20 Best Mafia Romance Books That Are Criminally Good

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Who doesn’t love a good love story? Especially one with a bit of mafia flair? If you’ve been scouring for the best mafia romance books, then you’ve come to the right place.

Here, you’ll discover a collection of some of the juiciest reads that are guaranteed to give you the thrills, chills, and all the feels. From New York organized crime to Sicilian and Italian mafia, we’ve rounded up the best books that will make you swoon — and perhaps even teach you a few lessons about loyalty and redemption along the way.

So, get ready to kick back and indulge in some thrilling page-turner stories of powerful gangsters who, against all odds, find themselves falling head over heels in love.

Devil of Dublin by BB Easton

When eight-year-old Darby Collins visits Ireland for the first time, she is instantly taken by the enchanting Irish lure, the mystical countryside, and her grandfather’s tales of magical fairies, children-eating witches, and vengeful lake spirits. 

Determined to find one of the elusive fairies, Darby sets off into the woods and unwittingly stumbles upon a boy not two years older than her. With his glossy black hair and smoke-colored eyes, he could be a character from her grandfather’s stories. 

To the rest of the town, he may be the devil, but for Darby, he will forever be her fairy boy, no matter how much time passes.       

With its beautiful prose, mystical undertones, and emotional accounts, Devil of Dublin is a mafia romance like none I have read before. Steeped in Irish folklore and fairy dust, BB Easton’s gothic romance is a captivating love story that deviates from the typical atmosphere and setting of organized crime romances.    

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Manik by Amo Jones

College graduate Beatrice “Beat” Kennedy has been searching for a place to call home, and she finally finds it in the sultry rhythms of New Orleans. But when Beat witnesses something she shouldn’t, everything changes. Enter Aeron “Manik” Romanov-Reed: notorious Bratva rap god and master of murder and corruption. Beat becomes his captive, and neither expects feelings to start developing in the mix. 

From Amo Jones comes Manik, a mafia romance for fans of morally grey rockstars, the enemies-to-lovers trope, and intense angst. Join Beat and Manik on a sordid journey filled with danger, music, and love.

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Forget-Me-Not Bombshell by Caroline Peckham and Susanne Valenti 

In Forget-Me-Not Bombshell, Anya Volkov, the daughter of the Russian Bratva, jets off to the UK to fulfill her marital obligations to Danny, the Butcher of London, commonly referred to as the unhinged twin. Becoming shackled to Danny is a death sentence, and Anya refuses to go down without at least sticking a knife in his back first.

Unknowingly to Anya, the psycho twin is about to get the shock of a lifetime with the unexpected arrival of Benny, the brother he backstabbed and framed for a crime that landed him with an eight-year sentence. Between Benny, his best friend and right-hand man Church, and his ex-friend turned enemy Frank, Anya has three men on her side who have no plans of allowing Danny to continue his reign of terror – even if she does not know that yet. 

With off-the-charts steam, darkly twisted characters, and hilarious laugh-out-loud moments, Forget-Me-Not Bombshell is a highly addictive addition to the Mafia Wars series and one of the best enemies-to-lovers mafia romance books of 2022. Between Anya’s killer harem, the fabulous banter, and the lovely England patriotism, you are in for an insane rollercoaster ride that will kick your sleep schedule to the curb.

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Crow by A. Zavarelli 

When Mackenzie sets out to infiltrate the Irish mafia in an attempt to find her missing best friend Talia, things do not go as planned. Wrangling herself a job is one thing, but capturing the eye of the mobster destined to take the throne? That was not in the plans. 

Lachlan Crow doesn’t buy Mackenzie’s sob story about needing a job and suspects she’s hiding something. But as the two grow closer, Mackenzie must figure out if he’s behind her friend’s disappearance before she loses her heart to the next head of the Irish mafia.

As one of the best dark mafia romance books, I recommend adding Crow to your must-reads list. 

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The Sweetest Oblivion by Danielle Lori

After a scandalous rendezvous leaves Elena Abelli’s reputation in tatters, the once favored mafia principessa is stripped of her halo and placed on house arrest. 

When her father announces her sister’s upcoming nuptials to the notorious King of the Cosa Nostra, the last thing she expects to feel is an inexplicable pull to her future brother-in-law. 

But with each passing glance and heated altercation, fate weaves an intricate web that spells their ultimate doom. 

