Bound By Honor
(Born in Blood Mafia Chronicles #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 with 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.
She is appalled at first that her father would "sell" her in order to preserve the family. Yet she is very aware that women are not considered very highly and are treated as property. She will preserve the family by marrying Luca, but she will not willingly succumb to the wedding night. And so this impossible love affair begins between Aria and Luca.
Luca has been raised to believe that emotions weaken him. He is perceived as a cold, ruthless killer by all. He is the next in line to the position of Capo, therefore must be seen always as powerful and stoic. Aria is a necessary addition to his status. The fact that she is beautiful is just an added bonus. He will always do what is best for the New York Mafia. Falling in love with Aria is not an option.
This is a well written thrilling story full of the machinations needed to preserve the power and influence of a family besieged by the Russian Mafia. Killing is the word of the day. Add to that a new marriage floundering, a fledgling romance and the duty both Aria and Luca must abide to.
Could not put this book down. I was riveted to this story as it took me deeper and deeper into this world our author Cora Reilly has created. Make sure to lock your door and have time to read this. You will also read this in one sitting!
About the Author:I'm an author of erotic romance and New Adult novels. I live in one of the ugliest cities of the world with too many pets and only one husband. I'm a lover of good food, wine and books and I'm addicted to Dexter, Californication and Big Bang Theory.