Bound by Honor
by Cora Reilly
Book 1 in the Born in Blood Mafia Chronicles
Born into one of the leading mob families in Chicago, Aria Scuderi is a mafia princess known for her beauty.
What many consider a gift means her doom when she’s forced to marry Luca Vitiello to bring peace between two mafia dynasties. Luca is the future Capo of the New York Famiglia, a man known for his brutality—and for crushing his cousin’s throat with his bare hands.
Aria is terrified of marrying a monster like him. He may be one of the most sought-after bachelors in New York, thanks to his good looks, wealth and predator-like charisma. But Aria knows 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.
Yet, there’s no escaping the arranged bond, much less a man like Luca. He’d follow her to the end of the world.
Her only chance to survive in a marriage with Luca is to gain his affection and work her way into his heart—even when rumor has it that Luca doesn’t have a heart to begin with.
A mafia princess known for her beauty given to a monstrous man.
Even monsters have a heart.
She has every intention of working her way into his.
Bound by Honor by Cora Reilly is the first book in her Born in Blood Mafia Chronicles, and centers are eighteen year old Aria, oldest daughter of a high ranking mafia dynasty in Chicago, and 23 year old Luca, next in line as Capo in the New York mob. When Aria is told she is to marry Luca, she is terrified. Luca is infamous for his brutality, and being the youngest initiated member in the mob. But as a woman in the Famiglia, her options are limited, so despite her fear, she marries Luca. She knows the only way to survive her marriage is by making him fall in love with her. All she has to do is remind him that there is a heart under the mask he shows the world.
Oh god, what did I do? UGH! I have so many thoughts about this book, and I'm not sure where to start. Okay ... let's play a game. I will start off with one thing I liked, and then finish with what I didn't. Because while I hated aspects of this book, there were others I enjoyed it too. UGH!
So I liked the story. It was interesting, had a decent flow, and triggered some tears, so it was obviously good enough to make me emotionally invested. I fucking hated how women were treated in this book. And I get that this series basically centers around tradition and shit, but GOD.