Publication Date: October 4, 2021
Genre: Contemporary, Dark Romance, New Adult
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★
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 kill 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.”
Canary was a wild ride. If I had to pick one word to describe it, I would probably pick “extra”. It was like other mafia romances by Tijan, but it was extra: extra violent, extra mysterious, extra addicting. While some may find those extras too much, I enjoyed them.
I was sucked into Canary from the very beginning. Our main character was a shell of herself. She had entered the mafia world to save her older sister, and had taken on new identities and roles. Her most recent role was “Girl” along side Raize. Girl had a very interesting job in Raize’s organization. That role was cool. I would have loved to have seen it explored more. It was fun to discover more about Girl and her mission as the story went on.
Raize was a man with a violent job and no hesitation. He was the best at what he did and I could understand why. I wouldn’t necessarily say he’s a Tijan hero that I would swoon over because of his nature, but I did love how he took care of her. Maybe I just feel that way because Canary had a romance, but didn’t really feel like a romance for most of the book. A good 50% of it was just being in her head while living the mafia life. I wasn’t surprised when Girl and Raize turned their working relationship into a romantic one, but I also was. I think part of that was not getting Raize’s POV until later on.
As with all of her books, Tijan is great at creating a cast of characters you want to root for. I loved Girl, liked Raize, and thought Cavers and Jake were fun. Even the bad guys added entertainment to the story.
I thought the reason this book was titled Canary was cool. Tijan said this was her most violent book so far and she wasn’t wrong. While it was violent with all the killing, it wasn’t gory. It was a fast paced, multidimensional mafia romance. I devoured it from beginning to end.
CW: violence, murder, drugs, mentions of sex trafficking and rape
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Tijan is a New York Times Bestselling author that writes suspenseful and unpredictable novels. Her characters are strong, intense, and gut-wrenchingly real with a little bit of sass on the side. Tijan began writing later in life and once she started, she was hooked. She’s written multi-bestsellers including the Carter Reed Series, the Fallen Crest Series, and the Broken and Screwed Series among others. She is currently writing a new series from north Minnesota where she lives with an English Cocker she adores.