The Maddest Obsession by Danielle Lori: FAQs + Books Like It (2024)

Enemies-to-lovers? Check. A mysterious, brooding man. Check. Spicy chapters. Double check. The Maddest Obsession is everything I want in my romance books and then some. Plus, it's a mafia romance that has unexpectedly become a morally-grey guilty pleasure of mine lately. (Kindle | Paperback)

In the following article, I've answered all the questions I had before and while reading the book, as well as put together a list of books like The Maddest Obsession for those of us who enjoyed it so much that we want more of the same. (Warning: This article contains spoilers)

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What Is the Book The Maddest Obsession About?

Agent Christian Allister is cold, dangerous, perceptive, and handsome as all hell. He's the exact opposite of the beautiful, wild, and messy, Gianna Russo. But it's like they say, opposites attract. The Maddest Obsession is a mafia enemies-to-lovers romance that takes place over the course of five years between Christian and Gianna. Their relationship is electric, tense, and tumultuous which obviously makes good banter and even better sex.

Is The Maddest Obsession Appropriate?

No, The Maddest Obsession is not appropriate and should only be read by mature audiences given that the trigger warnings for it include sexual assault, drugs/alcohol, cheating, child neglect, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and panic attacks.

What Are the Spicy Chapters in The Maddest Obsession?

If you're looking for spice, then you've come to the right place because The Maddest Obsession has lots of it, particularly in chapters 6, 14, 19, 21, 22, 24, and 30.

How Long Does It Take to Read The Maddest Obsession?

According to How Long to Read, it will take the average reader approximately 4 hours and 10 minutes to read The Maddest Obsession.

How Old Are Gianna and Christian?

In the present day (part two of the book), Gianna is 28 years old and Christian is 33 years old, which means there is a 5-year age gap between them. While Christian's age is never specifically said, at one point Gianna does mention that she was 14 when Christian was released from prison at 19.

Is The Maddest Obsession a Standalone?

No, The Maddest Obsession is not meant to be read as a standalone, although I think you could manage it. It is the second book in the Made series and the author, Danielle Lori, herself even recommends reading the series in the following order:

  1. The Maddest Obsession - Gianna and Christian

  2. The Darkest Temptation - Mila and Ronan

  3. The Purest Addiction - Sebastian and TBD (*Coming Soon)

Why Is Gianna Afraid of the Dark?

Gianna is afraid of the dark because she was sexually assaulted by one of her father's friends as a child: "He touched me. My face, my hair, my... everywhere. But only after the lights were off."

What Happened to Christian? Why Was He Sent to Prison?

When Christian was 5 years old his mother allowed him and his brother to be sexually assaulted by her clients. At 7 years old, he killed one of the men who was assaulting his brother in hopes of scaring them off. Then when Christian was 13 years old, his intoxicated mother attempted to assault him herself. After fighting her off, she began choking on her own vomit but instead of helping her Christian and his brother let her die. They were both sent to prison for her murder.

Does The Maddest Obsession Have a Happy Ending?

Yes - The Maddest Obsession does have a happy ending! Gianna finds out she is pregnant with Christian's child and when she tells him, they are both very happy about the news. Within the next year, they get married and have a daughter named Katherine.

5 Books Like The Maddest Obsession by Danielle Lori

If you're anything like me, then The Maddest Obsession probably left you wanting another mafia-style romance with a possessive, alpha male. If so, then I highly suggest checking out these five similar books:

  1. Run Posy Run by Cate C. Wells

  2. The Kiss Thief by L.J. Shen

  3. Morally Corrupt by Veronica Lancet

  4. Brutal Prince by Sophie Lark

  5. Truth by Trilina Pucci

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1. Run Posy Run by Cate C. Wells

Logically, we know that Christian's obsession with Gianna is problematic and would be scary in real life. And yet, in books like The Maddest Obsession it just... works? Well, if that's your thing and you want another book that delivers in that area, then you're going to want to check out Run Rosy Run. As GoodReads reviewer Ainhoa put it, "It has some heavily damaged characters and of course, as the severely unstable person that I am when reading my books, [the main character's] kind of psychopathy is everything I want to read about."

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2. The Kiss Thief by L.J. Shen

In the world of mafia romances, one book stands out as the gold standard many readers hold all else against, and that's The Kiss Thief by L.J. Shen. I'm telling you, just look at the rave reviews its past readers have left on GoodReads. Also, like The Maddest Obsession, it is a true enemies-to-lovers story that features a male lead described as "ruthless, cunning, aloof, mysterious, blunt yet possessive," which sounds an awful lot like Christian if you ask me.

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3. Morally Corrupt by Veronica Lancet

More often than not, it seems that the male lead in mafia romances is the dark and dangerous one. But not in Morally Corrupt by Veronica Lacent. In it, the female lead, Bianca, is described as a "high-functioning sociopath with a co*ke addiction who always had a penchant for murder and mayhem," while the male lead is described as a "man of the law." Morally Corrupt shares a lot of similar elements to The Maddest Obsession but Veronica uses and arranges them in a totally different way, which should make it feel similar enough without being boring.

