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BOUND BY HATRED : BORN IN BLOOD MAFIA CHRONICLES #3 by CORA REILLY

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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SYNOPSIS

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

✯✯✯✯  Stars

“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?”

“Free.”

“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 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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BOUND BY DUTY : BORN IN BLOOD MAFIA CHRONICLES #2 by CORA REILLY

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

 SYNOPSIS

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.’

 

BORN IN BLOOD MAFIA CHRONICLES SERIES

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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BOUND BY HONOR : BORN IN BLOOD MAFIA CHRONICLES #1 by CORA REILLY

Mafia Series – Dangerous men and the women they love.
‘Even the most cold hearted bastards have a heart. She has every intention of working her way into his.’

Bound by Honor Book One : amazon us | amazon uk

bound by honor

SYNOPSIS

Born into one of the leading Mob families in Chicago, Aria Scuderi struggles to find her own path in a world where no choices are given. Aria was only fifteen when her parents betrothed her to Luca – The Vice – Vitiello, the oldest son of the head of the New York Cosa Nostra to ensure peace between the two families.

Now at eighteen, the day Aria has been dreading for years is looming dangerously: her wedding to Luca.

Aria is terrified of marrying a man she hardly knows, especially someone like Luca who got his nickname ‘the Vice’ for crushing a man’s throat with his bare hands. Luca might be one of the most sought after men in New York thanks to his good looks, wealth and predator-like charisma that radiates power, but the society girls throwing themselves at him don’t know what Aria does: that the bad boy aura isn’t just a game; blood and death lurk beneath Luca’s striking gray eyes and arrogant smile.

In her world a handsome exterior often hides the monster within; a monster who can just as easily kill as kiss you.

The only way to escape the marriage to Luca would be to run away and leave everything she’s ever known behind but Aria can’t bear the thought of never seeing her family again.

Despite her fear, she decides to go through with the marriage; Aria has grown up among predators like Luca and knows that even most cold-hearted bastards have a heart and she has every intention of working her way into Luca’s.

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Reviewed by Gitte & Jenny

✯✯✯✯1/2 Stars

“Born in Blood. Sworn in Blood. I enter alive and I leave dead.”

If you follow our blog you’ll know we absolutely LOVE our mafia books. There’s just something quite irresistible about these dangerous and criminal men who have our hearts passionately racing. We love the gruesome nature, the traditions and the absolute bastardly characters. So when we stumbled across this series we just knew we had to read it. We just couldn’t put this book down. It’s one of those times where it’s so wrong it’s actually right. It worked, despite a few niggles we were hooked and knew we wouldn’t rest till we’d devoured the whole bloody thing. Bloody being quite an apt word!

‘Being born into our world meant being born with blood on your hands. With every breath we took, sin was engraved deeper into our skin. Born in blood. Sworn in blood.’

Bound by Honor was intriguing, violent, emotional and passionate. It was an easy and exciting read. What we really enjoyed was the realism in characterisation, situational and emotional circumstances. Cora Riley got it so right in so many aspects. Sure we would have liked a bit less repetition of scenes and of certain overused words in the heat of the moment, however, on the whole we fell in love with her characters and this series.

“Someone once told me not to run from monsters because they give chase.”

Luca Vitiello; The Vice and Capo of the New York Cosa Nostra was cold blooded and brutal. His demeanour was that of a truly controlled and ruthless Made Man. However, he had honour and integrity in a world of bloody killings where no one knew any different and had this life literally beaten into them. Luca charmed us, he gave us chills and we were completely captivated by this man. He was no angel, in fact he was on the other end of the scale. However, in the moments that mattered he was patient and swoon worthy.

“When will you stop being afraid of me?”

Luca is given the hand of Aria Scuderi by her father in order to form a bond between the New York family with the Chicago family. This, to increase protection and unity going up against the Russian mob. Aria is the oldest sibling, therefore this role has fallen on her. Whilst Aria has quite a sensible head on her shoulders and an inherent goodness and loyalty she does come across very much younger than Luca; this not only in years but through her naivety. Despite this, Aria is under no illusion of the life she must live – a world of guns, knives and blood baths. She also realises the extent of what her role is mapped out to be. Yet Aria does not go gently into the night with her new husband.

‘A lamb alone with wolves.’

We loved the writing, how the characters remained true to themselves all the way through the story as well as the realism under the circumstances. This is a fabulously dark and sexy Mafia read which we highly recommend. If you’ll excuse us we’re about to go devour book two in this series; Bound by Duty.

 

BORN IN BLOOD MAFIA CHRONICLES SERIES

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 21st Dec : amazon us | amazon uk

 

 

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