Gritty, captivating and unputdownable, The Sweetest Oblivion is one of the best dark mafia romance books out there. If you’re a sucker for allusive antiheroes, buckets of sexual tension and arranged marriages, you’ll love Danielle Lori’s sweet series.

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Blood of My Monster by Rina Kent 

In this exciting new Mulan-esque mafia romance from Rina Kent, ambitious mafioso Kirill and vengeful bodyguard Sasha take on the underworld – a world of depraved minds, dark desires, and deadly games.

Blood of My Monster is a beautifully woven mafia romance rich with explosive chemistry, deliciously dark elements, and sinfully enigmatic characters.

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Sparrow by L.J. Shen

When the free-spirited Sparrow finds herself walking down the aisle to Boston’s infamous Irish mob boss known as The Fixer, she refuses to shrink away from his icy stare or allow his ruthless reputation to send her running. 

Determined to fulfill his promise, Troy will do whatever it takes… even if that means clipping Sparrow’s wings. 

For readers obsessed with the mob, Sparrow is the perfect enemies-to-lovers romance to satisfy all your dark and twisted underground needs.

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The Maddest Obsession by Danielle Lori

At twenty-eight, Gianna Marino’s happiness lies in white lines, alcohol, and risky behaviors. Everything changes when she meets the elusive dirty fed who challenges her in a way no one else does. 

At thirty-three, Christian Allister is a crooked FBI agent who takes orders from no one – not the feds, not the mafia, and most certainly not his lovers. But then Gianna walks into his life and flips his carefully constructed life on its hinges.

And when their game of cat-and-mouse begins, nothing will ever be the same.

For slow-burn mafia romance books filled with off-the-charts sexual tension, banter, and insane chemistry, I recommend cracking open The Maddest Obsession. Prepare to have an epic book hangover.

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Sweet Temptation by Cora Reilly

When Cassio’s wife dies, leaving his children motherless, expectations push him to take a new wife. What he did not expect was an arranged marriage to an eighteen-year-old.

Barely an adult herself, Giulia is unsure whether she is ready to become a mom herself, but despite all of that, she keeps an optimistic disposition and steps up to her new role.

For a forced proximity, age-gap mafia romance that is as entertaining as it is engaging, I recommend looking at Sweet Temptation.

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Ruthless Creatures by J.T. Geissinger

Ever since the day her husband-to-be disappeared during a hiking trip five years prior, middle school teacher Natalie Peterson has hungered for answers. And those answers come in the form of a scarily intimidating stranger that rolls into town.

Kage Porter has his sights set on Natalie. What was supposed to be a one-and-done job becomes complicated when he decides not to follow orders, putting them both in danger if discovered by his boss.

With hilarious banter and unimaginable heat, Ruthless Creatures is a steamy mafia romance that will keep you on the edge of your toes, especially with all those twists and turns.

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The Master by Kresley Cole

Ever since her life fell apart along with her marriage, Catarina “Katya” Marín has been on the run. Now she lives under the radar, cleaning homes and keeping everyone at arm’s length. But her covert cover is soon shattered when she agrees to fill in for a friend, who is a high-priced call girl, after a Botox mishap.

When Russian politician and mobster Maksimilian “Máxim” Sevastyan hires a tall, blonde, and obedient escort for the night and ends up with a petite, sassy brunette, to say he is confused would be an understatement. Despite not being what he asked for, he finds she is exactly what he needs.

Scorchingly hot, highly readable, and insanely suspenseful, The Master is an unputdownable mafia romance that will sweep you off your feet with all the secrets, lies, and intrigue.

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Reaper by A. Zavarelli 

Nicknamed the Reaper and raised a killer, Ronan Fitzpatrick has only ever known death as the MacKenna syndicate’s assassin. That changed when Slainte hired dancer Sasha Varela, a woman trying to take care of her dying mother while traversing the dangerous world of the Irish mafia – a dangerous world that she is desperate to escape. 

But there is one problem.

Ronan refuses to let her go. 

For a fast-paced, action-packed mafia romance filled with heat, tension, and danger, I suggest opening up Reaper. As one of the best mafia romance books, you cannot go wrong with this page-turner.

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The Bandit by B.B. Reid

At nineteen, single mother Mian Ross has had more than her fair share of bad luck. After her father’s actions left her destitute and homeless, she only had herself to rely on. But when Mian finds herself unemployed, desperation pushes her to break into Angeles “Angel” Knight’s home. 

