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Bound by Honor

(Born in Blood Mafia Chronicles #1)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  32,188 ratings  ·  2,447 reviews
A modern mafia fairytale.
Born into one of the leading mob families in Chicago, Aria Scuderi is a mafia princess known for her beauty. What many consider a gift means her doom when she’s forced to marry Luca Vitiello to bring peace between two mafia dynasties. Luca is the future Capo of the New York Famiglia, a man known for his brutality—and for crushing his cousin’s throa
ebook, 253 pages
Published December 14th 2014 by Smashwords (first published December 6th 2014)
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Madelynn Smith Book 1, Book 3, Book 4 and Book 6 follow a timeline and have to be read in order. From what I can tell Books 2 and 5 are related but don't impact the …moreBook 1, Book 3, Book 4 and Book 6 follow a timeline and have to be read in order. From what I can tell Books 2 and 5 are related but don't impact the others too much. They can be read as stand-alones. (less)

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SueBee★bring me an alpha!★
FREE on Amazon U.S. (5/10/2016):

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★★★★ 1/2! Bound by Honor, book 1 of 5. Betrothed to the heir of a mafia empire young Aria is both fearing & lusting after Luca!

“You are far too beautiful and innocent to be married to someone like me, but I’m too much of a selfish bastard to ever let you go.”

Books in series are Stand-alones, but most enjoyed if read in order:
Book 1: Bound by Honor
Book 2: Bound by Duty
Book 3: Bound by Hatred
Book 4: Bound by
Val ⚓️ Shameless Non-Snowflake ⚓️
3 Stars *Upgraded to 4 Stars*

After re-reading this a couple times now, I have decided to upgrade it. I really like Luca and Aria and the world Reilly built here. Definitely a solid guilty pleasure read. It's still not the best mafia romance I've ever read, but as I said, I like the characters and the world...and me wanting to re-read something multiple times means I really like it.

Original Review:

Liked it, but didn't really, really like it.

Which is a bummer, because I really wanted to.

I am a s
Obscene lack of morality...selling your daughter's a man who has no respect for marriage vows and is cheating with days of his wedding. Really felt like trafficking and her father should be shot, and Stockholm syndrome that she accepts him after his cheating. And fed into this crazy virginity obsession.... There is nothing grosser to me than a women's virginity going to a man who has just used another woman sexually and within 2 days of his wedding shits all over the sacrament of ...more
Chantal ❤️
Sep 01, 2016 rated it did not like it
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Sasha elle a.k.a. Mrs. Liam Callahan!
Dec 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Sasha elle a.k.a. Mrs. Liam Callahan! by: Snow
*A luca licked 5 of my Nutella jars*

LUCA, LUCA, LUCA, LUCAAA! that man has got me doing the filthiest things to him , and I mean filthy mark me down as a hoe but I don't give a Vitiello's sexy arse about it, I'll contain my horniness till the end but mind you I might combust in the middle ;).

Aria Scuderi is the oldest daughter of Chicago Outfit head. After her father's stern but demanding command Aria is forced to be married to Luca Vitiello the oldest son to Salvatore Vitiello and the next
Melissa (Ever So Mela)

Has one spoiler, which I'm not sure what it ever added to the story.

I'm not sure where I stand.

I actually hate reviewing books where I'm not sure what to rate. Those are always the hardest. While there were moments I enjoyed, there where also things that didn't bode well with me, so I'm at a standstill.
I’d turned fifteen four months ago. My birthday had felt like a huge step toward my future, and I’d been excited. Silly me. My life was already over before it even began. Everything was d
2 stars ✧

well folks, i can finally say that...


i have never ever read anything by ms. cora and being introduced to her mafia universe is a little... overwhelming. there's just A LOT of books and spinoffs that my head hurts just thinking about it. but there's so much praise and beautiful edits of "coraverse" that i just had to read the book that started it all right?

but did i like this tho?


this is a mafia book so i knew there's gonna be a lot of unsavory things that wo
Mali Mor ❤️ The Romantic Blogger
Well, this book was.... OK. 😬
It was a good read, but it certainly didn't live up to my expectations.

The chemistry between the characters was completely dull, I didn't feel the connection at all - maybe because the book was very short, so there wasn't enough time for their relationship to develop.
Aria was too naive... Her obsession about not being ready to have sex annoyed me. Girl, look around you! You are in much big trouble!!!

Why did Luca want this girl so much...?

