By Sin I Rise: Part 2
by Cora Reilly
Book 2 in the Sins of the Father Series
A fatal bond that was never meant to be.
Marcella gave Maddox the impossible choice, and he chose her.
Still, she wonders if Maddox is ready to commit to a relationship, or if he’s scared of losing the uninhibited freedom his biker lifestyle offered him.
All his life Maddox knew who his enemies were, but suddenly he’s at a loss whom to trust. Will he ever find a place in Marcella’s life and family, or will old companions give him a new home and purpose?
Can enemies ever truly become lovers if the odds are against them?
Hmm. I just don't know.
While I really enjoyed By Sin I Rise Part I, I didn't enjoy this one as much. I guess it just felt ... unneeded. I feel like we could have added 5 more chapters to Part 1, and it would have served the same purpose of this one.
Again, I don't know. It was interesting, but just fell a bit flat compared to Cora's other work.
Romance was okay. Sex was good. Happily Ever After. I don't really know what else to say. haha
Marcella: “I only want what I deserve as a Vitiello. Amo and Valerio won’t have to justify their desire to be part of the Famiglia.”
Giovanni: “They are men,”
Giovanni said, as if it was news to me. Had he always been this insufferable, or had I been more compliant in the past? I honestly couldn’t say.
Marcella: “And I’m a woman who’s strong enough to demand the same.” Amo: “Come on, Giovanni,”
Amo drawled, coming down the steps.
Amo: “Last time you had to do practice fights, you almost bawled because someone twisted your fucking wrist. Marcella is tough as nails. If our father expected her to suffer pain for the cause, she’d do it again and she wouldn’t break, because she’s a Vitiello. And taking a tattoo doesn’t make you more loyal. Marcella lives and breathes for our family, and our family is the Famiglia.” Valerio strolled over to me.
Valerio: “Some of my friends said the same, but I kicked their asses and told them you were really tough, now they believe me.”
I ruffled his blond mane.
Marcella: “I’m the luckiest girl in the world to have such loyal and brutal brothers.” He picked up after three rings.
His voice was cold and businesslike.
Maddox: “Hey future uncle-in-law, can you give me Marcella’s number?”
I couldn’t resist the provocation. Matteo seemed like someone who could deal with it, better than Luca or Amo anyway. Matteo let out a sharp laugh.
Matteo: “Hey future-fish-food, trying to bypass my brother is a fucking bad idea. Even a pea-brained biker should grasp that.” Maddox: “Only if you let them. Nobody can hurt you with thoughts or words if you don’t let them. Channel your inner queen, Marcella, and make them bow.” Everyone who’d come to see my fall would see me rising from the goddamn ashes. I was my father’s daughter. Marcella: “I make the rules. A queen always does,” Maddox: “You forgave me the unforgivable,”
I said. She needed to know that I knew how much I’d fucked up. She merely nodded, as if it went without saying.
Maddox: “I never considered the Vitiellos the forgiving type.”
Marcella: “We aren’t, except to those we love.” Maddox: “I’ll be the best husband for you. I’ll have your back when you need it, and I’ll be at your side when you need a partner. And if you need a protector, I’ll make up your front. I’ll be your knight in dirty armor, your lover, your confidant. I’ll kill your enemies and hold your crown. I’ll give my blood, my life and anything else you want.” Maddox shook his head.
Maddox: “You will cream, not bleed, many times on our wedding night. This was only the beginning.”
Maddox’s dirty mouth was the biggest turn-on I could have ever imagined, but I’d spend the rest of eternity stopping him from saying the horrible “C” word.