Review: Asher Black by Parker S. Huntington

My ReviewsA good start to a promising series!


Asher Black is #01 of 05 in The Five Syndicates Series
(get it, 5) by Parker S. Huntington. The first 2 are published but only #1 is on Audible. The full series list can be found in the book itself or on the author’s page here.

Lacy Laurel narrates this title.

HEA with no cliffhanger!

This series is connected by characters, the school, and the mob, as far as I can tell. This is the first in the series and only one in audio. My philosophy is ALWAYS to read a series in order! :-).

Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins

Warning: SEX!
Yes, both in thoughts and actions, but very little. If you do not like sex, then you should avoid.

Trigger Warnings
Lucy has unplesant memories of potenial child abuse.



♥ Story ♥

Lucy ❤ Asher

Asher Black is a mafia/new adult romance (my classification, not official). This is the first in The Five Syndicates Series series. 5 are planned.


It’s like a modern day Cinderella story, only I lost a burner phone not a glass slipper .


Lucy

Lucy, almost everything about my name is fake, is a former foster kid that likes to run away from her problems. She is on scholarship at an Ivy league school where she instantly bonds with her roommate Aimee. Lucy is dragged to a hot club which sets into motion life altering events.

Lucy has a lot of baggage and can give you whiplash with her back and foth emotions. Her courage intrigues Asher, and thus goes our adventure.


Audio Sample from Audible


Asher

Asher Black is the true hero in this story, in my opinion! He is known as a mafia fixer, but if you ask him about it, he would say otherwise. Asher is not a man to be crossed, but not everyone is smart enough to listen. He goes out of his way for Lucy and is fairly honest with her, despite her not doing the same. He needs a fake fiance to keep from being voted out of his company. Guess who that is?

I feel like I can’t really comment on too much more without spoiling something, so please see the completed Read Along With Me for this title. Read Along With Me: Asher Black




There is not any info given for the other 4 books in this series except for #2 which has been published. Book #02, Niccolaio Andretti, features the mean girl schoolmate Minka and Niccolaio, who Asher called ‘One of His’. Book #03, Bastiano Romano, is about Asher’s ‘brother’, Bastian. Book #04, Marco Camerino, is possibly about Asher’s friend Mark, but not for sure. Book #05, Rafaello Rossi, is not a name I came across, even in part. I’m hoping for it to be the secret name of Xavier. :-).

This was a good start to a promising series. I look forward to listening to more in the future.

♥♥


I owe a favor to a mobster .
How the Hell did that happen?


♥ Author ♥

This is my 1st read/listen by Parker S. Huntington, and she has me hooked! The world setup is believable and there are definitely some characters I want more of.

Parker has 01 Audible Titles, this was her first!


♥ Narrator(s) ♥

Lacy Laurel gave yet another solid performance. The main characters were spot on!. The characters got a bit muddied when there were several in the same scene, but overall not too noticeable.

Lacy has 61 Audible Titles


Asher Black

The Five Syndicates Series

Written by Parker S. Huntington

Read by Lacy Laurel

Ebook obtained through Kindle Unlimited

Audiobook obtained for free at my request and I am voluntarily leaving this unbiased review

Read Along With Me: Asher Black Part 06

Read Along With Me
@ Chapter 31


What the what?
Shit getting crazy!


Now you’re ok with the killing!
Really lady!

@ Chapter 32


Now she gets it!
You can’t show the enemy all your cards!

 


Fingers crossed, Lucy gets to punch Monica in the throat!

 @ Chapter 33


I’m getting a very Italian Job vibe!


FYI: Niccolaio Andretti is hero of book #2!


@ Chapter 34


Is this Mark, the Marco Camerino of book #4?


Minka is at least doing something!
Doesn’t make me like her, but it does make me not hate her!

 @ Chapter 35


Lady, He didn’t kill the guy!


Throat Punch!
Throat Punch!
Throat Punch!

Punch her in the throat!

Damn!
No Throat Punch!
Boo!


The End, for the ebook!

@ Secret Epilogue


In my review audiobook copy, there was a short Epilogue that is not present in the ebook. As this is a review copy and not the Audible, I am not sure if this is present in the final product.

 


Asher Black

The Five Syndicates Series

Written by Parker S. Huntington

Read by Lacy Laurel


These are my musings as I listen/read this story!

Full Review Here

(Please note that above link will not be active until the read along is finished)


More Read Alongs Here

Read Along With Me: Asher Black Part 05

Read Along With Me
@ Chapter 25


Are we FINALLY going to get sexy fun times?


