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Bound By Dutyby Cora Reilly
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:
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 the wedding night will 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.
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I liked Val and I liked Dante, but together i wasn't blown away. I liked the first book waaaay better. I will probably read the third one unless I get the feeling that the girl is going to continue to be immature and ridiculous like she has been in the first two books.
Being forced to marry someone because of duty to the Family has to be a horrible duty. Sometimes we are left with no recourse other than follow directives for the good of all involved. This is Valentina's predicament. She has been married before and he was killed in a confrontation with an opposing gang. She married her good friend Antonio to help him cover the fact that he was gay. In the Family, being gay would have meant instant death for him. Antonio and his male lover would have been disposed of as part of protecting the Family and Valentina would have none of that. So she married Antonio and kept his secret even after his death. Now that she was supposed to marry the future Chicago Boss, she has a problem. See, she is still a virgin. How can she keep Antonio's secret while fulfilling her wifely duties? Dante is a character I will not soon forget. Closed off to the world, no feelings showing, he is the protector of the Chicago Family. Showing feelings shows weakness and he cannot afford to do so. Having lost his wife of many years, he bears the responsibility to ensure an heir is produced that will continue the Family traditions and someday take the helm of control. Although his previous marriage was childless, he has to make an effort to produce an heir. This is a duty he must fulfill. Valentina is pleasant and he appreciates her, but he is still in love with his lost wife and this creates stress in his heart. The progression of Dante's and Valentina's love affair is like a slow simmer of relentless foreplay. Valentina must loose her virginity (finally) and Dante must have his heir. Along the way, the duties of running the Chicago Family come into play and both Valentina and Dante must hang on to each other, trust and finally move forward. This book, just like every other book I have read by Cora Reilly, is a well written delight to read. She gently takes you through the foreshadowing and then the story becomes passionate, fast paced and thrilling. It is the change of pace in the her storytelling that lures you in and once you are caught in the web of the story, you cannot escape. You have to continue reading until its conclusion because you are in a fever to know what happens next. I love it! Never a dull moment!