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Love Her Madly

(Mafia Kingdom #2)

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From International Bestselling author Jessica Ruben comes a passionate romance. From India to Iran and New York City, buckle up for a journey you won’t forget.

Darius is a man with power and control.
As a child in the Mumbai slums, living among lethal street gangs, all he cared about was his safety and where he would find his next meal.
That is, until the Madam of the most fa
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Kindle Edition, 335 pages
Published September 1st 2020 by JessicaRubenBooks
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Kat Valentine
Sep 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
I will admit that if this book wasn't by Jessica Ruben I would have not continued after the first couple of chapters. I have always had a hard time with books that have to do with human trafficking,but I'm so glad I did!!! This was so very well written and done so well that I became glued to page after page! It also helped that the characters were multi layered, especially the anti hero Darius he is handsome and charming,but his outside hides a dark and dangerous man who's job it is to find girl ...more
Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾
2.5 STARS
I can’t stop myself from wishing the circumstances were different.”

You know when you read a book and technically it has all the ingredients to be something you love, but yet it just doesn't click for you? This was that book for me.

The second I read the blurb to this, I knew this would be my first Jessica Ruben book. And well, Mafia. How do I NOT read it? And while this one didn't quite work for me, it definitely sold me on the author and I plan on reading her other books, so
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Chelé-----4 The Love of Books
I already feel bad as I start writing this review because I know there's no way I can truly do this book as much justice as it deserves. First, I want to advocate for Jessica Ruben and her words, I have been enamoured with Jessica since I cracked opened her debut novel, Rise and since then she has consistently upped her game!

Her characters, her plots, the worlds she creates? They're ever changing, thought provoking, dynamic and enriching. Pick her stories up and you'll travel around the world w
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Jenny - TotallybookedBlog
Sep 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
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‘When I arrived, I was terrified of Darius. He had taken me from my home and forced me into this life. I know that it’s his fault I’m here.’

Love Her Madly by Jessica Ruben was quite the intense, thrilling and dark ride, we just couldn’t put down Darius and Gini’s story. The subject matter is not easy to read, the setting and traditions not ones we were overly familiar with. However, there is a glossary and we have to say it made this romance stand out as it was unique exactly because of this. We
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Angie - Angie's Dreamy Reads
3.5 Stars! Super intense, super addicting. MAJOR feels in this one. Definitely a darker romance. I really enjoyed it.
Gitte TotallyBookedBlog
Sep 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
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‘When I arrived, I was terrified of Darius. He had taken me from my home and forced me into this life. I know that it’s his fault I’m here.’

Love Her Madly by Jessica Ruben was quite the intense, thrilling and dark ride, we just couldn’t put down Darius and Gini’s story. The subject matter is not easy to read, the setting and traditions not ones we were overly familiar with. However, there is a glossary and we have to say it made this romance stand out as it was unique exactly because of this. We
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Adriana
Aug 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
ARC in exchange for honest review.

Its been a bit since i read one of Jessica's books , ive loved all she has written and this was no different.

This is the second book in the Sex. Rock. Mafia series.

When Darius was young living on the streets he was saved by Amma (Madam) she took him under her wing and made him the strong powerful man he is today, she takes him from living on the streets to the life he can only dream of.

Gini is a beautiful shy girl who lives in the hills with her family. One da
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Suzanne
Aug 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I am honestly not sure where to begin with this book. My mind is blown. My heart is aching. My soul is just in awe. If you have read Jessica Ruben’s work in the past, you know it is a raw and emotional journey that will transport you into this unique world that she has built and get lost in her words that are absolute magic. With Love Her Madly, you are taken into the dark side of poverty and what it means to get out of it, even if it is against your will. Gini is in such a precarious position. ...more
Harry
Sep 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
I admire how well JR must have studied Indian and other cultures.....language....backdrops....
It really shaped the book.... greattt
Daisy
Aug 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs-for-review
I took my time reading this, my review will not do justice to this gut-wrenching, tear-jerking, and wanting to take a looking into your soul and wanting to make my soul a better one. Jessica did a phenomenal job with Darius and Gini. Her character development was spot on.

