Title: The Sweetest Oblivion (Made #1)
Author: Danielle Lori
Genre: Romance, Organised Crime, Mafia
She’s a romantic at heart, living in the most unromantic of worlds . . .
Nicknamed Sweet Abelli for her docile nature, Elena smiles on cue and has a charming response for everything. She’s the favored daughter, the perfect mafia principessa . . . or was.
Now, all she can see in the mirror’s reflection is blood staining her hands like crimson paint.
They say first impressions are everything . . .
In the murky waters of New York’s underworld, Elena’s sister is arranged to marry Nicolas Russo. A Made Man, a boss, a cheat—even measured against mafia standards. His reputation stretches far and wide and is darker than his black suits and ties. After his and Elena’s first encounter ends with an accidental glare on her part, she realizes he’s just as rude as he is handsome.
She doesn’t like the man or anything he stands for, though that doesn’t stop her heart from pattering like rain against glass when he’s near, nor the shiver that ghosts down her spine at the sound of his voice.
And he’s always near. Telling her what to do. Making her feel hotter than any future brother-in-law should. Elena may be the Sweet Abelli on the outside, but she’s beginning to learn she has a taste for the darkness, for rough hands, cigarettes, and whiskey-colored eyes. Having already escaped one scandal, however, she can hardly afford to be swept up in another.
Besides, even if he were hers, everyone knows you don’t fall in love with a Made Man . . . right?
Danielle Lori’s books was ONE of the first few books I reviewed here on my blog. Her Alyria series is so addictive!If you haven’t read it…you must…a beautifully written book from the fantasy genre. So when Danielle Lori announced that she was writing THIS book…I was super excited. Granted its from a complete different genre….I was eagerly anticipating getting my hands on The Sweetest Oblivion.
Now, This is the part I must admit that I almost put this into the DNF category. It had absolutely nothing to do with the way of writing…more to do with …the context? The whole idea of being interested with ones brother-in-law?! oh hell no! Talk about a possible trigger! BUT the forbidden romance that could have been pure utter disgusting was written so well that one couldn’t help but hope that these two souls, who’s connection is so obvious, would end up together somehow.
The Sweetest Oblivion is a joy to read. Nicolas and Elena has a chemistry that is palpable though the pages of the book. I’d bet that if the characters were real and you were near their presence, you would feel it too.
This is a conundrum for me. I hated this book yet I loved it.
I hated it because honestly, I wanted loyalty from Elena. I wanted her to step away from the situation..I wanted her to voice her opinion so that things would be more uncomplicated.
I loved it because Nicholas and Elena are undeniably meant to be together. As much I’d hate it admit it, the angst..the fear… the excitement…the sheer chemistry! This is what made the book worthwhile.
So..if you were to ask me if I’d recommend this book to you. I’d scream “HELL YAY!” with a caution this book is a true forbidden romance. It’s beautiful, it’s sensual, it’s exciting…it’s hot AF!