The Sweetest Oblivion by Danielle Lori

The Sweetest Oblivion by Danielle Lori
Series: Made #1
Published by CreateSpace on June 20, 2018
Genres: Romance
Pages: 384
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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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?


Though I’m a big fan of billionaire and dark romances, I typically don’t do mafia romances. BookTok, however, really lured me into picking up The Sweetest Oblivion by Danielle Lori. I think it was equal measures good and not good, ergo three stars.

The mafia portions were incredibly boring. I didn’t care about the business or the side characters (except for Christian whom I am in LOVE with, more than Nico.) The instant love between the main characters was also too rushed. Elena loves her sister, has a mysterious past, grew up in the mafia, but is scared of Nico Russo. Scared and attracted to him, her sister’s fiance. But she also couldn’t understand why people would think poorly on her and it is like girl, please. Nico is attracted to Elena instantly and knows he wants her from the start.

All of that said, I did still love the yearning angst of wanting to be together and teasing each other but not crossing that line because he is engaged to her sister. The possessiveness and brutal action of Nico was also pretty hot.

The Sweetest Oblivion by Danielle Lori, yes I think I would recommend it if you want to read a quick mafia romance, just don’t go into it expecting anything deep. Not sure if I’ll continue the series, despite Christian’s book being next and him being my favorite (I’m meh on the FMC for that series.)


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