I did not want it to end, I have to confess that it took longer bc I had to stop and look up a lot of words or phrases, customs and religious law that I did not know of. Very interesting and very disturbing of what I learned ho
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K.S. Rochell
Jul 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Consuming, Enthralling,MIND-BLOWING. From the very first line to the very last page, Love her madly sank into me and didn't let me go.

This book captivated me it was heart wrenching, and intense an incredibly intricate compelling story line with ingeniously written dialogue every single word was beautiful and unique it will leave you BREATHLESS, this is Jessica Ruben at her very best..

Get ready because this book will set of explosions everywhere. Jessica brought it.

“6 Riveting Stars!”
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Di Vernon
Aug 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the second book in the series, its all about Darius and how he joined the Albanian Mafia. Most of the book is set in Mumbai, India and has been very well researched. It sets the scene beautifully for this unusual love story. I can't say too much, without giving spoilers away, but Gini is a lovely character, the epitome of grace and bravery in extremely horrible circumstances. I was in two minds about Darius but he does redeem himself in the end. I love Jessica Rubens writing style and ha ...more
Sarah
Aug 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-arc-reads
This book is one of the reasons why I love to read!! Jessica Ruben has once again written a beautiful, brilliant and bold story that kept me captivated to the pages and simply wanting more! I love a good book that not only allows me to escape for a while, but also one that educates me with another culture, time, religion, country...and this book does just that!

This story mostly takes place between India and Iran. It tells of experiences that vary between the slums and villages of India to the ri
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Dawn
Aug 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Who hasn't read a book in over two weeks?? ME!! For the first time in over 10 years I fell into the biggest book slump EVER. Between fires, evacuations, Covid, illnesses of family members and working at a middle school that is fully distance learning...I WAS TOAST. Until Jessica Ruben...she delivered in a HUGE way with love, loyalty, bad guys, good guys and lines so blurred you couldn't tell where one meets the other. A story of hope, will, perseverance and the reminder that good can come even w ...more
Sarah
Aug 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mafia, dark, romance, new-adult
If there is one thing Jessica Ruben excels at, it’s taking a story and subverting all expectations to create a totally gripping, angst filled journey. I truly thought Light My Fire would be a one-of-a-kind gem that I found and would treasure, but wouldn't find again. Wrong. The problem with loving the start of a series, is the completely overdramatic - but very real concern - that the rest won’t live up to the standard set.

Fear not friends, shame on me for ever doubting Jessica Ruben.

This bo
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Stephanie Rose
Sep 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow.

I spent this entire book on the edge of my seat and holding my breath. Jessica Ruben takes you to another world you'd never think existed in this day and age and crafted one of the most beautiful love stories I've ever read. It's raw and sweet all at once and I plowed through most of the book in a single afternoon. This was my first book by this author, and while I'm very intrigued by Nico's story, Darius and Gini stand on their own. One of my favorite books this year, 5+ stars!
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Julia Stevens
Sep 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book I've read by this author and I feel very fortunate to have won a copy of this book in an author giveaway, because otherwise I might not have read this amazing book. Jessica Ruben has written a gripping story packed full of suspense, tension, violence, betrayal, passion and a slow burn love in a dangerous and heartbreaking setting for all women sold into sexual servitude.

Darius is the enforcer, a dangerous man but one who protects and teaches the girls in The Mansion, a hi
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Naya
Sep 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Ever since the Vincent & Eve triology I knew that Jessica Ruben would be on the list of my automatic buys for any book she releases. After reading Love Her Madly that decision has only been reaffirmed.

While the topics and storyline was heavy and the subject matter not easy to read, the book was so well written and beautifully crafted I really couldn't put it down. The vivid and masterful story telling had me feeling so immersed in the culture and enthralled by the Gini and Darius' love story.

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Stephanie
Aug 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What.A.Story! WOW! Jessica Ruben has done it again with Love Her Madly (Sex.Rock.Mafia #2). I don’t think I can say the words that can really describe how amazing this story is. It is emotional, raw, and heart wrenching! You will climb to the highest peak and then free fall down. I literally had anxiety reading it. It would take hours to wind down. But I mean all of this in the best possible way! Love Her Madly will bring out immense feelings and emotions. It will stir your soul!

