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The Sweetest Oblivion (Made #1) by Danielle Lori

The Sweetest Oblivion Book Cover The Sweetest Oblivion
Danielle Lori
Contemporary Romance
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?

This is a standalone forbidden romance.

4.5 Stars

So, full disclosure:

I’ve been GR friends with Danielle Lori for years now; however, I didn’t actually realize this was by her until after I one-clicked it. Cause I have Echelon 10 level of one-clicking skills up in here, people. But anyway, as I was saying. I didn’t know this was by Lori until after I bought it.

And then of course I got nervous.

Cause I don’t like disliking books by friends. And I don’t like the feelings of guilt if I rate said books poorly. And perhaps most aptly, I hate the inner disquiet associated with deciding if I should “pretend” I didn’t read said books so I don’t have to diss a friend’s hard-earned content or the always tempting “rate it higher just to be nice,” which I never do. Both options feel dishonest.

So I usually avoid this awkwardness by being a mature and well-adjusted adult.

Also known as steering completely clear of all friend reads and burying my head in the proverbial Sands of Shame like prepubescent ostrich.

But thank FUCK I adored this thing, which I 100% did.

In fact, now I am left regretting that I didn’t kiss Miss Danielle’s ass a little more over the years so I could score free ARCs and ride on her coattails of awesome.

Just kidding.

But really though.

I was hooked by page one here and ultimately read this in one sitting. Lori writes sexual tension like a champ and the chemistry between her H and h was out of this world. The ending fell off a little bit for me (thus 4.5 stars and not 5), but I still loved the hell out of this thing and will now endeavor to read all the other books Lori has out right now.