Bound by Hatred
by Cora Reilly
Book 3 in the Born in Blood Mafia Chronicles
When Gianna watches her older sister being forced into an arranged marriage, she promises herself to escape a similar fate.
The moment Matteo – The Blade – Vitiello sees Gianna on his brother’s wedding, he wants to possess her. Her father agrees to the bond, but Gianna has no intention of marrying for any other reason than love. A few months before the wedding, Gianna runs away and begins a new life in Europe away from the mafia. But one of their best hunters and assassins is after her: Matteo.
When Matteo and a couple of her father’s soldiers catch her, not only her freedom is at risk, but also the life of the people with her.
Gianna is taken home and forced to marry Matteo.
Ridden by guilt over having dragged innocent people into her world and overcome with 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.
Enemies to lovers
Bound by Hatred is the third book in Cora Reilly's Born in Blood Mafia Chronicles, and centers around Gianna and her betrothed, Matteo. Gianna has always hated how women have been treated in the outfit, and after watching her sister marry a man who terrified her, she vowed never to herself to somehow leave this life behind. When an opportunity presents itself, and with the help of her sister, Gianna manages to run away, to try to live a new life. But Matteo will not give up. He has wanted Gianna since the moment she showed her mouthy side, and after overhearing her fathers plans to marry her off to an abusive, older man, he steps up to show his interest. It doesn't matter how far she runs, how long she is gone - Matteo vows to find her and make her his. When Matteo finds her, Gianna realizes that she has put innocent people in the mobs sights. When brought home and forced to marry, Gianna is determined not to become the submissive mobsters wife. But the more nights she spends with Matteo, the more she starts to question why she was running in the first place.
I'mmmmmm not sure how I feel about this one. I'm pretty much settled on the whole "these people are bad, don't expect them to act like angels" thing. But some of the things that are done and said in these books are fucking terrible. I like Gianna. I do. She is fierce, and won't take shit. She runs away, not because there isn't a part of her attracted to Matteo, but because she knows if she doesn't try to live a normal life, she will regret it her whole life. I respect that. But the decisions she makes, and her hiding from her feelings, seems like a huge step back for her character. And despite Matteo being in the mob, aside from that, he is actually pretty decent. He still wanted her, despite thinking that she was no longer a virgin (in their society, making her a ruined woman, and the equivalent of trash basically), and was mostly sweet. I mean, with obvious dosages of "I am man, you are mine" possessiveness, and him purposely goading her because he loves her temper. I like these two together way more than Aria and Luca. More chemistry.
While I am not crazy about this series, there is something that draws me in. The books are in some serious need of a good editor, but something about them draws me in. The darkness of it? Women standing up for themselves in a society that forbids it? Who knows? But I got sucked in, so thats saying something, right?