respect for him. Speaking of LEV, I really liked him. He also was an unapologetic bad ass mfer and gave no inkling that he was going to pretend to be otherwise. “Who are you?” she whispers. “I think you know who I am.” I offer her a dark look. “So don’t make me say it.” He has a few revelations come out during this whole thing and still he does whatever he thinks is best for his new found family. While he could be creepy, scary, and a bit possessive, he was also caring, protective, thoughtful, and honest af. I think he was a great fit for his Katya, well mostly because I mean creepy is never cool lol. He was tender when appropriate and hard when the time for playing around was over. What I expect from a mafia lead. "The dichotomy of Lev. Violence and tenderness, they’re interchangeable. He is capable of both to an extreme." I just wanted to do a quick review before I get to into the second book, so that way it's not morphed into a review about both of them. TL;DR: I highly recommend this to any of my fellow mafia, or "after dark" readers.

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