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Mafias Kiss

(Lethal Beauty & Smoking Steel #1)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  642 ratings  ·  140 reviews
One witnessed murder can change your life forever. How it changes depends on you.

My life was full of one-night stands and dirty alleyways, but the moment I witnessed Dominik Romanov, Washington's most powerful crime lord, commit murder, my life as I knew it was over.

After being tossed head first into a world of blood, drugs, and sex, I climbed the ranks until I proved
Kindle Edition, 226 pages
Published May 18th 2019
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Maria Charalampidi
Jun 01, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
Ok, so I read the summary of the plot here and I thought "Hey, sounds interesting, let's give it a try". Yeah, NO. Just no. Dude, you lost me after the prologue, even though I read at least half or more of the book, just to give it, a second, third, 20th chance. There is nothing, and I repeat, NOTHING believable in the whole story. I'm okay when the story is paranormal or fantasy for things to be out of this world, but the female MC isn't that. I'm sorry, but considering this was contemporary, I ...more
May 27, 2019 rated it did not like it
h was in love with one of the H’s (she wasn’t with this one yet), so when she caught him with another woman, she kills OW in the middle of them having sex and then has sex with the H right there on the bed where the OW body just was. Then, she’s all “I know he really cares for me because he’s cleaning me up” and the H is a “I love you so much, hold on while I call a clean up crew for the body of the woman I was just f*cking”.
Jena (aka Tina)
Sep 12, 2021 marked it as avoid
note to self:
"she caught him with another woman, she kills OW in the middle of them having sex and then has sex with the H right there on the bed where the OW body just was"

Christy Bailey
May 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received this ARC for an honest review. I'm usually not into the Mafia books but after reading this I have no idea why! After reading the description of this book I just couldn't wait to get my hands on it! It was a fast paced action packed RH with 5 amazing men! Parts of this story seemed a bit rushed but it was amazing anyways! Once I started reading this I couldn't put it down and didn't want to!

Selene had her whinny moments but with her past I probably would too. However, when it came down
May 23, 2020 marked it as time-out
DNF at 20%.

Weird dialogs and I kind of dislike the FMC.
May 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
First book from a new author in a genre with an ever expending amount of authors and books, can she pull it off and make a success from this book?

I read the blurb quite awhile before the book came out, so the anticipation was building. An imperfect girl with imperfect guys making the most of their circumstances, resulting in a darker read, it all seemed perfect. So when I was offered an ARC of this book I started reading it straight away. I liked the relationship between the FMC and Dominick, i
Jun 06, 2020 rated it liked it
Unlikable FMC

I wanted to like this but there wasn't much to like. Selene is a brat. As far as I can see she has no redeeming character traits. She's in her late 20s but acts like she's 10. She takes no responsibility for anything and basically spends her days getting high and sleeping around. Then all of a sudden in the last 10% she decides she's going to take over the mafia and becomes a badass. Yeah, not buying it. I don't understand what her guys see in her. Though to be honest, I didn't like
Oct 28, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to say this was an interesting to read. I’m still not quite sure what to think! I would classify this as a slightly dark mafia RH romance if I had to describe it.
Selene, the fmc, after witnessing something she shouldn’t have, is offered a choice: stay on the streets, or start a new life. After a troubled youth, she takes this opportunity to take a different path. Selene pretty independent, a bit of a wildcard, and is extremely outspoken. This seems to come from the fact that she’s somewha
M Chapman
Apr 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Mafia Kiss is a fast paced, action packed, RH mafia story. What isn’t there to like about that?!

Selene is an unapologetically flawed heroine who destroys the cookie cutter image of what a “powerless” female should be. While not badass in the typical sense I struggle to find another word to describe her. Not only does she rally when hitting rock bottom, she doesn’t shy away from the gory mafia world.

The men in her life go beyond the standard of what you expect from RH. It’s like Darcy took each
Penny Ellen
May 23, 2019 rated it liked it
This book has a lot of potential to be a great story.
The prologue absolutely sucked me in and showed me the strength of the MC Selene and how she would face anything head on.
I really enjoyed the story and loved how everything was flowing but then at around 25%-30% I started to loose interest as I felt like the MC wasn’t acting her age (she was acting like a 17-18yr old rather than 27yr old).
I liked the guys when there were first introduced and was able to tell them apart but as the story prog
May 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Homeless & living on the streets 17 year old Selene witnesses something that will change her life forever. Sucking her into a life where danger is everywhere but also where loyalty & family is everything. Into that life comes 3 hot next door neighbours-Joe, Viktor & Godfrey, 1 hot protector -Frank, 1 hot policeman-Jaime and a hell of a lot of sexual scenarios. Blimey they're good!! I cant express enough how much i loved this book. Yes there are parts that shocked me but its a mafia story so be p ...more
May 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Great read from a first time author

This is Darcy Ray’s first novel and it was a very interesting read. I was impressed with the story line and how the author managed to paint a vivid picture throughout the book. There are some minor grammatical and sentence structure issues that need finessing but it wasn’t to the extent that it took away from the overall vibe of the book. For a first time author, I can’t emphasis enough how spectacular this book was. I’m definitely ready to see what happens ne
Katherine Broussard
Oct 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Gah I seriously need book 2 today 🙋🏽‍♀️🙋🏽‍♀️ this is my first book by Darcy Ray and it was life! Selene is our main girl who was taken in by Dom the head honcho in the mafia and raised as his daughter, she’s fierce, loyal and a complete bad as*. She takes charge when shit gets real and knows how to handle the tough situations. Her guys are just as amazing and freaking sexy as sin! Godfrey our little Asian assassin, Joe our blue eyed Russian, Viktor our chiseled hunk, Jamie our new recruit and ol ...more
Nikki Bopp
May 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Freaking loved this book. There were times where I thought the FMC would do the right thing and then she blows someone's head off. Love it! Her first murder? I was cheering in my head. The story line is gripping and intense and keeps you turning the page to find out what's next. I am in love with the Male interests, especially Frank. He's mine. It's such an unusual book and certainly goes outside of the norms when it comes to mafia books but it's well worth it. Would recommend over and over. I c ...more
Aug 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Fuck' n Brilliant
Ok I've read a couple of Mafia books but this is the first one that I am fully invested in.
I can't wait to see where Darcy will take this storyline.
You will be snagged within the first chapter it may seen low key to begin with but keep reading
Darcy thank you my dear I can not wait for the next installment of these people
Sep 01, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: freebie
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Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great first book

