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Dark Desire

(Famiglia #1)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  112 ratings  ·  55 reviews

Everyone always says love will find you when you’re not looking. Well, they’re not wrong. Except, the man my heart stupidly fell for was more interested in playing his own twisted game of catch and release. Claiming me for himself, then pushing me away when I got too close, but there was an aura of darkness clouded around him.
A darkness that beckoned to me.
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Kindle Edition, 288 pages
Published January 15th 2018
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Mar 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sexy, sexy goodness

Well fuck me in the face with a wet flannel! This Mafia romance was more than I thought it would be. I actually didn't know what I thought since the author is new to me, I only knew an author I adore raved about it and I like to jump on band wagons and the cover is gorgeous to my eyes.

Braxton, holy shit, what a bag of sexy bossy alphaness he is! Seriously awesome and the kind of hero that you don't easily forget.

The author not only provided a storyline worthy of each page
They wanted to see Braxton De Luca break. Well prepare yourself, motherfuckers, because I just fucking broke.


Mafia romance is hit and miss for me. More miss than anything else so I tiptoed my way into this new series butttttttt I'm so glad I picked it up because it would definitely go on my list for best books of the month!

Braxton Deluca is so much more than you expect him to be when you first glimpse him. Oh, he is a powerful man exuding alpha confidence that it made my eyebrows tickle! He
Jun 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Nonstop read

Read this one till it was done. Didn’t take a breather. This was pretty much nonstop action till the end.

Braxton had bipolar emotions. I love her, I don’t love her, I need her, I don’t need her...that part got tiring and a tad over done. Braxton was definitely a devious/violent guy when crossed.

Klara was ok, never really got a name for her mental illness. You assume she has anxiety and depression. She seemed all into what she wanted to do with her life and that faded away once she m
V. Theia
Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I need some heavy chastising from Braxton because I was sure I'd reviewed this beauty of a book! How remiss of me.

Spoiler Alert. It's 5 bloody stars. Omg. I love it so much. I've read it twice already and I keep flipping back to my favorite parts.

Do you know one of the many things I adore about AJ's writing? She hits you square in the feels with the first word, the first paragraph and from that moment on I'm sucked in.

I love her style.
I loved the story
But it's the characters that grabbed
Krista Richardson
Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I finished this book in one night. I loved Braxton, love his name, and his alpha ways. His hot and cold drove me crazy but that’s who he was and, you’ll find out, for good reason. I adore Klara! She’s such a strong, sassy woman. Completely different than the walked over women you usually read about. Her strength is tested at the end and she comes out a warrior! The way she holds her own, takes care of herself and then takes the bull by the horns! The relationship between Klara and Braxton is sex ...more
Claire Louise¤°.¸¸.•´¯`»
This was a lovely surprise. New to me author. It's actually one of my favourite premise of sweet girl and big powerful man.
It's set in the mafia world, not my go-to, I've only read a few other mafia romance authors but I was caught up in Braxton De Luca immediately. Sexy to the zenith!

Just when you think the story is just a kinky sexy tale of man meets woman it becomes something else... darker, raw and all mafia. A really great read, looking forward to book 2.

description There was nothing sweet about
Tamara Harrington
Jan 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely freaking love this book!
This is my first book by A.J. and she has smashed it for me. Braxton is exactly the alpha male that I needed in my life. This man is dark, mysterious and has a kinky side that speaks to mine. Klara is a great female lead, as she has such sass and determination, I think she is definitely one of my favourite women. I could not put this book down, the drama, mystery and intrigue had me on the edge of my seat the entire time. Add in the phenomenal sex scenes and I
Ceeri Jay
I am not sure if what I read was an unfinished script.

riddles with errors
one minute she's wearing jeans next she's in a skirt

Shea bound, she's freed

her eyes are staring into green eyes, next they're grey

just ended up with whiplash over this story

am hoping most of the continuity errors are fixed in book 2.
♡ One Click Romance ♡
Jan 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Well fuck! This story started with a damn bang and ended with another.

