I'm gonna make you an offer you can't refuse: A list of our favorite mafia romance novels

Written by Silke, updated 20 Jan 2023

You asked, we complied (compiled)... At the moment, mafiosi seem to be just the thing that a lot of our readers enjoy, so we have put together a list featuring the most delicious organised crime bosses and their victims... No! Beloved, we mean beloved of course.

  • #1 Filthy Dark - Serena Akeroyd

    Filthy Dark - Serena Akeroyd

    dark romance second chances secret child independent heroine

    As a made man, obligations are my middle name. As a Five Pointer? Those obligations are even more complicated.

    I fell for her when I belonged to another. Another I didn’t love. Another I loathed. Who trapped me in a vise, and blackmailed me into being hers.

    I was born a filthy fecker, dragged kicking and screaming into a cold, hard world. My son isn't like me. He isn't filthy. I don't want to pollute him, but I will.

    Because I’m a b*stard. Born filthy. I don't want that for Seamus.

    I want to step up. Be the father he deserves. And Aela? I want her just as much as I want to be a part of his life.. more

  • #2 Brutal Vows - J.T. Geissinger

    Brutal Vows - J.T. Geissinger

    enemies to lovers marriage of convenience tortured heroine

    If this arrogant Irish mobster my brother sold my niece to thinks I’m going to play nice over this arranged marriage BS, he should think again. I don’t care if this match with the Mob will make my brother capo of the Five Families.

    I don’t care how much money, territory, or power it will gain us. I especially don’t care that the Irishman is the sexiest man I’ve ever seen. I won’t allow my innocent niece to suffer the same way I did. Even if I have to kill him.. more

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  • #3 Tears of Salvation - Michelle Heard

    Tears of Salvation - Michelle Heard

    enemies to lovers dark romance rich heroine

    I was the party crasher. He was the Devil... Three months ago, I suffered a moment of insanity and had a one-night stand without even knowing who the man was. It was hot and unforgettable. I tried to forget him, but there are moments I swear I can still smell his aftershave.

    Little did I know he’s the head of the Bratva. Alexei Koslov. My family’s worst enemy.

    There’s a thin line between love and hate, and I’m straddling it.. more

  • #4 The Enforcer - Renee Rose

    The Enforcer - Renee Rose

    multicultural billionaire abduction

    She’s my weakness, my obsession. And now my prisoner.

    I spent twelve long years in a Siberian prison. Since my release, nothing's held my interest. Nothing except her.

    Week after week, I watch her band perform. I can't get her out of my mind.

    When my past catches up to me, she becomes a target. The only way to save her is to lock her away.

    Hold her prisoner until things blow over.

    She’ll never forgive me now, but I can’t explain. I can’t talk... more

  • #5 Painted Scars - Neva Altaj

    Painted Scars - Neva Altaj

    arranged/forced marriage age gap forced proximity enemies to lovers

    Charming, captivating, and seductive... And a cold-blooded killer. But I married the Pakhan of the Russian Bratva anyway. I had to. It was part of the deal.

    Now, I’m faking marital bliss. As I tremble with fear. And I cannot wait to be out of the clutches of this ruthless man... more

  • #6 Unchosen Ruler - Maggie Cole

    Unchosen Ruler - Maggie Cole

    suspense mafia possessive hero

    He’s the future unchosen ruler of the O’Malleys. Locked away for too many years. Underestimated and pissed off. Protective beyond all rationale. Possessive unlike any man I’ve ever known.

    I should run. Except Liam O'Malley isn't a choice. He's the air I breathe. Still, I wonder if I can really be queen of the O’Malleys—especially when I discover the truth about who I am.

    Anyone else in our shoes would make a different choice, but nothing with Liam is predictable. In our world, anything but strength gets you killed. It’s what makes him the perfect unchosen ruler.. more

  • #7 Crime Lord's Captive - Mia Knight

    Crime Lord's Captive - Mia Knight

    vengeance forced proximity tortured heroine

    Three years ago, Lyla fled from her ex, Gavin Pyre. She created a new identity and began a relationship with a man who knows nothing about her past. The normal life she built for herself is shattered when Gavin blackmails her into returning to Las Vegas where he rules the criminal underworld.

