Aug 10, 2017

Blog Tour with Review: The Mafia and His Angel: Part 1 by Lylah James

The Mafia and His Angel: Part 1

Tainted Hearts Series #1 by Lylah James Publication Date: August 1, 2017 Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance


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Alessio… Cold. Ruthless. Killer. I am respected and feared by all. I wasn’t put on this earth to love or be loved. I was put here to wipe out every last member of the damn Abandonato mafia, to pay them back for my mother’s death. When I find a strange girl hiding, beaten, under my bed, I don’t let her live out of compassion. She’s a trinket, my plaything. Ayla… I thought Alessio was only one more man who wanted to use me, hurt me, and throw me away. I don’t know what it is to trust anymore. I can’t find my heart under the pain. Alessio found it. He touched it, and brought it alive again. But if he discovers just how dangerous I am to him…I’ll lose my life.

     You know how they say you should never judge a book by it’s cover? Well, I pretty much never follow that advice. I’m a rebel like that. Lol If I see a book with a beautiful cover, I automatically want to read it. The number of times that I’ve had to talk myself down from buying a book based solely on the cover that I knew I would never actually read is almost embarrassing. Suprisingly, most of my cover buys don’t let me down, so I would argue that maybe that advice we have gotten since grade school is wrong at least as many times as it is right.

 I was browsing through Instagram one day when I saw the cover of The Mafia and His Angel: Part 1 by Lylah James and immediately signed up for an arc after reading the blurb. Mafia romances are some of my favorite things to read, so I crossed my fingers and hoped for the best. Warring crime families, forbidden love, lies, betrayal, and suspense, the story was right up my alley. Once again, my cover whore cravings didn’t steer me wrong!

Ayla Abandonato is the daughter of an Italian mob boss and the wife of his second in command. Her father promised her to his second when she was still a child. She was forced to marry him, and when he got her in his grips, he brutalized her on a daily basis. Her father turned a blind eye to the horrors she endured at the hands of the man that was supposed to honor and cherish her until death.

Everyone has a breaking point, and when Ayla reached hers, she ran away. She ran away from her father, her home, and most importantly her husband. It wasn’t an easy feat which is why she wound up in the back of a strange man’s car while trying to escape her husband’s men. It wasn’t until the car stopped that she realized she had made a terrible mistake. This wasn’t just an ordinary man. It was the pakhan of the Ivanshov Bratva, Alessio. Worse yet, The Abandonatos and the Ivanshovs are sworn enemies.

Ayla is surprised when Alessio offers to let her work as a maid in his home instead of throwing her out on the street or worse. He is inexplicably drawn to her, so he decided to keep her around despite her lying about who she was. Alessio has no idea about her true identity, but he can tell she is lying about it for some reason.

As time goes on, Ayla begins to find friendship, love, and comfort amongst his people and especially Alessio himself. While these feelings are amazing, she can’t stop thinking about when it will all come crashing to an end. How long could things go on the way they were? He would find out who she was eventually. What would happen to her then? Alessio doesn’t take betrayal well. Would her last name wind up being the reason she lost her life?

The Mafia and His Angel ends on a cliffhanger that shocked the hell out of me. I didn’t see it coming, and I want the next book like yesterday. The story is well written, the characters are interesting, and the romance is as sweet as it is steamy. The only real issues I had with the book is that the heroine isn’t as strong as I like them to be, and Alessio and his men can sometimes seem too soft. I tried to keep in mind that Ayla was seriously abused, so I can understand why her character is a little on the weaker side. Maybe mob guys are super understanding about mental health issues, who knows? Either way, it doesn’t really matter, because I enjoyed the story despite those things. I don’t want you to misunderstand me and think that Alessio is nothing but a big mush ball, because he’s not. He definitely has his alpha asshole pants on most of the time (just how I like them). On top of that, he is ruthless when it comes to his enemies and even his own men that would choose to cross him. If you are looking for a new mafia romance to dive into, I recommend this one to you!

About Lylah James

Lylah James lives with her parents and younger brother somewhere in Canada. While pursuing her dreams to become a Financial Economist, she uses all her spare time to write. If she is not studying, sleeping, writing or working – she can be found with her nose buried in a good romance book, preferably with a hot alpha male. Writing is her passion. The voices in her head won’t stop and she believes they deserve to be heard and read. Lylah James writes about drool worthy and total alpha males, with strong and sweet heroines. She makes her readers cry – sob their eyes out, swoon, curse, rage and fall in love. Mostly known as the Queen of cliffhanger and the #evilauthorwithablacksoul, she likes to break her readers’ hearts and then mend them again.



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