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Devil You Hate

(The Diavolo Crime Family #1)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  1,497 ratings  ·  290 reviews
If you make a deal with the devil he will always collect.

They call me " The Devil. "
Deranged and violent.
Gorgeous but frightening.

The night before her arranged marriage, I kidnap her.

As the last remaining daughter to the Ricci Family I know her father will do anything to keep his hold over the five families, which means he'll do anything to keep her safe.

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Published April 16th 2021
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Ꮗ€♫◗☿ ❤️ ❤️
Awesome ending!

The following ratings are out of 5:
Romance: ❤️💙💜💚💛
Heat/Steam: 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥
Story/Plot: 📙📕📗📘📔
World building: 🌎🌏🌍🌎🌍
Character development: 😌🤓😬😯🤗

The heroine: Celeste Ricci (a.k.a. Celia) - Mafia princess, who has been locked away in her tower for her entire existence. In her world women are only good for cementing partnerships with other mafia families. She has known her whole life that she would someday be bartered away and married off for her father’s gain.

The Hero(es): Nicolo Diavolo (a.k
Lady Raven RAVE!

Style: Dark Mafia Romance
Story: 3.5/5
Enjoyment: 4/5
Dark Level: 2.5/5
Triggers: Yes
Violence: Yes (Medium)
Male: Angry, Cold, Boss & Sexy
Series: Book 1 (Cliffhanger)
Pages: loc. 3381
Audio: N/A
Kindle Unlimited: Yes

Yup, it’s official, Nicolo, is a bona fide SAVAGE. This is dual POV. The story starts with Celia’s, and you pretty much get an idea of who she is and where she stands with her family. Now, Nicolo’s first POV scenes gave me shivers. He is
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𝟒.𝟓 𝐝𝐚𝐫𝐤 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐝𝐞𝐯𝐢𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐡 𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐫𝐬 Holy.Wow. Holy.Wow… HOLY WOW!!

You’re going to want to take a walk with devil. Wow, this story packed a punch. Nothing was held back. It’s raw and riveting. I was held captive and couldn’t stop reading! It's dark, oh so dark. 𝑻𝒉𝒆𝒓𝒆 𝒂𝒓𝒆 𝒎𝒂𝒏𝒚 𝒕𝒓𝒊𝒈𝒈𝒆𝒓𝒔 𝒔𝒐 𝒃𝒆 𝒎𝒊𝒏𝒅𝒇𝒖𝒍 𝒃𝒆𝒇𝒐𝒓𝒆 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒅𝒊𝒗𝒆 𝒊𝒏.

Nicolo Diavolo is nothing short of a savage. Truly. He is ruthless and out for the perfect revenge on the families who
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Star Rating : 4.5/5 Stars

POV : Dual

Cliffhanger : Yes

Hero : Nicolo

Heroine : Celia

Pace of the story : Moderate

Angst Rating : 5/10

Heat Rating : 6/10

Triggers Involved : Dub Con , Kidnapping

Plot Summary :
Nicolo has plans to kidnap And break Celia as a part of his twisted revenge. Most people won't dare go against her family but he fears no one. He thinks it would be easy to break the princes but he doesn't expect her fire.
May 27, 2021 rated it really liked it
Devil You Hate by J.L Beck and C.Hallman is book one in The Diavolo crime family series.
I read a few dark Mafia romance books lately but this one is the darkest yet.
You have kidnap, bloody violence, steamy sex and an auction (yes a human auction) throw in revenge, secrets and a cliff hanger that will shock you to the core and you end up with this book.
Yes I'm definitely recommending this if you like the darkness 📖
Apr 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2021, mafia
I really enjoyed this CLIFFHANGER! and I'm curious to read what happens next! The story itself is a quite classic one, considering the Mafia genre. It has all the right ingredients to make it an enjoyable book to read. I'll be waiting to read what will happen with Celia and Nicolo. ...more
Mar 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Something dark is coming...
Preorder here:
Charlene Gaskins
Apr 16, 2021 rated it it was ok
The cover and the blurb was the best part of this book. I really wanted to like this book, but found just the opposite. The story line is very similar to others that have come before it making it somewhat predictable in some elements of the book. These stories have the same components just different characters and different reasons for revenge.