Damnit, NO!

@ Chapter 26


This chick is giving me whiplash!

 


That’s it?

 @ Chapter 27


This chick needs to get her brain in check!


Why is she acting like his past is a big surprise? She knew it going in, and he has been honest with her! She is the one with the secrets! I wouldn’t be surprised if that is the true cause of the attacks!


@ Chapter 28


They are misogynistic assholes.

 

 @ Chapter 29


See what lies get you!


Throat Punch!
Throat Punch!
Throat Punch!

You got some company Monica!

Throat Punch!
Throat Punch!
Throat Punch!


Go Asher!

@ Chapter 30


Really!
You’re just now figuring that out!


FINALLY!

SERIOUSLY


Asher Black

The Five Syndicates Series

Written by Parker S. Huntington

Read by Lacy Laurel


These are my musings as I listen/read this story!

Full Review Here

(Please note that above link will not be active until the read along is finished)


More Read Alongs Here

Read Along With Me: Asher Black Part 04

Read Along With Me
@ Chapter 19


So apparently Lucy has big tatas!


Minka needs to do something to redeem herself because at this moment I don’t want to read her story.


My heart weeps too, Lucy!

@ Chapter 20


Way to take the high road Lucy!


There is no way he doesn’t have a bullet proof vest on!


Yep!


Chick, Vests and a cocktail dress don’t mix.


I was wrong! Sorry!

 @ Chapter 21


So is it just a nightmare or is there more to what happened? Poor Lucy.
🙁


Hey, Pam from True Blood could pull off intimidating in pink!


@ Chapter 22


Awe, that is so sad!


So who is the intended target?
I thought I knew, but now I can’t be sure!
This is so intense!

 @ Chapter 23


Now you are taking him seriously about safety! Sheesh!


You don’t advertise you wear bulletproof clothing because the bad guys know to aim for your head!


Throat Punch!
Throat Punch!
Throat Punch!

I’m looking at you Monica!

Throat Punch!
Throat Punch!
Throat Punch!

@ Chapter 24


Oh Snap!
You go girl!


Asher Black

The Five Syndicates Series

Written by Parker S. Huntington

Read by Lacy Laurel


These are my musings as I listen/read this story!

Full Review Here

(Please note that above link will not be active until the read along is finished)


More Read Alongs Here

Read Along With Me: Asher Black Part 02

Read Along With Me
@ Chapter 07


A favor is better than dead!

@ Chapter 08


Smelly cabbage, Gross!

@ Chapter 09


Well that explains it!

@ Chapter 10


Asher should of put in a bowling alley!

 

 @ Chapter 11


FYI: Bastian Romano is book #03


It’s magical.
It’s the strongest thing I’ve ever witnessed.
And I want it for myself.
Badly.
–Lucy

@ Chapter 12


Who the Fuck is Monica!


Because, honestly, who am I kidding? I can’t pull off a pantsuit, I’m afraid of public speaking, and I usually fall asleep within the first few minutes of a lecture, let alone hours of congressional hearings.
–Lucy

 

 


Asher Black

The Five Syndicates Series

Written by Parker S. Huntington

Read by Lacy Laurel


These are my musings as I listen/read this story!

Full Review Here

(Please note that above link will not be active until the read along is finished)


More Read Alongs Here

Read Along With Me: Asher Black Part 01

Read Along With Me
@ Chapter 01


So Asher is a hotty, not a big shocker.
Please tell me you aren’t shocked!

This is a romance people.

The male lead is always hot, well hung, and good in bed.
You accepted those terms the moment you started listening!

@ Chapter 02


Love the Disney quote!

All our dreams
can come true, if
we have the courage
to pursue them.
–Walt Disney

Well that escalated quickly!

@ Chapter 03


Do they have an inside man at the 911 dispatcher office?

@ Chapter 04


So, maybe its not an inside man, just everyone except Lucy knows ‘who’ owns the club, ie. The Mob!

 @ Chapter 05


Love the quote and hate the bitches!

“Man cannot discover
new oceans unless he
has the courage to lose
sight of the shore.”
–André Gide

@ Chapter 06


Being a killer doesn’t automatically equal uneducated.


I owe a favor to a mobster .
How the Hell did that happen?


An hour! Seriously! I get you are shocked, but, damn, a hour!


Asher Black

The Five Syndicates Series

Written by Parker S. Huntington

Read by Lacy Laurel


These are my musings as I listen/read this story!

Full Review Here

(Please note that above link will not be active until the read along is finished)


More Read Alongs Here