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The Sweetest Oblivion by Danielle Lori: FAQs + Books Like It

Updated: Aug 19, 2023

If you're looking for a sweet romance, then you've come to the wrong place. The Sweetest Oblivion is exactly the opposite - it's dirty, spicy, and forbidden. All of which, is exactly what you want in a great mafia romance novel. (Kindle | Paperback)

In the following article, you'll find answers to the most pressing questions about The Sweetest Oblivion, as well as find a list of recommended books like it to read next. (Warning: This article contains spoilers)

The Sweetest Oblivion by Danielle Lori

What Is the Book The Sweetest Oblivion About?

Elena Abelli is the eldest daughter of Salvatore Abelli, a notorious crime boss who lives in Long Island, New York. As part of the Coda Nostra, Elena knows she won't be marrying for love. In fact, a contract has just been signed between her father and a rival for her sister, Adriana's, hand in marriage. However, when she meets her sister's soon-to-be husband sparks fly. The two have undeniable chemistry and can't seem to keep their hands off one another. Elena knows she's playing with fire, but will that stop her? Or will she let the fire that is Nicolas Russo consume her?

Is The Sweetest Oblivion Appropriate?

No - The Sweetest Oblivion is not appropriate. Not only is it spicy, but it also has mentions of murder, rape, and violence.

How Long Does It Take to Read The Sweetest Oblivion?

According to How Long To Read, it should take the average reader approximately 6 hours and 32 minutes to read The Sweetest Oblivion.

What Are the Spicy Chapters in The Sweetest Oblivion?

If you're looking for the spicy chapters in The Sweetest Oblivion (like I admittedly did at one point), jump to chapters 27, 37, 42, 45, and 49.

Is The Sweetest Oblivion a Standalone or Is It Part of a Series?

The Sweetest Oblivion is a part of Danielle Lori's Made series, which consists of four books. However, each book in the series is written so that it can be read as a standalone. Though if you do wish to read the books in order, here is the official order to follow:

  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 (TBR) - Sebastian and TBD

How Old Are Nico and Elena?

In The Sweetest Oblivion, Nico is 29 years old and Elena is 21 years old.

What Year Does The Sweetest Oblivion Take Place?

It's safe to assume The Sweetest Oblivion takes place sometime in the 2000s given the widespread use of cell phones throughout the book. However, no official year is ever given.

What was Elena's Mistake in The Sweetest Oblivion?

Six months before the events of the book, Elena's father, Salvatore, strikes an agreement with Oscar Perez for the two to get married. When she finds out and out of frustration with the world she lives in, she runs away to see a carousel she had always dreamed of. However, she forgot that the carousel wouldn't be there in the dead of winter. While she's standing in the empty parking lot, a man approaches her. After inviting her back to his apartment and sleeping together, the man is killed by Elena's uncle with Elena there to witness the murder.

She wears the ring he gave her as a reminder to make it right, which she does at the end when she steals $2 million from Nico and delivers it to the man's mother with a note.

Does The Sweetest Oblivion Have a Happy Ending?

Yes - The Sweetest Oblivion does have a happy ending! In the end, Elena tells Nico her secret, Nico promises not to sleep with other women, and the two get married, after which, they tell one another they love each other.

5 Books Like The Sweetest Oblivion by Danielle Lori

I'll be the first to admit that I'm a sucker for romance novels that are on the sweeter side of the spectrum, but every once in a while a dirty, grungy romance like The Sweetest Oblivion is exactly what you need. If you feel the same, then you might want to check out these five books like The Sweetest Oblivion next.

Brutal Prince by Sophie Lark

1. Brutal Prince by Sophie Lark

If you're a fan of mafia romances and like a series with multiple books, then Brutal Prince, which is the first of six books in the Brutal Birthright series is the perfect follow-up to The Sweetest Oblivion. Not to mention the plot is very similar, as it centers around a marriage pact between two people from warring Chicago crime families who couldn't be more different. Here's the description for it: "Callum Griffin is the heir to the Irish Mafia. He’s ruthless, arrogant, and he wants to kill me since we got off on the wrong foot when I set a (very small) fire in his house. Our families believe a marriage pact is the only thing that will prevent all-out warfare. I, on the other hand, think I might need to murder him while he sleeps. This would all be a lot easier if Callum wasn’t so damned good-looking. But I’ve got a lockbox around my heart. Because even if I’m forced to marry him; I could never love a brutal prince."

Silent Vows by Jill Ramsower

2. Silent Vows by Jill Ramsower

Silent Vows by Jill Ramsower has quite a bit in common with The Sweetest Oblivion. A female main character who wants out of the mafia world? Check. An arranged marriage? Check. Tons of spice? Check. Just read the description of it and you'll see just how alike the two books are: "I wanted out of the mafia and unexpectedly got my wish, only it’s worse than I ever could have imagined. I'm doomed to an arranged marriage to Conner Reid in the name of alliance and if I refuse, my father will kill me. Conner threatens my composure and intoxicates my senses.

He represents everything I hate in this world yet summons my darkest cravings. I can’t escape him, and yet, I’m not sure I want to."

Sweet Temptation by Cora Reilly

3. Sweet Temptation by Cora Reilly

If you want another mafia romance like The Sweetest Oblivion, Core Reilly's mafia romance, Sweet Temptation, will make a great follow-up. The one major difference between the two though is that the main character, who is the Underboss of Philadelphia, is widowed with two small children. Here's what it's about: "After losing his wife, Cassio is left to take care of two small children while trying to establish his rule over Philadelphia. Now he needs a mother for his children and someone who can warm his bed at night. But in a world as traditional as his, choosing your wife is about duty, not pleasure. That’s how he ends up with Giulia. She might not be what he and his children need, but she’s a sweet temptation he can’t resist."

King of Wrath by Ana Huang

4. King of Wrath by Ana Huang

Unlike the previous books on this list, King of Wrath by Ana Huang is not a mafia romance. However, like The Sweetest Oblivion, it does feature the marriage of convenience trope. Plus, there's just something about a dark and dangerous billionaire that feels similar to the men you'd find in a mafia romance. Here's what it's about: "Dante Russo thrives on control, both personally and professionally. The billionaire CEO never planned to marry until the threat of blackmail forces him into an engagement with Vivian Lau, jewelry heiress and daughter of his newest enemy. It doesn’t matter how beautiful or charming she is. He'll do everything in his power to destroy the evidence and their betrothal. There’s only one problem: now that he has her...he can't bring himself to let her go."

The Wrong Bride by Catharina Maura

5. The Wrong Bride by Catharina Maura

The Wrong Bride by Catharina Maura is what I imagine The Sweetest Oblivion would have been like had Elena known she wanted Nico all along and went after him from the get-go. Here's the description: "When her sister doesn’t show up on her wedding day, Raven has no choice but to take her place - but marriage to Ares Windsor is nothing short of torture. The elusive billionaire media mogul is the man she’s always loved… yet he’s only ever had eyes for her sister. Married to him at last, Raven is determined to win him over. After all, everything is fair in love and war. And this? This is war."


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