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Bound for Life (Bound to the Bad Boy #1)

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I sacrificed everything for her. When I saved her from the mafia, I traded my freedom for hers. I’ve never regretted it. Never looked back. I cut her out of my life to keep her safe. She never even knew what I traded for her.

I did everything I could to protect her from the retribution of the Italian Mafia, but it wasn’t enough. They’re after her again, and all that
Paperback, 300 pages
Published August 1st 2017 by Pathforgers Publishing
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    Lynn Thinking out loud
    OMG... This book was brilliant!!!
    Let me tell you, Bruno kicked some serious ass. WOW!!!!! Serena wasn't bad herself. She didn't let anything bring her down. She rolled with the punches. Man I can't believe that ending. Alexis how could you do that to us?
    I would highly recommend this book.
    I voluntarily read an advanced copy of this book.
    Jul 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
    An attention grabber with Mafia hit-men, drama, suspense, danger, sizzling chemistry, explosive hot sex scenes and so much more.
    I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book.
    Samm Lynn
    Jul 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
    WARNING - THIS BOOK ENDS IN A CLIFFHANGER (no mention is made in the blurb it just says that it is book #1 and should really be labeled as Part #1)

    As usual, Alexis Abbot writes a great story.

    I enjoy this writer's style and stories. The characters are three dimensional and are put into fairly reasonable situations. As it is a mafia book, there is a fair amount of violence. There is plenty of hot sex but there is actually a good story weaving everything together.

    The story was a little confusing a
    Mary Clark
    Aug 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
    This author always writes such intriguing and rivetting stories and this one is no exception, although it is part of a trilogy. Right from the off, book one pulls you into an amazing storyline that only draws you in deeper, and then concludes in an exciting cliff-hanger. This is certainly a book I would have no hesitation in recommending.

    Mafioso; that word had cast a darkness over Bruno’s childhood. Now an important twist of fate brings Serena and Bruno together again years after the horrors tha
    Denise H
    Jul 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
    I receive an Advanced Readers Copy in exchange for my honest review.

    Good Mafia read. Alexis Abbott knows how to write Mafia where the scenes jump off the pages. Each page you turn, you can feel yourself more immersed in that world; the daily struggles to stay alive, always watching your back, never feeling truly safe even from those closest to you, steamy romance, passion, gun and knife fights, and risking it all for those you love to keep them safe. Needless to say there is a lot of action/susp
    Julie Kirby
    Aug 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
    This is my debut with Alexis Abbott's work and flipping heck was an introduction.

    As I'm sat here writing this I'm firing on adrenaline. What a cliff hanger, but then being part 1 of a trilogy that should have been expected, although it was still a shock, and what a blinding start to a new series. I can't wait to get my hands on the next in this Bound to the Bad Boy Series.

    This was y 2nd Mafia related book in as many days, I wasn't really sure if I would like Mafia stories, but the two I have jus
    Aug 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
    From the first pages to the last my heart was pounding as I read this book. Bruno and Serena knew each other when they were younger and we don't get their full story of what happened when they were younger but there are hints as to what they meant to each other. Years later another group is encroaching on the mafia's territory that Bruno is a part of and Serena's store just happens to be a part of it. He has watched over her in the dark and until the new group makes a move on her store and her, ...more
    Aug 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
    This is Book #1 in the Bound to the Bad Boy series, something I was not aware of during my reading and leaves in a cliffhanger but not knowing was my mistake. Just be fair warned that the ending will leave you gasping for more and yelling WTF at the last word. That being said, this was a very well-written book that had me captivated from the first few words. This is the story of Serena and Bruno, yea, typical Mob guy name but Bruno is not your typical mafia hit man and like Serena, I don't think ...more
    Jennifer Pierson
    Aug 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
    Bruno gave up his life to the mafia when he decides to save Serena, and he's never regretted it. Except maybe when cutting her out of his life to keep her safe, but even that's up for question, as he would rather not have her than for her to be unsafe. Now after some time has passed, it seems that she's once again in the crosshairs of the Italian Mafia, so he inserts himself back into her life. Serena has closed her mind to the threats of the mafia, and even to her hero, although she never stopp ...more
    Aug 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
    Another “Bad Man” who will Absolutely Steal your Heart!!!

    I’m still not sure how Ms. Abbott does it…. Whether a member of the Mafia, or a Hitman (check out her Hitman series); she can take a man we “should” greatly dislike, humanize him, make us feel for him and find the tender person beneath the frequently scarred and tattooed exterior.

    Our two main characters were close when they were much younger; when they meet again Serena does not immediately recognize the now-grownup Bruno. We are catapulte
    Elysian Fields
    Aug 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
    If there is one thing this author knows how to write it is mafia books. She has the ability to suck a reader into her world and make them experience the characters first hand. This book was amazing in its ability to fulfill all the requirements if a captivating action packed romance story.

