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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!


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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