Review: The Mafia And His Angel: Part 1 (Tainted Hearts #1) by Lylah James

Publication Date: August 1st, 2017
Series: 1
Rating: 4 stars

Official Blurb:
Cold. Ruthless. Killer. I am respected and feared by all.
I wasn’t put on this earth to love or be loved. I was put here to wipe out every last member of the damn Abandonato mafia, to pay them back for my mother’s death.
When I find a strange girl hiding, beaten, under my bed, I don’t let her live out of compassion. She’s a trinket, my plaything.
I thought Alessio was only one more man who wanted to use me, hurt me, and throw me away. I don’t know what it is to trust anymore. I can’t find my heart under the pain.
Alessio found it. He touched it, and brought it alive again.
But if he discovers just how dangerous I am to him…I’ll lose my life.

The Mafia and His Angel was a definite page turner. Lylah James did a great job keeping me interested and wanting more throughout the book. I didn’t really know what to think about this one when I first started. So much was going on in the beginning and when the story finally started to unfold, it molded into something else. I will say Lylah James had the ‘angel’ part of the title down. Ayla is not your typical girl and in so many ways she’s innocent. She’s had a very sheltered life and I could tell. Not that it’s bad or anything, but I really wanted her to man up and take what I knew she wanted. But then again, there was so much that held her back, so in a way I get it. Alessio was just like any other mafia guy and I liked him a lot. Sometimes he could be a bit frustrating, but I felt by the end of the book, he became more than what was expected of him.

I am glad the next book is due to release soon because I want to see what will happen next. Hopefully Ayla will find her way and become stronger. Hopefully Alessio will keep both sides of himself. I’m honestly not sure how it’ll go because that ending was totally unexpected.


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