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(Not Yet) Married To The Mob: Mafia Romance—Read It Or Swim

Say hello to my little friends...Fuggedabout the other men of romance. These characters have big weapons and aren’t afraid to show you how they use them. Whether these heroes and heroines are mobbed up or one of the boys in blue, these 17 book recommendations will make you a part of the family.

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Elite (Eagle Elite series) by Rachel Van Dyken

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Do not let the humor of these young soldiers of the Elect fool you. This heroine is through the eye and will need to figure out how to survive the next test.

“End of. It’s epic and fantastic and every book is just better and better! Every emotion. Every feel. Elite started it all with Nixon and Trace. Entice made me laugh with Chase and Mil, and started me believing in Blood in, No out. Elicit blew me out of the freakin’ water and took us to the Dark Side with Mo and Tex. Ember rose us from the ashes with Phoenix. Elude broke me with Sergio. And this series keeps going, and I hope Rachel Van Dyken never stops writing it and giving us glimpses into her uber awesome and oh, so scary mind!!!”

- Bookshelf Buster

“Have mercy, these men are amazing and oh, so bad they’re good!!!”

- Sassy Southern

Published Book One 07/09/2013

Ivan (Her Russian Protectors series) by Roxie Rivera

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It’s not the muscle or how this hero can make someone hit the mat that this heroine needs to find her sister. His connections to the outfit is what she hopes will provide the shakedown.

“This one is set in Houston and details some sexy Russians and their ladies. Lots of action in this series, too.”

- No Lion About Books

Published Book One 11/12/2013

Killing Sarai (In The Company of Killers series) by J.A. Redmerski

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The hero has a clip that will have him rolling in serious cash. However, he finds he is willing to risk everything to save her from the hit . . .

“I loved this series, it’s dark and twisty. At the start, when you see Victor unwillingly rescuing Sarai from her imprisonment as a sex slave, you're not sure if he's a good guy or a bad guy, but he's not as bad as he would like people to believe. Sarai is his weakness. Throughout the series new characters are introduced who are part of this small team of contract killers. It's a really interesting dynamic and a gripping series.”

- Bonny Book Lass

“In the Company of Killers is exactly what the title says - a thrilling journey alongside a group of ruthless assassins. It has all the ingredients that make a read dark, but they're not just there for show—every action, every murder, every blood drop, is there to set in motion the group's next step. If you want to fall in love with an anti-hero, then this series might have just one for you—the leader, the torturer, the executioner and others.”

- Spiritual Wanderer

Published Book One 01/19/2014

Spin (Corruption series) by CD Reiss

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They aren’t supposed to connect, but this wise guy and beautiful girl cannot seem to take a pass with one another.

“Because I said so.”

- Squeezing in Books

“You get a compelling, complex heroine to love, and a stunningly beautiful, brutal man. They don’t change for one another, rather they shed the facades they’ve constructed to keep the world at bay and share their true selves. The sex is incendiary and there's nothing sweet and gentle about their courtship. The writing goes from gritty to ethereal. It's not your average Mafia Don story.”

- Big Words in Texas

Published Book One 03/10/2014

Monster In His Eyes (Monster In His Eyes series) by J.M. Darhower

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This heroine is drawn by this charming and alluring man. But when she learns he has secrets she may need to take a pass on having an everlasting connection.

“Naz is everything a Made Man should be: mysterious, charming, controlling and damn sexy. I was glued to these pages and fell even harder for this couple as the story unfolded.”

- Glitter Gulch Queen

Published Book One 04/27/2014

Dirty Angels (Dirty Angels series) by Karina Halle

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The hero may be boss in this Latin American cartel—and decided that she is something for him to take and destroy—but don’t count this comare out. She’s willing to ruin him first.

“Cartel! It’s dark and crazy but completely amazing. You grow to love these characters.”

- Reading Is Indoor Sport

Published Book One 06/15/2014

Honorable Mention:

The Artist Trilogy

“These characters are flawed, intense, and charismatic. You don't know who to root for or to hate. It changes with every twist and turn of the plot! The sex is explosive, the cons are abundant, and the love story epic!”

- Never Any BS

A Love of Vengeance (The Wanted Men series) by Nancy Haviland

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He may be seeking revenge for a message job. This hero will make no bones about ending the feud with this raven-haired heroine.

“It's real mafia goodness. You've got the Russians and the Italians working together towards a common good. And there is romance thrown in for good measure. Bonus for first three being KU."

- No Lion About Books

Published Book One 11/11/2014

Ruthless (Mob Boss series) by Michelle St. James

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This heroine is kidnapped and thrown into a world she never knew existed that touched her family. But this Don is going to make sure that all debts are taken care of—one way or another.

