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?
5 out of 5 stars
I must admit that although I have read my fare share of erotica novels I have never read a book that merges erotica with the Italian mafia. And let me tell you...it was HOT. If you have an affliction for really (and I mean really) bad boys who care for their women in all the right ways then I suggest giving The Sweetest Oblivion a read.
Elena is an intriguing character because although she is known as the Sweet Abelli, it becomes clear that there is a darker side to the young woman. In a world that dominates women, she learns how to find her voice and use it effectively to get exactly what she wants. She also carries around a piece of her past that she can't quite let go of. Danielle does an excellent job at providing teasers about Elena's past without giving away the information too quickly. Elena's character development was well thought out and her growth makes for an engaging plot line.
Next we have Nicolas...keep your legs crossed ladies because he is a hot one! The book world is saturated with damaged boys turned men who have a domineering fetish. While Nicolas is a dominating man in most regards, it is his culture and lifestyle that makes him such. He grew up in the lifestyle and therefore acts accordingly. It was quite refreshing to see a different storyline and character development for the domineering tough guy trope. Nicolas is everything you might imagine for an Italian mafia king. He's dangerous, brooding, sexy, and protective of things he loves.
The progression of Elena and Nicolas's relationship is slow and steady before their interactions set you on fire with lust and desire. It's quite annoying to see the same story playing out - man and woman are lusting over one another, then they immediately fall in love. This doesn't happen in real life, so why are so many authors writing like it does?! Anywho...The Sweetest Oblivion plays into what we might see in a real situation. The lust develops rapidly and as the relationship progresses and Elena and Nicolas are faced with trials, a deeper connection is made. It is clear Danielle knows how functional relationships work and it comes across in her book.
We also often see a lack of supporting characters in erotica, but there were several to choose from in The Sweetest Oblivion. Those characters allowed for the plot to feel authentic and it forced the main characters to move through the plot at an adequate pace. Given the cultural influence, it would be expected to have several characters involved and they all contributed in their own meaningful way.
This binge worthy read will definitely have you standing in front of the freezer to cool off, so check it out now!