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The Italian Obsession

(The Italians #3)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  194 ratings  ·  105 reviews
She's too young.
Her innocence and purity don't belong in my world.
I killed her father.
None of it matters. Angelina Baldi is the bane of my existence and my absolute obsession.
She belongs to me. She's safe only with me.
The only problem is that her wedding bells are ringing, and I'm not the man waiting at the altar.
I've killed for her before. I'd do it again.
Except that her
Kindle Edition, 302 pages
Published October 30th 2020 by Salacious Queen Publishing
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The Magical World of Reading
Oct 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is my first book from this extremely talented author, and I can honestly say she is on her way to gain a permanent place on my ‘Not Reading on School Night’ list, since she left me sleep-deprived and groggy this morning in my classroom, and definitely N.J Adel is one of the rare authors that can make me joyful and extremely please while reading a dark, repulsive, psycho-stalker romance, that kept me on the edge of my seat until the very end. I am afraid to admit how much I enjoyed this dist ...more
Wendy Livingstone
Oct 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the 3rd book in this awesome series. Angelina has had a tough life with an abusive father, but when he is mysteriously murdered her and her sister Nicole are moved from a life of poverty to an exclusive all-expenses paid boarding school, but she always felt that she was being watched. Tino is a mafia man who is obsessed with the little innocent Angelina and is waiting patiently for her to come off age, but the best laid plans can go to pot. No spoilers: this is a must read you will not b ...more
Kelly Gregory
Oct 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What an amazing story! I love dark romance so had some high expectations for this book....and it was so much more than I had hoped!! The story itself was really well written, it sucked you in from the first page, It was also a very twisted story in a creepy and possessive way. Just fantastic if you like darker romance!! My emotions were all over the place as i was reading, one minute I hated Tino the next I couldn't get enough of him....he was definitely the villain in the story but also the her ...more
Dark Whisper
I finished this book 2 days ago, and I've been trying to find the right words to say here since. The Italian Obsession is a very dark and twisted book. Don't take the trigger warning lightly.
To say the book is disturbingly brilliant is an understatement. It's one of those books that stays and haunts and claws at you and never lets go until it owns you and then hurts and breaks you to pieces, exactly like what Tino does to Lina.
That alone shows a level of storytelling mastery I've rarely come ac
At first all was good, i thought i finally found a new fave author...but then...Leo shit happened and i couldn't believe what i was reading, like, for real??? come on!! his role was so freaking unrealistic man!!!!! the author had a good idea adding those twists with him but she did it in the wrong way!! it takes away almost all the book for nothing! it seemed so random and strange :(.
And i actually didn't like the h, she didn't even know what she wanted, i can't stand a girl choosing to commit
Ashley Dawn
Oct 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Lucky enough to get a ARC of this book!!! Be mindful of trigger warning this is a dark read... No spoilers in this review... NJ Adel checks all the boxes in this book you get a jealous and very VERY possessive hero who will do anything for the heroine... Then u have a heroine who is shelter and a lil naive but she this way because of her sister and the hero influence.... We do get a little love triangle throw in just to spice it up and make Tino step up his game with lina ... This author should ...more
Lilith  Seven
Oct 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing


Like the kind which gives you shivers...The good kind.

An Italian innocent girl... can never be a bad match...
I was obsessed with this story from the start.. warning before this book as legit. Heed the warning guys because this was seriously a crazy ride which will mess with your head... you will
Beyond The Covers Blog
Oct 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: celeste
Leave the gun take the cannoli.  The Italian Obsession is the latest standalone book in the Italians series by N. J. Adel.   So, let me start by saying this book is one serious mindf*&k!  I loved the villainous main male character Tino.  He was dark, twisted, and possessive and scary (what’s that say about me???)  This book is one that does not fall into the normal mafia storyline, which is what made it so interesting.  I read this in one day and could not put it down, I was mesmerized.  Now I’m ...more
Oct 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The day Angelina (Lina/Angel) father was murdered was the happiest of her life, her father had abused her sister Nicole (that kept her safe) but now she had no one apart from her sister until Tino. Tino had looked after Lina and Nicole since he killed their father, he got them the best education, but he kept in the shadows to protect Lina from his own obsession. That was until his obsession became to much he had to meet her, only in doing so would confirm Linas suspicions and ruin her mind, she ...more
Philomena Callan Cheekypee
Nov 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: loved-it
The Italian Obsession can be red as a stand-alone but as I enjoyed this so much I’ll be reading the previous books.

