Bound by Honor (Born in Blood Mafia Chronicles Series #1)

Bound by Honor (Born in Blood Mafia Chronicles Series #1)

by Cora Reilly


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Bound by Honor (Born in Blood Mafia Chronicles Series #1) by Cora Reilly

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781505399707
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 12/06/2014
Series: Born in Blood Mafia Chronicles Series , #1
Pages: 322
Sales rank: 699,837
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.67(d)

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Bound by Honor 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 67 reviews.
Anonymous 23 days ago
This book is meh. I’ve already read the first half so far, and I can honestly say I still feel nothing for the main characters. Aria has the personality of a whiny wet napkin, and Luca seems like an exaggerated mobster from a Lifetime movie. There is no depth to any of the characters, and the whole story seems very forced and fabricated. The author really didn’t try to make either of the main characters very likeable, and there isn’t much driving the story forward. The writing is awkward too - the phrasing feels like a translation from a different language. Very straightforward, with surface descriptions and then every once in a while there is some clunky use of metaphors that detract from the story. Grammar is an issue here too, making the story read like a first draft. All in all, I am going to finish this book because I’m stubborn, but I don’t think I could stomach anything else by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my first read by this author and my last. The immaturity of both characters did nothing to make me like them. I expect stupid choices from a teenager but this over the top. The outside characters were even less attractive and by the third chapter I was ready for the book to end. The grammar was weird. Not like spell check corrections but like English isn't my first language stuff. The time gaps weren't explained and jump to boring moments I could do without. The whole wedding night thing was so over the top dramatic with no flare, I seriously wished they just had sex. Add in the adultery and over night forgiveness and I really hate this book. It's was like Twilight gone mafia.
Mags85 More than 1 year ago
If you love mafia books as much as I do, then you will not be disappointed by Bound by Honor. The characters were enjoyable, the writing was never dull, and the ending didn't leave me hanging. There was love, hate, violence, action, romance, steamy chemistry, etc. Bound by Honor is definitely a book that I will re-read time and time again. I know that I will get the same feelings as I did when I first read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book didn't wow me but I was looking for a steamy romance and that's what I got. There were so many little details that could have been changed in order for me to have liked this novel more than I did. For example, I didn't like that it was set in modern times. If it had taken place in the heyday of the Italian mafia, say early to mid twentieth century, I could have believed the whole arranged marriage and joining the mob families together plot but in modern times it just seems too unreal to me. I also didn't like that Aria is essentially suffering from Stockholm syndrome. She goes into this marriage being scared of Luca, as she should because she doesn't even know the guy, yet in a matter of a couple months, maybe even weeks because the time period wasn't very clear, she's in love with the him despite the fact that they've barely spent any time together apart from a few sex scenes. That kind of love in an arranged marriage doesn't happen over the course of a few weeks, it can take years to establish. It was like a modern day telling of beauty and the beast but the story just doesn't fit in modern times when the acknowledgment of female individuality is at its peak. I was half hoping that she would fall in love with her bodyguard, Romero, and they would run off together. That would have been a much more interesting story in my opinion. I want to read the next two books just because I want to see how they compare to this one. Are any of them going to be about actual love built out of friendship and mutual respect or they too going to be case studies on Stockholm syndrome? I'm sure the last one about Matteo and Gianna will be considering the fact that Gianna hates Matteo but I'm keeping my fingers crossed for Valentina and Dante.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really good read. I didn't want to put it down. I appreciate that the author makes the mafia side of the story come to life, without it being too much of the focus. Would really like to hear Luca's side of the story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable book just wish Grace got what she deserved
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good enough to make you cancel your date with that other book. Some interesting word and grammar choices at times but it is worth reading. Some of it could have gone into more detail, but it was good for the first book in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was really good.
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Didn't i was going to like it. But couldn't stop reading until i was done.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
From the moment i started reading, i was obsessed with this story and the characters. Could not put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Aria and Luca made the story readable.
DaUgh More than 1 year ago
well written w/good characters & story/plot. had good suspenseful story and ....intimate dialogue. tells people to keep hope if one can just hold on.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written some intense and suspense hot scenes no cliffhanger
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was not expecting to like this book but now I wanna read the next ones
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was very good. Was happy Aria adjusted to being a mob wife so quickly.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Over 200 pages really good book will read the next in the series.
readalot80 More than 1 year ago
I got this book one night when insomnia kicked in thinking it would help me go to sleep...I got no sleep that night or the next night or the next night as I read not only this book but the next two books. Can't wait for more. She can't write them fast enough for me!
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Couldn't put it down
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Messina79 More than 1 year ago
This was the first Mafia book I have read and I was not disappointed! I loved the story, the characters, the passion and the chemistry. I could not put it down and didn't want it to end. I have re-read it several times and love it just as much as I did the first time I read it.