I loved this story so, so much. It was dark but not as dark as I expected and feel it could have went there, but, I'm satisfied with it as is. The characters were very intriguing.
Braxton is hot as sin, loved/hated the hot and cold moments. The man gave me whiplash. Karla she wasn't all she had the potential to be.
She was a strong character but there were times she was more of a doormat and it pissed me off because she had a
Jan 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Dark Desire follows Klara and Braxton and their on/off relationship. Braxton will give you whiplash with his back and forth with Klara, all in an effort to keep her safe. Braxton's world is dark and dangerous. This was a quick and easy read. I loved the mob aspect and drama that comes with the mob. I could have done without all of the sex scenes, so I did skim through those. However, you love alpha sex then you won't be disappointed. I just like it in small doses. Otherwise it was a good story a ...more
Jackie Ashmead
Jan 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely LOVEDDDD this book! I literally couldn't put this book down the second I started to read it. I finished it literally within a few hours of opening the book. I definitely recommend reading this book! All the surprise twists and the chemistry between Klara and Braxton OMG!! PANTY MELTING CHEMISTRY!! I totally fell in love with Braxton and his dominate side! I seriously cannot wait for the next book in this series to come out!!! ...more
Jan 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! Klara is a bit naive but a strong women. Braxton, alpha as alpha can get. He tried to not fall for Klara but he can't help himself. This book was a fast read keeping you hooked through the whole thing. It starts out very surprising and continues to keep you guessing. I couldn't believe some of the twists. They kept me reading all night. This is the first book I have read from A.J. Daniels and I am looking forward to reading more. ...more
Beth Frank
5 "Mia Bella" Stars!!

I loved this book! Not your everyday run of the mill mafia story.

Braxton is the Don of a very powerful mafia family and Klara is the sweet, sassy girl he tries not to fall in love with.

There is drama, mystery and intrigue that will have you on the edge of your seat. Oh, let’s not forget about the chemistry between Braxton and Klara. Off the charts hot!!

I really enjoyed this book! It's wonderfully written! You won't be sorry you picked up this book!
Jan 19, 2018 rated it liked it
I had never read a book by this author before but I really enjoyed it.

I love dark books so once I seen the blurb I knew I was in for a treat.

From Braxtons dark mysterious ways to the kick ass sassyness of Klara to the twists and turns of every chapter. This book kept me turning pages.

There were some predictable parts for me but all in all I really enjoyed this book and hope to see more from this author.
Anastasia Jenkins
Jan 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book I’ve read by AJ and I really enjoyed it!
The story line is gripping from beginning to end, and you really can’t help but fall in love with Klara and Braxton!
Brad is the ultimate, dominant, book boyfriend and those sex scenes are damn steamy!
I can’t wait to read more of the series!
Sandra Fontaine
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Holy sexy alpha male!!! Absolutely loved Braxton.... I could not put this book down. AJ Daniels writes an amazing story that sucks you and and keeps you on the edge of your seat. I read this book in one night and I cannot wait for her next book!
2.5 stars.
This book and I just did not get along. I'm not sure if I wasn't in the right mood to be reading it or what as normally the blurb would be right up my alley, as are dark and mafia books. For me, there seemed to be some continuity errors, and that had me stopping multiple times throughout the book. There were also some scenes that I just didn't like, as well as some character reactions that just didn't read true to me. Another big thing was the four chapters that were told from the poi
Apr 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is amazing. I feel in love with Braxton- who wouldn’t and Mia Bella is the one he needs to make him the strength even though I knew what was going to happen it still hit me when the thing happened. I will also hit one of the men because he was a douche- canoe. The Mafia is seriously Hot with these men cannot wait to read the next one.
Nov 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A dark and gritty, sinfully arousing mafia romance that is a must read! Braxton is the ultimate dominant, possessive alpha male. Sex on a stick, dark and brooding. Kayla is young, smart and focused on her studies. She may seem naive and innocent but finds an inner strength of steel that I loved. The dual point of views and impressively written storyline captured me and pulled me down into their world. I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series to see how things are going with a f ...more
H.J. Bellus
Jul 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
DARK DESIRE started out with a bang! I was intrigued from the beginning and then found myself trying to piece the book together, but then I got lost in the love story. It's unique, dark, and raw. It was perfection.

