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BOOK REVIEW: Bound By Honor (Born in Blood Mafia Chronicles Book 1) by Cora Reilly

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Romance // Erotic Romance // Suspense // New Adult // Contemporary Romance


Yes this book is the first book of the Born in Blood Mafia Chronicles. However, all books in this serious revolve around different characters within the same world. Therefore they can be read independently or as a series. It’s totally up to you.


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.


Guys I am so excited to be diving into another series. I feel like every time I begin a new book I’m entering in a totally different world and I’m obsessed.

When I first saw the cover of Bound by Honor I was intrigued. Most new adult and erotic romance books have half naked people all over the cover, but this one didn’t have that so I though I’d look further. After reading the blurb I knew this series was going to be my new thing.

Since Bound by Honor is mafia based I was a little concerned that, that particular element of the story might be over done. You all know that there are those books out there that are just too much. I’m happy to say, that in my opinion, it wasn’t. I think Reilly did a fabulous job of tying all of the story’s elements together.

Something else that I found that I loved about Bound by Honor was the characters. I know that it could be said that Aria was a “poorly” written female lead because she was submissive, but that is something that I don’t necessarily agree with. I feel like Aria fit into her role, and she was written in a way that felt so real. That’s something that I adore; when characters are written just that good.

Like I had said before this book, because of the mafia theme, could’ve become very extra at the hands of a different writer. That being said I feel like Luca was very well written as well. I do with that I had gotten to know him a little more. Yes you get to know him, but you get to know Aria a lot more. With both of them being our main characters I feel like we should get to know them equally. Even with that being said I still fell like the characters were written well.

This being a erotic romance book there is sex, but because of the situation the characters are placed in the sex is not something that has been rushed. It was done in a way that contributed to the story. Descriptions all across the board were amazing, and I was never left to wonder.

Overall the book was very good, and I do plan on continuing the series. I’m giving it a four out of five stars which is pretty average on my scale. It was a really good story, but it didn’t blow me away.


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