    Serena is working in her store when a man comes in and demands from her. She has had interactions with the mafia before and at the time she was rescued by a man she could never forget. This time she wishes he w
    Jackie D
    Well, that just happened!

    I love Alexis Abbot's mob men! Yeah, that is not weird at all.. Anyhoo- somehow she has this unique ability to make me love, dislike, and feel sorry for the H's all at the same time - EVERY TIME .
    This first book in what looks to be a drama action packed hotter than Hades series gave us the background on Bruno and Serena, lays out the other characters roles and provides such an impressive tale of the passion renewing love rekindling between the two that had been lost eve
    Linda Barrett
    Jul 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
    Alexis Abbott is my go to author when I want some dark brooding mafia goodness to read.
    Bound for Life is a fantastic 4.5 star book that will have you completely hooked from the first chapter and have you sitting on the edge of your seat throughout.
    This story is extremely well written and definitely packs a powerful punch.
    I absolutely love Alexis Abbott's books and I loved this story so much but omg the ending had me screaming out loud.
    I need book two in the series like yesterday.
    What a fantastic
    Dawn Myers
    Jul 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
    This book grabbed my attention from the start and kept it through till the end. This is an on the edge of your seat page turner. There is a lot of action, suspense and very hot sex. I love Bruno even with the job he does for the mafia. He fits the name Bruno, he's rough, tough takes no crap from anyone. Yet he has a loving, caring side for Serena. There is no question in my mind he would die for her. Serena is smart, strong and is doing everything possible to make her shop a success. Put Serena ...more
    Aug 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
    OMG Alexis has a 10 star book with this one. I absolutely love Serena and Bruno, they are amazingly sexy, combustible and explosively HOT!!!
    Serena is the daughter of a ex-mafia family. She is trying to take care of her mother and run a family homemade soap store. When another mafia syndicate is coming around for shakedowns she stands her ground.
    Bruno is mafia enforcer with the Costa. He decides to check in on Serena who was his girlfriend in their teenage years. He finds out that the Cleaners ar
    Monica Randau
    Aug 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
    I have to say that I have not read a whole lot of mafia romance books but I really enjoyed this one. I felt like I was really immersed in the mafioso world. There is plenty of action and plenty of hot chemistry between the two main characters Bruno and Serena. After a neighboring gang steps over into the family Bruno is a part of, he will do anything that he can to protect a long lost love. Serena is a hard working woman who is trying to keep her family business together after the death of her f ...more
    Leslie Sanchez
    Jul 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
    If bad boys are your weakness, Bruno and his love for Serena, should fill the bill. This bad boy enforcer has never had eyes or real feelings for anyone but Serena, an ex-mafia princess. When her father died, Serena and her mother lost their mafia standing I was impressed with Serena's sense of responsibility and her ability to take care of her and her mother. Bruno arranged for their safety from the "family's" enterprises years ago. So when another mafia family tries to to take "protection" mon ...more
    Chrissy Cameron
    Aug 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
    Alexis Abbott didn't make me just fall for bad guys she made me fall in love with Hitmen,

    Alexis Abbott didn't make me just fall for bad guys she made me fall in love with Hitmen, the ones that get the job done too the only time their attention is diverted is when a beautiful woman they can't fight away gets in their line of site making their guns useless weapons for these woman don't know they control their thoughts continuously. It's definitely another book that Abbott pulls you into the pages
    K. Smock
    Aug 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
    This is the first book in Alexis Abbott's new series. There is Bruno, a hitman for the mafia. Then there is Serena, who used to be a mafia princess. If the mob wants something done, they end Bruno. When Bruno hears about a new gang moving in on their turf , he investigates and find they are after Serena's store. Serena was a princess until her father was killed and her mom lost everything trying to keep things going. She owns and runs a soap store. Everyone knows her store is off limits and to j ...more
    Moon Reviews
    Aug 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
    "I am voluntarily reviewing an advanced copy of this manuscript"
    A MUST READ!!!! No one does mafia romances like Alexis Abbott!!!! And "Bound For Life" is my new favorite!!!!! Very well written, with a very interesting and exhilarating story, wonderful and sexy characters, this book is utterly addictive!!!!!! Enthralling from page one and ending with a crazy cliffhanger, it is impossible to put it down!!!! Beware of the massive book hungover and the crawling obsession as I am aching for the secon
    Laila Petersen
    Aug 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
    This story has all from mafia, drama, passion, hot scenes, alpha males to lots of emotions and unfortunately a Cliffhanger.
    I am impatient when it comes to my romance stories, so I hate that it has a cliffhanger but luckily there is going to be a second book so we get to know more about the main characters. But please mention it in the blurb so the reader knows it.
    Alexis Abbott has an amazing way of writing about mafia, drama and action. She is also a master in romance and chemistry. I just love
    Louise Hallett
    This is a well paced story, filled with plot twists, steam and suspense. The prose flows smoothly, although I did spot a couple of continuity errors in one sex scene and is easy to follow. There is a good balance of dialogue, thoughts/feelings and descriptive elements.

