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Book Review: ‘The Sweetest Oblivion’ by Danielle Lori

Title: The Sweetest Oblivion (Made Book 1)

Published: 20th June 2018

Author: Danielle Lori

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Blurb:

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.

 

Review:

Goes down as another off my 2019 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book that takes place in the summer. Suns not only thing heating up the temperature when Elena and Nico get in a room together.

Elena used to be seen as Sweet Abelli but that’s all changed. She doesn’t want to be that girl anymore. Always docile doing everything she can to not rock the boat within her family. Her family is more complicated than most, mainly due to the fact she is one of the daughters of an Italian mob boss. Theirs is one of five families within New York who don’t always see eye to eye. Her father is the don and what he says goes. A mistake she made months before has put her at odds within her family and herself. Running away and getting rid of something that should not have been given away only ended in bloodshed and a guilty conscious for her. She can’t undo what has been done but has a plan to ease the pain and guilt, whether she can see it through and what trouble it causes is something else entirely.

Now because of her indiscretion she seems to have thrown her sister Adriana under the bus with who she has to marry, even though it should have been her being the eldest. Not good when Adriana sees herself in love with the gardener, even more so when a shock announcement changes everything. Neither knew that they would marry for love. Just pawns for their father to use when needed. Adriana is a creative, eccentric, free spirit, who might just live in the clouds so isn’t really prepared for her new husband. Their father is having a bit of trouble that needs help from another family so goes to Nicolas Russo, the don of the Russo’s, to strike a deal. A marriage arranged in exchange for him making a problem disappear. Elena feels sorry for her sister but also a little glad it’s not her. That is until she meets Nicolas – Nico – and starts to get all hot and bothered for him and the way he makes her feel with just a look.

Talk about tension at the lunch table! A meeting of the families was never going to run smoothly, throw in some heat and Elena’s hotheaded reckless brother Tony and you are asking for trouble. He just loves to goad people to get a reaction but in the process ends up putting Elena in the firing line, quite literally. Good job Nico has good aim but the pressure to continue the meal after was extreme. You don’t disobey your father or the don boss who will be your brother-in-law.

Nico has quite the reputation, enough to make Elena nervous whenever he is near. He also manages to get her to say the first thing that comes to mind in any situation – some she may want to take back as he’s not one to be goaded. She may want to keep her distance but finds a pull there whenever he is close, which seems to be a lot. He only wants to be called Nico so you can imagine what she will keep calling him – hello Nicolas! In a way she finds she can be herself around him and not ‘Sweet Abelli’ like everyone else expects. The more she sees him the more she starts to crave what she knows he could give her, even though she knows she can’t have it. Pulse racing whenever he is near. Here’s hoping no-one notices or trouble will be coming from both families. Elena’s future might be in her fathers’ hands but let’s see if Nico can change that fate.

Connection only builds the more time they are together, tricky as she knows she’d fall for him. A moth to the flame not wanting to escape, even though she knows she probably should. My god they are like magnets pulled together whenever they are in the same room. The energy coming off them was insane. When they finally got what they both had been craving you could see they’d become addicted to each other. Marriage contracts are fickle, a Russo sees something he wants and takes it. The moment Nico saw Elena that was it. He would find a way to claim her as his own no matter what obstacles her father put in his path. Trouble may be a way of life with these families but secrets from past mistakes could be one step too far.

Elena’s cousin Benito, her driver/guard for whenever she needed to go somewhere, was amusing. Loved her Nonna, she sees more than see let’s on and goes with the flow. Her parents were high strung, but with her father being a don what would you expect. Nico’s cousin Luca was entertaining, he knew right off the bat that it would be Elena Nico would start to crave. Gianna was intriguing so I can’t wait to get inside her head in the next book.

Love it from start to finish, great characters and chemistry throughout. Electric energy from the moment Elena and Nico locked eyes. Craving something neither thought they could have until its right in front of them. Can they keep what they’ve got without getting lost in it? He would do anything for her and is fearlessly protective so god help anyone who ever tries to cause her harm. Great start to the series, full of other interesting characters that are all calling for their own books now.

5 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the author for my honest review.

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Book Review: ‘A Girl Named Calamity’ by Danielle Lori

Title: A Girl Named Calamity (Alyria Book 1)

Published: 12th July 2016

Author: Danielle Lori

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Blurb:

*This is a New Adult Fantasy Romance*

I was a simple farm girl living in the magical land, Alyria, where men ruled and women only existed.

