Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Blog Tour and Book Review: The Mafia And His Angel: Part 1 (Tainted Hearts #1) by Laylah James

The Mafia and His Angel: Part 1

Tainted Hearts Series #1 
by Lylah James 
Publication Date: August 1, 2017 
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

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Alessio… 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. Ayla… 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.

My thoughts: 

I didn't realize that this book was a Wattpad sensation prior to reading it, so my opinion may not be quite in line with that of others. While I did enjoy the book, it was only to a point. Obviously, you go in knowing that it's going to be violent (it's a Mafia book for goodness sake) so that wasn't necessarily the issue. And I knew that Ayla was going to be a bit pitiful if the blurb was any indication - but it was just too much. I don't want to call her pathetic, because she is a victim, but it was so imbalanced. And Alessio... I love a bad boy - but I had a hard time connecting with him too. But, the book was full of emotion, the pacing was good, and I really wanted to like the characters. Perhaps as the series goes on and the world and people in it get more fleshed out, I'll warm up to it more. I'm also willing to do a re-read in order to give it another chance. But as it stands, 3 out of 5 wine glasses. 

About Lylah James

Lylah James lives with her parents and younger brother somewhere in Canada. While pursuing her dreams to become a Financial Economist, she uses all her spare time to write. If she is not studying, sleeping, writing or working – she can be found with her nose buried in a good romance book, preferably with a hot alpha male. Writing is her passion. The voices in her head won’t stop and she believes they deserve to be heard and read. Lylah James writes about drool worthy and total alpha males, with strong and sweet heroines. She makes her readers cry – sob their eyes out, swoon, curse, rage and fall in love. Mostly known as the Queen of cliffhanger and the #evilauthorwithablacksoul, she likes to break her readers’ hearts and then mend them again.

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