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The Diávolos: Part One (The Godfathers of the Night Series) by Nouha Jullienne
***I received an advance review copy of The Diávolos from the author, but am leaving this review voluntarily***
Disclaimer – This is an adult mafia & stalker romance. Please make sure to be mindful of your triggers.
Triggers (directly from the book) – Graphic violence, gun violence, torture, assault, kidnapping, hostage situation, stalking, decapitation, death, mention of parental and sibling death, mention of child abuse, emotional abuse, verbal abuse, traumatic events, mental health issues (panic attacks, anxiety, PTSD), self-harm, drug manipulation, sexually explicit scenes (nudity, masturbation, dub con, consensual non-consent, knife play, blood play, gun play, sadism/masochism, mild breath play, primal/prey, degradation, impact play, crying kink, orgasm control).
Welcome to the world of the Godfathers of the Night.
After four years, I’m forced back to the metropolis of Cebrene and away from the haven I created in Antium City. My safety is now in danger, so I need to bide my time before I can leave this place again.
My baba is the Godfather of the Night of the Kouvalakis family and I am his only child. I know he is keeping many secrets from me, and a past I hardly remember keeps plaguing me.
When two strangers barge into my life, I can’t get them out of my head. But neither would be good enough for a mob princess, a title I would pay good money to get rid of.
One is a mysterious man I met by chance, in a not-so meet-cute. He’s straight up irresistible and everything I shouldn’t want. I know nothing about him but I keep wanting more and more.
The other is an intruder, the embodiment of darkness, a constant shadow. I am drawn to him and he has become my safety net. But why did he choose me?
Three weeks ago, my uncle was brutally murdered by our family’s rival. In the name of revenge, I will target his precious daughter, destroy his operation from the inside out, uncover all his dirty secrets, and rule the entire East side of Cebrene. They don’t call me the Diávolos for nothing.
However, I plotted my vengeance unaware that the pawn, the main piece I need to complete my plan, would be someone like her.
I shouldn’t let my feelings get in the way. Men like me don’t have time to fall in love.
If only I can stay focused long enough to complete my plan…
Ever since I laid eyes on her, I can’t stop myself from thinking about her, watching her, following her. She is my obsession, my Achilles heel, my biggest flaw. And I want her all to myself. She will be mine.
Please check your triggers before diving into this one, because things get dark and twisted. It’s a greek mafia romance with a whole lot of suspense, stalking, and spice. Oh gosh the spice 🥵
Let’s start off by saying that I absolutely loved this book, and ended up barely notating anything because I was so caught up in the drama, the danger, and the spice. (again with the spice? I’m telling you it’s steamy and had me questioning my sanity on more than one occasion)
Angelica is a mafia princess who ran away from home 4 years ago to escape the Greek Mafia life, her father, her forgotten past, and to have a chance at a somewhat normal life in the city. While out for a night of fun with her friends, things take a turn for the worse, and she finds herself stuck back in her hometown, with a stalker, and a mysterious, dangerous, man that she can’t help but feel drawn too.
Angelica, our FMC, is strong, confident, and doesn’t take shit from anyone. She has a smart mouth, can shoot a gun, and handle her own, but also has been through some extreme trauma in her life. The author hit the mental health topics head on, and I loved the character’s inner dialogue. Especially Evan’s 🖤
Evan… what can even be said about this deliciously dangerous, morally gray man? He does not hesitate to do what needs to be done to get what he wants. He is the definition of dangerous, I’m talking about red flags everywhere. And yet he has managed to claim Daddy status. He has a way with words, plays with knives, and has more secrets and trauma than he knows what to do with. And we love him anyways.
The stalker… I have never felt more insane about the feelings I had towards a character and their storyline. Angelica has a stalker, and for some reason, he makes her feel safe, cared for, and desired. Is he obsessed with her? Yes. Does he break into her supposed top of the line, mafia proof security system at her home? Also yes. But he also leaves her favorite flowers, love notes, and cheesecake, and for some reason Angelica is ok with that. Sure, she acknowledges that she’s playing with fire and the way she feels about her stalker makes no sense, but she leans into it anyways.
This story had plot twists that I never saw coming. The people I suspected as her stalker were wrong. Every time I thought I had something figured out, another curve ball was thrown.
And the spice… top notch chef’s kiss (4.5 🌶️🌶️🌶️🌶️)
“To know your inner demon is to know yourself”
“It’s the smallest things that take up the most room in your heart.”
“You are a queen—my queen—and I will bow down to you until my last breath.”
“She is not only the sun but the moon, and she came into my life to shine on me even in my darkest hours.”
If you’re looking for something intense and spicy to pull you out of a reading slump, then The Diávolos may be for you.
✔️Touch Her and You Die
✔️He Falls First
Are you a mafia or stalker romance fan? Let me know in the comments below, and we’ll chat soon!