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Songbird (Zetas)

4.18  ·  Rating Details ·  175 Ratings  ·  51 Reviews
“You’re the big boss.” She looked up at me and smiled. She was dressed in a cheap cotton shirt and jeans that should be on the burn pile, but that smile was pure gold. This girl had guts.

“I told José he was a fool to try and cheat you,” she said. “I wasn’t part of it, and I don’t work for you. I was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

She’d heard about our policy pr
Kindle Edition, 338 pages
Published September 24th 2014
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Wow, this book blew me away! What a suspenseful, captivating look at love, and life in general, in the Mexican cartel. I loved the gutsy, super sharp heroine too! A.J. Adams shows her great talent for dark, suspenseful romantic writing in Songbird, which amazingly is only her third book. Not only was the book well written, but it was witty and erotic and the elaborate well thought out plot kept me guessing every step of the way. I will definitely be looking for more of Ms. Adams’ works in the fu ...more
This story was a mixed bag for me. I enjoyed it for the most part, however I found it extremely drawn out. There’s a truck load of violence, one scene of a woman being hit, which almost made me put it down and not finish the story. However, for the most part the men in this story took care of ‘their’ women.

So yeah the violence, while no newbie to such dialogue, there were a number of scenes which in my humble opinion were concocted for the sole purpose of showing how badass these members of the
Nikki "The Crazie Betty" V.

3.5 Stars

I did generally enjoy this story minus a few misgivings. All in all there weren’t really any terrible spelling or grammar errors, and I like the author’s style.

In this story we meet Solitaire who has been being held as a toy by a higher ranking man in the cartel. When going in to clean up a mess, cartel boss Arturo happens across the two not so love birds. After telling Solitaire he’ll let her leave if she gives up the info he’s after, she quite conveniently loses her memory via elect
Nov 17, 2016 Fani rated it really liked it
Shelves: dark, safe
“Every man has an Achilles heel, and I knew Solitaire was mine.”

With “Songbird” we visit once again the dark world of the zeta cartel but this time we see it through the eyes of its own creator and leader: Arturo. Having all eyes on him all the time, waiting for him to show weakness has made him a very harsh character who doesn’t hesitate to hand out punishment to those who aren’t loyal to him. Arturo was quite different from the other members in the sense that he might use some violence wh
Marissa Honeycutt
Oct 22, 2014 Marissa Honeycutt rated it it was amazing
This is the second book I've read by AJ Adams and I have to say that she is definitely one of my favorite authors. I love her unique take on situations that normally are seen in black and white.

For example, the 'hero' in this book, Arturo, is not normally someone you'd think of as a hero. He's a ruthless cartel boss and, at first I thought, how on earth can I come to like this guy. But you get into his head, you understand how his mind works, and a few chapters in, you're in love.

This book hooke
I felt that the author was trying to recreate the chemistry between Chloe "Sweet Pitufa" Jones and Kyle "Chismoso" Suarez from her previous book, The Bonus, a solid 5 stars for me. After all, this is the story of Arturo, Kyle's even more ruthless Mexican drug kingpin cousin, and Solitaire, another black-haired, blue-eyed British beauty who is as damaged as she is feisty. I mean, really? I think the author is immensely talented, but this was too similar to her previous book. I am hoping in her ne ...more
Jan 27, 2015 Karen111 rated it liked it
Shelves: dark-reads, bdsm
Like 'The Bonus', this was good, and I was excited to see where it led, but I definitely didn't enjoy it as much, and certain things niggled at me.

We met Arturo in The Bonus - he's Kyle's half brother and leader of the Mexican gang Los Zetas. While in London handling some business, Arturo comes upon Solitaire - the English girlfriend of an associate he's come to assassinate. Arturo sees something he likes in Solitaire, and so instead of dealing with her in his usual way, he brings her back to Me
Aug 09, 2016 **K. rated it liked it
Shelves: bdsm-group-r2r
This book starts with Arturo discovering his girlfriend is working for the DEA. He immediately and brutally kills her. Cut to Arturo and his crew pretty much killing everyone and anyone in their path, Arturo meets Solitaire. Is she genuine or is she a rat too? As the story unfolds Arturo finds himself falling for Solitaire despite the threat of Songbird out there closing in on him and his crew.

Overall, I enjoyed the story. There was not as much BDSM as I would have thought considering I receive
Romance Readers Retreat
This is one amazing book, everything I've come to expect from AJ Adams. If you've read The Bonus, or The Degas Girl, then you'll know what Songbird is going to be like.

Songbird is full of Mexican drug cartels, danger, intrigue, and hot steamy sex. What's not to love about that? Fair warning, there are scenes of violence against women, especially the very first chapter, but if you can stick it out, you will be rewarded with an amazing romance between Solitaire and Arturo.