When the ruthless mob boss learns of the burglary, he returns the favor by kidnapping Mian’s baby and taking her hostage. With the two now residing under his roof, Angel has Mian right where he wants her. After all, she’ll do anything for her son.

If you’ve been on the lookout for some dark erotic romance books where the heroine is kidnapped, look no further than The Bandit

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Cole by Tijan

When tragedy strikes and leaves Addison Sailer a widow, her world devolves into pain and nothingness. A year later, things take a turn for the better when a friend mentions an opening in the exclusive apartment building, a perfect place to turn her life around and heal. 

What Addison never saw coming was Cole Mauricio, a fellow resident and leader of the mafia. To say her life will never be the same would be the understatement of the century.

Cole is an unputdownable mafia romance overflowing with heart-pounding intrigue, steam, and enough twists and turns to keep you on the edge of your seat.

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King by T.M. Frazier

Ever since waking up with no memories of who she was or where she came from, Doe has resorted to living on the streets. It’s at one of her lowest points when she stumbles upon King in a compromising position at his welcome home party from prison. But when her friend steals 6k from the infamous career criminal to pay for her next fix, Doe finds herself caught in the crosshairs. And King demands repayment. 

Whether you can’t get enough of MC romances, forced arrangements, anti-heroes, heroines with amnesia or the mob, T.M. Frazier’s popular dark romance has it all. And as one of the best dark erotic romance books, I recommend picking up King.  

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Beautifully Cruel by J.T. Geissinger

Twenty-four-year-old Truvy “Tru” Sullivan is in her final year of law school in Boston and waitressing at Buddy’s diner on the side. But for eleven months, there has been a man whom she nicknamed The Wolf that comes in during her shift to watch her. Tru has no idea why he continues to return, but in a stroke of luck, he shows up at just the right time when she needs a savior most. 

And once he has her, he has no plans of ever letting go.

For a mafia romance with off-the-charts sexual chemistry, you should crack open Beautifully Cruel.

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When Heroes Fall by Giana Darling

Elena Lombardi fought her way out of poverty and straight to the top of NYC society as the Ice Queen of law. Now brought on to the infamous mafioso Dante Salvatore’s legal team, Elena is determined to win this case despite her reservations about representing the Devil of NYC. 

For Dante, it is just another day of the job when he is arrested and placed on trial for murder. What he did not see coming was the icy lawyer on his legal team who intrigues him like none before. And now, nothing can distract him from winning over Elena.

In the mood for mafia romance books that toe the line of morality? Look no further than When Heroes Fall and prepare to be up all night.

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The Rebel by Sophie Lark

At Kingmakers Academy, mafia heirs train to become future leaders, spies, enforcers, and accountants in their respective criminal organizations.

When Zoe Romera is forced into a marriage contract with one of the most sadistic psychopaths at Kingmaker’s, Miles Griffin will do everything he can to steal her away. Because if there is one person that slices through the monotony of life, it is Zoe, and Miles refuses to allow her to fall into Rocco’s clutches.

In the mood for a reckless and ruthless hero? Look no further than The Rebel. As one of the best mafia academy romance books, you cannot go wrong with this highly readable series.

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Black Skies Riviera by Catherine Wiltcher

With his numerous business establishments, Monte Carlo casino, and ties to the mafia, Aiden “Raven” Knight is the unofficial ruler of the Côte d’Azur. But his position was not by happenstance. For the past fourteen years, everything that Aiden has built was in the pursuit of two names – the names of his parent’s killers. 

The one hurdle he did not foresee was an arranged marriage with the Bratva princess Ielena “Issa” Dubova. Despite his reservations about an arranged marriage, he accepts because there is nothing he will not do to avenge his parents. 

Black Skies Riviera is a dark arranged marriage mafia romance that is overflowing with lies, secrets, and betrayals.

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Condemned to Love by Siobhan Davis

Everything Bennett Carver Mazzone knew was a lie. 

When he is swept off the streets of Chicago by his mobster father following the death of his half-brother, he becomes the sole heir of the Mazzone Famiglia and Italian mafia. 

Ever since Sierra Lawson was thirteen and met Bennett as her sister’s boyfriend, he has always been forbidden. That is until she stumbles upon him while celebrating her twenty-first birthday and partying in Las Vegas. 

But when things get out of hand and trouble lands at her feet, she will need all the help she can get, and luckily, Ben still has a soft spot for his ex’s younger sister.

For a new adult mafia romance filled with suspense and steam, I recommend giving Condemned to Love a go.

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