Is any author going to be bold enough to bring a Mafia story into the 21st century and make the women born into these syndicates strong, educated and not
Fantasy Land Romance Reader
Apr 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2021-arc
Just when I think J.L and Cassandra have topped their books then they come flying out with another one. Devil you Hate is a mobster masterpiece. These two wrote a dark mobster story that even took me by surprise.

Nic is a total dick in all aspects of life. His business is everything to him and he intended to keep it that way. But when he is offered a woman in place of money he finds that he would like that a hell of a lot more than the money. But he decides he will treat her like everyone else, w
Apr 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Devil you hate gripped me from the very first page and now ive finished it im still trying to process everything that went on in it. Which i have to say was a lot. Celia (FMC) is caught up in a nightmare scenario not of her own making. To get revenge on her father Nicolo kidnaps Celia to pay for what hes done. Theres a naivety to Celia mainly about her family/father and what hes capable of. Theres also this will they, wont they going on with her and Nicolo. That keeps you on tenterhooks througho ...more
Jun 07, 2021 rated it liked it

I know authors sometimes exaggerate for a good storyline, but the killings at the beginning of the book and long time planning of auctioning off a virgin doesn't add to the villain image. Instead it just seems meaningless and makes the hero no better man than her father.
Also, there was very little storyline and the heroin was annoyingly weak, and we didn't get to know her very well.
Sorry, not for me.
Genre/Tropes: Dark Mafia Romance/Enemies-to-Lovers

**This is a dark mafia romance, that contains non-con/dub con, graphic violence, and sexual themes. It is not a standalone novel and ends on a cliffhanger.**

This was an okay read, nothing that blew me away, we have Nicolo who wants revenge so he decides to kidnap Celia a Virgin daughter of a mob boss. We have a lot of scenes with sexual tension and Celia deciding if she should fight or not for her freedom. It's a slow burn of sorts but the pa
May 21, 2021 rated it did not like it
abuse is not cute
Anne Harris
Apr 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I don’t even know where to begin
When I first started this book I thought I knew the storyline but let me just tell you I have gone through every emotion reading this book. Celia has never known love. Her father sees her as a bargaining chip and that’s all she is to him. He is a ruthless man who would be happy to marry her off just to make the family stronger in the criminal underworld. And that’s what he does he plans to do, marry her off to a man She’s never met before and after there first mee
Serena Akeroyd
Apr 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
With a title like that, there was a lot to live up to.
Safe to say, Devil You Hate's Nicolo more than brings the hate. So why do I also love him?? >.<
I CAN'T wait for part two.
Come on, Celia. You got this, girl!!
Jenn (The Book Refuge)
Aug 09, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2021
I just don't like this hero. Hardly at all. I want this heroine to have more spine than she does.

But I will read the next one and see if he has more grovel. I need more hope in my stories than this one has.
Michele A.
Apr 17, 2021 rated it it was ok
Celia finds herself kidnapped a few days before her wedding. Nic steals her as some sort of debt payment and also as revenge against her family. Celia has not very many redeemable qualities. She claims to be strong and then throws temper tantrums Nic is just a brute and I did not like him one bit. I was waiting for him to realize that he was no better than the people he was supposedly seeking revenge on, but that didn't happen. He played Celia like a fiddle and she seemed to not understand the g ...more
Book Maniac Forever
The plot of this story was dark and alluring. The level of suspense and action had me constantly on the edge. I just had a little difficulty to buy the weird dynamic between Celia and Nicolo. Toward the end, maybe I felt a little shift, but for most of the book I just found Nicolo to be cruel and unredeemable. Nonetheless, the sexual moments are plenty and hot, but lacking a spark between the main protagonists. I can't wait to read the next book though to better understand these charact
Mandy’s Book Reviews
May 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book is dark dirty and oh so good ! I was immediately hooked right from the start ! It’s emotional intense and dangerously steamy ride . Nicolo is definitely the Devil ! That ending was jaw dropping I’m speechless right now and I need the next book ASAP please !
Apr 10, 2021 rated it liked it
3.75 ⭐⭐⭐

