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Goodreads Choice Award
Nominee for Best Romance (2020)
An Arranged Marriage Standalone Mafia Romance.

The first time Cassio met his fiancée, she called him ‘Sir’.

After losing his wife, Cassio is left to take care of two small children while trying to establish his rule over Philadelphia. Now he needs a mother for his children, and someone who can warm his bed at night.

But in a traditional world as his, choosing your wife is duty not pleasure.

Rules have to be followed. Traditions heeded.

That’s how he ends up with a woman—a girl barely of age. She might not be what he and his children need, but she’s wicked lovely and a sweet temptation he can’t resist.

Giulia always knew she’d marry a man her father chose for her. Only she never expected to be given to someone much older.

Suddenly she’s supposed to be a mother to two small children when she hasn’t even held a baby in her life.

Giulia quickly realizes that Cassio isn’t interested in a relationship on equal footing. Her mother always warned her that men of power like Cassio don’t tolerate insolence; yet, tired of being treated as a nanny and clueless child-bride, Giulia decides to fight for her vision of a happy family.

292 pages, Kindle Edition

First published March 10, 2020

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365 reviews7,058 followers
March 1, 2021
this is the most "chill" mafia book i've ever read.

why you ask?

well, let's just say this did NOT give me stress, it did not make my blood pressure go up, i didn't wanna smack anyone in the head and throw hands, i didn't yell at the characters for being idiots, etc. so you bet your ass i was relaxed as hell, drinking a cup of tea while snuggling under my blankets reading this.


and you know what else? it did not have any stupid OW drama/scene, stupid cheating drama, and no douchebaggery and dumbassery (well maybe a little bit). so yeah, the best way to describe this book is it's just really c h i l l.

im not really into mafia but the tropes here (age-gap, arranged marriage, and single dad with cute kids) are just *chef's kiss*. like this is the shit i live for. but did it work tho? mehh. it was ok.

— Cassio Morretti (H):
“I was dead inside, going through the motions of every day, living for work, for building a future for my kids. While doing that I forgot about the present, about living. You showed me how important it is to live in the moment, to experience my children’s life and not just plan for their future.”

this dude belongs in the 50s/60s era because he made his wife, the h, do EVERYTHING at home. he just really annoyed me in the beginning because he just kept saying "Giulia is a teenager", "teenager is Giulia", blah blah blah. he also tried to force the h to dress up the way HE wanted to and he was mean to his pet dog! no one is gonna be mean to a dog. nuh uh. BUT i did like his development tho. he was actually pretty sweet and affectionate to his wife from the beginning which i found surprising since he's supposed to be the most ruthless Underboss but i didn't really get that vibe.

— Giulia Rizzo (h):
“I won’t become someone else only because you don’t like who I am. You chose to marry me. You can’t form me into the wife you want. You can’t control everything, even if you think you have to.”

now this bishh... i really liked her! she stood up for herself against Cassio whenever he would try to change her, she was so wise, kind, and smart, she was really good to the kids, and honestly this girl did everything and she was the one doing all the fighting let's be real here. so whenever she stayed her true self and never changed for anyone i was like

what didn't work?
the development was there and i thought it was good but not believable?? at least in Cassio's side. i believed in Giulia's feelings but not really Cassio's since his pov almost seemed so emotionless to me. and when he finally said "i love you" i was like whaaat? when—? so yeah the chemistry didn't really work for me because of this and their romance was just meh. and the beginning where they did the "bloody sheets" tradition? yeah... let's not talk about that. it was NOT romantic or sexy at all.

and this is really small but i wish there were more cute scenes with the kids !!! when i heard this was gonna have kids in them, i was so excited cuz kids in books are 100000x cuter than in real life but there was just a little bit here. however when Daniele called Giulia "mom"? I FELT THAT.

* * *

anyways, this book was, again, very c h i l l because 80% of this book is the MCs doing mundane things and im not complaining because im a sucker for those, though, i know some people would find boring. and there's little to no mafia things going on here but this was still very good and wholesome!

3.5 stars
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785 reviews1,334 followers
March 12, 2020
After finishing Twisted Hearts, I was rather unsure if I want to read this book or continue with this whole series. (Well, not a series what is it even? Since we had two series and now a stand-alone.)
But then I thought that I sort of liked the little glimpses we got on Guilia and Cassio in the Camorra series, so, yeah, I decided to read it.

(Why do I have a feeling that it's pretty obvious what I'm going to say about this book since I started this review with this "Explanation"?)