This is the story between a mafia stalker and an innocent young girl, Angelina. When her father is murdered her life changes in more ways than one. Tino and Linas story is brilliant.

This is my first but definitely not my last read by this author. I highly recommend this story if you like stalker mafia romance.
Oct 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
5 STARS for The Italian Obsession by N.J. Adel

ARC received from Booksprout and author in exchange for an honest review. Opinions expressed are my own and have not been influenced in any way.

The author is VERY upfront about trigger warnings as there are some disturbing scenes - the hero is an absolute villain. Normally, I might have chosen not to read it but instead decided to without any preconceived opinions and just let the storyline take me where it wanted to ..

The cover model is amazing an
Oct 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow. This was my first book by NJ Adel and it was quite a wild ride! Tino is a mafia boss who becomes obsessed with young Lina. He saves Lina from a terrible childhood and basically provides for her waiting until she turns 18. He acts as her stalker and protector hidden in the shadows. However, he's not the only one obsessed with Lina when his son Leo, discovers and pursues her. Tino is definitely a dark, possessive alpha while Lina is innocent and feisty at times. They had great chemistry that ...more
Rose Croft
Nov 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love Tino!!!!!
Katrina Peterman
Oct 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow... dark, twisted, taboo...and sooo perfect... there are plenty of triggers in this book, please be sure you know what youre getting into... if you have no triggers then proceed and love every minute you binge page after page of this masterpiece. Well.done!
Oct 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
What a ride, this book was. It was twisted, crazy, questionable and sinfully delicious. Let me just tell you, the Italian Obsession this book was unlike any book I’ve read. This is a stalker book at its finest, but it’s not even all about the stalking that I am talking about, there is so much more hidden inside these pages that at any moment it would pop up and surprise you.

It was a journey that I loved sitting front row in front of and watching it all unfold. Let’s just say with every book you
Carol Rupprecht
Oct 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book more than I thought I would. The Italians series' books are always more than I expect them to be. This was such an intense read, and if you're a lover of taboo, I recommend diving into this book. However, be aware that there are several types of triggers throughout, so if you're sensitive to topics depicting abuse or rape, you might want to pass on this book. It's a tall order for an author to create a villainous type of character yet have the book set up in a way where you sta ...more
Oct 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Orel Horshidi
Oct 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Oh. My. God! This was my first book by NJ Adel and it don't be the last.

This book is a fantastic read. It's a psychological thriller that will have you turning the pages faster than you can read them. While your mind going crazy with all the twists and turns and leaving you shocked with a ending I didn't see coming.

"The monster is gone. It’s not a dream. He’s never gonna hurt us again."

This books has put me through an emotional rollercoaster that's had me feeling utter joy, faith that maybe thin
Karen  Dee
Nov 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Wow this is a really twisty dark stalker read. Love a good obsessed alpha! Okay I may be a bit twisted in my tastes but how can you resist an alpha who lays claim to a woman so absolutely! Is he a bit crazy. Sure but really sanity is for the real world crazy stalkerish alphas that are obsessed with their lady loves are for dark romance fiction and this author does it really well here. There are a couple of triggers for some but if you are like me and love a hot stalker who will do anything to po ...more
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N.J. Adel - The Italian Obsession
𝑨𝒓𝒄 𝒓𝒆𝒄𝒊𝒆𝒗𝒆𝒅 𝒊𝒏 𝒆𝒙𝒄𝒉𝒂𝒏𝒈𝒆 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒂𝒏 𝒉𝒐𝒏𝒆𝒔𝒕 𝒓𝒆𝒗𝒊𝒆𝒘.

So twisted and deliciously sinful. The Italian Obsession is not your typical romance. An unconventional love story between an obsessed stalker and his innocent angel.

