Sparrow – Review

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I’m starting this review with a heavy blush! Whew, this book was a tad more smutty than I’m used to, but it didn’t stop me from enjoying this excellent story!

After seeing this amazing interview with L.J. Shen, I had to read her book which had been sitting on my Kindle for far too long. I remember when Sparrow released, there were eons of raving reviews. I was excited to read it myself, if only for the cover alone, but I also loved the idea of a mobster romance and the forced proximity between Sparrow and Troy.

Troy Brennan

Every Southie in Boston knows that name. The son of a dead mobster. The heartthrob with steel-blue eyes. “The Fixer” who can make or break you in this city.

Oh, and my new husband.

Sparrow Raynes

That’s me. No one seemed to remember my name up until he barged into my life.
But then he caged me.
Kidnapped me.
And killed every chance I had to runaway from the place where we grew up.
Put simply, Troy Brennan clipped my wings.

I have dreams, big ones, but I doubt he’d ever let me chase them. I have no idea why he’d decided to take me as his wife. But I do know this: pissing off this man will not do me any good. At all.

“Like a human thermostat, he not only controlled every situation, but also the mood you were in.”

Troy was a bit of brute in this story, especially in the beginning. I wasn’t sure if I could stomach his character throughout. He was just a little too Alpha for me, a little too domineering. Still, I somehow was hooked by L.J. Shen’s writing and I loved Sparrow’s attitude. I’m glad I stuck it out because I thoroughly enjoyed how their relationship progressed. I’m a big fan of the forced proximity trope/enemies-to-lovers. It makes for plenty of angst and a good conclusion if done correctly, and it’s safe to say L.J. Shen had this figured out. And Troy eventually won me over as he softened toward Sparrow, which didn’t hurt.

I’d never before read a story about a mobster in any context, making this a new and exciting experience for me. I wish there had been a little more detail about the ins and outs of Troy’s life. It seemed like a lot of his day to day business was sort of glazed over and I needed a bit more information to be fully satisfied. However, I really loved the Boston culture that was added to this story. The characters were tough and interesting to read about.

I loved how this story was more than a traditional romance. There was plenty of humor, mystery, and a few downright thrilling moments. I’m impressed by the uniqueness of Sparrow and will be anxious to check out more of L.J. Shen’s work in the future. She’s a very talented writer and storyteller!

Rating: 4 stars

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