    The pace was good and the book had plenty of action. Although a couple of the sex scenes felt a little long they were very hot and tastefully written, there were no crude words/phrases to make me cringe. The characters were develop
    Sharon Richmond
    Jul 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
    Recommends it for: Nook books and More Blog
    Recommended to Sharon by: Advanced Reader Copy
    Bound for Life (Bound to the Bad Boy) (Volume 1) (Paperback)
    If you've got a few hours to sit back and relax, then you need to go and grab this book. Seriously it's a Great Page Turner of A Story!! Such a rush. Wow.

    Mafia men, Turf wars, Shakedowns, Set-ups, and of course Passion. Hold on for a wild ride with this one. Sweet.
    Brueno and Serena set this book on fire finding their way back to each other.
    Omg, now I can't wait for the next book!!!

    Mature readers 18+, Strong language and sexual content.

    Aug 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
    This book starts out good, then gets really good, and then gets great. As you read it, it just keeps getting better and better. I am not into that many mafia books, but I am into this one, especially Bruno. According to him, "the only family I'm interested in protecting is my own, not the mobsters we work for." I also really like Serena too. She does not just cow down, and let Bruno do all the saving. She is a very strong woman.
    This book has lots of action, suspense, and some of the hottest se
    Bookbytch5 janet Gray
    Omg loved it, Alexis another great story, This the first book in the Bound Series, This book grabbed my attention from the start and kept it there till the end. There's plenty of drama, suspense, action. The story about Bruno and Serena they have chemistry that is HOT. This book has it all! Loved it, If you love your Mafia books Alexis is your go to girl.A must read you won’t be disappointed, I voluntarily reviewed an advanced copy.

    Jul 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
    I did not know what to expect when I first started reading the story of Bruno and Serena. Once I started I couldn't stop reading. It has everything packed into one. Action, suspense, love, and butt kicking! The story behind Bruno and Serena is once in a life time and so strong that you can't help but want to know how it all ends for them. It was so addicting that I couldn't even stop for a second, I had to know how it ends. I highly recommend this book to read I can guarantee you will love it!
    Kerry Boulanger
    Aug 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
    I received this book in advance for a voluntary honest review. I love Alexis Abbott's books. I didn't realize this was book one of s trilogy, but now I can't wait for the next book. Bruno and Serena are destined to be together. Everyone Bruno has ever done with the Italian mafia had been to protect Serena. He tries to keep his distance, unwilling to taint her with the blood on his hands, but fate has her way. It's a great story that will leave you bouncing on your toes waiting for book 2, it's t ...more
    Viper Spaulding
    Aug 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
    Mafia men are the ultimate book bad boys, and Alexis Abbott really knows how to write them. This book will grab you by the collar, slam you against the wall, and won't let go until you're left gasping for breath and begging for more. Yes, this book ends on a nail-biting cliffhanger, but it's well worth the suspense. Action-packed, fast-paced, hot and steamy - this book has everything we want in an epic mafia romance. Bruno and Serena are one of the best couples I've read this year. Can't wait fo ...more
    Terry Moskowitz
    Aug 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
    This book is a mafia book, in other words the heat is hot, there is fighting, and killing as to be expecting. If this is not your cup of tea than please move on.
    Serena thought she was finally free of the mafia until they showed up at her store. They want money that she doesn't have. She never expects Bruno to come and save her. THe action and heat is this book is hot and not only is Bruno a badass so is Serena. No matter what happens she always fights her way out.

    This is a cliffhanger, looking f
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    Alexis Abbott is a USA Today & Wall Street Journal bestselling author who writes about bad boys protecting their girls! Pick up her books today and find yourself transported with super steamy sex, gritty suspense, and lots of romance.

    She also writes as Alex Abbott for her erotic thrillers and contemporary romance.

    She lives in beautiful St. John's, NL, Canada with her amazing husband.


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    “Sometimes, someone can enter your life and remind you just how much you’ve been missing out on. Bruno was mine once, and nothing in the world has ever compared to the thrill of belonging to him.” 3 likes
    “Before we can even make it all the way up the stairs, Bruno pushes me against the wall, leaning in close over me. His chest is heaving and I can tell that he’s working as hard as he can to control himself, to stay level-headed. It’s a thrill to think that he’s as intoxicated by me as I am by him.” 2 likes
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