    As Lyla navigates through the dark secrets of her past she’s forced to face a man who refuses to let her live without him... more

  • #8 Cartel - Lili St. Germain

    Cartel - Lili St. Germain

    cruel hero/bully forbidden love abduction

    How much is a life worth?

    I grew up in Colombia, the daughter of a wealthy drug lord. I lived a life of extravagance, until one day a drug run went horribly wrong and everything came crashing down around us.

    I was given away. A payment for a debt. The Gypsy Brothers Motorcycle Club became my new owners, and I did everything I could to survive.

    But falling in love with the man who owned me wasn't part of the plan.. more

  • #9 Scandalous Prince - Rachel Van Dyken

    Scandalous Prince - Rachel Van Dyken

    possessive hero enemies to lovers arranged/forced marriage

    I was born under fire and swore to protect her until my dying day, I just never knew that one day, I'd be the very monster I was protecting her from.

    She didn't know it was me. She didn't know that I had no choice and would do it again and again to save her. I may as well have given her the mark on her finger. The one that shows where her loyalty must lie.

    Because we don't sin in silence. And eventually, you have to pay up what you owe. My need to protect her turned into a lie to save her. And when she found out—I turned in to the very monster I was trying to protect her from.. more

  • #10 Little Dove - Layla Frost

    Little Dove - Layla Frost

    age gap insta-love abduction sweet/gentle heroine grumpy/cold hero explicit open door

    Once upon a time. Isn’t that how all good fairy tales start? And Maximo and I, we were definitely a fairy tale.

    Not the cleaned-up, sanitized ones where life’s problems were solved with a smile and a song. We were the old-school kind. The twisted tales packed with murder, violence, and tragic beginnings.

    Okay, so maybe we weren’t a traditional fairy tale. After all, Maximo was more villain than prince. He was scarily sexy. Devilishly charming. Controlling, possessive, and dangerous.

    Especially when it came to me.. more

  • #11 Tormentor Mine - Anna Zaires

    Tormentor Mine - Anna Zaires

    enemies to lovers forbidden love abduction cruel hero/bully

    He came to me in the night, a cruel, darkly handsome stranger from the most dangerous corners of Russia. He tormented me and destroyed me, ripping apart my world in his quest for vengeance.

    Now he's back, but he’s no longer after my secrets.

    The man who stars in my nightmares wants me.. more

  • #12 The Butcher of the Bay - J. Bree

    The Butcher of the Bay - J. Bree

    dark romance abuse sweet/gentle heroine

    My life was simple: I kill for money and I’m the best in the Bay at my job.

    That was enough for me until I met the woman of my dreams, only to deliver her to hell itself for a pretty penny.

    Nothing will stop me from getting her back and when I do… there isn’t a man in the Bay that’s safe from my vengeance.

    They’ll pay in blood for their crimes... more

  • #13 The Sweetest Oblivion - Danielle Lori

    The Sweetest Oblivion - Danielle Lori

    enemies to lovers arranged/forced marriage forbidden love age gap grumpy & sunshine

    Nicknamed Sweet Abelli for her docile nature, Elena smiles on cue and has a charming response for everything. She’s the favored daughter, the perfect mafia principessa . . . or was.

    Now, all she can see in the mirror’s reflection is blood staining her hands like crimson paint.

    They say first impressions are everything . . .

    In the murky waters of New York’s underworld, Elena’s sister is arranged to marry Nicolas Russo. A Made Man, a boss, a cheat—even measured against mafia standards. His reputation stretches far and wide and is darker than his black suits and ties. After his and Elena’s first encounter ends with an accidental glare on her part, she realizes he’s just as rude as he is handsome... more

  • #14 Ruthless King - Meghan March

    Ruthless King - Meghan March

    dark romance enemies to lovers abduction sassy heroine independent heroine grumpy/cold hero

    New Orleans belongs to me. You don’t know my name, but I control everything you see—and all the things you don’t. My reach knows no bounds, and my demands are always met. I didn’t need to loan money to a failing family distillery, but it amuses me to have them in my debt. To have her in my debt.

