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.’
Reviewed by Gitte & Jenny
“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!
BORN IN BLOOD MAFIA CHRONICLES 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