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The Sweetest Oblivion

(Made #1)

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  11,454 ratings  ·  1,544 reviews
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 impression
Paperback, 1st Edition, 384 pages
Published June 20th 2018 by CreateSpace
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Danielle Aw, thank you. <3 While I don't have plans for more Elena and Nico right now, you will see a little more from them in The Maddest Obsession (Made #2).…moreAw, thank you. <3 While I don't have plans for more Elena and Nico right now, you will see a little more from them in The Maddest Obsession (Made #2).(less)
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Danielle Hi, Shay. As of yet, I don't have plans for a Tony book. However, it has come to mind as a possibility in the future, so I can't say it will never happen. <3

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“Your come is running down my thigh,” she whispered. Fuck. That was the hottest thing I’d ever heard.
My dick throbbed. I found the wetness dripping down her leg. Running a finger upward, I pushed it back inside her.


Watch the fuck out for this author. I'm calling it.


♪ The sound of panties dropping ♪
I spent a lot of time contemplating whether I should say yes to the review request when the author reached out to me, and I found myself coming back to that magnifice
Val ⚓️ Shameless Non-Snowflake ⚓️
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 ha
Jessica ❥Chatterbooks Book Blog❥

Don't you love when you dive into a new author's work and fall in love with their writing immediately? When you know that you're going to love the story from the beginning? That's what happened to me when I read The Sweetest Oblivion by Danielle Lori. I'd been searching for a good mafia romance with a crazy family involved, and within the first couple of chapters, I knew I found exactly what I was looking for!

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Elena Abelli, a.k.a. The Sweet Abelli, is the daughter of one of the Don's of N

“ Whiskey and flame. Sleepless nights. Tattooed skin, white t-shirts, and rough hands. Love and lust and happiness. He was everything.”

I have seen this book on so many of my friend’s reading lists and so I became curious. What’s all the fuss about? Never heard of the author before but I love a good mafia romance, so what the hell? this book was so good. From the first word to the last I was glued to the pages. From their first glance the chemistry between Elena and Nico w
Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥
** I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review and I’m very glad Danielle thought of me when she released “The Sweetest Oblivion”**

”Shouting rang out in Italian. Chairs fell backward to the patio as everyone jumped to their feet. Guns rose in every direction.”

Isn’t this exactly how you expect a mafia lunch to go? XD I swear when it comes to those typical mafia stereotypes this book had it all! And tell you what? I loved it! *lol* Which is kind of interesting because I’m usual
This was everything I didn’t know I needed.
Dec 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mafia, favourites
4.5 “Perfectly platonic” stars ⭐️

There was always some vice that eventually killed a Russo.
Irrationality. Idiocy. A penchant for unprotected sex with cheap hookers.
I was beginning to think mine was Elena Abelli.
I wanted to fuck her and ruin her for anyone else. I wanted to crush her wings and then put them back together again so she’d become dependent on me. I wanted her to need me. That dark, possessive, and dangerous feeling crawled through me every time she crossed my path.
Elena Abelli was
mel ☽
5 stars

k first of all,

1. i want the Abelli family to adopt me cuz they're all my type of crazy.
2. Nonna is my spirit animal.
3. i would love to play referee whenever there's a Nonna vs. mama fights
4. Nico can just marry me. i'll wait.
5. Elena can be my best friend.
6. if Nico pushed me into a pool i would gladly thank him (jk i would push him too and then run for my life).
7.Nico doesn't have to kill me cuz when he says things like this:

"I swear to God, Elena, if I find out you've let some man
Dilek VT
This is a mafia romance with a forbidden vibe in it.

I usually avoid reading mafia romance or romance where the MCs are criminals. The illegal side of it, especially the fact that the main character kills people, always bothers me. That is why, I try not to read them and when I read one very occasionally, I have a problem with giving it 5 stars because of this very reason even if everything else in the book is good enough.

As for this book, which is highly recommended to me by my dear friend Sara
Jul 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Re read December 2020
Didn’t think it was possible but I loved it even more!♥️

Loved it! First time reading this author and I’m totally impressed!

”Lust will be the death of us”-unknown

It’s been ages since I’ve read a mafia book and this one was so good and addictive. I have to say this book had one of the hottest sexual buildups I’ve read. Even though the MC didn’t like each other at first, their chemistry was undeniable. Another thing I loved about this book was the “cosa nostra” how true it
Yeasmin Alo
Okay just realised this is my 200th book 🥳🥳🥳 and couldn't be prouder of my choice and fate 🥺💕💕


"When something was overhyped, it was always a letdown. I guessed the joke was on me because this was not one of those times."

