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“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 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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  1. Donna Dube said:

    When is Lover Extraordinaire being released ?


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