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Mafia Series – Dangerous men and the women they love.
We recommend reading this series in order. 

‘The struggle for power soon turns into a hate-fueled night of passion.’

Bound by Hatred Book Three : amazon us | amazon uk

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When Gianna watched her sister Aria getting married to a man she barely knew, she promised herself she wouldn’t let the same thing happen to her.

Matteo – The Blade – Vitiello set his eyes on Gianna the moment he saw her on his brother Luca’s wedding, and Rocco Scuderi is more than willing to give his daughter to him, but Gianna has no intention of marrying for any other reason than love. A few months before the wedding, Gianna escapes her bodyguards and runs away. She has enough money to flee to Europe and begin a new life. But staying undetected when the mob is searching for her is a challenge that takes everything, especially as one of their best hunters and assassins is after her: Matteo Vitiello.

After six months on the run, Gianna finally settles into a tentative routine in Munich, but then Matteo and a couple of her father’s soldiers find her with another man.

Despite her pleads they kill her boyfriend, and Gianna is forced to marry Matteo. Her emotions alternating between guilt over having dragged an innocent into her world and hatred toward Matteo, Gianna is determined to make life hell for her husband. But Matteo is a master at mind games and their struggle for power soon turns into hate-fueled nights of passion.

Book three in the Born in Blood Mafia Chronicles. This book can be read as a standalone.

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 Reviewed by Gitte & Jenny

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“Love is when you feel safe in someone’s arms, when he’s the first thing you want to see in the morning, love is surrendering. You risk getting hurt but you don’t care. You are willing to give someone the power to break your heart. Love means seeing someone at their worst and still seeing the good in them, love means someone is perfect for you despite their imperfections.”

Having devoured the first two books in this series we were gagging to jump headfirst into Bound by Hatred! We’d already fallen in love with the sarcastic and headstrong livewire that is Gianna Scuderi and our hearts were swooning big time over Matteo Vitiello – The Blade. Their pairing was bound to create live sparks and a ferocious heat. A love hate relationship that is tested in the most brutal ways.

So, let’s begin with Matteo….sigh! We loved him instantly and we never really questioned our love for him like we sometimes did Dante (Bound by Duty) insofar as we knew exactly who he was and what he craved. The added bonus of his POV did wonders. He wore his killer heart on his killer sleeve. He was passion personified with a wicked sense of humour and intensity. Matteo is dangerous as he’ll use his knife first and ask questions later. He is loyal, honourable and fierce! Matteo is deep inside the New York Cosa Nostra, what with his brother Luca being the Capo, and his act in the moment violence and killer façade hides a heart that loves Gianna NO MATTER WHAT! Seriously, CHILLS!

‘The men in our world were killers and torturers. They weren’t good men, they weren’t even decent men. They were bad, rotten to the core. Nothing could change that.’

Gianna despises the life she’s been born into. The rules and traditions of the Mafia is not something she wants to be a part of so when learning that she’s being married off to Matteo she makes the ultimate sacrifice and betrayal. She runs. This was to be quite a trip of self-discoveries and consequent bloodshed and humiliation. Whilst Gianna grated on our nerves a few times because of what she failed to see through the actions of Matteo time and time again, we have to applaud Cora Reilly once more on her ability to stay true to her characters; never sacrificing themselves easily rather we find that Gianna follows a natural path of self-realisation and acceptance of who she is albeit it with a lack of understanding of the bigger picture at times. Being strong willed and self-assured is not easily rationalised nor relaxed until fully accepted. The added complication of an intense attraction to the man who encompasses everything she hates and stands in the way of her freedom, well it was never going to be an easy journey. In fact she’s an absolute bitch at times but we never stopped loving her character.

“What about you, Gianna? What would you be without the protection of your family and the money of your father?”


“You won’t ever be free. None of us are. We are all caged in by the rules of our world.”

Once more we were caught up in this Authors fabulously addictive Mafia world; the writing was brilliant and this couple had us laughing, swooning, cringing and hitting some extensive freezer time. We also loved catching up with Luca and Aria from Bound by Honor. What a ride this series is turning out to be. We love it and don’t want to get off….well…..the ride that is!


Bound By Series

Bound by Honor : amazon us | amazon uk
Bound by Duty : amazon us | amazon uk
Bound by Hatred : amazon us | amazon uk
Bound by Temptation : amazon us | amazon uk
Bound by Vengeance : Releasing 2015 – No pre order

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Mafia Series – Dangerous men and the women they love. We recommend reading this series in order.
She’s determined to get his attention and desire, even if his heart still belongs to his dead wife.’