    She doesn’t know she caught my attention. She should’ve been more careful. I’m going to own her. Consume her. Maybe even keep her. It’s time to collect what I’m owed. Keira Kilgore, you’re now the property of Lachlan Mount... more

  • #15 Dirty Kisses - Kenya Wright

    Dirty Kisses - Kenya Wright

    multicultural dark romance age gap enemies to lovers

    I knew one thing. He was the boss. He walked like one, like he owned the ground his feet stepped on. Like he owned the air that we all breathed in. Like he could eat up the universe, if he wanted to.

    Someone killed Rumi, the Russian Mafia's top washer in New York. Kazimir, the head of the Bratva, has come to NY to find the murderer. They call him The Russian Lion, known for having over two hundred kills. By the age of twenty, the FBI placed him ten steps away from Usama Bin Laden on the Most Wanted List. To kill his washer begins a dark and deadly war.

    Unfortunately, Emily falls on Kazimir's radar. Her brother is suspected of being involved in the murder. To save her brother, she is forced to launder Kazimir's money; but she's a perfect fit for the job... more

  • #16 Machiavellian - Bella Di Corte

    Machiavellian - Bella Di Corte

    mystery suspense multicultural contemporary mafia

    There were three things I knew about Capo Macchiavello:

    He was gorgeous. He was reclusive. He was considered one of New York’s most savage animals. And he wanted me as his wife. A simple arrangement – you do for me, I do for you. Nothing owed, no expectations. Except for one: never leave.

    Life was never that simple, though. By the age of twenty-one, I was parentless, jobless, and homeless, and I had come to learn the hard way that nothing was ever free.

    Capo might’ve been the only man to ever see me, but I had made a vow to myself: I would never owe anyone anything. Most of all, the man I called boss. more

  • #17 Bound By Honor - Cora Reilly

    Bound By Honor - Cora Reilly

    new adult suspense erotic romance possessive hero billionaire

    Born into one of the leading Mob families in Chicago, Aria Scuderi struggles to find her own path in a world where no choices are given. Aria was only fifteen when her parents betrothed her to Luca – The Vice – Vitiello, the oldest son of the head of the New York Cosa Nostra to ensure peace between the two families.

    Now at eighteen, the day Aria has been dreading for years is looming dangerously: her wedding to Luca.

    Aria is terrified of marrying a man she hardly knows, especially someone like Luca who got his nickname ‘the Vice’ for crushing a man’s throat with his bare hands. more

  • #18 Lucca - Sarah Brianne

    Lucca - Sarah Brianne

    contemporary age gap friends to lovers love triangle abduction

    Lucca was made the underboss, being what nightmares are made of. Chloe was scarred by her past, learning too young that nightmares are real. He has waited long enough to claim her soul, but he must take it from the devil first. Her soul might have been better off claimed by the devil. The only way to save her from her past is to delve into his. The world as she knows it will come crashing down. more

  • #19 Ruthless People - J.J. McAvoy

    Ruthless People - J.J. McAvoy

    contemporary erotic romance enemies to lovers dark romance abuse

    To the outside world, they look like American Royalty, giving to charities, feeding the homeless, rebuilding the city. But behind closed doors is a constant battle for dominance between two Bosses, cultures, and hearts.

    Ruthless People is a romantic crime fiction set in modern day Chicago, following the life and marriage of Melody Nicci Giovanni and Liam Callahan—rivals by blood and leaders through fear. Their marriage was arranged by their fathers in hopes to end years of bloodshed between the Irish and the Italians.

    Liam, next in line to lead the Irish, believes he’s getting a simple-minded wife, one he can control, one who bends to his every need... more

  • #20 The Professional - Kresley Cole

    The Professional - Kresley Cole

    suspense contemporary erotic romance bad boys tortured hero

    Mafiya enforcer Aleksei “The Siberian” Sevastyan’s loyalty to his boss knows no bounds, until he meets the boss’s long-lost daughter, a curvy, feisty redhead who haunts his mind and heats his blood like no other. Ordered to protect her, Aleksei will do anything to possess her as well—on his own wicked terms.

    Grad student Natalie Porter had barely recovered from her first sight of the dark and breathtaking Sevastyan before the professional enforcer whisks her away to Russia, thrusting her into a world of extreme wealth and wanton pleasures. Every day under his protection leads her deeper under his masterful spell... more