10.23.2017

ARC Review: The Mafia And His Angel Part 2 by Lylah James

The Mafia And His Angel: Part 2 (Tainted Hearts, #2)The Mafia And His Angel: Part 2 by Lylah James

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

BLURB

Ayla

The darkness never truly left me. It’s always there, waiting for the right moment to strike.

It’s been months since I ran away from the nightmare that was slowly killing me. I ran for my life, straight into the arms of a man who I thought would be worse than the nightmare I’d left behind.

Little did I know he’d become my savior.

But my happy ending was ripped away from me in a blink of an eye. I had everything…and I lost everything.

Alessio

I didn’t believe in angels. But then I saw her. I touched her. I kissed her. I made love to her.
In return, she saved my soul.

I was no longer unlovable, because my Angel found it in her heart to love me.

I had her…and then I lost her.

But I will not stop until I find her.

Even if it means starting a war and spilling the blood of everyone who gets in my way.

I will find my Angel.


REVIEW

This installment picks up where Part I left off. Alessio and Ayla are growing closer, despite the turmoil that surrounds them. The side characters were almost as interesting as the main ones and added plenty of depth and perspective to the story. Things start off smoothly and stay that way for most of the book. There were many lighthearted moments mixed in to liven things up. And then the author throws in a whammy, thrusting the reader into an intense world of captivity, pain, devastation, and the quest for truth.

Part II was definitely darker than the first part, but first the author lulled me into a false sense of security and contentment as she continued to build the foundation of Ayla and Alessio’s relationship. We get more than casual glimpses of Ayla’s innocence and naivete and Alessio’s dance in the light that was cast by his angel. Their love transcended everything that stood in their way, including the secret Ayla continued to keep. However, that secret came around to bite her in the azz when the traitor in Alessio’s midst brought her to the enemy. Then the story takes a turn into the depraved while Ayla’s being tortured and Alessio is turning the city upside down and letting the streets run red trying to find her. Due to Alessio’s overwhelming feelings for Ayla, which have become obvious to the rest of the Bratva, there are murmurs of anarchy among the troops. Can Alessio continue to rule as the Pakhan while hunting down his Italian targets in his search for his lost love? Who is the rat? Will Alessio find Ayla in time? What will become of this couple? I truly thought this was a duet so imagine my surprise when I get to the end of the story and it’s to be continued. Every moment, scene, and event leading up to the ending took me on a crazy ride with these people and their antics and I’m excited to find the thrills that will be waiting for me inside Part III.

Release Date: October 24, 2017
Genre: Mafia Romance
POV: Primarily Dual - 1st person
Heat: 3.5 out of 5
Type: Book 2 of the Tainted Hearts series

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