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.

                                                          My opinion:
The Bratva and the Triad  mobs wanted to expand in Chicago, the Italian mobs wanted to unite so they can fight them. That's why Aria's father decided that she was going to marry the oldest son of the New York familia, Luca. She was devastated that she was condemned since the age of fifteen to a loveless marriage with no bright future for her. Two months later was her engagement party where she first met him. Three years later came her wedding day. Her worst nightmare was going to be a reality and she could do nothing about it. She was terrified of the wedding night and her life as the wife of the future Capo dei Capi. Luca surprised her by doing something noble but a few days later he "hurt" her. They both wanted this marriage to work so they put everything behind and started again. They managed to make it work between them but Aria couldn't adapt to her new life, she was too innocent and emotional for all that. Their world was dangerous but Lucas would protect her forever no matter what.

Even though the story is about a forced marriage in the Mafia world, it gets very romantic early. Half the book is filled with erotic scenes. There's a bit of grief, blood scenes and sassy moments from the girls. About the characters: Aria is a good girl who was born in the wrong world. She was innocent and loved her family to death. Later she proved to be a very strong woman. Luca was a dangerous, brooding, handsome man. He appeared to be stone-cold to everyone but he was loving and caring for his darling wife. In general, the book is great with a very romantic/emotional storyline.

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