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๐‘ฐ’๐’—๐’† ๐’๐’Š๐’—๐’†๐’… ๐’Š๐’ ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’…๐’‚๐’“๐’Œ๐’๐’†๐’”๐’” ๐’‡๐’๐’“ ๐’”๐’ ๐’๐’๐’๐’ˆ.
๐‘ต๐’ ๐’๐’Š๐’‡๐’†. ๐‘ต๐’ ๐’„๐’‰๐’๐’Š๐’„๐’†.

The Devil owned me, body and soul – but not my heart. It was the only part of me which could never be claimed…

…๐‘œ๐‘Ÿ ๐‘ ๐‘œ ๐ผ ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘œ๐‘ข๐‘”โ„Ž๐‘ก.

Viktor weaved his way into my heart and imprinted on my soul. He made it clear he was there to stay. Even when the darkness blinded us, he never left my side.

What we share was sweet, untamed and wild.
๐‘ฉ๐’–๐’• ๐’Š๐’• ๐’˜๐’‚๐’” ๐’‡๐’๐’“๐’ƒ๐’Š๐’…๐’…๐’†๐’, ๐’…๐’‚๐’๐’ˆ๐’†๐’“๐’๐’–๐’” ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’๐’–๐’•๐’„๐’๐’Ž๐’† ๐’˜๐’๐’–๐’๐’… ๐’๐’๐’๐’š ๐’ƒ๐’† ๐’‘๐’‚๐’Š๐’๐’‡๐’–๐’.

A game is being played. The arena is a bloodbath, and the Game Masters are brutal. In the end, only one will survive.

๐‘ถ๐’๐’๐’š ๐’๐’๐’† ๐‘ฒ๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’˜๐’Š๐’๐’ ๐’ƒ๐’† ๐’๐’†๐’‡๐’• ๐’”๐’•๐’‚๐’๐’…๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ.

BOOK REVIEW: Mafia and His Obsession Part 2

Lylah James

Series: Tainted Heartsย 

My Rating: โ™ฅโ™ฅโ™ฅโ™ฅโ™ฅ

ARC kindly provided for an honest review

โ€œYou are the hope I never had. My demons are silent in your presence, and you make my angels dance in harmonyโ€

The Mafia and His Obsession Part 2 is book five of the Tainted Hearts Series. You absolutely have to read the last five books before you read this and believe me, itโ€™s worth it. The plot and characters are greatly intertwined so you wonโ€™t enjoy it unless you read the first four books.

Oh my god
Oh my god
Oh my god
Oh my god
Iโ€™ve been breathlessly waiting for this book since that cliff-hanger in the last book. My reviews donโ€™t contained spoilers so I thought Iโ€™d have a little fun with this one and present it as if Iโ€™m having a conversation with Lylah James. Youโ€™re lucky I finished it this way. Turned out to be a lot more work than I anticipated.

Me: oh my god, these cliff-hangers are going to be the death of me. Do you really have to do it? And then make us wait another year for the next release in 2020? Do you have any remorse for your readers?

Lylah:

Me: Alrighty then. So we know Viktor from all the previously books, Alessio’s right-hand man; funny, sexy, dangerous, hot as hell, rich as sin and every girlโ€™s wet-dream. We last left Viktor in quite a predicament after he learns that one of his female conquests means the world to the woman he loves. By the way, speaking of that last book, did you have to have him shot in the ass?

Lylah:

Me: Yeah no, youโ€™re right. Don’t answer that. Stupid question

Lylah:

Me: OOKKAAY! Moving onโ€ฆAs I was saying, what a mess Viktorโ€™s life has become. Being borne of one family and dedicated to another. The rapport he had with Valentin had me reeling there for a minute, especially following that ass-shooting incident. Having sacrificed everything for Alessio and the family, donโ€™t you think Alessioโ€™s ultimatum was a bit fucked up?

Lylah:

Alessio Ivanshov was not a man to be trusted. As much as he liked to look into your eyes as your life faded away, he was also the type of man who wouldnโ€™t shy away from striking you in the back if he had the opportunity.ย 

Me:ย  I know. You said that in your book. But still…to ask that of your brother. I thought it was really fucked up. I know these Ivanshov men are ruthless underground men and shit, but damn. And you know how much I love Alessio but I’m with Viktor on this one. The fact that he knows what to do with a woman’s body not withstanding. But since you brought it up… Ohh but that Viktor, child! *very very pervy sigh* lawd have mercy.

Lylah:

Me:

Anywayโ€ฆI digress. Can I share with the readersโ€™ some of the shit he got up to?

Lylah:

Me: alright aright, sheesh. You spend too much time with the Ivanshovs. All that violence. No spoilers then. Damn.
Girl, let me tell youโ€ฆ you sure know how to write a steamy sex sceneโ€ฆmmmhhh. I was in there with them. It was as if Viktor was touching me, kissing meโ€ฆ

Lylah:

Me:

Yeahโ€ฆI heard that too. Sounded wrong even to me. You have to admit; you write some really fucked up, bloody, dangerous, violent terribly delicious things. And then throw in there some steamy sex just to gloss over the fucked up shit you wrote. I mean you made Viktor watch that shit with Valentin. What the Fuck Lylah! You have to admit, thatโ€™s a bit sadistic and fucked up-even by your standards.

Lylah:

Me:I knew you would. I was just saying. Letโ€™s talk about Valerie. Poor girl. Did you really have to fuck her up so bad? I know itโ€™s a dark romance but fuck me. All your heroines in this series have seen some shit but damn. You went all out with Valerie. By the way, couldnโ€™t you have fucked Valentin up a bit more? You should have given Viktor more time to really fuck him up. Or better yet, given Viktor time to call in the cavalry (Alessio and Lyov). Now that would have been great. What a bastard he was.

Lylah:

Me:Yes youโ€™re right. Oh on another note. What the fuck is up with Maddie and Phoenix?

Lylah:

Me: I mean thereโ€™s some deep shit going on there. Are you going to tell us what or youโ€™re just going to keep us guessing?

Lylah:

Me: Oh Okay. My bad. In the meantime, can you give me more hints on what the hell is going on with Nikolay and Evaline? That cliff-hanger was just too much. Can you give me something to wet my appetite?

Lylah:

Me:I guess I am. Thank you for spending time with me for a nutter. Iโ€™m going to go away and fantasise some more about Viktor and then Iโ€™m off to the shops to replace all the panties I ruined while reading this book. Thanks for that by the way.

I donโ€™t know what Lylah smokes that she comes up with these stories; but Iโ€™m here for it. This is everything Iโ€™ve come to love and expect from her. It had me engaged from page one and left me reeling long after I closed the last page. I loved Ayla and Alessioโ€™s story in the first three books, but Iโ€™ve got to say I think Viktor and Valerieโ€™s are my favourite. As usual, the story is narrated from the main characterโ€™s perspective. So we got to see Viktor grow from a hardened man lurking in the shadows to a man after my own heart, while Valerie overcame the chains of her past and learnt to love herself and allow others to love her. I especially loved that the main characters from the previous books were a lot more involved. We get to see what theyโ€™ve been up to since we last saw them. It felt like a continuation of the last books… but not really. Itโ€™s an exquisite blend of the series while allowing some independence of each book. A story of forbidden love tainted with such ugliness, nurtured to bloom by unwavering committed- sending the reader on emotional rollercoaster; reaching into your heart and utterly and absolutely breaking it; before it soothes and moulds it back together with a delicious and hard-earned happily ever after. I didnโ€™t pay much attention to Viktor before. I thought Alessio was hot but nowโ€ฆ

โ€œI love you sweetly. And I love you savagelyโ€.

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