“The story has all the elements you need in a good mob story—kidnapping, revenge, alpha male. It’s also well-written and hard to put down.”

- Orange is my Black

Published Book One 07/13/2015

A Necessary Sin (The Sin Trilogy) by Georgia Cates

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The hero isn’t one to eat alone. He seeks revenge for crimes committed, and yet, he still wants her with his last breath.

“Can we go back to the Sin Trilogy and all of the spin-offs by Georgia Cates? This may be my favorite series involving organized crime. The heroines in these books are (for the most part) tough-as-nails badasses. The heroes are super alpha, loyal, and human. I think that’s what makes these stories so sexy-—watching a seemingly heartless man fall in love. And the sex. Mob/mafia/organized crime heroes have the hottest sex with the women they fall for . . .”

- Orange is my Black

Published Book One 08/10/2015

Crow (The Boston Underworld series) by A. Zavarelli

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She may be off limits and considered a job, but this Irish earner isn’t going to turn his back on keeping her forever.

“I love this series, each couple have a different dynamic, all pulling together in tough situations. The books are dark but not disturbingly so, lots of sass and spark too. I cannot wait for the next installment.”

- Bonny Book Lass

“Strong heroine, sexy alpha hero, lots of dirty mafia details. The Irish Mafia is the hottest mafia.”

- Orange is my Black

Published Book One 02/08/2016

Sparrow by L.J. Shen

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This Fixer is doing anything but making sure you make it out in one piece. He’s got his eyes on the heroine and is going to keep her for good.

“I love the tension between the main characters. It’s plausible and completely hot.”

- Reading is Indoor Sport

Published 03/08/2016

El Diablo (The Devil series) by M. Robinson

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He is baron of the garbage business and is ruthless in acquiring more. He does not count on this goomah to see through his tight control to give him more than he ever knew he desired.

“I loved this book because it gives you the how—how and why did Alejandro Eduardo Martinez become the devil ? He runs a worldwide mob empire, the law bends for him and men fear him but there is one woman who can see through the bad, but she will be his weakness as well as his salvation.”

- Aussie Hockey Recruiter

Published Book One 08/30/2016

Farewell, My Loves by Jen Tirone

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They grew up together, destined to be forever. When they travel to the new world to start a family, will the secrets of his job with waste management tear them apart?

“It's a true story based on her grandparents and what a story it is! I fell in love with the characters, the places, and her writing.”

- Too Hot for Vegas

“It is a gritty and intense look at the tragic downward spiral of a good man into the dark world of the mafia. It’s based on the true story of the author’s grandmother, and it’s a story I will never forget.

- Fabulous Fangirl

Published 12/12/2016

Dubious and Consent (The Loan Shark Duet) by Charmaine Pauls

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He has a clip order on the heroine for some shylock business. But he won’t close the books on the possibility there is more than just a few G’s to collect.

OMG, so freaking good. Dark, really dark, and screwed up at times. I think I loved it so much because the author doesn’t hold back from the real stuff right from the start. You should totally not root for this kind of hero but you end up doing so anyway.”

- Love of Words

Published 10/12/2017

Ruthless King (The Anti-Heroes Collection) by Meghan March

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This young woman has a shy to take care of with the hero. However, he doesn’t want his debt to just be paid— he has now decided that he wants to keep her.

“March knows how to give you a strong female heroine who is willing to defend her family legacy, even if it means dealing with the mob.”

- Sassy Southern

“New Orleans underworld—you can help but sucked in. Mount is such a great anti-Hero. You find yourself cheering him on”

- Reading is Indoor Sport

Published Book One 10/17/2017

Whore by Willow Aster

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She’s a painted bird who is desired by all the crew. When her life of comfort is turned upside down, she gains the opportunity to become something truly beautiful again with the help of a faithful man.

“This story came to me as a recommendation from a trusted book friend, and I am certainly glad I read it. It’s one of those stories that is hard to shelve where it belongs. However, the winning piece was the strength of Lilith. Life and her ‘nurturing’ mother dealt her a hand and she could just accept it. But when fate steps in, she takes life by the collar, makes it her captive and doesn’t give up.”

- My Own Bookshelves

“This is Willow's first book out in 2 years and WOW! She completely blew me away! With romance that will touch your heart and soul, edge of your seat suspense, and a unique story that kept me glued to my kindle, this is her BEST WORK YET!

- Corrections in Joy

Published 12/26/2017

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Have our book friends found you a few crime romance stories to fill up your e-Reader? Or have we left out some that shouldn’t be given the ol’ cement shoe treatment? Tell us your favorites and drop those recommendations in the comments!

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