Canary By Tijan

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Canary: A mafia/cartel enemies-to-lovers standalone. By Tijan

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Book/Novel Title: Canary

 

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We were on the front lines in that world, the mafia world.

There was nothing soft or glamorous about it.

Who you were before no longer mattered. Names didn’t exist.

I joined anyway. I had no other choice because they took my sister.

Join. Find her. Try and make it out alive.

Then he won me in a poker game.

I hated him instantly, thinking he was like my other bosses before him.

He wasn’t. He was worse.

He wasn’t just cold. He was dead inside.

It didn’t matter that he was gorgeous.

He was the most lethal thing I’d ever met.

He was also the only person who could keep me alive, if he didn’t end me himself.

A/N This is a 102k mafia/cartel standalone.

This is the most violent book Tijan has ever written.

Trigger warning: references to sexual violence

“Canaries sing to save lives. I sing and people die.”
This book brought me to the lowest ofnlows and very slowly, very efficiently brought all the highs! Love and family…it’s everything.
Original storyline with great characters. Once you start reading you won’t be able to put it down. Would love a spin-off.
Every book, every time—Tijan keeps you enthralled and engrossed in her stories. Raize and Ash are two of my all time favorite characters of hers. Then again, I think I say that after every book of hers I read because they’re that good.
I didnt know right off if I’d like this book because I enjoy the darker kind of reads. But this surprised me, I’m glad I took the chance and I hope you will too!!
Take my review with a grain of salt because I’m obviously in the minority on this one.Honestly? This whole book was very anticlimactic and dare I say… boring? I’m still not quite sure what the whole point of this story was. There was zero romance between the main characters. I truly felt no chemistry. It was mainly just sex. Very lackluster sexual scenes, at that. Nothing to get my heart racing, if you know what I mean.I did like raize. You could tell from the beginning he was very protective of her, but it definitely came off that he was so protective because she was an asset to him, not the love of his life. Their whole relationship started by him asking her if she needed to get off because she had some adrenaline to burn off. But I did like him.I didn’t like that there really wasn’t much conversation. It felt like they were “in love” because of the life and situation they were in and it was convenient to be with each other. We never really seen them truly get to know each other. Sure, they had a few conversations about their past lives, but she didn’t even know his first name until after she was already in love with him. I just don’t buy their “love” because there really was zero romance. At one point Raize said he trusted Ash. Why? Because she kept her mouth shut/never talked and did her job? Or because you’re fcking her? Because other than that, you truly don’t know her so how do you know you can trust her?The writing style threw me for a loop. I gave this book two stars because I was interested enough to finish the book, but like I said, everything ended up being very anticlimactic. And it was hard to follow along at times because of the writing style. It was very choppy and sometimes the way the conversations were written, they didn’t flow smoothly, making it hard to follow what the heck was being talked about.I will say I feel like the author had a writing style set up specifically for this book. We start out with very basic sentences. Ash is very monotonous in her feelings/thoughts. As the book progresses, we see her talk more and the sentences/her thoughts get a little more detailed, and I do think the author did that on purpose to show how Ash was growing from this very shut off woman, into someone who actually interacted with those around her and began to care about the people she was with and let herself begin to feel emotions. We definitely seen her come out of her shell. My problem is that I never really seen much relationship building to understand why she cared for these people so much by the end of the book, unfortunately. And again, while I can understand the purpose of the writing style used, some areas just didn’t flow well and made the book hard to read. Also, there was a sexual scene where she was apparently sitting in his lap facing him, she leaned back on his knees and he was somehow able to reach her little sweet spot with his mouth while sitting up with her in sitting in his lap. Either I’m not very imaginative, or I’m just not flexible because I just can’t picture this position working lolOverall I wouldn’t call this a horrible book, but it wasn’t a “good” book either, to me personally.
This book had you from page one. It’s one of those books where you go to work or do errands and you can’t wait to get home to read it. I wish it was longer. Thank you !!

 

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