I have to admit that this book gave me some mixed feelings. Not gonna lie, I did enjoy it one way or another, but it doesn't give me the buzz that I wanted. Basically, the entire story is about Celia being kidnapped by Nicolo as an act of revenge on his part of the side. In the entire book, he was planning to sell her in an auction but of course, the sexual tensions and the chemistry between these two made the entire book becomes more complicated than ever.

Talking about the characters,
Lynn Reynolds
Apr 19, 2021 rated it really liked it
Celia has the weight of her family on her shoulders. Nic rules with an iron fist – his word is law. This is not a hearts ‘n flowers story. It’s a very dark story where you can’t expect the main characters to fall in love. Celia is just a pawn in a game where only Nic creates the rules.

If you are someone that has triggers, this is one to be careful of. It’s a rough mafia tale that might seem very real. There’s no treating Celia like a mafia princess. It’s one where the woman is to pay for the si
Sherlock Hughes
This was the first book a new duet/series from these ladies and it was amazing, I seriously can't get enough of their dark mafia romance stories!

This stories is about revenge but also so much more! Celia is about to be married off to a man when Nico shows up and steals her away with plans to auction her off as the ultimate revenge until suddenly he can't seem to let her go or keep his hands off her. He is definitely a dark man with dark taste and she is a sweet, innocent mafia princess... you kn
Apr 18, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: e-books, ku
I am super annoyed that this is a duet with a cliffy. I generally wait to read these types of books until the book with the final resolution for the main couple has been released so being surprised in this way is not good.

This is a typical "my body betrays me and I have zero self esteem" book. Celia is a complacent crier that at times has a bit of a back bone but the rest of the time she just collapses into self pity and non decision. She's goes along to get along. This borders Stockholm Syndro
Lindsey Davis
Apr 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
These two author's have done another fabulous job. This book sucked me in from the beginning and once I started I couldn't put it down. This story is dark and dirty and oh so good. It had kidnapping of the main female Celia and a mafia story. Which made it even more enjoyable for me because I love a good mafia romamce and Josi and Cassy know how to write them. Then you have Nic the big bad sexy mafia kidnapper who you love to hate. It does end in a crazy cliffhanger so I can't wait for the next ...more
Apr 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is literally the perfect name for this story! Celia is living a life that’s not even hers, she is living the life she is told to live and about to marry a man she can’t stand because that’s what’s expected of her until one day she’s kidnapped and meets Nicolo who is scary as can be but she’s not sure what outcome is worse, his or the one that use to before her. I loved that Celia is strong and even though scared deep inside she doesn’t bend to Nics will. Can’t wait for the next one
Cheryl   Graham-Petit
Apr 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Devil You Hate is the first book in The Diavolo Crime Family Duet. The authors pull you into the story and don't let you go until the very end. It's wonderfully written with plenty of drama, angst, revenge, secrets, suspense, twists and turns, heartbreak, violence, and explosive chemistry, to keep you turning the pages.

I volunteered to review an advance reader copy of this book.
Teresa Lara
Apr 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Love this series
Celia and Nic grabbed my heart
Dark twisted intense
Amazing emotional love story Ready for more
Jenn Z

Honestly, this is a whole book about nothing.
I just keep reading so maybe I could find something good. But no, it has to end in a cliffhanger.
What a sad read.
Elle Kaye
Apr 16, 2021 rated it liked it
This was an okay read. Nothing impressive or’s kind of same old, same old. Got a bit bored and ended up skimming a bit. Ends on a cliffhanger but I’m not sure if I’ll read the 2nd book.
Jun 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
Hmmm. That was intense. I’m gonna have to read book
2 for the whole picture before I can give my thoughts. RTC
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