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Summary

We were on the front lines in a ruthless 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.  

This is a 102,000-word mafia/cartel stand-alone. 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.”

©2021 Tijan (P)2021 Tijan

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Loved this book

I listened to this book in a day.

Loved to story.

Loved the narrators.

Definitely recommend this.

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Such An Intriguing Story!😲

I found this to be a better book to *read* than as an audio book, for me. It was purely because Ash's internal voice came across much better on the page than in audio. I'm surprised by by this as 'The Not Out-Cast' has a similar amount of internal talking but I loved that audio book and her 'inner voice' came across exactly how I'd read it, that didn't happen with this book, for me!😔

Having said that, this storyline is amazing. It's fast paced and utterly captivating on so many levels. I ended up loving Reyes, who initially seems hateful.🙈 I loved the growth of the characters, especially Ash and Reyes!💘

I would still highly recommend this Audiobook as the story and narrator's are very good, especially the male!🎧🌟

Debbie, 1970, UK

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Canaries sing to save life's or do they?

Absolutely fell in love with this book and the characters. This author never disappoints, love all her work but this might just be my new favorite. What ever you think you are about to listen to it's not its more so much more. The narration was perfect!

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Fabulous book

Wow what can I say about this book without giving anything away….it was awesome. I was unsure for a while about reading this but once I started I was hooked! It was full of drama, suspense and intrigue. It’s one of those books that will stay with you for a long time. Narration was first class. It enhances the whole experience of the story. I’m hoping maybe one day Roman may get his story told now.

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Action and romance

Really enjoyed it. Great pace to the story and natural character development. Couldn't stop listening.

Caught me a little by surprise when the narrator changed hours in for different character perspectives but well executed and definitely added to the overall story.

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Slow start, but once it started moving, it was good. But, then it started to get confusing. Following chapters felt like I’d skipped a huge chunk, but when I went back, I found that I hadn’t.
I also felt the ending was wrapped up way too fast.

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Canary

Amazing audible book from the start. Tijan has done it again. Brilliant narration from CJ Bloom and Connor Crais. Once you start reading you can’t stop.

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  • CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹
  • 11-08-21

I WAS HOOKED FROM THE START

She stepped into this brutal Mafia world for one reason - to find her sister.. but along the way she’d been used, abused, exchanged and now won in a game played by the worst.. and the cold-blooded Mafia killer/foot soldier who now held her leash was going to do something crazier. Because, she who went by many names, was going to fall in love with him.. oh, it wasn’t going to be easy, it wouldn’t be fast with its Cartel hurdles and Mafia high-jumps causing daily danger and it won’t come without risks, bullets, bloodshed, tears, tension, suspense and emotional growth and pain. There’s a lot of players on this layered board with their own agendas so flee and/or fight will become the norm.. but it will all be worth it in the end. And so, ‘The Girl’ who could tell if someone was lying or not, slowly became a stone cold Mafia killer’s most precious secret weapon.. a weapon he protected and loved above all others. She’d eventually became a cherished lover he’d die for, torture and kill for.. because she had her secrets too.

From the first chapter to the last this story had me.. as the body count continued to rise.. as enemies became everything to each other.. as character-growth had a killer find his heart and, as a pawn took the board, captured a Kingpin, crossed lines and willingly gave her heart. Their chemistry and connection was plain to see and their group of trusted men was small.. but together they freed sisters, made alliances, weaved webs and accomplished a lot.

Worth a credit? Yes, I was happily hooked from the start with its intrigue and suspense and with its ‘just sex’ relationship which turned into so so much more. There’s a good cast of characters, it’s entertaining and thoroughly enjoyable. Narration.. hum, it was ok but Connor didn’t come in until chapter 34 for some intermittent dual POV chapters.

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  • GSKM in sc
  • 04-10-21

Raize and his Canary

This was so very very good. As always there is drama and angst to overcome before we see the HEA. I loved this book. Would love to see more books with these characters. Highly recommend the audible version too. The narration is just perfection. It totally enhances the enjoyment when reading the book.

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  • Bonnie M Bradshaw
  • 24-10-21

Too unbelievable for me

First of all, the story lost me at "Tik Tok". Once I heard the reference, I was done. I pushed through the whole book though and just found it too unbelievable to go with. There were just too many decisions that the male character made that had me thinking, there is No Way a real mafioso would allow that. I tried but unfortunately, it just wasn't for me. I found it corny and was just kinda bleh.

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  • LilleyLoohLah
  • 04-10-21

I just love mafia romance

I’ve been desperate for Tijan to write more mafia romance, and here we are. Finally. Canary it is. Note though. This is not a pretty mafia romance. It’s very much a gritty mafia drama with a side of romance. I flipping loved it. I listened to the audio version, and CJ Bloom was superb as ‘Ashley’. Then we have Raiz, our mafia frontman, narrated by Connor Crais (a new to me narrator), who was so perfect in the role, he made me believe he was actual mafia. The story of course had a few twists and turns, lots of action (and violence), betrayal and romance. Ashley was the perfect girl with attitude and I loved the fact that she was straight up and honest about herself. No holds barred. I was hooked. Loved it.


