The best arranged marriage mafia romance books that will melt you

N.J. Adel Author Of The Italian Marriage
By N.J. Adel

Who am I?

As a woman who comes from a culture that normalizes arranged/forced marriages, turning it into a more delicious fantasy in books rather than a bitter harsh reality has become an obsession of mine. Now, as I’ve written an entire series in the trope, I read and enjoy many by other awesome authors, too. I hope you enjoy the books on the list as much as I have.

I wrote...

The Italian Marriage

By N.J. Adel,

Book cover of The Italian Marriage

What is my book about?

Enzio Lanza is the most vicious animal in the city. The killer of my husband, his own twin brother, and the new Mafia boss. Oh…and he wants me as his bride. One-Click this revenge, enemies to lovers, arranged marriage Mafia romance now.

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The books I picked & why


By L.J. Shen,

Book cover of Sparrow

Why did I love this book?

Sparrow was the first book I’ve read (and liked) in the arranged/forced marriage trope. It’s what got me hooked on the trope and inspired me to write my own. Set in Boston, with Troy, a thirsty-for-revenge, morally gray Irish mafia boss that bows to no one…except for the one woman he thought he hated.

By L.J. Shen,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Sparrow as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Troy Brennan Every Southie in Boston knows that name. The son of a dead mobster. The heart-throb with steel-blue eyes. "The Fixer" who can make or break you in this city. Oh, and my new husband. Sparrow Raynes That's me. No one seemed to remember my name up until he barged into my life. But then he caged me. Kidnapped me. And killed every chance I had to run away from the place where we grew up. Put simply, Troy Brennan clipped my wings. I have dreams, big ones, but I doubt he'll ever let me chase them. I have…

Book cover of A Vow Of Hate: An Arranged Marriage Romance

Why did I love this book?

Who doesn’t love a good enemies-to-lovers book or hate to love antiheroes? Not to mention the steam! Killian Spencer and Julianna Romano were arranged to be married by their fathers. He was supposed to marry Julianna's sister, but she died in a tragic car accident. Killian was so heartbroken that he vowed to destroy the woman who caused her death in any way possible. A Vow of Hate hits home not only because of the angry heat between Killian and Julianna but also the emotional damage and scars the two are carrying. I couldn’t wait to see how a vow of hate could be turned into a vow of love.

By Lylah James,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked A Vow Of Hate as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

“Once upon a time…”Hate consumed him.Love wrecked me.That night changed both our lives, turning our beginning into something toxic. We were poison together and there was no antidote.Our story began like any other fairy tale ended.With a beautiful wedding.One kiss.Two rings.Three vows.Killian Spencer became my lawfully wedded husband and I, his dutiful wife.But he was no Prince Charming. He didn’t come to save me… and he vowed there would be no happily ever after.And me?Just like the legends I'd read as a little girl, I always thought I’d be the princess in my fairy tale.Well, I was the villain of…

Vow of Deception

By Rina Kent,

Book cover of Vow of Deception

Why did I love this book?

Taboo or controversial romantic relationships have always held a special place in my heart because, let’s face it, it’s very hot. Add a sexy tormented antihero to the equation and you get a sizzling hot story to devour. Adrian Volkov is a part of the Russian mafia and the second most powerful person in the bratva. Winter is a damsel in distress that looked exactly like his dead wife. What’s going to happen when the two meet? F-i-r-e!

By Rina Kent,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Vow of Deception as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

My husband. My Tormentor.

The most notorious man in the city offers me a job.
Act as his dead wife.
Adrian Volkov isn’t the type of person who takes no for an answer.
He commands with an iron fist and all his orders are met.
When he approaches me with the offer, I have two options.
Go to prison or put myself under his wrath.
I choose to have a roof over my head. What’s so hard about acting, right?
The moment I step into his wife’s shoes, everything spirals out of control.
My only way of survival is…

The Sweetest Oblivion

By Danielle Lori,

Book cover of The Sweetest Oblivion

Why did I love this book?

You can’t mention the arranged marriage mafia trope without mentioning this book. Even though it’s relatively old, TikTok made it so popular now. You can’t help falling in love with these characters and what they do for each other. As you read, Nico and Elena are just meant for each other despite their history. He’s over the top jealous, possessive antihero, which is exactly how I love my fictional men.

By Danielle Lori,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked The Sweetest Oblivion as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

She’s a romantic at heart, living in the most unromantic of worlds . . .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…

Promises and Pomegranates

By Sav R. Miller,

Book cover of Promises and Pomegranates

Why did I love this book?

It’s amazing to see a new author soar high like this. I loved the darkness of this book, the viciousness of the antihero, the taboo, and, of course, the high steam dosage. Promises and Pomegranates is a Hades and Persephone modern retelling turned into a sizzling forced marriage mafia romance worthy of your time.

By Sav R. Miller,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Promises and Pomegranates as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?


To most, Kal Anderson is a villain.

Harbinger of death, keeper of souls, frequenter of nightmares.

Doctor Death. Hades incarnate.

They say he stole me.

Usurped my fiancé and filled the cracks in my heart with empty promises.

Imprinted his crimson fingerprints on my psyche and tried to set me free.

They’re not wrong, per se.

Except it was my choice to stay.


To most, Elena Ricci is an innocent.

Goddess of springtime, lover of poetry, angel of my nightmares.

Little one. Persephone personified.

They say I ruined her.

Shattered her virtue and devoured her soul like a…

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