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4. Brutal Prince by Sophie Lark

Set in the world of the Chicago mafia, Brutal Prince by Sophie Lark is another enemies-to-lovers romance. However, unlike some enemies-to-lovers books, the main characters begin as legitimate enemies. So much so, that the female lead attempts to kill her husband at the wedding altar by eating strawberries (which he's deathly allergic to) before their first kiss as husband and wife.

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5. Truth by Trilina Pucci

If you love mafia romances, alpha males, and spice, but don't exactly want to dive into another full-length book, then Truth by Trilina Pucci is your next stop. It's a quick 269-page read that's described as a "hot, fast-paced mafia romance with an instant connection between two flawed, stubborn people that fight like hell to ignore their fate." Plus, it's the first book in the three-part Sinful series, so if you like it, you'll have others to read like it afterward.

The Maddest Obsession by Danielle Lori: FAQs + Books Like It (2024)


What is the age gap in The Maddest Obsession? ›

I didn't think Gianna was in love with Nico's dad, I was surprised when she mentioned that she was actually in love with the guy. She didn't care about the 25 year age gap because she actually liked the guy and respected him until he bloody cheated on her with her bloody best friend.

What are the trigger warnings for The Maddest Obsession? ›

No, The Maddest Obsession is not appropriate and should only be read by mature audiences given that the trigger warnings for it include sexual assault, drugs/alcohol, cheating, child neglect, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and panic attacks.

Is The Maddest Obsession spicy? ›

So spicy, so much tension. It's just so good.

Do I have to read Sweetest Oblivion before Maddest Obsession? ›

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: The Sweetest Oblivion - Elena and Nico. The Maddest Obsession - Gianna and Christian.

Is a 7 year age gap too much? ›

Five to seven years is generally an acceptable age difference. However, there's no single right answer here, as it depends on the situation. As long as both partners are consenting adults, there's nothing preventing you from dating someone significantly older or younger than you are.

Who is the 13 year age gap couple? ›

Camila Alves & Matthew McConaughey: 13 Years

While it took some convincing to win her over, the two finally started dating and he proposed on Christmas Day in 2011. The couple then married in June 2012. They share three kids together: sons Levi and Livingston and daughter Vida.

Is Gianna married in maddest obsession? ›

Gianna is married when she first meets Christian but her young life, hopes and dreams have been upended. When forced together, she labels their interactions as games, while he uses them for his own personal reasons.

What is Giannas last name in The Maddest Obsession? ›

Gianna Allister (née Bianchi) is the female protagonist from The Maddest Obsession.

Who is Christian's brother in The Maddest Obsession? ›

Ronan Markov is the boss of the Russian Bratva. He is the younger brother of Christian Allister and husband of Mila Markova.

Is Verity a spicy book? ›

Verity has no shortage of extra-spicy love scenes, but Hoover leans in hard on the horror and psychological thriller aspects of this story.

Is The Maddest Obsession a dark romance? ›

The Maddest Obsession has everything I like and enjoy in a mafia romance. It's dark, brutal and sexy as hell. I have to admit that when I was introduced to Gianna in the first book The Sweetest Oblivion she didn't make a good impression on me.

Is there a sequel to The Maddest Obsession? ›

Who does Nico marry in The Sweetest Oblivion? ›

The Sweetest Oblivion

When her sister gets pregnant, the engagement is off and Elena marries Nico. The two of them had two wedding ceremonies together.

Does Nico cheat on Elena? ›

There is no cheating between Elena & Nico. However, their flirting and the growing sexual tension between them while he is engaged to her sister might not be ideal for readers who need their romance pure.

How old is Elena Abelli in The Sweetest Oblivion? ›

Elena Russo ― The protagonist, a romantic, sweet, and empathetic 21 year old woman from New York. She is the eldest daughter of crime boss, Salvatore Abelli. Elena lives in Long Island, New York with both her immediate and extended family.

What is the age gap between Dante and Amara? ›

10 year old Amara sees 15 year old Dante in the woods and she already has a small crush on him and from there it grows to love even if she think he doesn't see her. The ups and downs the pinning from afar from both and then tragedy struck when Amara was kidnapped and tortured and raped at 15...

What movie has the biggest age gap in film? ›

10 Best Movies with the Biggest Age Gaps Between Leads, According to Reddit
  • 8 'Lost in Translation' (2003)
  • 7 'True Grit' (2010)
  • 6 'Logan' (2017)
  • 5 'Goodbye Again' (1961)
  • 4 'The Intern' (2015)
  • 3 'Entrapment' (1999)
  • 2 'Secondhand Lions' (2003)
  • 1 'Harold and Maude' (1971)
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What is the age gap in The Darkest Temptation? ›

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.

What was the age difference between Helen Hunt and Jack Nicholson? ›

Hollywood has long paired aging male stars with much younger female love interests. Take Jack Nicholson, who was 60 when he romanced Helen Hunt, 34, in 1997's "As Good As it Gets." Here's a look at some other big movie age gaps.


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