Bound by Duty Book Two : amazon us | amazon uk

bound by duty


Dante – The Boss – Cavallaro’s wife died four years ago. On the verge of becoming the youngest head in the history of the Chicago mafia, Dante needs a new wife and Valentina was chosen for the role.
Valentina lost her husband, too, but her first marriage had always been for show. When she was eighteen, she agreed to marry Antonio in order to hide the truth: that he was gay and in love with an outsider. Even after his death, she kept his secret, not only to preserve the honor of a dead man, but also to protect herself. But now that she’s about to marry Dante, her castle of lies threatens to crash. Dante is only thirty-six but already feared and respected in the Familia, and he’s notorious for always getting what he wants. Valentina is terrified of the wedding night that might reveal her secret, but her worries prove unfounded when Dante shows her the cold shoulder. Soon her fear is replaced by confusion and indignation. Valentina is tired of being ignored. She’s determined to get Dante’s attention and desire, even if she can’t get his heart that still belongs to his dead wife.

** Book #2 in the “Born in Blood Mafia Chronicles”. This book can be read as a standalone. **

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Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

✯✯✯✯  Stars

“Fear, hatred and respect are the three most important feelings a Capo must instil in other people.” Dante
“In your wife as well?” Valentina
“Hatred and fear have no place in a marriage.” Dante

After briefly meeting and learning a bit of Dante, the 35 year old Capo of the Chicago Outfit, a Mafia Clan who rival their New York counterparts, and Valentina, Aria’s 23 year old cousin in book one, we couldn’t wait to immediately delve into their story.

After four years of being on his own following the loss of his wife, the pressure is on Dante to remarry and produce an heir. This Capo had been deeply in love with his wife and is still living and breathing the memory of the love of his life. Dante would marry for duty only. Emotions and love would not become a part of it.

Valentina on the other hand had married her late husband to protect his secret. Antonino was gay and in a bid to keep his secret hidden, she married him and despite their marriage not being a physical love, they shared a strong friendship.

Dante chooses Valentina as he expects her to share his feelings to mirror his, unaware her marriage was a sham and not one borne out of love. Dante assumes they can have a marriage of convenience, no emotions involved and produce the children that are expected of him.

Cora Reilly sure does write male characters that make it hard to love and Dante was no exception. We really had our work cut out for us with him. Dante was quite the cold, aloof and closed off man. He had built a brick wall higher than the sky to shield his emotions and protect his heart and breaking down those walls was no easy feat.

‘Maybe I couldn’t make Dante forget his first wife, and I didn’t want to, but I could help him move on.’

We felt desperately sorry for Valentina, after one loveless marriage, she had hoped to win over Dante’s affections and experience some amount of love both physically and emotionally. Could she thaw Dante’s cold heart? Well we sure did hang in there to see if this was possible and we loved how it all unfolded.

‘I knew many women in our world preferred a beautiful lie to the harsh truth any day.’

But boy did Dante test our patience but the thing we particularly love about this series is how the author stays true to her characters, she doesn’t give them an easy way out therefore  retaining the essence of who they are and whilst we understood Dante’s reasoning, he certainly did push us to the limits a few times. It’s for this reason we felt a Dante POV here and there may have softened the blow and enabled us to really connect to him on an emotional level a little more….you know, to hear what was in his heart first was crucial to us.

“I’m a heartless bastard, Valentina. Don’t try to see anything else in me. The business suit and emotionless face is the thin layer covering up the fucking abyss that’s my soul and heart. Don’t try to glimpse beneath it, you won’t like what you find.”

We’ve been inhaling this addictive series, immersing ourselves in the Mafia world which has become a bit of a guilty pleasure. So if you love Mafia stories about men who make no apologies for who they are and the life they lead, if you love men who protect their woman with a possessive fierceness and love sassy heroines who give them a run for their money, then grab this series!!!

‘Men in our world were possessive. Men like Dante and Luca were something else entirely.’



Bound By Series

Bound by Honor : amazon us | amazon uk |our review
Bound by Duty : amazon us | amazon uk
Bound by Hatred : amazon us | amazon uk
Bound by Temptation : amazon us | amazon uk
Bound by Vengeance : Releasing 2015 – No pre order

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Filed under 4 Stars, Cora Reilly, Our Reviewers, Pick an Author, Reviews by Gitte, Reviews by Jenny