Call me sheltered. Call me naive. I was probably both. I never expected to be the key to Alyria’s destruction.

The journey I was on wasn’t only one to save me. But one where I had a lot of learning to do. With men. With magic. And with myself.

But I wasn’t alone. I had an escort. One I wasn’t so sure about. But one I couldn’t afford to lose and one I wasn’t so sure I could even leave.

I had many hopes. But the most important one was that my name wouldn’t become my fate.

WARNING: This novel contains blood, violence, profanity, and some sexual content.
It does end on a cliffhanger.

 

Review:

Goes down as another off my 2019 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book that features supernatural powers. Magic used to flow around more freely within many people, but now just a few. Those with it will always seek more power. It is locked into the world around them. If someone has a key to unlock it think of the magic they could posses. A fantasy adventure to be taken along on but be warned it does leave on a cliffhanger!

So even though Calamity’s Grandmother is only in the very begin she does make an impact. Pop off to town and come back with a horse, well of course you did Grandmother lol. Seems she foresaw Cal would soon be of need of it, more to her than meets the eye, for one thing she has healing magic in her. Something Cal always wished that she would have too but was always told she didn’t. She has a pair of silver cuffs that she must never take off. Something of value or something holding in magic so she is left unaware? Could they be hiding her from those that could cause her harm? The truth in that is about to be revealed.

Trouble arrives at their door in the middle of the night when Reina – Cal’s mother who she doesn’t remember – comes to steal one of the cuffs. The moment it is off her Grandmother knows Cal has to run, as she will no longer be safe in Alger. The shock of finding out who, or rather what, her mother is has to be pushed aside for the journey she is about to take, one without her Grandmother.

Escape and run away as fast as possible from dangers that are soon to follow. That’s the only thought running through her head at her Grandmother’s warning, not that she completely believes what she was told. A route through the red forest is the path chosen – let’s just say it’s called that for a reason! Scary place to travel but better than the darkness coming for her and her ‘unknown to her’ magic just waiting to be released. She must get through to the next town to find herself an escort to guide her across Alyria to Undaley to where she will be safe. An escort needed but having extra skills as an assassin might come in handy. Hello Weston, warrior ex-Titan turned assassin with enough raw malice vibe energy around him to make you tremble in your boots with a stare, fancy helping our girl? What can be said with no words, a lot it seems. He might be her guide but that doesn’t mean they need to talk. Funny how she didn’t realise how much she liked to talk until she couldn’t.

Stopping at towns along the way can make for interesting interludes. Going for a bath in one with, to her, bad smelling soap from a stranger has a strange affect on some men, Weston being one of them. He doesn’t want the temptation so throwing her into a pool of water for her to wash it off is one way to solve it. Not that she really understood why he wanted her to wash it off, I mean she knew she stank but thought he wouldn’t care. Oh how wrong you were! Small shops along the way have a pull towards them for Cal as well. Magic inside that might help her out of her predicament. Some – if not all – are surely to back fire and she may or may not like the results.

Funny how she keeps thinking Weston might have magic, as he can always tell what she is thinking. True or not it might have more to do with her thoughts being written all over her face. As the journey continues she’s going to need to work on that to stay safe. Does her guide have ulterior motives for helping her? Something about him is different and Cal has to figure out how safe she really is, with or without him. He does keep saving her from danger – the Untouchables and Mages being top of that list – but for what purpose. Out of the frying pan and into the fire on more than one occasion. No matter how hard she tries she just can’t catch a break.

Red haze or blue haze – come on girl which one do you want most? Love (or maybe rather lust) and hate are two sides of the same coin in regards to Cal and Weston. They know just the right buttons to push to get a rise out of the other but there is chemistry and denied passion just waiting to find a release. She may not trust her assassin guide but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t want him or feel a perverse sense of safeness in his presence. She just needs to figure out his true motives. The seal for all magic is what those chasing her want her to open and she is the only one who can do it. So far she has no faith in that and thinks they have the wrong girl.

Interesting read that had me hooked right from the start. The chemistry between Calamity and Weston is great. Fighting each other along the way but also feeling a need to stay close at the same time as wanting to escape. At war with her own feelings she has for him and the weight of the world on her shoulders for fear of letting Alyria down and causing death and destruction by opening the seal. No pressure then! Now we do end on a cliffhanger, but that just leaves you wanting more. Where do we go from here? Book 2 and 3 I think.

5 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the author via Instafreebie for my honest review.

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