Sir Nicolas Russo you caught me, didn't you !!!!
Bcz Same 🥺😑 that's what I was thinking while reading this book.

Author's Writing Style:
My FIRST Book of Danielle Lori
Definitely, it won't be my last
I feel like after the Crossfire series by Sylvi
Jun 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-books
➳The forbidden fruit falls from the tree in the names of Elena and Nicolas, wanting to explore that dark, possessive, and filthy side filled with lust and taboo...

➳I am not the biggest fan of romance novels where mafias are incorporated because of all the drama there is behind it all. This novel was definitely not an exception. All the drama, the rough killings, the different characters getting in everyone's business, it all at some extend disappointed me to not like. I WISH I were able to e
Bella -

“Love is a strange dark magic.”—Atticus

I would burn the world for him. He was King of the Cosa Nostra. And he was all mine.

First of all, I don't know for how long I had shamefully waited for this book to be KU, so when the day came, It was like early Christmas! I mean, I loved this book before even reading it.

This book includes my least favorite trope (Mafia Romance) and biggest pet peeve (Killer Leads), so before diving in, I simply turned off my moral compass and loaded myself with all pos
Nenia ✨️ I yeet my books back and forth ✨️ Campbell
Jan 20, 2021 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Nenia ✨️ I yeet my books back and forth ✨️ by: Julia ❤︎

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I'm as surprised about liking this as you probably are. I don't normally like mafia romances. A lot of them are all "tell" and no "show." They have the guy waving his weapon around, telling us all what a bad dude he is, and it just feels like a typical new adult romance trying to talk in a bad Italian accent, courtesy of Google Translate. Not so with this book. I had soooo many people recommend THE SWEETEST OBLIVION to me and I was like
Melanie A. *mostly on hiatus*
5/5+ STARS!!
His gaze was a lit match in a pitch-black room.

Re-read: December 2020 and still awesome!

The Sweetest Oblivion was reading gold! Danielle Lori managed the near impossible . . . a well-executed plot, a dominant alpha who captured my heart, and a heroine that I adored. It doesn't get much better than this!

As the eldest daughter of a Cosa Nostra don, Elena Abelli has always known her fate - to marry not for love but to further the interests of her famil
alluring B ❄︎
4.25 OOF stars! 🌟🌟🌟🌟
"We were so different, i realized then. Big and small. Hard and soft. Demanding and docile."

Let's start off with my expectation for some intense, thrilling, car chasing, random 'pewpew' gun shots everywhere kind off mafia romance, and let's just sayyy this is definitely not entirely that but very subtle in the mafia aspect (which i have no qualm with, in fact I enjoyed it a LOT)

I'm also glad that this isn't your typical mafia romance with a brooding drug lord that is req
Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾

I wanted to fuck her and ruin her for anyone else. I wanted to crush her wings and then put them back together again so she’d become dependent on me. I wanted her to need me. That dark, possessive, and dangerous feeling crawled through me every time she crossed my path. Elena Abelli was my vice, and fuck if I’d let it kill me.

How is this the only time that this book is hitting my radar? I'm very hesitant with new to me authors, because let's face it, I'm a picky asshole. So I'
Mar 21, 2018 marked it as my-books  ·  (Review from the author)
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Jan 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Standalone Series

#1 The Sweetest Oblivion — 4 Stars
#2 The Maddest Obsession — 3.75 Stars
#3 The Darkest Temptation — 3.5 Stars


Cavalo! This book is hot and the man responsible for all the panty dropping hotness, Nicolas Russo, should give out manuals to all the mafia men out there on how to be the perfect and most desired Don that equals vicious, controlling, possessive, unapologetic, dominant, and relentless. Oh my Madonna, he’s delicious.

4 Stars

Overall Opinion: This was better than I thought it'd be. I'm not quite sure why I wasn't expecting much, but I'm definitely happy to be surprised by it! The tension between these characters was super hot. I also liked that once they finally do become physical that it lived up to that tension (which a lot of the time doesn't happen IMO). I liked the forbidden aspect of the H being engaged to the h's sister, but I also appreciated the fact that the sister wasn't interested in the H at all a
Isabella. R
5 Cosa Nostra Stars ⭐

I was a mould my father created. As bad a combo as a barrel of gunpowder and a little flame.

A mafia Princess living in a gilded cage. She’s just another pawn in a world of families amassing wealth and empires through nefarious means. Shackled to a life she no longer wants, Elena Abelli was the perfect daughter up until 6 months ago when she brought shame to hers. Now in the eyes of many, she's damaged goods.

