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Bound for Life

(Bound to the Bad Boy/Killer Trilogy #1)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  392 ratings  ·  146 reviews

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 th
Paperback, 300 pages
Published August 1st 2017 by Pathforgers Publishing
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Natalie ✩★ The Biblioholic ★✩
You know those goosebumps you get when you meet a hero that touches you just right? He's got you all tingly and smiling for no damn reason? That's Luca. Italian-born, this man rose up through the ranks of the mafia. He was the go-to guy when you needed things done and done right. He was lethal, cunning, cold and deadly. But for as much wrath as he had for the enemies of la famiglia, his heart and soul belonged to the girl of his past. Serena owned him and he had claim over her. Teenage lovers, t ...more
May 16, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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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’s standing between her and the darkest fate imaginable is me.


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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
Sep 14, 2017 marked it as to-read
Romance fans! Review copies of this complete series can be requested here: [closed - other review opportunities found here] ...more
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.
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
Madeline ❤️ Romance Bibliophile ❤️
For a mafia romance, this came off a little too light for my liking. Luca and Serena didn't once talk about their history together, just fell straight back into their old romance. It was obvious they loved each other, but everything from Luca's one lesson on fighting, sex scenes, and threats from Lorenzo just fell flat a were pretty cheesy. I found myself skimming through at least a third of the book. I'm not planning on reading the rest of the series. ...more
Jul 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Had me hooked from page 1! I love this writer and have read most of her books already. They just keep getting better. Would love me some Bruno, wow!! This book does end on a cliffhanger but hopefully we won't have to wait long for book 2!!

I voluntarily read an ARC of this book and this is my honest review.
N.N. Light
Sep 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Addictive, dark romance. Gave me chills.

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My Rating: 5 stars
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Killer for hire formally known as Bound for Life is an awesome book! Alexis Abbott is well known for her Mafia romance books. A great author.
This is the first book of the trilogy. Main couple is Luca and Serena. This does end on a cliffhanger so you know but all three books are available.
Serena and Luca must have been in some form of a relationship before but something big happened and they haven't seen each other since until the store she owns and operates by herself is in the sights of a new u
Nov 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
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received for honest review
Non stop action packed romance for mafia loving readers. Drama, suspense, danger and excitement on every page. Some of it maybe over the top but it works for this story. When the mob is involved, who can you trust? the odds are stacked against Bruno and Serena. They have to fight mentally and physically to give their love a chance. Bruno is the ultimate alpha. He is reckless and goes head first into danger to protect Serena. He laughs in the face of danger. Serena can h
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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
Jessica Mitchell
Jul 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Bound For Life
Alexis Abbott

This story will capture you with the very first page. You definitely won't be disappointed with this Mafia style story. Hitmen, drama, sizzling hot sex scenes and more.

Bruno is a hitman for the mafia. You want the job done all you have to do is call Bruno. Keeping his turf safe from the infesting gangs that keep popping up. The biggest example is the Cleaners. They are getting to big for their britches and trying to claim turf that's not theirs. Plus with his girl bac
Louise H  -  ⭐ Life in the Book Lane Reviews ⭐
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
Alice Malary
Aug 17, 2017 rated it it was ok
received for honest review from Goodreads...

THIS BOOK ENDS IN A CLIFFHANGER...The story was a little confusing.. Cliffhanger right in the middle of a scene,but then being part 1 of a trilogy wait and see...
Jul 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received this Advance Reader Copy & am voluntarily leaving a review. I liked Bruno & Serena's story. There was so much going on that I got pulled right in. Good book!!! ...more
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
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
Rachel Reads Romance
Mar 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
h: Serena
H: Bruno
(Dual POVs)

I thought this book was pretty well balanced in action/ suspense and steamy sex scenes. The writing was easy to read, although some word choices seemed a bit funny to me. For instance, the use of the word 'honey'. It didn't ruin the book for me but just made me giggle from time to time. There was a few things about this book that didn't really scream mafia to me.. Like taking a trip to the aquarium. Don't get me wrong, I really enjoyed the aquarium scene and the deepe
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
Lexee Toste
Sep 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a great read! I really enjoyed the story and the characters. Heads up though, it does end on a cliffhanger. This story drew me in from the beginning and I need more. Bruno and Serena were together as teenagers. Serena was the mafia princess but her world was changed drastically when her father was killed. Bruno saves her and in doing so, enters the mob life to keep her safe and off limits to the current people in power. Serena doesn't know all these details, she just knows that he saved ...more
Kat Ryker
This was a laborious read. Plain and simple. I forced my way to the end and wonder how it ended up with so many five star reviews. They certainly didn't review because of the story.

I wish there had been less mafia and more good writing in this book, but you get what the author is capable of. In this case, the book is long, a lot longer than I thought it would be. Yes, the "hero" if you could ever call him that is hot, but honestly, hot is easy to write. It is the character under the hot that I w
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
Sep 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Mafia Enforcer

Another great read from Alexis Abbott. Her mafia books are filled with action, danger, intrigue and suspense. The characters are relatable and the pacing is perfect to bring you to the edge of your seat, and glued to the pages until the end.

Bruno Lomaglio is an enforcer for the mob. He left Serena DeLaurentis behind years ago. All for Serena’s protection, only she never realized the extent of Bruno’s sacrifice until he appears again in her life years later. It was understood becaus
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