If you’ve ever found yourself captivated by the allure of danger, passion, and forbidden love, then you’re in for a treat. In this curated list, we’re delving into the enticing world of mafia romance books, where dangerous liaisons and thrilling plots intertwine to create a spellbinding reading experience.
From clandestine affairs to power struggles and the magnetic pull of forbidden desires, these 10 mafia romance novels are bound to leave you utterly addicted. Brace yourself for tales of crime families, charismatic mob bosses, and the fierce, independent women who find themselves entangled in a web of love, loyalty, and danger.
And, as in any mafia romance, you can expect tropes like forced or arranged marriage, enemies to lovers, forbidden love, groveling, family rivalry, secrets, fighting, dark themes, badass characters, and of course a happy ending.
10 Mafia Romance Books You Have To Read
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#1 Vengeance Unleashed by Nancy Haviland
Immerse yourself in the thrilling underworld of ‘Vengeance Unleashed’ (formerly known as A Love of Vengeance), the first installment in Nancy Haviland’s Wanted Men series.
Gabriel Moretti thought he’d escaped the mafia life, but a favor for a father figure thrusts him back into danger, guarding his friend’s estranged daughter, Eva Jacobs, from the Russian mob and beyond. As their unexpected connection deepens, secrets and threats abound, creating a suspenseful love story that will keep you on the edge of your seat and rooting not just for the main characters.
Pour a glass of wine, settle into your favorite reading spot, and let Eva and Gabriel’s passionate tale, tinged with danger, unfold. This is a gripping journey into the heart of the Russian mob and Cosa Nostra, with bonus appearances by compelling side characters who have stories of their own.
#2 Black Skies Riviera by Catherine Wiltcher
Indulge in the seductive world of ‘Black Skies Riviera’ by Catherine Wiltcher, a heart-stopping mafia romance. Aiden Knight, a ruthless predator seeking revenge, and Issa Dubova, a Bratva princess with secrets to protect, are thrown together in an arranged marriage. As lust, betrayal, and explosive twists unfold, their raw chemistry and hidden agendas make for an enthralling enemies-to-lovers tale. Wiltcher weaves emotional depth seamlessly into the gritty mafia backdrop, delivering unforgettable characters and a plot that keeps readers on the edge. Get ready for a captivating journey filled with sizzling passion, suspense, and a guaranteed HEA.
#3 Brutal Prince by Sophie Lark
Step into the gritty world of the Irish Griffin and Italian Gallo mafia families in Sophie Lark’s ‘Brutal Prince’, the debut novel of her Brutal Birthright series. This mafia romance is a tale of arranged marriage, enemies-to-lovers, and a brewing war between two powerful clans.
Meet Aida, an unconventional mafia princess with a penchant for mischief, and Callum, who despises her for all the right reasons. From fiery conflicts to stolen heirlooms, their tumultuous journey unfolds against a backdrop of family dynamics that are both funny and relatable. Brace yourself for a captivating narrative filled with inventive heroines, button-pushing, and a love story that defies the conventions of mafia romance.
#4 Raze by Tillie Cole
Delve into the shadows of the Scarred Souls series with ‘Raze’, a dark and intense mafia romance by USA Today bestselling author Tillie Cole. This gripping tale unveils the brutal world of underground fighting, where a nameless boy stripped of his humanity becomes an unbeatable force. Escaping to a city where no one knows him, his path crosses with Kisa, when he saves her from an attack. As they navigate a reunion tainted by pain and violence, ‘Raze’ explores the profound connection between two broken souls.
Prepare yourself for a haunting and beautiful dark story of two people who lost each other when they were teenagers, only to find one another again as two broken adults who only know pain and violence.
Trigger warning! Sexual abuse, physical abuse and lots and lots of violence.
This novel will stay with you if not for the darkness in it, for the unique and special connection Raze and Kisa have. The pure emotions they have for each other will impress you to tears! If you know you don’t have triggers, or you can read through them, give this a try! It’s worth it!
And if you’re into dark books and want to read more, check out my post about these five really dark romance novels that will challenge your boundaries.
#5 The Kiss Thief by L. J. Shen
‘The Kiss Thief’ by L.J. Shen is a gripping contemporary romance that transcends the boundaries of the typical enemies to lovers, arranged marriage trope.
When society belle Francesca Rossi finds herself entangled with the enigmatic Senator Wolfe Keaton, a seductive dance of power, passion, and betrayal begins. With a backdrop of high society and political intrigue, Shen crafts a tale of forbidden love and vendettas that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Prepare for a rollercoaster of emotions as two worlds collide in this provocative and unputdownable romance.
