Review: The Sweetest Oblivion by Danielle Lori

July 18, 2018


Danielle Lori

Forbidden Mafia Romance

Release Date: June 20, 2018


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?

Don't you love when you dive into a new author's work and fall in love with their writing immediately? When you know that you're going to love the story from the beginning? That's what happened to me when I read The Sweetest Oblivion by Danielle Lori. I'd been searching for a good mafia romance with a crazy family involved, and within the first couple of chapters, I knew I found exactly what I was looking for!

Elena Abelli, a.k.a. The Sweet Abelli, is the daughter of one of the Don's of New York's Cosa Nostra. Her little sister has been promised to another Don named Nicholas Russo. Her father told Nico that his oldest daughter was not suitable for marriage, so he agreed to take the younger Abelli. Once he lays eyes on Elena though, he begins to regret that decision.

Elena is drawn to Nico right away much to her dismay. She tries to go about her life and ignore him, but that doesn't exactly work out as planned. The spark between the two of them is undeniable. Nico can't leave her alone, and it becomes harder and harder to ignore his desires.

Her sister is in love with someone else, but none of that matters to her father. What he says goes. Besides, the deal has been made. Neither can back out of it now without consequence. Is Elena doomed to watch her sister live out her life with the only man she's ever had true feelings for?

The Sweetest Oblivion is a captivating mafia romance that kept me up all night long reading. It's well written, violent, and steamy. The romance is a bit of a slow burn, but the sexual tension and the payoff in the end are topnotch.

Elena and Nico have amazing chemistry! The intensity between the two of them is insane. In fact, it is so well done that it's what stood out to me most about the book. Their feelings for each other poured off the page, and every moment between them made me feel the need to fan myself.

I adored almost the entire cast of characters in this story. Elena's morally challenged family is probably my second favorite thing about the book, and I can't wait to read more about them in the future. Overall, Danielle impressed me, exceeded my expectations, and now, she has a brand new fan!

Mafia romance fans, this one is for you!

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Danielle Lori’s novels incorporate morally questionable heroes, electric hate to love relationships, and sometimes sweet but mostly sassy heroines. She has written in both the fantasy subgenre as well as contemporary, but will never stray from romance.

A normal day for her includes coffee, bodice rippers, and 1990s chick flicks. She lives in small-town Iowa with her husband and too many dogs.

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1 comment

  1. Fabulous review jessica!!! Love it! Shared on all my socials!!