Exploring Tropes: Mafia Romance

As promised, I’ll write a book recommendation based on tropes. I have a list of my top five romance tropes and you can check it out here. On my first Exploring Tropes, we’ll venture on Mafia Romance. Honestly, books that has this trope is thrilling and addictive. The romance is always explosive and I just love mafia men. You know I’m a sucker for bad boys. The heroines are feisty and call out their lover’s bullshit.

It’s understandable this isn’t for everyone as it has trigger warnings such as violence, profanity, kidnapping, drugs, abuse etc. Everything is not sugarcoated and admittedly some of them are problematic. It’s your discretion to read them. I’ll do my best to rank it according to its darkness level so you’ll have an idea what to expect or if you can handle the story. It’s a lengthy post so please bear with me. Here are the mafia books / series I enjoyed:

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Spiders in the Grove by J.A. Redmerski

38487040Pages: 282

Goodreads Rating: 4.4 / 5 stars

My Rating: 4/5 stars

Genre: New Adult, Romantic Suspense

Publication Date: February 10th 2018

Publisher: Self published

Summary:

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Izabel and Naeva find themselves right where they wanted to be in Mexico: captured and held in the slave compounds owned by the Ruiz family. But the two are soon separated and forced into very different—but equally dangerous—situations. Izabel spends the next three weeks playing a role she never expected she would get the opportunity to play. But her luck runs out when Naeva’s life hangs in the balance, and only Izabel can save her.

But at a terrible cost.

If Izabel chooses to help Naeva, it will expose a lie she has been carrying on her shoulders since she met Victor Faust. A lie that will not only potentially make everyone in Victor’s Order distrust her going forward, but one that will also blow her carefully constructed cover In Mexico, and get her killed.

Fredrik, still looking for his serial killer, does not have to look long—the killer finds him. And Niklas’ past catches up to him when an old enemy comes back for revenge.

But it will be Victor’s actions that shake up those left in his Order, and ultimately, be its downfall.

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Behind the Hands that Kill by J.A. Redmerski

BTHTKPages: 200

Goodreads Rating: 4.48 / 5 stars

My Rating: 5 / 5 stars

Genre: Romantic Suspense, New Adult

Publication Date: May 7, 2016

Publisher: Self-Published

Summary (Goodreads):

Even professional killers need vacations, but for Victor Faust, his vacation in Venezuela is about more than relaxation and time alone with Izabel Seyfried. It is a chance for him to come clean to Izabel: to tell her the truth about why he sent her to Italy with his brother, the truth behind his interest in Nora Kessler, and about his knowledge of Izabel’s child with her former captor. But before Victor can spill his soul, reality proves that for some killers, vacations are just pipe-dreams.

Attacked and kidnapped, Izabel finds herself stuffed in a suitcase, while Victor later wakes up imprisoned in a cage. In any other situation, Victor would find a way out and save himself and the woman he loves—but not this time. When the identities of their kidnappers are revealed, Victor loses all hope, and begins the mental process of accepting his and Izabel’s last moments together. And Izabel’s final moments of life.

As if his circumstances are not complicated enough, members of Vonnegut’s Order are finally closing in on Victor. And when they do, he comes face-to-face with someone else he once knew and loved, who could either help him, or make a grave situation much worse. Victor’s past has finally caught up with him: the women he has cared for, loved, and killed; the families he has destroyed; the unforgivable crimes he has committed. And now he must face the consequences, and pay the ultimate price for absolution.

But when it is all over, Victor may not have the strength to pick up what is left and move on. Because the event changes him. Because love changed him. And because, unlike before when he thought it is was for the best, he cannot imagine a life without Izabel in it.

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The Moment of Letting Go by J.A. Redmerski

TMoLG.jpgPages: 432

Goodreads Rating: 3.80 / 5 stars

My Rating: 4 / 5 stars

Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Publication Date: August 11, 2015

Publisher: Forever (Grand Central Publishing)

Summary (Goodreads):

You can follow the rules or you can follow your heart…

THE MOMENT OF LETTING GO

Sienna Murphy never does anything without a plan. And so far her plans have been working. Right after college, she got a prestigious job and gained the stability she’d always craved-until work takes her to the sun-drenched shores of Oahu and places her in the path of sexy surfer Luke Everett. For the first time, she lets her heart take control. Drawn to his carefree charm, she makes a spontaneous and very un-Sienna-like decision to drop everything and stay in Hawaii for two more weeks.

Luke lives fast and wild. When he meets Sienna, he’s convinced that some no-strings-attached fun is just what she needs. As their nights quickly turn from playful to passionate, Luke can’t deny the deep connection he feels. But there’s a reason Luke doesn’t do long-term. He can’t promise Sienna forever, when the enormity of his past has shown him just how fragile the future can be . . .

