Condemned to Love – Siobhan Davis

Genre: Romance
Publisher: Self-Published
Pages: 425
Release Date: January 31, 2021

Her teen crush is now a ruthless killer and powerful mafia heir. 
Will one life-altering night unite or destroy them?

Bennett Mazzone grew up ignorant of the truth: he is the illegitimate son of the most powerful mafia boss in New York. Until it suited his father to drag him into a world where power, wealth, violence, and cruelty are the only currency.

Celebrating her twenty-first birthday in Sin City should be fun for Sierra Lawson, but events take a deadly turn when she ends up in a private club, surrounded by dangerous men who always get what they want.

And they want her.

Ben can’t believe his ex’s little sister is all grown up, stunningly beautiful, and close to being devoured by some of the most ruthless men he has ever known. The Vegas trip is about strengthening ties, but he won’t allow his associates to ruin her perfection. Although it comes at a high price, saving Sierra is his only choice.

The memory of Ben’s hands on her body is seared into Sierra’s flesh for eternity. She doesn’t regret that night. Not even when she discovers the guy she was crushing on as a teenager is a cold, calculating killer with dark impulses and lethal enemies who want him dead.

Understanding the risks, she walks away from the only man she will ever love, stowing her secrets securely in her heart. Until the truth becomes leverage and Sierra is drawn into a bloody war—a pawn in a vicious game she doesn’t want to play.

As the web of deceit is finally revealed, Ben will stop at nothing to protect Sierra. Even if loving her makes him weak. In a world where women serve a sole purpose, and alliances mean the difference between life and death, can he fight for love and win?



I’m not usually a fan of mafia romance novels, but Condemned to Love strikes a good balance between the harsh realities of life in the mafia and a sensual romance.

The chemistry between Ben and Sierra is palpable. They gravitate toward each other whenever they’re on page together. Sierra is strong and independent, but is able to temper Ben’s more violent tendencies with her softer side. Ben is an alpha male to his core. He’s brutal, dangerous, and full of sin.

Condemned to Love was a roller coaster ride for me. As mentioned previously, I’m not a big fan of mafia romances because I find them too violent and the main characters too forgiving. Fortunately, Davis’ work walks the line of violence and romance perfectly. At around the 20% mark, something happens that I’m usually not a fan of while reading. This instantly turned me off the story, but I’m glad I kept reading because what Davis does with it redeemed the story in my eyes and certainly warrants the four star rating.

What also warrants the four star rating is the ending. Throughout, Condemned to Love Davis dropped subtle hints alluding to something bigger happening in the background. If you’re paying attention, you may be able to puzzle it out. The reveal is truly spectacular and I couldn’t flip the pages fast enough.

Overall, Condemned to Love strikes a good balance between the harsh life of the mafia with a sensual romance. Davis knows how to push her characters to the edge without losing them to an irredeemable darkness.

***I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book. 


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