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#6 The Sweetest Oblivion by Danielle Lori
Step into the shadows of New York’s underworld with Elena, the romantic trapped in a world devoid of love in ‘The Sweetest Oblivion’ by Danielle Lori. Nicknamed Sweet Abelli for her docile façade, Elena navigates the treacherous waters of mafia life.
When her sister is arranged to marry Nicolas Russo, a dark and imposing Made Man, Elena’s world is turned upside down. Despite her disdain for his ruthless reputation, a forbidden attraction simmers beneath the surface. As Elena grapples with desires that defy the rules, she must decide whether to surrender to the allure of the darkness or resist the intoxicating pull of a love deemed impossible. Will she succumb to taste for the forbidden, or will the shadows of the underworld consume her?
#7 The Maddest Obsession by Danielle Lori
Step into a world of opposites attract in the second installment of the Made series by Danielle Lori.
Christian Allister isn’t exactly the epitome of morality. He may be an FBI special agent, but that’s just for the facade. He’s a killer. Cold, arrogant, with obsessive tendencies. Possessive. His favorite game is to insult Gianna’s intelligence and looks.
Gianna Marino isn’t exactly the epitome of responsibility or class. She wears tight dresses, laughs too loudly, and doesn’t care much about etiquette. But that’s just a facade. Beneath that unpolished and sparkly disguise lies the most vulnerable of people. As their lives intertwine, secrets unravel, and forbidden desires ignite, Gianna becomes Christian’s maddest obsession.
A beautifully written hate-to-love mafia romance novel that will leave you thinking about it long after finishing it. The humor, the push/pull between the protagonists, the side characters, the plot, all add to the already powerful entities that are Gianna and Christian.
#8 Crow by A. Zavarelli
Step into the gritty world of the Irish mob with A. Zavarelli’s ‘Crow,’ the pulse-pounding first installment in the Boston Underworld series. Mackenzie Wilder, on a mission to find her missing friend, infiltrates the dangerous world of the Irish underworld. Her plan? To secure a job at Slainte’, a bar owned by the mob, and gather intel. Enter Lachlan Crow, next in line for the Irish underworld throne, a formidable force determined to hate Mackenzie from the start.
As they navigate a treacherous dance of secrets and chemistry, Mackenzie’s loyalty and determination collide with Lachlan’s dangerous allure. In this standalone novel filled with suspense and passion, witness a show-it-all hero, a flawed yet relatable heroine, and a love story that defies the boundaries of a world consumed by crime and desire.
#9 Joker’s Wild by Renee Rose
Dive into the dangerous allure of the Vegas Underground series with Renee Rose’s ‘Joker’s Wild,’ the steamy fifth installment that can be enjoyed as a standalone. Desiree, a nurse who once cared for Junior Tacone’s mother, finds herself thrust into a perilous situation when Junior selects her to tend to his injured brother.
As she becomes his unwilling captive, Desiree discovers an unexpected attraction brewing between them. Caught in the tumult of family business and escalating conflicts, Junior must navigate love and loyalty in a world teetering on the edge. Will their no-strings-attached relationship survive, or will desire and danger intertwine in ways neither could predict? Find out in this gripping tale of passion, power, and unexpected love.
#10 Cassio: Belles & Mobsters by Eva Winners
Welcome to the intricate world of ‘Cassio’ by Eva Winners, a dark mafia romance that unravels the intense connection between Cassio King, a formidable member of the powerful King family, and Aine Evens, a resilient young woman haunted by a traumatic past.
Cassio’s rescue of Aine at 14 leaves an indelible mark on both, setting the stage for a reunion eight years later. Aine, now stronger and more empowered, crosses paths with Cassio, sparking a mysterious connection that transcends time. As the complexities of their shared history unfold, Cassio’s possessive yet sexy demeanor complements Aine’s strength, forging a bond that withstands the tests of time. In a narrative blending revenge, love, and family dynamics, ‘Cassio’ navigates the thin line between savior and enemy, offering readers a dark and compelling journey into the heart of passion and vengeance.
Content warning: includes descriptive topics such as sexual assault, human trafficking, torture!
In these captivating mafia romance novels, love and danger converge, offering readers a thrilling escape into worlds of passion, power, and complex emotions. Do you know other mafia novels where the protagonists have amazing, out-of-this-world chemistry?