Angelina had an abusive childhood. Her life changed for the better after her father is mysteriously murdered. She cannot believe her luck when her and her sister are uplifted from poverty to a fancy, all-expense paid boarding school. She grows up sensi
Mary Nikolettou
Oct 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If you're into dark and twisted, age gap, taboo, stalkers, hot and steamy sex scenes, noncon/dubcon, an obsessed and cruel Hero, an innocent heroine, just to name a few, then this is the read for you. After having read the first two books in this series I knew that I would enjoy this one too. Even though the H is a Mafia boss the story focuses more on the relationship rather than the crime organisation or both, which surprisingly worked well. The H however didn't sit well with me from the get go ...more
Oct 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing

I only recently discovered N.J. Adel and let me tell you, I am addicted. In The Italian Obsession is a story of obsession and stalking and I devoured it. I do not want to share too much, because you definitely just have to read this book. There are surprises and twists at every turn. Angelina’s youth was not a good one. When her father is murdered, she believes it was good fortune, because her life changes for the better. But who was the person in the background ensuring your safety now
Nov 02, 2020 rated it liked it
I have mixed feelings about the book. The beginning was quite exciting and the storyline, Tino kills Lina’s abusive father and helps her and her sister get a normal life. But then everything went downhill, him pleasuring himself while she’s asleep, umm that’s not for me. The good thing though was he didn’t take her virginity when she wasn’t an adult.
I didn’t like the Lina’s character too, she was so indecisive about her feelings, says she’s afraid about her stalker,Tino, but at the same wants h
Nov 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Dark. Dark. Dark. If you have triggers, probably don’t read this.

There is so much taboo stalker vibes in this book, it’s hard to put down, and impossible to forget. This is my first read of this author and I’m so glad I jumped in here. This is a total standalone and will take you on a roller coaster of all the emotions. Anger, angst, sadness, joy, it is all there. I loved how unpredictable this book was. When you read a book, you expect certain things at 30%, 60%, 92%, this book was an exceptio
Melissa Riddell
Nov 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
So wrong but oh so right...

Omg. Wow. I have to take a breath. Okay. I kept telling myself I shouldn’t be enjoying this story so much, but like Angel, I couldn’t seem to help it. Tino is one twisted monster, yet I couldn’t help but like him. This is definitely one of my favorite dark romances—ever.
Oct 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Tino is the kind of obsessive, crazy jealous stalkers I like in my books and the object of his obsession, Angelina, gets beyond complicated for many reasons that will keep you engaged throughout the story. Enjoyable and suspenseful read
Isabelle MBTL
Nov 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-5-stars


Age-Gap, Dark Romance, Mafia, Taboo

First Person, Dual-POV

The Italian Obsession is a standalone novel in The Italian series. All the books in The Italians series can be read in any order.

  Contains issues and situations some may find triggering.


First, I would like to warn again, that is was a very dark read. Don't take lightly the author's warning at the beginning of the book.

I've f

Bookiechick  Reviews
Oct 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Actual rating 4.5

N.J Adel has done it again!
A Dark, gritty, twisted , taboo age gap that will leave your heart racing and at the edge of your seat. I was captivated. I loved every minute of this book.
There are triggers and plenty of them so please proceed with caution and be sure to take them seriously before reading. This isn’t for the faint hearted and will have you shook. I’m amazed. I never expected this. Not gonna lie I didn’t read the blurb, so reading was a pleasant surprise. This is b
Oct 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received this free eARC novel from the author and Wildfire Marketing Solutions. This is my honest review.

Holy Camolie... I really have no words for this book. From the very beginning, there was this weird, crazy vibe and the setting of the story was creepy and eerie. I was hoping things would get better, not as insane, but nope - it definitely got way terrifying by the end.

I'm very conflicted on my feelings as well, which is why I keep feeling like this is a 3.5 book, but the rating scale wo
Oct 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Italian Obsession is my first book from N.J. Adel, and what a book to read close to Halloween! The author writes in the dedication that if you're not into the whole stalker, dubious consent camp, this would not be the book for you, so heed the warning. The book is about Sebastiano (Tino) Bellomo, the mafia don of the Bellomo crime family. He's been obsessed with Angelina (Lina) Baldi since she was 16, and he killed her abusive father. Tino has been waiting for Lina (or Angel as he likes to c ...more
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