I really wish this book was narrated with a female and male. The story is too darn good to have just male narration.
Traci White
Feb 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Brax is HOT

I need a Brax in my life! Alpha man all the way. Loved how Klara held her own with Gio. I'm glad she wasn't just a weak girl
Jun 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mafia
A.J. Daniels is a new author for me and I love a good mafia romance so I was very excited to dive into this one. It started off on a very exciting note with what appears to be Klara being held captive and then being rescued, but it is unclear who is holding her captive and also who is doing the rescuing, and then the story is told kind of working its way backwards to how Klara ends up in that situation, which I found to be a really interesting and neat way for the story to unfold.

Braxton and Kl
Jul 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Dark Desire
Famiglia, Book 1
By: A.J. Daniels
Narrated by: JT Farrell

Give me a good mafia story and I am happy. Dark Desire is the first in the series, and I fell in love with the story. A.J. Daniels gives us a look into Braxton's life. He is a tough character, but when he meets Klara, life for him changes. Not only is she not his normal woman, she is THE woman. And to keep the status quo, and Klara safe, he must give her up. But can he? When this book first started, the chemistry and steam was of
Leny Kumpol

Conflicted. Thats me, not the book. It was an overall entertaining story and i really wanted to give that extra one * but i do not think the book warranted it.

As early as 8%, there were already grammar mistakes. There weren't that many to be honest but enough for me to heave a huge sigh and shook my head every time I came across one. And I do not know how the mafia works but I guessed the plots were believeable enough.

There were some scenes that left me rereading few pages back just
Jun 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
I Give this Book a 3.5 out 5 Star Rating, listing as 4 Stars.
I Received a Free Copy for Honest Review

This was a Very Fast Paced Dark Romance that contains Rape, this book was compacted and it was perfect!
I’m not a fan of Fast Paced Darks but if it’s written well like this one was, I can make an exception.
Please be aware trauma happens to our lovely leading lady and how she immediately bounced back not 100% but still, usually that would tick me off. But Klara is one of those rare ones that it mad
Joy Westerfield
Jun 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was my first read by this author and I am truly impressed. One of my favorite genres is Mafia stories, and this book was fantastic! Her description of her characters is so detailed, you can picture them in your mind. The story of Braxton and Klara just blew me away. Who doesn’t love a story about a complete alpha male and the woman who brings him to his knees?! The chemistry between these two was chart topping, and I kept rooting for them throughout the entire book. While to some this book ...more
Fawn Michaels
Sep 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Holy crap on a flaming cracker! This story was hot and intense! I loved everything about Klara and Braxton's story! I didn't want it to end. Klara is my favorite. She's smart, sassy and a little smart arsey! And Braxton is your very powerful, overly brooding, macho, hunk of a delicious man that you just wanna eat up! Being the head of the Mafia, what more could you ask for? Because, DAMN! These men are going to kill me! I mean Braxton is sex on two strong, powerful legs. And I want a piece of hi ...more
CeeJay Daisy
Nov 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Braxton De Luca is dark, a little twisted and a lot HOT!!! Klara Blouin is younger, less experienced and stronger than she appears... They are nothing alike, they come from totally different worlds, and they are perfect for each other..❤️🌼🔥
Braxton is the Don of one of the biggest crime families and Klara is a graduating college student, and although he is trying to protect her from the evils of his life by pushing her away, and delib
Jun 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a very enjoyable read. Filled with intensity, darkness, sinful steam, emotional turmoil, hot passion, danger, twists, drama and grittiness, the interesting storyline really hooks your interest. I liked Braxton and Klara and I loved them as a couple. However, I must say that I found a couple things annoying. 1. Braxton's on & off, back & forth, hot & cold. It served its purpose in the story but in my opinion it went on too long and 2. I really wish that the author had delved deeper into ...more
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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I thought this was a great example of a Dark Mafia romance- not too dark but enough that you feel you are not in a flowers and chocolate type of romance. It was sexy, raw, unapologetic story telling. I loved the characters. They had fantastic chemistry that was only made better by the wonderful, suspenseful story being told. I can not wait to read more!

JT Farrell was brand new to me. He did a fantastic job with the narration! I was beyond pleased and thoroughly enjoyed the perf
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A.J. lives in BC, Canada with her husband. When she's not writing she's reading or you can find her at her day job. She loves coffee, spending the day at the beach, and wine nights with her friends.

A.J. Daniels will be writing as Andréa Joy as of 2020.

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