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I was born a monster. Cruelty ran in my veins like poison. It ran in the veins of every Vitiello man, passed on from father to son, an endless spiral of monstrosity.
A born monster shaped into an even worse monster by my father’s blade and fists and harsh words.
I was raised to become Capo, to rule without mercy, to dish out brutality without a second thought.
Raised to break others.
When Aria was given to me in marriage, everyone waited with baited breath to see how fast I’d break her like my father broke his women. How I’d crush her innocence and kindness with the force of my cruelty.
Breaking her would have taken little effort. It came naturally to me.
I was gladly the monster everyone feared.
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„She knew what I was, and for some reason that made me want to be good to her, to show her that there was more than brutality. At least when she was concerned.”
When I was reading Bound by Honor long time ago I’ve dreamed about learning Luca’s thoughts and my prayers have been finally answered! Cora Reilly gave the voice to her hottest mobster, who makes us fall in love with him again. But this book is not just Luca and Aria’s love story from his point of view. It’s also an insight into his past and informations about the monumental events that have an impact on his character and made him lethal and violent Capo. But the most important thing – Luca Vitiello is the image of his developing feelings towards the innocent Aria Scuderi- a woman who was first his wife and later the love of his life.
Cora Reilly perfectly illustrated every Luca’s thought. I was hooked with every single one sentence that was on the pages of this story and I still crave more. Luca is the type of anti-hero who can’t not be loved. Although he’s a bad guy, we’re still looking for good qualities in him. And his POV gives us many reasons for our worship for his character to grow even more. Because he’s so much more than a cruel, violent and merciless monster he was raised to be.
Luca Vitiello is a story that has developed in a ruthless and brutal mafia world. It’s blood, sweat, tears and fear. But it’s also a proof that even if you feel unworthy and undeserving, you can still find this one person who will love you unconditionally, no matter what. Just like Luca found Aria. It also shows us that love can make you stronger, not weaker. Their story, though challenging and risky, is one of the most beautiful I have ever read. And this book only strengthened me in this opinion.
*ARC received in exchange for an honest review.
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When I stepped out of the bathroom, I found Aria in front of the panorama windows, her back turned to me, looking out toward the skyline.
I moved toward her, noticing the way her body tightened. It got only worse when I reached out for her. Her obvious nervousness set my teeth on edge, because I didn’t know how to put her at ease. Words of consolation or reassurance weren’t really my fucking strength. My first instinct was to give her an order to stop the tensing, but that wouldn’t have gone over well.
I reached out for her and she stiffened even more as if she thought I’d grab her, push up her nightgown and fuck her right against that window—which was what I wanted to do but never would, unless she fucking wanted me to. I touched my knuckles to her soft skin and lightly ran them down her spine, trying to show her that I was going to hold back for her, that I’d be careful with her.
Apart from the goose bumps pimpling her skin, she didn’t react. She obviously wouldn’t act on her own accord. I had no trouble leading; the problem was that my style of leadership was usually not for sensitive women, and Aria was breakable.
I held out my hand to her, knowing that she would follow my silent order because she’d been brought up to obey. She finally turned around to me, but her gaze rested on the scar in my palm, which she traced with her fingertips. My skin tingled from the almost non-existent touch. It was strange being treated that carefully.
“Is that from the blood oath?” She looked up, finally meeting my gaze. She often averted her eyes, and I wasn’t sure if it was because of my reputation or if her upbringing had taught her to cast down her gaze. It was something I wanted gone as soon as possible.
“No. This is,” I said, showing her the scar on my other hand. It was much smaller than the one Aria was still touching. “That happened in a fight. I had to stave off a knife attack with my hand.”
Aria’s eyes widened, her lips parting in surprise. I needed to kiss that mouth. Wrapping my fingers around her wrist, I led her toward the bed.
Read the First Chapter HERE!
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Cora Reilly is the author of the Born in Blood Mafia Series, The Camorra Chronicles and many other books, most of them featuring dangerously sexy bad boys. Before she found her passion in romance books, she was a traditionally published author of young adult literature.
Cora lives in Germany with a cute but crazy Bearded Collie, as well as the cute but crazy man at her side. When she doesn’t spend her days dreaming up sexy books, she plans her next travel adventure or cooks too spicy dishes from all over the world.
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