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  • Amanda T
  • 04-10-21

Absolutely loved Canary

She’d been in the life a while,trying to find her sister she entered the world of the Mafia,after a few bosses,she was sure she was won in a card game when Raize took her with him.He was a cold hearted killer. The more she learns she realizes she didn’t really know anything because she knew not to ask questions, but she heard everything and Brooke/Ash soon learns that she’s being used as a pawn in a very dangerous game. Something starts to wake inside her & Raize knows exactly what she needs,one night turns into two but is that all it is, she knows Raize sees a lot of women.Raize was the one man that everyone had feared,and he would protect her with his life,and he may have to do that with the people after his Canary.Can Raize save her from those wanting her and what happens when he realises he never wants to let her go. Tijan did an outstanding job writing canary. I was on the edge of my seat throughout the entire story. The narrator did an amazing job bringing the character to life. I highly recommend everyone to listen to this audiobook

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  • A. J. Powers
  • 20-10-21

Another great story by Tijan

Another great story by Tijan, I really liked these characters. Ash was a brave, strong woman that gave up everything to find her sister. She has a unique talent that makes her a very valuable asset. I love Raize and I love how he treats Ash. I liked the other characters that are with Ash and Raize and I love the furry member. There is a lot of violence in this book but I don’t feel that it goes into any major descriptions. This book has action, drama, and some pretty hot sex scenes. There were alot of twist and turns, and some shocking secrets that came out. I loved the ending, it was just perfect.

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  • 18-08-21

Mafia Romance 3.8 Stars

If you are a fan of Bennett Mafia then you will enjoy Canary. While not my favorite of Tijan's novels, I did stay engaged and interested.

I never quite felt invested in the characters and their relationship so felt like something was missing in the relationship between them and me. I did enjoy them and had a few giggles and laughs. My favorite character was Gus.

I will listen to it again to see if I feel different the second time around and because all Tijan's books are worth a second read.

While Tijan is one of my favorite authors, not all her books can be my favorite, having said that, I highly recommend this book.

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  • Kiran Singh
  • 17-08-21

great story

the narrator was very breathy at times....a little weird. my only complaint. the story was great otherwise. I always get lost in tijans books!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 09-08-21

Not one of my favorite books by Tijan, the story

The story was just to boring, I read a lot of dark mafia romance and this was just not a good fit.

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  • OMGReads Blog
  • 07-08-22

Canary: A Mafia/Cartel Standalone

OVERALL REVIEW & RATING: 5 STARS

Canary is an extraordinary story, and it is big. There are things I want to mention in this review but more importantly, there are things I don’t, because spoiler. Did I say this is a big story?

PERFORMANCE REVIEW & RATING: 5 STARS

I’ve listened to the audio and read the book and now I’m blinking even more. There are details that sometimes slip thru a reading that one might catch when listening to a story and vice-versa. That isn’t exactly what happened with me, but I did come to the realization that when I told you this was a big story, I didn’t know the half of it until I was done with the audio. And, if I’m being honest, I’m going to go out on a limb and say it might have been a bit too big.

This is one of those rare occasions where I can’t honestly say if audio or ebook is a better option. I honestly think they both enhanced by experience with this story in different ways and I’m glad I had the opportunity and means to both read and listen to it.

STORY REVIEW & RATING: 5 STARS

This story is in constant motion. There are moving parts at every turn, which means there are plot points coming at us left and right, least of which is a romance plot. That last part was disappointing as heck for me but it’s a Tijan trait that is constant in her writing as of late. I can’t really fault Tijan for writing exactly how she always writes but I can cry about it in my corner LOL That’s why I say it’s a phenomenal 5 star read but I need to add the disclaimer that it’s a Tijan read so if you don’t know her writing, good luck. Okay, so that’s that on that LOL

Now, the rest of it. It’s a whole lot of story kids, and some of it is literally thrown at you and not developed fully, imo. I have never paused and restarted a chapter so many times in the history of reading than I did for this book. I even did it with the audio after I’d already read the book! The amount of people to keep track of was staggering and then the end/reveal was just *deep breath* … I kept thinking “what am I supposed to DO with all of this??” as I cried for the girl who was then AND is now!!

None of this changes my stance on this book’s 5-star rating. I know there are tons of you who might read this and think I’m crazy but that just means you don’t know Tijan and how she writes. Which brings me to the last thing I want to say. I think Tijan is a unique writer, more than that, she’s one of a kind. That being said, her style and voice are uniquely hers. There are no authors out there that I could say “if you enjoyed so and so, you’d love Tijan”, so tread carefully if you are new to her. I would hate for you to pick up one of her more Tijan(y) books as your first one :) Do with that information what you will!