I really liked Mafias Kiss by Darcy Ray and I'm looking forward to reading what comes next in the Lethal Beauty & Smoking Steel series.
Taylor Humphrey
Apr 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was such a kick ass book! The entire time I caught myself laughing and sneering right along with Selene and cheering her on! I absolutely loved how instead of rooting for the good guys you get to see everything from the viewpoint of the “bad guys”! And man oh man are the bad guys oh so sexy!

From the start of the first chapter you get sucked in and before I knew it I was finished! I can’t wait for more because I know it’s going to be epic!
May 18, 2019 rated it did not like it

The female main-character; her storyline and her personality? Just no. No, no, no, NO.
May 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
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May 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
BRAND NEW AUTHOR DOES IT RIGHT!Hot and dangerous! Deliciously dark! This book has all the right stuff for a reverse harem romance!

The story starts off with a glimpse into the past so you can understand the wonder that is Selene. Its perfect. It doesn't linger or drag out and leave you with so many questions like most prologues do. It gives you what you need and then moves on to the good stuff.
The relationship between Selene
Christy Oldham
Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was ok

First I want to say I liked the concept of the book. However Selene the lead girl was a total a$$-hole. I'm sorry, but a mid 20 something " adult" acting the way her and her bff did out in public? I don't care if you're next in line to be the mob boss. You don't act like a piece of sh!+ to people just because you think you're entitled. Immature doesn't even come close to being the right word to describe her. All her little tantrums and her stupid selfies because she's just oh s
Aug 10, 2019 rated it did not like it
DNF at 65%...I rarely do that, maybe the third time I’ve ever not finished a book but...

After Selene and Frank have sex in a bed occupied by a dead body, murdered by Selene herself just minutes before, I couldn’t continue. I read dark stuff y’all, but damn. Also I wasn’t sold on the RH relationship between Selene and the “nephews”. It felt very forced with little character development.
Aug 07, 2020 rated it liked it
I wanted to like this, I really did. I have a very hard time reading contemporary novels, but sometimes they catch my eye, like this one. Any novel that has “Mafia” in it, automatically gets my blood pumping because I know the characters will be badass, human or not.

However, I find the FMC to be really damn annoying. She’s bratty, extremely bratty, and so is her friend. The scene at the diner was uncalled for with the way they treated the waitress. There’s a difference between giving someone wh
May 12, 2020 rated it it was ok
Very unlikable and difficult to believe

So, spoilers ahead...

The Main Chatacter Selene, is really unlikable. On top of the unironic use of "bomb dot com", "on fleek", and other truly awful, dated, slang, her vocabulary in general made her seem at times like a an immature uneducated brat. She acted more like a 16 year old than a 27 year old most of the time.

Beyond her vocabulary and temper tantrums her abysmal treatment of service staff was abhorrent. The waitress did not deserve to be tripped or
Nov 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Mafias Kiss

I really enjoy reading a mafia romance and this book really delivered that. Selene is a badas$ female main character mostly because she was forced to take care of herself from a young age. I loved how her connection to Dominik brought out a softer side to the mafia boss. Add some swoonworthy men to the mix and you have a solid foundation for an entertaining series.

While I did like this book, I wanted more character development. Except for Frank and Jaime, all the other men lacked some
May 03, 2021 rated it did not like it
I wanted to like it because I want to find more mafia books to read but this… this wasn’t it. I originally rated it a 2 star, but I couldn’t even give it that. The MC was too shallow. I couldn’t connect with or get behind anything she said or did. (view spoiler) ...more
Rosa Dunahue
Oct 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mafia Kiss is book 1 in Lethal Beauty & Smoking Steel series. This book and series comes with triggers so read them and if you can’t handle don’t read book. That being said Mafia Kiss has one of the best FMC I had read one in a mafia series in awhile. I love Selene. I love that she know what she wants and doesn’t give up on it. But when Dominick take her in as his daughter when she turns 18 her life changes. Now 9 years later she is work at his club Sub Rosa. But she has fall in love with her dr ...more
Rebecca Carsley
Oct 25, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was awesome. Selene was a teen who had a hard youth, living on the streets, addicted to drugs and one night she witnessed something that ends up changing her life. Given a choice, play their game and let fate decide or die. She chose to play and it changed her life in every way possible. This is Selene’s story of how she rose from the depths of the gutters to one of the most important positions in the mafia world. Selene is a strong independent woman who finds love next door and right ...more
Karissa Kirk
Jan 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
Good plot, characters need a little strengthening

I love the idea/plot of the story but I’m not the biggest fan of Selene. I’m not exactly sure what Dom sees in her other than her will to survive but I will continue her story and hope she’ll step up and come off more mature. We’ve seen she can shoot and take charge but that didn’t happen at the end. She hides instead of manning up and fighting back while everyone else does the fighting. Not exactly how I picture someone in her role especially whe
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