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The Darkest Temptation by Danielle Lori: FAQs + Books Like It

Updated: Aug 14, 2023

I've read more mafia romances in the last month than I have in my 27 years and have found myself enjoying them, even if they all had their own problematic characters and themes. But then I read The Darkest Temptation by Danielle Lori and all that fun came to a halt. (Kindle | Paperback)

Now I wouldn't call myself a sensitive reader but this book definitely took me a step too far out of my comfort zone, and not in a good way. Between the kidnapping, imprisonment, and the first near-sexual assault, all I wanted was to put the book down and never pick it up again. While I did continue reading it after that, those feelings clouded everything afterward, including the eventual consensual relationship between Mila and Ronan.

Here's the thing; I might normally have stopped then and there, but I didn't so that I could answer questions and help future readers make an educated decision on whether or not the book is right for them. Also, I fully realize there will be readers who enjoyed it and for those individuals, I have found five books like The Darkest Temptation for you to read next, as I always do. (Warning: This article contains spoilers)

The Darkest Temptation by Danielle Lori

What Is the Book The Darkest Temptation About?

Mila Mikhailov lives a sheltered and privileged life in Miami and does exactly what her father tells her to do. But when she gets it in her head that her father is hiding something from her, she flies to Moscow to uncover the truth. Within hours of her arrival in Russia, she is attacked and nearly raped. Upon her escape from that, she literally runs right into the arms of the tall, dark, and handsome, Ronan Allister. What she doesn't know is that Ronan and her father are rival mobsters, and Ronan orchestrated the encounter so that he could capture Mila, lure her father out, and kill him for revenge. However, once she's captured, Ronan's plan goes sideways as the two develop real feelings for one another.

Is The Darkest Temptation Appropriate?

No - The Darkest Temptation is absolutely not appropriate. Even some mature (18+) readers will find its contents difficult to read as the trigger warnings for it include "kidnapping, imprisonment, sexual abuse, violence, physical abuse, and emotional abuse."

How Long Does It Take to Read The Darkest Temptation?

It will take the average reader approximately 7 hours and 54 minutes to read The Darkest Temptation, according to How Long to Read.

Is The Darkest Temptation an Age Gap Romance?

Yes - in The Darkest Temptation, Mila Mikhailova is 20 years old and Ronan Allister is 32 years old, which means that they have a 12-year age gap.

Can The Darkest Temptation be Read as a Standalone?

While The Darkest Temptation can be read as a standalone, it is meant to be read as part of the Made series, which includes four books:

  1. The Sweetest Oblivion - Elena and Nico

  2. The Maddest Obsession - Gianna and Christian

  3. The Darkest Temptation - Mila and Ronan

  4. The Purest Addiction - Sebastian and TBD

What Are the Spicy Chapters in The Darkest Temptation?

The consensual spicy chapters in The Darkest Temptation include chapters 8, 10, 31, 36, 40, and 44. While there are more, I cannot in good conscience call those non-consensual sexual encounters between a prisoner and her capturer "spicy," so they have been excluded.

Does The Darkest Temptation Have a Happy Ending?

Yes - The Darkest Temptation does have a happy ending. After the trade between Ronan and Mila's father goes awry and Mila is shot, Ronan rushes her to the hospital. There she tells her father she does not wish to have a relationship with him and tells Ronan that she needs to recover on her own. She then returns to Miami with her German Shepherd, Khaos, and gets a modeling job. Four months later, Ronan surprises her in Miami, where he asks her to move back to Moscow and marry him, to which she says yes.

5 Books Like The Darkest Temptation by Danielle Lori

This might be my first and last mafia romance about imprisonment, but that doesn't mean it will be yours. In fact, given how many books in the genre feature the same themes, I know there are many people who will want to read more books like The Darkest Temptation. If that's you, then here are five similar books to look into next:

Stolen Heir by Sophie Lark

1. Stolen Heir by Sophie Lark

Stolen Heir is part of Sophie Lark's Brutal Birthright series and follows Brutal Prince. Like The Darkest Temptation, it is an enemies-to-lovers book where the female lead gets held captive by a man in the mafia as revenge against her father. Readers even say it gives big-time Beauty and the Beast vibes which is interesting. As the GoodReads reviewer, Irunía, described it: "I think this is the sweetest mafia romance I've come across. Sounds oxymoronic but it's truly a fine example of a healthy relationship between a mafia man and his 'captive', whatever it might mean lol."

Twist Me by Anna Zaires

2. Twist Me by Anna Zaires

As I was looking for books like The Darkest Temptation to recommend to you, Twist Me by Anna Zaires came up over and over. Once I read the description, I understood why. It's about Nora Leston, who is abducted on the eve of her 18th birthday and held captive on a private island. Like The Darkest Temptation, the following warning is included in the description: "This is NOT a traditional romance. It contains disturbing subject matter, including themes of questionable consent and Stockholm Syndrome, as well as graphic sexual content."

Dark Captor by Faith Summers

3. Dark Captor by Faith Summers

There's a lot about Faith Summers' book, Dark Captor, that sounds like The Darkest Temptation. Not only is it about the Russian mafia (Bravta), but the premise is also about a female who gets captured because of something her father did and then ends up falling in love with her capturer. Plus, there are five other books like it in the Dark Syndicate series if you end up enjoying it.

Tears of Salvation by Michelle Heard

4. Tears of Salvation by Michelle Heard

When I read the description for Tears of Salvation, I couldn't stop thinking that its female lead sounds like Mila from The Darkest Temptation if she had more of an edge to her. She's known as The Princess of Terror and is the perfect dutiful socialite by day and a vigilante by night. As GoodReads reviewer, Claudia Cardoz, said: "I truly admired Isabella. Not only is she strong, brave, and a fighter but being named the Princess of Terror she uses her strength and power to destroy evil even if it's her own family."

Up in Smoke by T.M. Frazier

5. Up in Smoke by T.M. Frazier

One thing that Ronan in The Darkest Temptation and Smoke in Up in Smoke share is that both have become dark and dangerous men in large part due to their tumultuous and traumatizing pasts. Plus, this description from Sabrina on GoodReads, sounds very similar: "Smoke and Frankie had a very unusual relationship, um I'll just say association. After kidnapping Frankie to draw her father out of hiding that should have been it, kidnapped and kidnappee, nothing else. But Frankie's smart mouth and inability to make this an easy abduction for Smoke draws him into her and has him never wanting to release her."


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