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Bound by Honor (Born in Blood Mafia Chronicles #1)

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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 at eighteen, the day Aria has been dreading for years
ebook, 323 pages
Published December 14th 2014 by Smashwords (first published December 6th 2014)
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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 Temptation
Book 5: Untitled

Sasha elle a.k.a. Mrs. Liam Callahan!
Apr 12, 2015 Sasha elle a.k.a. Mrs. Liam Callahan! 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 in
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
Aug 25, 2015 Brandi 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. At
Lady Gabriella of Awesomeness
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 in th
Jennifer Kyle
Jul 03, 2015 Jennifer Kyle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.75 Stars


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 the young virgi
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 of t
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 decided
Sep 23, 2015 JLC marked it as ones-for-jlc-to-stay-away-from

This book has a BIG NO-NO for me.

I copied an exert from a poster's comment on the Amazon threads as to what:
(view spoiler)
NiCoLeTa E.

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
Feb 18, 2015 ღTierraღ rated it it was amazing
Aria Scuderi

Luca Vitiello

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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 that
Jan 19, 2016 Cristina rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Cristina by: Snow
Shelves: favorites, mafia-men
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 ma
Cora Reilly
Jul 08, 2015 Cora Reilly rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
BARGAIN: Bound By Honor is only $0.99 right now, so grab your copy before the price goes up again!
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ATTENTION: Just a reminder if you leave a review on amazon, B&N, Smashwords, iTunes or Kobo and send me the link to reilly.cora(at)rocketmail(dot)com then I'll send you a few scenes from Bound By Honor from Luca's POV!!!!

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May 10, 2016 Khadidja rated it liked it
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)
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!
Dec 29, 2014 Katie rated it really liked it
4 born in blood, sworn in blood stars


"...I knew a normal person would have run from Luca, but i'd grown up among predators"

What I loved:
-LOVED the action in this book!! It was definitely a mafia romance book through and through!
-As much as I didn't agree with a lot of Aria's decisions, I did like her character a lot. I love how family centered she was and how she took her situation (marrying Luca) and made the best of it.
-Aria's sister, Gianna, was hands down my favorite character. She was hilar
Elise ✘ a.k.a Ryder's Pet ✘
Re-read: 22.07.2016
Still good, but still something missing to make this great...
My casting:

Rate: 4/3 stars.
Jan 07, 2016 Lainey 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
Jan 04, 2016 Sabrina rated it really liked it
4.5 'You are mine' Stars

At fifteen years old Aria is given to Luca Vitiello to be his bride and to close the gap between two mob families. Their wedding is set for when Aria turns eighteen so for three years she waits to seal her fate as a pawn in her father's game.

Luca and Aria marry in a lavish wedding with both of their families present and tie the two together in the name of marriage. Aria doesn't want to the wife of the next in line to be Capo dei Capi and certainly doesn't want to be boun
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
It could've had a better rating than 2 stars.
(view spoiler)
Aside from the spoiler, Aria tends to be more on the submissive side which is fine if you're into that. I am not. So I was quite disappointed.
All in all, taking into account this is my first read from this author and taking the spoiler to the side, i
4.5 stars

When I think about what the books I like the most have in common, the first thing that springs to mind is good writing. I think I loved this book here mostly because of that. For me, good writing is simple but not simplistic, it flows, it is easy to read and it never has you bored with endless descriptions or unintelligible sentences. And that's all I can ask really, because I read for fun. It's something I do to relax and the last thing I need is something too complicated.

But there's m
Yomi Milanesa
Jul 12, 2015 Yomi Milanesa rated it really liked it
Rating Clarification: 3.5 stars

This doesn't compare to my all time favorite mafia book (Sempre by J.M. Darhower) but it was an enjoyable read.
◊♦ Naomi
2.5 stars

After reading Vincent, I wanted to read something in the same genre but maybe a bit darker and I thought this book would do it. It almost did but not quite.

The heroine was just too stupid to fucking live and the hero disappointed me (view spoiler).

The story could have been great, it started off pretty well actually but then the heroine was too annoyin
Jenny - TotallybookedBlog
Nov 11, 2015 Jenny - TotallybookedBlog rated it really liked it

1/2 Stars

“Born in Blood. Sworn in Blood. I enter alive and I leave dead.”

If you follow our blog you’ll know we absolutely LOVE our mafia books. There’s just something quite irresistible about these dangerous and criminal men who have our hearts passionately racing. We love the gruesome nature, the traditions and the absolute bastardly characters. So when we stumbled across this series we just knew we had to read it. We just couldn’t put this book down. It’s one of those times where it’s so wrong
Jul 20, 2015 Cécile rated it it was ok
Comment dire ? (attention petits SPOILERS)

En gros c'est l'histoire de Aria, jeune fille de 15 ans qui se voit promise au fils du mafieux le plus important des USA.
Elle a beau ne pas vouloir de cet homme et de ce destin, le livre commence lors de son mariage avec Luca, à ses 18 ans.

Pour résumer l'histoire :
- Luca est beau, fort, et dangereux. Vraiment dangereux. Et il a tué la première fois a 11 ans. Bref il est dangereux quoi.
- Aria est belle. Très belle. La plus belle de Chicago et de
really, really, really fucking good. extremely unsatisfying because it ended. i definitely NEED more of these characters. the ending was abrupt, but i think we will get more of them for sure in the third book? we better. and an extended epilogue too, please and thank you while you're at it Ms. Reilly. i think i should hate Luca, but i really, really don't. he's got his asshole moments - several of them, in fact - but fuck, do i still love him. and holy fuck, Matteo and Gianna? That'll be positiv ...more
Dee's Reading nook
I've heard so many great things about this series so I had to give it a go!

Luca and Aria's story was the way I love mafia stories to go down ...with duty of family, obligation of the oath, and a lot of angst in between. Oh, let's not forget the turf wars as well as the off- the- chart sex scenes ! I was so pleased with book one that I am off to the next one.

Loved it!

4.5 dutiful stars ****.5

Not too shabby at all! I don’t want this to sound underhanded, but I was pleasantly surprised by this one. I was desperate for it to be good, given that ive not come across a book that’s really gripped my attention for a while now, and it was good!

I would class this as a dark-mafia-romance, between Aria (the daughter of the head of the Chicago crew) and Luca, the future Capo in New York. Their marriage is arranged when Aria is just 15 years old, a tactical move on both sides to strengthen the tw
Gitte - TotallyBookedBlog
Nov 11, 2015 Gitte - TotallyBookedBlog rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015

1/2 Stars

“Born in Blood. Sworn in Blood. I enter alive and I leave dead.”

If you follow our blog you’ll know we absolutely LOVE our mafia books. There’s just something quite irresistible about these dangerous and criminal men who have our hearts passionately racing. We love the gruesome nature, the traditions and the absolute bastardly characters. So when we stumbled across this series we just knew we had to read it. We just couldn’t put this book down. It’s one of those times where it’s so wrong
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Other Books in the Series

Born in Blood Mafia Chronicles (6 books)
  • Bound by Duty (Born in Blood Mafia Chronicles, #2)
  • Bound by Hatred (Born in Blood Mafia Chronicles, #3)
  • Bound by Temptation (Born in Blood Mafia Chronicles, #4)
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“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.” 43 likes
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