Arturo is the head of a v
Oct 31, 2014 Cassie rated it really liked it
The head of Los Zetas, brutal, eye for an eye, multi millionaire... Arturo runs it all.

Going after a traitor, he will find someone he never imagined... Solitaire. She showed him her loyalty and dark side.

One night with her wouldn't be enough. He had to have her in whatever way he could.

Solitaire has been tortured, raped and can't remember her past.

Arturo saved her, gave her a second chance.
Seriously, he didn't have to. He's brutal remember.

"You're mine forever."- Arturo

While their relationship g
Red Cheeks Reads
Oct 29, 2014 Red Cheeks Reads rated it really liked it
Talk about an unconventional romance! Songbird is not your typical love story but there is definitely something beautiful about seeing these two criminals, both with hearts of gold, find happiness with each other.

Arturo is a mob boss, as head of a Mexican cartel he has a reputation that is well deserved! Dealing in everything from drugs and prostitution to textiles and the stock market means that he and his crew have to run a tight ship and Arturo is not a man you want to come up against!

KC  -- Reading Is My Superpower
I have come to really like this Author. This is the follow up book to The Bonus. With the story revolving around the head honcho Arturo.

Arturo is the head of the "family". Known for his cruelness and cold heart, he finds himself drawn to Solitaire when he finds her in the house of a man he is gunning after. Solitaire is a strong leading lady. Not one to take too much crap and is determined to fight the pull she feels towards Arturo. As she plays her part until she can find her way out, she disco
E.G. Manetti
Arturo Zeta is a horrible person - a brutal drug lord who rules through terror. He first shows up in The Bonus and is thoroughly unlikeable. He starts out Songbird the same way. So why 5-stars? Because in the end, I liked him. Even knowing it was ridiculous - real cartel drug lords are nasty.

Too old and mature to be a 'bad boy', he is definitely a bad man, but not completely irredeemable. His relationship with Solitaire is believable from page one and the chemistry is intense. There is also an
I was given this book as part of the BDSM r2r read for an honest review.

I enjoyed the book, but felt the sexual chemistry for me was missing. The sexual side of the book was lacking, I just couldn't feel the passion. Cartel boss Arturo meets Solitaire under unusual circumstances, when her lover/ boss is taken out by the Cartel. They hit it off from the start and their love blossoms. She manages to loose her memory because of a taser incident, and only snippets of this returns, but she's has a bu
Sep 29, 2014 Raye rated it really liked it
I was amazed how not BDSM or erotic this book is even if it is considered one.

This story is about Arturo Rodriguez and his life being a cartel boss. He lives a very sheltered life but don't be fooled by it because he can do very disturbing things when you get on his bad side. For him, trust and loyalty is hard to see in other people which is why he only trusts so little people that you can count it with your fingers. But business aside, he is a family man and he cares for women and children and
Give Me Books
Dec 14, 2014 Give Me Books rated it it was amazing
OMG! I cannot believe how long I let this book sit on my Kindle before starting it because it is AMAZING!! Songbird completely and utterly blew me away. It captured my attention, challenged my mind, and kept me guessing. I hated whenever I had to tear myself away from it. I didn't even want to go to sleep, that's how awesome it was! I totally, one-hundred percent, LOVED this book!!!

Songbird is not all sunshine and rainbows, but it is not as dark as I thought it was going to be. Honestly, except
Oct 15, 2014 Ruby rated it it was amazing
Its so refreshing to read a book, where the stories are different. Where you can't guess what is to come next. This is that book for me! I'll be honest and say I have never even heard of this book or author, but wow!! I can't wait for more. I was asked to read and review this book and I am so glad to have done so. Songbird is something different from your average love story. There is mystery and gore. Love and hate.

"She sucked my thumb, and I was instantly rock hard. I gazed at that lovely face
Oct 28, 2016 Stephanie rated it liked it
I was super stoked to read this book after reading Ruthless People. I figured if I could get through THAT book then this book should be no biggie, right? So here is what I was expecting. Car bombs, killing sprees, senseless murder, and so forth. Something to turn my stomach. I didn't get any of that.

