5 Second look at Sparrow by L.J. Shen
A Quick Summary
- Sparrow is taken from her home, life, and friends to marry a man she knows nothing about. He is her father’s boss, but rumors is all she knows of him. He’s a fixer.
- Troy finds that Sparrow is strong and he loves her spirit. Though he was forced to marry her, he starts to fall in love with her (though he doesn’t know it or see it for what it is). He’s mean, hard.
- Sparrow is kidnapped and he must fix the situation once again.
My Take on the Book :
I hated Troy until I loved how he was with her. Sparrow is all he ever loved.
Every Southie in Boston knows that name. The son of a dead mobster. The heart-throb with steel-blue eyes. “The Fixer” who can make or break you in this city.
Oh, and my new husband.
That’s me. No one seemed to remember my name up until he barged into my life.
But then he caged me.
And killed every chance I had to run away from the place where we grew up.
Put simply, Troy Brennan clipped my wings.
I have dreams, big ones, but I doubt he’ll ever let me chase them. I have no idea why he decided to take me as his wife. But I do know this: pissing off this man will not do me any good. At all.
My Review of Sparrow by L.J. Shen
Sparrow Raynes is a survivor. She can’t be caged or caught or forced unless she wants to. Abandoned by her mother at an early age and caretaker for her alcoholic father, she has learned that life is never going to be easy. She was never going to have free and easy. She had to work for everything she has. That’s fine. She doesn’t mind working hard for what she loves. She’s going to cooking school with dreams of owning a food truck one day. Until, everything gets taken from her… yet again.
Troy Brennan knows death. He knows blood and loss and pain. The son of a murdered mobster, Troy is on a mission to find the men that betrayed and murdered his beloved father. It was a promise to his father.
10 years ago, his father made him make another promise –to marry and take care of Sparrow. Another burden that his father heaped on him. He is stuck with her, but he won’t ever love her and she better get used to it.
Troy Brennan is on a mission to avenge his murdered father. But before he can finish his mission he has to full fill a promise to his father first. Marry Sparrow Raynes. Yes, he’ll be stuck with her, but that’s beside the point. He doesn’t have to like her. He is just full-filling the promise he made to the father the loved. He informed her of their impending marriage by take her from her home, installing her into his apartment, supplying her with take out menus and leaving her to it. Have a good week.
Marriage is new for him. Feeling are new to him. Her spark of fire and take-no-shit attitude attract Troy. She reminds him of… well, him. He doesn’t really see the point in caring about her. He know their relationship is doomed from the beginning. (See Spoilers) But he does like to see her occupied and maybe a little happy. (It would get her out of the house and allow him to see his mistress without having the worry about her) So when he finds out that she likes to cook he installs her into his high end restaurant where she meets Brock, right hand man of Troy and restaurant manager.
Sparrow tries to finds her way in the new world that she is trust into. Working, jogging, meeting with friends. Living with her awful husband as best she can, but it’s more that difficult. He cheats on her openly and living with him is a chore. She tries to connect with him but he takes joy in trying to make her feel small. Well, good luck with that. She can’t be taken down by a man like her husband.
As the days go on, Troy watches Sparrow take all of his challenges and rise above them. All of them. She is strong. She proves that daily. He stops looking at his mistress as the ideal beauty and starts to really see this small, red haired, girl-woman as the true beauty and warrior that she really is. As he learns more about her life, he finds she has survived much more than he knew (See Spoilers).
When she is taken on the street on morning, Troy must finally come to feel and acknowledge the feeling that he hasn’t been dealing with for a few weeks. He has to find her. He finally sees what his hate has been blinding him to for too many years. He has to save his wife.
I really liked this book. I liked the story and the characters. The pace of the plot is good. Nothing is too fast or too slow. You get to see the couple first hate each other, then slowly find things they liked about each other and then come to love each other in the ways that they can, but so much of this book is about Troy’s mission and Sparrow’s past. Troy isn’t ever going to be anything but who he is, but once he figures out that he loves her, Troy loves her wholeheartedly.
- Sparrow’s mother left her as a very young girl to have an affair with Troy’s mobster father. She always regretted it and told her love so. So to help the girl that his lover abandoned, Troy’s father makes him promise to marry her. Take care of her. His will stipulates that they are required to marry and she gets the majority of his estate when or if they get a divorce.
- Troy finds out that she was molested for a year but his father’s second in command. Finding this out, he takes no time to seek out the man and exatct retribution and justice.