Sunday, 8 July 2018

The Sweetest Oblivion (Made, Book 1) by Danielle Lori

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 favoured 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 realises 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-coloured 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.


This is a new to me author and a genre I rarely dip into however this was an engaging and quick read with a lot of heat.

On starting the story I felt that the characters and their back stories weren't really explained. It left me with the impression that I was missing a piece of the puzzle or that these characters were part of a previous series.

Nico and Elena made sense as a couple and I enjoyed the fact that their romance was slow. I had envisaged that this was going to be an overly erotic book but by half way through I was still waiting on them to get together despite all their naughty talk and sharp wit. It's what kept me turning the pages.

I loved how jealous, dangerous and very possessive Nico was over Elena even before they were a couple and 
 how nice he was to her even when he was mad or jealous.

As a mafia romance I was expecting some crime or dangerous activities and I was a little disappointed that family dinner parties was the closest it got.

This is a standalone novel but I would look forward to more in the series.

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reading Copy.

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Friday, 6 July 2018

One For the Rogue (Studies in Scandal, #4) by Manda Collins (2018)


Geologist Gemma Hastings has no interest in pursuing romance—and no patience for Lord Cameron Lisle, an esteemed fossil hunter who has a way of always honing in on her territory. . .annoyingly handsome though he may be. But when a shocking attack puts Gemma in very real danger, she may have to accept Lisle’s offers of protection. Even if that means entering into a dangerous flirtation. . .

Lisle was once amused by Gemma’s dedication to her work. But now that he understands how much he’s underestimated her—a woman whose beauty is matched only by her genius—Lisle is desperate to prove his respect…and prove himself worthy of her. But is he too late? A bitter rival, desperate to steal Gemma’s scientific findings, is still at-large. Can Lisle help uncover the culprit and keep her safe—forever, in his loving arms?


I am quite fond of this series as I love  romantic historical mysteries. Although entertaining enough it is not my favourite. I liked Cam and Gemma as a couple. Their bickering was cute at the beginning but this story was just a bit too predictable and I found that I had lost interest about half way through. 
The intrigue surrounding the Beauchamp fossil was quite dull. It held no excitement for me (despite having an interest in the subject at university) and there was nothing new to the fake engagement trope. The usual reasons for forcing a couple to marry were also pulled out for an airing.

I liked the ladies' plans for Serena and Beauchamp House at the end of the book. Serena is an interesting character with a good back story that was never fully revealed. I would be disappointed if the series ended here and Serena didn't get her story told.

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