The characters were actually likeable, unique, and not one-sided. Example, Arturo could be ruthless, mean, and sadistic. However, he was also kind, giving, loyal, and in general somewhat a good guy.
Yvonne Daniels
Oct 27, 2014 Yvonne Daniels rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of Mafia Romance
Shelves: one-to-enjoy
I rated this book five star, this is my time reading one of A.J.Adams book, quite frank it's awesome, I read this story without going to sleep it was just that good. Solitaire and Arturo love story was exciting. It has drugs, Killings Mafia style and not to mention the sex is hot. I really like how the story was told, Warning there are some Violence against women that some may not like but justs adds to the story. Solitaire has beauty and brains, when she meets Arturo he had come to head up a op ...more
Louise Williams
Sep 30, 2014 Louise Williams rated it it was amazing
I wont bother you with a precis of tbe book because you can read the synopsis. I want you to know how this book makes the reader feel. This book is absolutely amazing. It had me gripped by the first paragraph. It was gripping and exciting and I found I could not put the book down until I finished it. It most definitely packed a punch! Arturo typical alpha male and Solitaire a bad ass female had a relationship so hot it burned the pages. This isn't an atypical romance but it is a beautiful love s ...more
Escape Reality with Books
Oct 30, 2014 Escape Reality with Books rated it really liked it
Criminals, mob bosses, the Mexican Cartel, kidnapping, murder, drugs, mystery, suspense and violence…this book has it all!

The story revolves around Arturo, the Head of a Mexican Cartel crime family. He’s a stone cold violent criminal, who is highly feared and who will take your life in the most painful way possible if you cross him.

When one of his men crosses him, he comes a knockin’ and finds Solitaire, who has been kidnapped and sexually and mentally abused by Arturo’s man. She makes a deal w
The synopsis of the book pretty much tells you how it’s going to play. I do have to warn you the first chapter you are like, WTF? The book was a little different than what I typically read, but by this author I was blown to holy heck away! The big, punch my chest alpha male, Arturo, is he a good guy??? Not so much, but you sort of like the guy. Arturo had a thing for Solitaire and they have so much chemistry.

This is not you flowers and diamonds romance… This is a dark read; I mean the first par
Cathy Geha
Sep 28, 2014 Cathy Geha rated it it was amazing
A. J. Adams has written another book that had me rooting for the bad guys. A cartel Jefe and how he finds his perfect mate while carrying out a raid and execution cartel style had me from the first scene. I know that Arturo is not “nice” and does some wicked things and his business is not legal but his heart is huge, he loves his family and he loves Solitaire, too. I loved the dynamics of this love story. I really enjoyed Solitaire’s strength of character and ability to survive. I don’t know how ...more
Johanna Panko
Sep 25, 2014 Johanna Panko rated it it was amazing
Thanks so much for a free book in exchange for a review. I begged for this book screams read me. Not to mention the story line is along the line of books I love to read. No disappointment here. I loved it...I devoured it. I recommend to anyone who loves mafia books with dubious consent, graphic violence, and sex. Dark romance seems to be the flavor lately, and this book follows the synopsis perfectly. I enjoyed reading this book, and I definitely recommend it. Overall entertainment ...more
Dec 31, 2014 Debra rated it really liked it
Really 3.5 only because a little after the middle I got a little boared and my mind started wandering but toward the end and everyone was like who could be Songbird...then it picked backed up. I was not sure about herione, she came off to tough even around Arthuro and I thought "that cant happen" and that made me think of him as a p**y(they say that in the book)but at the end I was saying well she needs to be tough if she is going to be in business. Again a good written book. Another Mexican Ca ...more
Nov 02, 2014 Peggy rated it it was amazing

Excuse me here, while I clear my head. This book has left me with a WOW out look. This characters are so real like and the plot even more. You don't feel like you're reading a story, you feel like it's you, you are the character and you are doing the deeds. The steaminess and the excitement of a thrill will keep you plotted on the couch and gripping your reader!
'Q' aka CoCo
Jan 02, 2015 'Q' aka CoCo rated it really liked it
More exciting than sexy

From the blurb, I thought this would be littered with BDSM scenes... it's not. Now, what they do have is hot but this is more about the cartel dealings and the mystery of who songbird is than the romance between Arturo and Solitaire. I will say that although very well written, I figured out that "mystery" pretty early on but despite the lack of surprise, I still enjoyed the book which, I think, speaks to the author's talent.
Leeloo  Dallas - Books Fifth Element
Re read in 2016, I read all the Zetas books in order and now it makes sense.
I am also surprise how not BDSM this read has been. I enjoyed the thriller, the story although at the beginning I did not quite get it. I think there were too many details in the book and a good editor might get rid of it, but overall I did see the growth in the author writing. I think Mrs Adams has a new fan :)
Nov 03, 2014 Prismseven rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this story from the author in exchange for a honest review. I loved this book!!! The characters are hot and the action is in full force. How could anyone go wrong with sex and mobsters. Great intense read!
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If you love romance with an edge, you're in the right place.

With AJ Adams you enter into the violent world of the Cartel, Camorra, Belial's MC and Prydain where death and romance go hand in hand.

All my novels are all self-standing and although some feature the same families, you need not read them all - although it would be awesome if you did!

If you aren't sure about how dark you like your stori
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