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The Black Wolf by J.A. Redmerski

TBWPages: 302

Goodreads Rating: 4.55 / 5 stars

My Rating: 5/5 stars

Genre: Romance, Romantic Suspense, New Adult, Dark

Publishing Date: June 29, 2015

Publisher: Self-Published

Summary (Goodreads):

Since devastating secrets were uncovered by Nora Kessler, Niklas Fleischer and Victor Faust have been divided as business partners and brothers. But ultimately Niklas is persuaded to lead a mission to Italy, and he sees it as an opportunity to set in motion forgiveness–or retribution–for his brother’s betrayal.

The mission: play the role of a wealthy German investor and kidnap a beautiful, notorious madam named Francesca Moretti. No stranger to these types of roles, Niklas is the best man for the job, but this time the risks will be much greater as he will not be doing it alone. Izabel Seyfried, still fresh out of a life of imprisonment and sex slavery, could be negatively affected by the things she will see in Moretti’s mansion, and Niklas must keep her in line so she does not blow their cover and get them killed.

But Niklas isn’t the only one who must play a role–Nora takes on the humiliating task of playing Niklas’s slave, and Izabel must play the role of his lover.

On one hand, Niklas couldn’t be enjoying himself more. On the other hand, the emotions that continue to rage inside of him may be too much for him to control, and it may be Niklas–not Izabel–who needs to be kept in line. He cannot forget what Victor has done, and this mission may just be the beginning of his downward spiral.

Can the blood bond that Niklas and Victor share as brothers be stronger than resentment? Or will vengeance dig the blade so deep that their bond be eternally severed?

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Seeds of Iniquity by J.A. Redmerski

SI.jpgPages: 315

Goodreads rating: 4.40 / 5 stars

My Rating: 5/5 stars

Genre: New Adult, Romance, Romantic Suspense, Thriller, Dark

Publishing Date: September 29, 2014

Publisher: Amazon Digital Services/Self-Published

Summary (Goodreads):

Victor Faust’s new Order is growing. Business is good as there is no rest for the wicked in an underground world of hardcore criminals and contract killing. Relationships among the operatives have changed little over the past year—but things are about to change now, and all six high-ranking members of the new Order will be blindsided by an unlikely enemy.

Loved ones whose only ties to Victor’s organization are their relationships with its members, are abducted. The price to get them back safely—the six must confess their deepest, darkest secret to this mysterious young woman named Nora, who is as deadly as she is beautiful, and who seems to know more about each of them than they know about each other. And although no one has any clue about who Nora really is, it becomes clear that she also isn’t who she appears to be.

So much more is at stake than secrets and the lives of innocent loved ones; with each member that Nora forces to confess, the truth about their dark pasts and their present objectives will cast suspicion, pit some against each other, and may tear others apart.

Before the game is over everyone will know who this woman is and why she is here, but the damage she will leave in her wake could be the beginning of the new Order’s destruction.

Whose dark secret will be the darkest of all? And can Victor’s Order survive any of them?

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The Swan and The Jackal by J.A. Redmerski

TSTJPages: 261

Goodreads Rating: 4.21/5 stars

My Rating: 5/5 stars

Genre: Romance, Suspense, Dark, Thriller, Adult, Crime

Publishing Date: March 5, 2014

Publisher: Self Published

Summary (Goodreads):

Fredrik Gustavsson never considered the possibility of love, or that anyone could ever understand or accept his dark and bloody lifestyle—until he met Seraphina, a woman as vicious and blood-thirsty as Fredrik himself. They spent two short but unforgettable years together, full of lust and killing and the darkest kind of love that two people can share.

And then Seraphina was gone.

It’s been six years since Fredrik’s lover and sadistic partner in crime turned his world upside-down. Seraphina went into hiding and has eluded him ever since. Now, he’s getting closer to finding her, and an innocent woman named Cassia is the key to drawing Seraphina from the shadows. But Cassia—after sustaining injuries from a fire that Seraphina ignited—suffers from amnesia and can’t give Fredrik the information he desperately seeks. Having no other choice, Fredrik has been keeping Cassia locked in his basement as he not only tries to get her to recall her past—because she and Seraphina share it—but also to protect her from Seraphina, who clearly wants her dead.

But Cassia is a light in the darkness that Fredrik never believed existed. After a year subjected to her kindness and compassion, he finds himself struggling with his love for Seraphina, and his growing feelings for Cassia—because he knows that to love one, the other must die.

Will light win out over darkness, or will something more powerful than either further destroy an already tortured soul?

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