Book Review: The Maddest Obsession by Danielle Lori

Check out my review for The Sweetest Oblivion (Made #1)!

Goodreads: The Maddest Obsession (Made #2)
Publisher: Self-published
Published: 13 April 2019
Genre: Dark Contemporary Romance, Mafia

Panda Rating:

(5 pandas)

She fears the dark.
He rules it.

Her dresses are too tight, her heels too tall. She laughs too loudly, eats without decorum, and mixes up most sayings in the book. Little do most know it’s just a sparkly disguise, there to hide one panic attack at a time. Nobody can crack Gianna’s facade . . . no one anyway, until he comes along.

Most see a paragon of morality; a special agent upholding the law. In the New York underworld, others know him as a hustler, a killer, his nature as cold as the heart of ice in his chest. Christian Allister has always followed the life plan he’d envisioned in his youth, beneath the harsh lights of a frigid, damp cell. With a proclivity for order and the number three, he’s never been tempted to veer off course. But perhaps one should never say never . . .

One winter night and their lives intertwine. She hates him—his stone-cold demeanor, his arrogance and too-perceptive eye—but over the years, even as their games consist of insulting each other’s looks and intelligence, she begins to live to play with him.

Nowhere in Christian’s plans had he ever prepared for Gianna. She’s chaos embodied, not his type, and married, but none of that can stop his eyes from following her wherever she goes. All along, she doesn’t even know that she’s his—his frustration, his fascination.
His maddest obsession.

TL;DR: I’m a big fan of this series and this book was even better than the first but it is also much darker as our H/H have experienced a lot of trauma and abuse in their childhood. Gianna and Christian have scorchingly hot chemistry and a playfully antagonistic relationship full of sexual tension and banter and they’re one of my new favourite couples!

Wow, I really enjoyed this romance and I think I’ve found a new favourite couple?! This story was darker than the first with both our H/H having experienced extremely traumatic childhoods (CW/TW: sexual and emotional child abuse). I was not prepared for the things this book had me feeling but it’s safe to say that I became so invested in these characters and their HEA! The story is told from alternating perspectives and in two parts. The first part focused on the past when Christian and Gianna first meet, leading up to part two which focuses on the present day. I wasn’t sure if I would enjoy such a long timeline but it helped to set the stage for their characters and their ensuing tumultuous relationship.

Gianna and Christian have such an intense and playfully antagonistic relationship that is at first more hate and that very slowly starts morphing into something much more addictive. Once again, Danielle Lori is proving to be the queen of building up sexual tension because holy hotcakes, it was F-I-R-E! I wasn’t sure I could handle the tension between these two as they circled each other and played slightly cruel but heated games but I was totally here for it. They both project such starkly contrasting images to what lies beneath the surface and it was an absolute delight to watch them peel back their layers and get to know each other. That said, I was a little disappointed that we didn’t get Christian’s story sooner but by that point, I was already so far gone for these two that it didn’t really matter (much).

I had a feeling when Gianna was introduced in the first book that there was more to her than meets the eye and I was right. Being the daughter of a mafia family is no joke but Gianna has really suffered at the hands of the disgusting men in her life. She comes across as this bubbly, carefree, party girl who has a problem with drugs and alcohol, but her reasons for doing those things were heartbreaking. She has been hurting and scared for so many years and has never felt brave until Christian comes to stand behind her. She was so easy to like and root for and I loved her big heart and strength! We don’t get to see a lot of her friendship with Val but when we do I loved their sassy banter and these two really had me laughing out loud.

**MILD SPOILER: I’m not a fan of the “surprise” pregnancy, even though it wasn’t really a surprise as there were hints dropped liberally leading up to that point, but I’m just not a fan of the trope. That said, I thought it was handled well and it didn’t feel like either H/H was being entrapped in a situation they didn’t want to be in or forced to make a decision faster than they were ready to, especially since by that point we knew how they both felt and what they wanted.**

Christian is (unsurprisingly) her opposite. When I think of Christian I see a character that lives in darkness, as cliche as it sounds. He’s messed up and does a lot of terrifyingly messed up things for almost no reason at all. He’s not soft or easy and to be honest, I wasn’t sure that I’d be into his extremely possessive attitude but he really grew on me and I ended up loving him! The way this terrifyingly stoic man doted so sweetly on Gianna and treated her so tenderly (at times) really had me melting! The more we get to know him, the more we feel just how much intense emotion radiates off his person and that emotion is reflected back to him from Gianna. Yes, much of the emotions were dark and slightlyobsessive but wow, the things they made me feel! Mhmm, needless to say, their chemistry was through-the-roof hot and when they finally get together, the sex was extra steamy. 🔥

Honestly, I’m already ready to re-read it again because I loved these two and their romance so much, and I don’t even re-read books often if ever.

Have you read The Maddest Obsession or is it on your TBR?

8 thoughts on “Book Review: The Maddest Obsession by Danielle Lori

    1. SUPER steamy thanks to the sexual tension and it’s just *chefs kiss!* 😂 I don’t even know how I came across this series since mafia romances aren’t really what I read but I’m SO glad that I did! I hope you enjoy it if you pick it up 😊

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