Anyway, I really liked the first third. It was fun, and I thought "redemption"! Guilia was super fun, one of the best female characters in this whole... thing. She knew who she was; she had personality, hobbies (I'll get more to that later), personal style and opinion.
I enjoyed the push and pull between her and Cassio. It was interesting to see how they would make this work. Plus the situation (Cassio already having two kids) was so different from all the other books in the previous series. It was just the shiny new thing.
Don't get me wrong; I was annoyed by Cassio's behaviour but... at least was not as bland as for the rest of the book.

And the thing I need to say here is that I thought that I disliked Guilia's parents in Kiara's books but let me tell you now that I'm 100 % sure that I cannot stand them even a bit.

But then it started to drag. For multiple reasons.

And the biggest one was that I was not feeling Guilia and Cassio; I did not feel any chemistry between them. In the first third, maybe a bit but then for the rest of the book? No, nothing.
Plus he still kept thinking about her as a child and teen which was killing any chance for some chemistry. And every time he called her "honey"... I just could not, it felt so weird and not fitting.

For me, this is not Guilia's and Cassio's book. It's Guilia's and Cassio's children's book. Because this was a story about how Cassio got the perfect nanny for his kids. You see, she never really held a child before but same for one child crying the first time she held her and the second one acting a bit aggressively the next day she's Mary Poppins! She even got a previously untrained (and clearly neglected) dog to listen to her commands!
Anyway, I do not get what the huge deal was that Cassio needed a wife to care for his children. He just needed a better staff. Like, what sort of staff who cares for the kids was just so bad that they did not go shopping for six months to buy the children new clothes which fits them. (Well, actually only the two-year-old boy had small clothes, somehow the infant had appropriately sized clothes.) You don't need a wife to buy clothes for your children, just get a better staff!

So, Cassio. He's a major idiot. His obsessive and controlling behaviour was way too much. I secretly hoped that Guilia would set all the clothes he wanted her to wear on fire.
Everybody, including Cassio, kept saying how cruel Cassio is but the problem is that we did not really get to see it. Since there was almost no "mafia business" in this book we did not get to see Cassio in working mode and therefore it was just the talk, he certainly did not do the walk.
So, and now to the big plot-twist!

Now to Guilia's hobbies I mentioned earlier. She mentions liking Pilates but not once in the whole book she's seen exercising.
She loves to paint; she brought canvases with her. She sets up a studio and paints once. When she moves in, she mentions adding colour to the kids' rooms, and I expected her to have a bonding scene with the kids where they paint on the walls. Which would totally fit the story and her hobbies would be more than just a farce.

The book ends with a nine years time jump which disconnects the story and the characters. At the moment I found it boring and just dragging.

As for the rating, I'm going to leave it at three stars (rather weak) and only because I rated the Twisted Hearts two stars. And despite my problems with this book, Twisted Hearts was just way worse.
September 22, 2020
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫✨ 4.75 stars

I adored this book! I got everything I wanted and more out of it! It was so sweet with very little betrayal in the main relationship, which is pretty new for a Cora Reilly book.

Giulia was sweet, compassionate, and very likable. I was never annoyed by her and always thought she was very considerate of others.

Cassio was brooding, a little mysterious, and very loving. He was intense, but quite kind towards his wife. I loved that even though he went through so much, he was willing to open his heart up.

I am really excited for new books coming out! I would even love to see a book about Christian and Corinna! Why does Reilly introduce so many people I want to see more of? I will have to wait until 2080 to be able to read them all!

This was such a sweet book and I would highly recommend!!!

I really hope that this book isn’t too similar to Bound by Duty. Unfortunately, I can’t really get over characters being widowers and it makes me sad. It usually makes me feel less guilty for supporting the heroine, who is “replacing” the dead wife, if said dead wife cheated and was awful or it was a loveless marriage.

I hope it is something like that. I also hope that the heroine gets pregnant, not early on in the book, but once she has proved that she is a good mother. I don’t want her to only raise Cassio’s kids or Cassio to not want any kids with her because he has them with his dead wife.

In Bound by Duty, I honestly really didn’t like how still in love with his dead wife the hero was. He never even told Valentina he loved her. I kind of hated the dead wife (sue me) for ruining their relationship, but I had no actual reason, so I felt pretty guilty. I hope that the dead wife was a terrible person and mother, so I actually have a good reason to not like her. I also hope that the marriage didn’t last that long and they don’t have like a dozen kids together... I also wish that the kid(s) warm up to her right away and start calling her mom really soon and honestly like her better than the first wife... I know, I know, kind of cruel, but that is just what I hope for.

I really like the age difference, but I wonder what it is. I know in Twisted Emotions Kiara was nineteen and Giulia should be close to that at the time. In Bound by Love, Luca says that Cassio is four years older than him, but I don’t know what years those books are set in. I am very interested to know because the only big age difference between main characters in these books is between Valentina and Dante and that was a little more than ten years, so I assume since there seems to be a lot of focus on it, that it is a lot bigger of an age gap.

