Review: Bound by Temptation (Born in Blood Mafia Chronicles #4) by Cora Reilly

Print Length: 212 pages
Published: August 26, 2015

From Liliana Scuderi has been in love with Romero from the moment she first saw him. After her sisters were married off for tactical reasons, she hopes she might be allowed to choose a husband for herself, but when her father promises her to a man more than twice her age that hope is crushed. No begging can make him change his mind. 

Romero has always ignored Lily’s flirting. Her age and status made her off-limits but even someone as dutiful as him has only so much control. Wanting her when she’s supposed to marry another man could mean war between New York and the Chicago Outfit, and Romero has always put the Cosa Nostra first.

Lily suspects her sisters and Romero would risk everything for her, but is her happiness worth that much? Is love worth a war between the Cosa Nostra and the Outfit? 


My Rating: 4 star out of 5

FINALLY! This is the book that I have been wanting since I started this series. This story had everything! It had the characters we have become to know from the first few stories, however this one was actually a love story. You got to see a relationship develop between Lily and Romero throughout the years (even though a lot of the "younger" years were covered in prior books and merely recapped here), and you got to feel their emotions. There wasn't as much sex in this story as there was in the others (thank goodness), as it left the story open for actual plot. 

I enjoyed the overall layout of this story. From Lily finally finding the happiness her mother wanted for her, to having it snatched out from under here, I feel as though this was one of the more developed books in the series. 

Some people have argued about the way things finally came to a head - and while I understand their complaints (as a matter of fact I had an ending in mind that would have tied up some loose ends and left an easy solution to the problem) - the whole time I was reading this I couldn't help but think of Romeo and Juliet (perhaps it was Romero's name), so I enjoyed the ending to a point. After all the build-up, this story did not bring an overall conclusion to the saga. There are still some major loose ends to be tied up (which I am hoping will be done in the next book). 

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