/ Book Review / The Sweetest Oblivion (Made, #1) / Danielle Lori / – Beckie Bookworm


Release Date-June 20th 2018 Genre-Mafia Forbidden Romance

Kindle Edition-386 Pages

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?

This is a standalone forbidden romance.

The Sweetest Oblivion by Danielle Lori
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a mafia romance it’s one I’ve been meaning to get round to for a while and it’s also a new author for me pleased to say I do enjoy this one a whole lot. Elena Abelli is the daughter of Salvatore Abelli a big crime boss in the united states nicknamed Sweet Abelli on account of her beauty and biddable nature she knows her future is out of her hands and that she lives by different rules to other young girls.

A bid for independence six months prior ended badly and Elena is still living with the stain on her reputation.

Nicolas Russo is the Don of one of the five families in New York contracted into marriage with Elena’s younger sister to cement their alliance Elena is just glad it’s not her on the marriage block yet. From the start, these two definitely rub each other up the wrong way, both have prior assumptions about what they think the other is Nico thinks Elena shallow and superficial her head turned by all the attention she gets whilst Elena feels that Nico is a rude and arrogant man which unsurprisingly he actually is. Nico is surprised that the sweet biddable Elena has claws and finds himself instantly drawn and fascinated with her.

His new fiancé Adriana pales in comparison and he also has no great interest in her actually finding her a bit weird.

A series of encounters at family gatherings dial up the tension gradually here until finally things are brought to an explosive head. This is slow burn and nothing physically happens between these two until there in a position to act upon their chemistry. There’s inappropriate talk and Innuendos and obvious interest but it’s basically PG. That is until Nico going above and beyond to secure his newest obsession right where he wants her or actually doesn’t but can’t seem to help himself where she’s concerned. The uncertainty about how they feel towards each other is carried on here right until the final pages.

A series of miscommunications standing between this couple because of a lack of transparency.

This is dual POV and very well written I did like Elena more than Nico who I did find somewhat abrasive at times but I was invested in the overall outcome.
The slow burn was done well I would maybe have liked a bit more communication on both sides and also apologies I really think Nico should have apologised about the incident with his cook and maid that just isn’t done and was just about him scoring points and hurting Elena acting on emotion and just being spiteful if the shoe was on the other foot, well he wouldn’t have taken it so well I’m sure.

Even though this is described as a forbidden romance it didn’t really feel that way to me as both Nico and Adriana had no emotional feelings towards each other and don’t even like each other that much. This really did take the sting out of it and made it a bit of a non-issue.

This was definitely a hit and I will be picking up more of this authors work in the future.


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