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Ruining Dahlia by C. R. Jane | A Book Review

I have no idea how I found this book...I just know that found it......I was searching for something else and I found some quotes from this book somewhere.....I don't even remember which social platform that was Insta or Tiktok....anyway. Long story short I read the quotes and I was like I had to read this book. I bought it and started reading it. This is written by C.R. Jane...this is the 3rd book in the Mafia Wars series and you can read it as standalone.   here is the description of the book;

GENRE 
Contemporary Dark Romance (not dark dark but sort of dark)

THEME AND TONE
contemporary

LANGUAGE AND WRITING STYLE
Easy to Read

CHARACTERS
Complex Multilayered Characters

TROPES
☙ RH 
☙ Traumatic Past
☙ Crime, Abuse
☙ Mafia and Wars
☙ He falls first but doesn't admit it
☙ Contemporary Adult 

MY REVIEW
I usually do not like reading Mafia romances because tbh authors make them something else. In this book author does the same ....lol. But the difference is that I liked how seamlessly the book is written. Every character had layers. They are all bound because of their individual experiences in their traumatic past. Their past made them who they are and how they struggle to overcome that and how they help each other to get out of their head.

I liked how the story starts the interaction between Dahlia and Raphael. How Dahlia gets triggered by her trauma and tangle with Raphael. After she finds out about his reality she was mortified. I was laughing my ass off on that scene.

I liked Dahlia's dynamic with each of the characters. Dahlia and Raphael were fire, Dahlia with Lucien is like someone who owns your soul, and Dahlia with Gabriel is like best friend forever. Let's go into details of how I viewed each character; Lucien is a stubborn cold asshole, Raphael is the mischievous devil who never stops stirring trouble and Gabriel gave the vibes of a smitten golden retriever. Lol!!! I know how this sounds. But you gotta read this book to understand their personalities.

On the whole, I liked the book. I was waiting for something tragic to happen at the end. Well, tragedy happens but the scale was low. I was waiting for a full-blown disaster that no character can handle but it was not like that and I think I am okay with it. I will recommend reading this book. It's a 4-star from me.

MY RATING
Overall: ★★★★ | 4 Stars
Plot: ★★★★ | 4 Stars
Characters: ★★★★★ | 5 Stars
Ending: ★★★| 3 Stars
Fun: ★★| 3 Stars
Spice Level: 🌶
🌶🌶| 3/5
Book Cover:★★| 5 Stars 

THE BEST PART
☙ Raphael tricking Dahlia
☙ Lucian warning Dahlia to stay away from his brothers
☙ Gabriel being best friend to her

THE WORST PART:
☙ The scenes where male villains doing questionable stuff

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