Nico Russo is young for a Don. But with the amount of blood on his h
So much for me staying away from mafia and dark romance novels and shit since most of them are just poor excuses for (almost always) the male lead to be a fucking asshole with very, VERY FEW to no redeemable qualities whatsoever but I found things I liked.

It was longer than your typical dark romance novel and while still deplorable and pretty criminal, I liked how driven the characters were and I did find complexity in the whole mess. You know you have to make your peace with some shit very pre
Sophia Triad
Maybe my roots were too deep, or maybe love gave a woman a reason to let her dark colors shine, because I suddenly knew I would lie, cheat, and steal for this man.
I would burn the world for him.
He was King of the Cosa Nostra.
And he was all mine.


This is the first book that I read by this author and it will certainly not be the last.

Sweet Abelli is a mafia princess who believes in love, forgiveness and sees life in pink colours. She does not believe in violence, revenge and she hates tort
Nissa | Of Pens and Pages Book Blog
4 stars!

Review at Of Pens and Pages.

Wow. What an experience! The Sweetest Oblivion was my first foray into the world of mafia romance, and I think I made the right choice in choosing it as the book to ease my way in. It was dark but not overwhelming for a beginner like me, it was sexy, action-packed, and man oh man, Nicolas Russo? Yes, please.

Elena Abelli, known in the Cosa Nostra as Sweet Abelli, sees her life in a new perspective after a life-changing moment. She has to keep up the sweet and d
Apr 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars
Re-read #2 (11/16/2020) 4.25 stars.

This series is just so freakin addicting and enjoyable to read. Mafia romances are always a hit or miss for me. I think I only enjoyed like two or three ones, but this series is definitely on top. Danielle Lori totally took me by surprise with this series.

3.75 stars.

"There was always some vice that eventually killed a Russo.
Irrationality. Idiocy. A penchant for unprotected sex with cheap hookers. My father’s was monetary greed.
I was beginning to think mine was
Jul 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, favorites, adult
I'm just gonna change my rating from four stars to five. Any book worth rereading twice deserves five stars.

Reread September 2020. Not sure why I thought of this book, but I got a real desire to read it, and abandon all my schoolwork for one night.

Reread November 2019, because I'm supposed to be studying for my exams and need some happiness in my life

Original review:
Where do I even start?
This is my first ever mafia romance book and it was recommended to me by MiraJane. It's safe to say it wil
Dec 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
So bloody Good.
Lacey (laceybooklovers)
LOOOOVEDDDD. I’ve found a new favorite mafia romance to obsess over!! This one’s a forbidden romance too – he’s a mafia don from a rival family and her sister’s arranged fiancé 🤭 I just loved Nico and Elena so much! Their chemistry was FIRE. Nico is the perfect obsessed alpha hero who would kill, lie, cheat, and steal for his woman. I cannot believe I’ve been sleeping on Danielle Lori... so anyone who hasn’t read her yet but loves mafia romances needs to read this one!
I don’t understand why this book isn’t more popular.

I’ve read absolute trash that came with so much publicity and hype it was ridiculous and yet a gem like this just sits there, quietly smiling at everybody that passes by, hoping to get noticed. And for the life of me, I don’t know why this isn’t a well known romance book yet. WHY?

If you like sexual tension you can cut with a knife, read this. If you like forbidden (mafia) romance and well written alpha males, read this. If you have eyeballs, r
4.5 Stars
Talk about a wonderful surprise. It’s been awhile since I’ve read a mafia romance so I didn’t really know what to expect only that I was really intrigued by the blurb for The Sweetest Oblivon.
Well, let me tell you that the author sets the tone immediately in the first couple of chapters. The tension and chemistry between Elena and Nico is on point. Sizzling and beyond captivating. Whenever they caught each other’s gaze the heat was there. Smoldering. The author kept that connection thr
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Danielle Lori's novels incorporate morally questionable heroes, electric hate to love relationships, and sometimes sweet but mostly sassy heroines. She has written in both the fantasy subgenre as well as contemporary, but will never stray from romance.

A normal day for her includes coffee, bodice rippers, and 1990s chick flicks. She lives in small-town Iowa with her husband, son, and too many dogs.

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“I wanted to fuck her and ruin her for anyone else. I wanted to crush her wings and then put them back together again so she’d become dependent on me. I wanted her to need me. That dark, possessive, and dangerous feeling crawled through me every time she crossed my path.
Elena Abelli was my vice, and fuck if I’d let it kill me.”
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