Plus, there were quite
Lady Gabriella of Awesomeness (SLOW)
2.75 Almost-3-Stars

♤“Maybe love is a risk, but it’s a risk I’m willing to take and as you said, it’s not a choice. I never thought I would, never thought I could love someone like that but I fell in love with you. I fought it. It’s the first battle I didn’t mind losing.”♤

My Thoughts : Bound by honor is a mafia-erotica romance where our virginal heroine Aria annoys the heck out of the hero and me throughout the book with her hot and cold attitude before finally deciding to sleep with him i
Aug 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: angst

3.75 Stars


Bound by Honor was well-written and the pace was great, I found myself invested in the characters and the story. It wasn't without fault and honestly wasn't profound or anything - but it was entertaining.

Being born into our world means being born with blood on your hands. With every breath we take sin is engraved deeper into our skin.

Aria Scuderi and Luca Vitiello were born into the mob, and to strengthen the ties between the Chicago and New York families, a marriage is arranged.
Abibliophobia-the fear of running out of things to read 🥺
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫✨4.75 stars

This book is, for me, the classic Mafia romance. This is the book I compare all others to. I adore the character and affection growth throughout the story. It is fantastic! After re-reading this book, I found that it is actually a little sweeter and softer than Reilly’s newer ones (except for Sweet Temptation).

Aria (15/18) is a strong heroine and a mother to her siblings. She accepts her fate with the grace and dignity befitting a queen. She is beautiful, regal, kind, and cu
Dec 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Aria Scuderi

Luca Vitiello

Mini Playlist
Kelly Clarkson - Dark Side
Lana Del Rey - Dark Paradise
Miley Cyrus - Adore You
Beyonce - I Care

Aria is a mob daughter who is betrothed to a made man named Luca when she is only 15 years old. Their relationship was one that had me rooting for a happy ever after while at the same time wishing Aria would give Luca a taste of his own damn medicine. I was drawn to Luca because of his mysterious bad boy persona and felt understanding towards Aria and the fears tha
Jennifer Kyle
Jul 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.75 Stars

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Cora Reilly delivered a well written story about a young girl whose father promises her hand in marriage to Luca Vitiello, the oldest son of the New York Familia. Aria isn’t interested in being married to this handsome, scary, man and has lived an isolated life with her siblings. This arranged marriage will strengthen the bond between the Chicago family and the New York family against the threatening Russian families.

This story has some very old traditions and of course th
Clumsy Storyteller
3 “Born in Blood. Sworn in Blood. I enter alive and I leave dead.” Stars

Aria "the weak spirit" that's my nickname for her, was forced in arranged marriage to Luca, a cold hearted killer and After their Marriage he's so soft and caring ? wait whaaaaaaaat ? where is the killer ? the monster ? well he's an asshole i'll give him that one !! (view spoiler)
Aug 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
DNF @ 65%

This was not what I expected! It’s not really a good enemies-to-lovers (actually they weren’t really enemies) and they didn’t hate each other. I didn’t get the angst that I expected (it was low on angst so far). Sometimes it felt too childish (especially the h’s behavior) and (view spoiler) she forgave him so easily and so quickly!! So far it was told in single POV and I prefer if there were some of Luca’s thoughts too, so I could really understand his
• Jodi Bibliophile •

Read it in one day and haven't done that in a long time!

It was hot and I want to choke on Luca's cock!

I can't wait to read more!
Elise ✘ a.k.a Ryder's Pet ✘
⋰⋱⋰⋱⋰⋱*Can Contain Spoilers*⋰⋱⋰⋱⋰⋱

Second re-read: 15.03.2020
Hmm, there were a couple of things that bothered me:
1. I didn't feel like Luca was such a badass, cold bastard when he was with Aria. Which kinda ruined the image of him.
2. Nothing really happened in the book until the end.
3. I didn't really feel the chemistry between Aria and Luca. Like, they barely talked. I felt like I didn't actually know them, at least that they didn't know each other.
4. I didn't like Gianna <- she was a
NiCoLeTa E. {Addicted To Books}

It literally rock my world!!!!

Bloody hell, this story was fuckin' amazing!!!

I loved it!!! I liked it!!! I adored it!!!

I want more... Why that book finished so fast????????

In Bound by honor, we have Aria and Luca...
They are two persons that born and raised in the cycle of Mafia...
Aria is from the side of Chicago and Luca from New York...
They don't know each other but their parents decided for the good of their organizations to get marry them together....

Aria's world shattered
4.5 'Principessa' Stars

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Aria was only 15 when her father decided to marry her off to the NY Cosa Nostr mafia. They shook hand and everything. So when she turns18 she would marry Luca- the Vice-Vitiello. There's nothing she could do about it.

I’d been growing up in a world where no choices were given, especially to women.

So when she turned 18 she did what she had to do and married Luca. And she knew nothing about him nor he.

I knew only two things about Luca Vitiello; he would become the head o
Phuong ✯
273 pages and the only information that really stuck with me:

Luca Vitiello (H) is the future capo dei capi de la familia, he’s cheating within a few days of marrying Aria Scuderi (h) and he once crushed a man’s throat with his bare hands.

