Saturday, March 19, 2016

Bound by Honor (Born in Blood Mafia Chronicles #1) by Cora Reilly [Review]

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.

5 Traditional Stars
This is my first Cora Reilly book. I’m on this mafia binge read and the book was free so I thought why not? I was surprised on how good it was. I loved the storyline, the writing flow and I’m so happy there are plenty of books in the series to keep me happy because I will read all of them.
Bound by Honor is a standalone and is part of the Born in Blood Mafia Chronicles. Each book is about two people, a couple forced to marry because of traditional mafia ways.
This is Aria and Luca’s story.

If you don’t want to read a preview of what’s to come, I would skip the prologue. I will do that for now on with this series, because I want to go into fresh.

When Aria was fifteen her father told her she would marry Luca. Marriage in the mafia world is more business than love. Since Aria is the dutiful girl, she comes to terms with this, but she is frightened by the idea. Luca is four years older than Aria and is ruthless. He’s a killer and a leader.
Aria is the damsel in distress Heroine I love to read in books. She is eighteen and is getting married to Luca. She’s knows what must happen on her wedding night, but she tries her best to put on a good face.  She has been protected her whole life and hasn’t even kissed a boy. She’s very scared of Luca, maybe more so than I would have liked, but it makes her endearing and it gives the book a lot of yummy tension.

Luca is the Hero I love and hate at the same time. He’s really harsh and he even has girls on the side. I know, but it’s something I’ve come to terms with in mafia books. It’s kind of like MC books, it’s just a different world and well men cheat in mafia books, but don’t worry, you will be able to handle it!

I really did like Luca because he’s carries so much on his shoulders it’s cute to see how gentle he can be towards Aria because she needs it, but he doesn’t always provide it. There’s also the secondary characters that I love to read and I can’t wait for their stories, with Luca’s bodyguards, brother and Aria’s sister and cousin, it’s going to be a fun series.

Aria knows the only way out of the marriage is by death and that is not an option so she tries her best to be a good wife, but she’s not ready to take any major steps with Luca. Luca is cold, but he also tries hard to be warm towards Aria. I love how opposite they are and it made for an addicting read.
Overall, it’s a sexy fun book that I couldn’t put down. 

Born in Blood Mafia Chronicles Series

Bound by Honor #1 AMAZON - FREE
Bound by Duty #2 AMAZON
Bound by Hatred #3 AMAZON
Bound by Temptation #4 AMAZON
Bound by Vengeance #5 TBR - Not announced

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