The Madam. Th
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Liz
Sep 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have been following Jessica Ruben since her debut and have loved everything she has written. Her characters and their stories will captivate you from start to finish. And I firmly believe she has outdone herself with Love Her Madly. A story that takes us across the world on a journey that is emotional, raw, passionate, and so much more.

Darius and Gini’s story is not an easy one. From poverty, will they find a way to overcome and make their dreams come true? What will those dreams cost then? I
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L. Ford
Sep 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A Fresh Story!

Wow! Jessica Ruben had broken the mold, yet again. She takes a romance trope and flips it on it's head! I don't want to give too much away, but I will say that the setting of this story is both unique and heartbreaking. It's not a world that the average romance reader hears much about, but it's unfortunately very real. I commend Jessica for taking the time to really research and explore the culture she writes about. 5 stars!!!
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Lucie Lu's Book Reviews
“Would you like to dance like that,” he whispers, “for me?”

Gini is an intelligent, reserved, and beautiful young lady, who lives with her father and siblings in a small mountain village. Forced into the world of debauchery, pleasure marriage, and sold to the highest bidder was the furthest thing from her mind. But a dark and dangerous man shows up on her doorstep, and that is where she finds herself. Gini must obey to survive if she is to escape her fate. She must learn all the ways of being the
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Shannon Godwin
Sep 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow! This lady blows me away with her writing! This is an edge of your seat gripping story of how Gini doesn’t give up, every thing that is thrown at her, she takes. She’s fighting to be a better person to rise above her poverty. Her father sends her away not knowing the truth of what he’s sending her to.
Darius is fighting his own demons, although he’s basically the man of the house, his heart seems to pull towards Gini. He’s here to protect all the girls, but when he brings Gini in, things cha
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Pamela
Sep 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dark, romance, ebooks, mafia, arcs
Darius was taken in by a Madam of a pleasure house after a life of living on the street. Gini is a young village girl captured by Darius to be sold as a sex slave. The two end up having things in common. Darius is tasked with preparing Gini to be sold. He develops feelings for her but can he betray the Madam who saved him from a life of poverty? Will he and Gini have a chance at a different life? An outstanding and highly recommended read.
Nicolette Beebe
Aug 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Cue another fan girl scream! There’s a reason I see this book only has five and four ratings... because it’s amazing!!!

Gini and Darius’ back and forth relationship is crafted very well!!! Note that I’m not 100% through with this, but I’m far enough to have already made my mind up. I go by how many “awwww” I say out loud and how many times I go back and reread adorable scenes, and this is packed jammed with a romance lover’s idea.

If you are looking for a fast paced, star-crosses lovers romance,
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Petra
Sep 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely brilliant
Heather Ziegler  Templeton
Aug 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
LOVE HER MADLY - Sex. Rock. Mafia #2 - Darius and Gini...

** No Spoilers

Get ready to be sucked in from the start! You will not want to, or be able to put this book down until the end, you will lose sleep, you will skip daily chores, you will call into work sick, this book is what it will be all about, until the last page! You will be pacing the floors, begging for #3, the second you finish this one!

The wait was so so so worth it, in every way!
Every word,every page, brilliant and beautifully wri
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Gemini81
Aug 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
SPEACHLESS. This book took my breath away. I literally had to force myself to slowdown and stop reading before I finished it too fast. The smells. The taste. The feels. The writing was amazing. So descriptive and visual. I felt like I was transported into a new world. Can't wait to read it again. ...more
Brittney Carvalho-Whalen
Aug 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Jessica Ruben has been an author that always delivers stories that fully immerse you into these worlds she creates. This book does not disappoint! It was refreshing to read something different in this romance genre where the story takes you to a completely different setting and circumstance that our heroine finds herself in. I found myself unable to put this book down following Gini as she navigates the ways of The Mansion and her growing feelings towards The Mansions enforcer, Darius. As the st ...more
Andrea Morgan -Bookaholic Sisters blog
"Everyone is a cog in the world machine"

Yet again jessica gives us another dark, gritty, raw and real Mafia story like nothing you've read before!!

Her beautiful way of creating the story and setting the scene down to the smallest detail means your transported to this world and you live it in the depths your soul..

I loved everything about Darius and Gini's story i was gripped from the start and the grip never loosened till the very last page.

Another amazing read from an author that just keeps get
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