Book Review: The Darkest Temptation by Danielle Lori

Check out my review for The Sweetest Oblivion (Made #1)!
Check out my review for The Maddest Obsession (Made #2)!

Goodreads: The Darkest Temptation (Made #3)
Publisher: Self-published
Published: 10 December 2020
Genre: Dark Contemporary Romance, Mafia

Panda Rating:

(4 pandas)

A fortune teller once told Mila she’d find a man who would take her breath away. She refrained from telling her it would be literally while Mila ran for her life.

Having always done what is expected of her, Mila dresses the part, only dates college boys with exemplary backgrounds, and doesn’t ask questions. Not about her papa’s absences or his refusal to let her set foot in her birthplace—Russia. Suffocated by the rules and unanswered questions, Mila does what she’s always wanted to. She boards a plane to Moscow.

She never expected to fall for a man on the way. One with unexplained wealth, tattoos on his hands, and secrets in his eyes. But it doesn’t take long for his caress to become a rough grasp muffling her screams.

Revenge is a dish best served cold. Unfortunately, a Russian winter is the coldest of them all, and Mila soon learns the only way to escape intact is to do the impossible and thaw her captor’s heart.

TL;DR: This third book in the Made series was definitely the darkest of them all. While I did get on board with the romance and loved their connection, there were things that happened which made me pretty uncomfortable and situations do get dicey—it is a mafia romance though so you should expect it! Mila and Ronan were sunshine and killer grump opposites attract enemies-to-lovers and it was intense, and once again, the sexual tension slays!

Ronan definitely takes the cake for being the most morally grey hero out of all them in this series so far and after Christian, I wasn’t sure that would be possible! But considering their abuse and trauma filled childhood and basically coming of age in a Russian prison, it’s not all that surprising. It is a mafia romance so yes, situations are going to get *dicey*, people are going to do terrible things, and there’s going to be a whole lot of toxic shit. Ngl though, there were moments that had me questioning whether I was going to enjoy this once the book took a darker tone close to the halfway point; but things ultimately got better and I ended up enjoying their romance!

Mila and Ronan were like pure sunshine and killer grump opposites-attract enemies-to-lovers and I was here for it! I loved Mila and she was such an easy character to root for. I did think she was a little frustratingly naive at the beginning but it doesn’t take long for me to love her when she’s an animal-loving ray of sunshine who wears her heart on her sleeve. Her striking up a friendship with the most injured and almost rabid dog (literally) in the compound was a little cliche, and her rescuing animal moments were definitely Belle-esque, but I didn’t love it any less! When it came to the romance, it was a lottle insta-lust at first as Mila finds herself fangirl crushing big time on Ronan and his hand tattoos. I’m officially naming Danielle Lori the queen of sexual tension because the whole build-up was once again *chefs kiss!* Although they have a lot to overcome I do think that their relationship evolved believably but even when they “hated” each other the physical chemistry was undeniable and the tension only amped up with their barbed banter! Needless to say, things got pretty steamy and it was hot! 🔥

The latter half is when the enemies-to-lovers kicks in because Ronan becomes an easy-to-hate asshole and Mila’s good feelings towards him very understandably burn to ashes. It was also at this point where I got pretty uncomfortable with some of the things that Ronan does (CW/TW: dub-con, non-con, revenge porn) and I honestly wasn’t sure if he’d be redeemable.

**MINOR SPOILERS: I felt queasy when he injects her with a sedative at the club when she first learns the truth and I felt pure disgust when he reveals he filmed them at the hotel and sends the video to her father(!!!)… Just, no, sir!**

Ronan was honestly a tough hero to like because there’s morally grey and then there’s Ronan that treads the line of being just plain awful. But my icy feelings towards him melted alongside Mila’s and by the end, I thought he was alright. He has the filthy mafia hero persona down to a tee and although I wouldn’t exactly say his “softer” moments were very soft, I still loved the moments of vulnerability that we see from him.

The ending was also a bit of a surprise as I didn’t expect it to go that way and if I’m honest, it was a tiny bit anticlimactic… But it was a satisfying HEA (and of course there’s a HEA). I can’t wait for the last book in this series!

Have you read The Darkest Temptation or is it on your TBR?

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