A vital fact that Cora Reilly mentioned about a million trillion times to emphasise what a monster Luca is.

As much as Luca and Aria were annoying the hell out of me, they didn’t even come close to my hate love I have for Savio Falcone from Twisted Hearts. Ther
Jan 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I took one breath, no actually a gasp and it hit me like a thunder right in the middle.
It was all it took for me to devour this book.


I'm still gasping for air as a matter of fact LOL

While gasping I'm totaly at loss of words...

February 17th, I just re-read it.

Nuff said!

I f*cking LOVE Luca Vitielo.

(view spoiler)
Jan 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Bound By Honor was pretty great.

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Luca Vitiello was so damn sexy with those grey eyes that showed no emotions. He was a killer and not a good man. He had a bad reputation as one of the scariest men in New York. He took what he wanted and never backed down from a fight.

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If you like mafia, sex, prearranged marriages and loveless might like Bound By Honor.

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There was a couple things that bothered me. Too much sex and I know that Aria was young and a virgin but there was
Hulya Kara Yuksel
Sep 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
God please help me to get over Luca. :) I fucking loved this story. And I'm so turned on right now. So God, please forgive me to for saying that but I'm not even sorry for this pleasure.

Oh my Goodness. I just fucking love mafia/crime books. :-D
"You are my first choice, Aria. I’ll burn down the world if I have to. I’ll kill and maim and blackmail. I’ll do anything for you. Maybe love is a risk, but it’s a risk I’m willing to take and as you said, it’s not a choice. I never tho
I posted my review before but I don't know why the review and the rating were removed completely.


This is the first book of Cora Reilly's I read and trust me this book got me hooked from the beginning. Luca is hot possessive, a complete alpha male you want in a mafia book.

Aria is naive, innocent, and vulnerable, her meek characteristics were understandable and I love that about her.

The ending was sweet, when Luca confessed his love for Aria, it was emotional. I wish this book was a bi
Feb 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Cristina by: Snow
Shelves: mafia-men, favorites
Later edit: If you wanted to give this series a try now is your chance because Bound by Honor is now FREE on Amazon!

When Snow found out we where *sister mafia sluts* :P she recommended me some romance mafia books that she thought I would like and this was one of them :)

What I didn't expect was to love this story so much, to fall in love with Luca and Aria's story and to adore the way Cora Reilly writes her novels.


At the surface this is just another mafia novel: One mafia prince has to get
Jan 07, 2016 rated it it was ok
Well. This one started out so very promising and by the end, I was kind of just waiting for it to be over. With that being said, there is three more books in the series and they follow different characters introduced in this book and I know I will be checking those out because there was one character I just loved and found hilarious so I might end up just skipping to her book because I hard you can read these out of order.

So Bound By Honor is about two rivaling Italian mobs from the east coast
⊱✿⊰ Alicia ⊱✿⊰
5 for the love of Luca stars

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i have never been a fan of arranged marriage but if my parents had set me up with the likes of Luca, well I may well have changed my mind.

From the first page this book grabbed me, written so well all from Arias POV. We get to know Aria when she is 15, when her father high up in the Chicago italian mafia promises her to the son of the boss of the New York Familia. Their partnership is to bring the two families closer so they can fight together against the Bratva an
Jacqueline's Reads
5 Traditional Stars

This is my first Cora Reilly book. I’m on this mafia binge read and the book was free so I thought why not? I was surprised on how good it was. I loved the storyline, the writing flow and I’m so happy there are plenty of books in the series to keep me happy because I will read all of them.

Bound by Honor is a standalone and is part of the Born in Blood Mafia Chronicles. Each book is about two people, a couple forced to marry because of traditional mafia ways.

This is Aria and L
Aug 31, 2019 rated it it was ok
what a joke and what a fucking disappointment this turned out to be. god this was a mistake!! im actually ashamed ive read this.

the hero - and it breaks my heart bcs he was the reason i wanted to read this book. i was so intrigued by him when i read the camorra chronicles. i dont even know what to make of him after what id just read.

the heroine - she was portrayed as gutless, meek, and inconsistent. i mean, get a life!! dont just stand there moping and do nothing. get angry and stop
Norah Una Sumner
2.5 stars

Free on Amazon for Kindle.

I could've maybe give this book three stars but after thinking about it and after reading the third book... nope. Just nope. Two stars is the perfect rating. Haven't even thought about how weak of a character Aria is after reading the second and third book. Come on, the girl spends all of her time in her house and literally says no to going to college. Okay. That's fantastic. At least Valentina wants to work and Gianna... well, Gianna is a whole different story
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