I also hope that although Cassio is a ruthless mob boss, he is super sweet, unlike Dante or Mateo, who never made it to the sweet levels of Fabio, Remo, or Luca.

I am super excited! I love these books and I love that Cora Reilly comes out with so many of them! It is amazing!
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187 reviews286 followers
December 5, 2020
This is me during reading this book

Best plot
I think by far Sweet temptation has the strongest plot I have read from Cora Reilly.
I always seem to have some sort of issues with her plot choice but this one had a really strong storyline.
I will also emphasize this statement Sweet temptation is the closet
all-the-feels type of book I got from CR by far.
So it had

*It made me smile
*made me blush
*made me laugh
*made me angry
*made me cry with happy tears

So what did I say all-the-feels
Also, I rate my book mostly based on my heroes
But in this case the heroine and the kids bewitched me


Her defiance
Her honesty
Her straightforwardness

"I’m grateful I didn’t inherit your ambition. I won’t ever turn my children into pawns in this horrendous game for power. Not Daniele, not Simona, not Gabriel.” I touched my belly. “Because they all are my children, and I’ll fight everyone like a warrior to protect them of the horrors of this world, even if they come in the shape of my own parents.”

I feel like Queen Giulia made all the 18 years old proud out there 😎
If I have to explain her in one sentence then I would say
She is Badass in the most subtle way
I love everything about her.
I have absolutely no complaints
She is the life of this book without any doubt.

MY Love Hate Relation With Cassio

Cassio didn’t smile. He stroked my hair, his eyes following his fingers as they slid down. “Into everything. I was dead inside, going through the motions of every day, living for work, for building a future for my kids. While doing that I forgot about the present, about living. You showed me how important it is to live in the moment, to experience my children’s life and not just plan for their future.”

For more than half of the book, I have resented this guy 🙃
Their first umm...... Sleepover rubbed me in the wrong way and it took me a lot of time to start tolerating his presence in the book.
Not to mention he was super rude towards his "young wife"
But later the explaining of his past happened.

And I finally saw him in a new light, understood his actions.
He is an absolutely amazing father.
I wish I could see more chemistry build up between Cassio and Giulia
But then again he is not really expressive and not really good with his words so in a way it sums up and fits well with the plot.

The kids
Simona and Daniele

If Giulia is the life of the book then the highlight of the book is the kids.
They were so damn adorable 🥺🥺🥺
The real development is the kid's relationship with their parents.
It was full of ups and downs
Not at all hearts and flowers.
The little moments this book have with both Daniele and Simona are precious.

He bit his lip, looking down at the sofa, shuffling his legs.
“Daniele?” I got down on my haunches in front of him, trying to figure out what was wrong. He wrapped his arms around my neck, surprising me. “Hey,
you okay?” I hugged Daniele tightly to my chest, not sure why he needed my closeness but more than willing to give it to him. “Mom,” he whispered. I froze. Cassio tensed, his eyes tumultuous as he watched. Was Daniele thinking of Gaia?
Missing her? I pulled back slowly.
Daniele looked down at my chin. “Can I call you mom?”

Oh my I cried
It is so beautiful

In the end, the book wrapped up beautifully and somehow managed to take a special place in my heart
And I didn't even realize it 🌻

“I told you, I crave something sweet, and we both know you’re a sweet temptation I can’t resist.”

Happy Reading 🌻🌻🌻🌻🌻
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696 reviews1,551 followers
January 1, 2022

I have never been so put off by the word honey before. I don’t know about you but I think Cassio’s dirty talking needs a little work. Preferably from Nicolas Russo because that guy can swing it like no one else does.

Cassio Moretti (31) is the Underboss of Philadelphia and recently widowed. Desperate for a new wife to mother his two small children—he’s too busy being a grump and killing people to change diapers—he agrees on an arranged marriage with Giulia Rizzo who’s a few months shy of 18 and obsessed with all things sunflowers.

The book is set in the same mafia world as the one in Born in Blood Mafia Chronicles. I have only read the first book of that series and it’s enough to make me steer clear of the rest bcs I hate Bound by Honor with a passion. Sweet Temptation focuses not so much on the badass mafia shenanigans as it is on the relationship between our main leads. Don’t expect a lot of gore and action sequences bcs you would be disappointed. This is considerably a light mafia read.

This might not be the best realization of the age gap/marriage of convenience trope in mafia romance this author's ever put out, but this is still a solid read. The progression of the main leads’ relationship is relatively slow and developing through a lot of family time, mundane activities, and frivolous conversations. As someone who’s really into heartwarming domestic scene, this book sufficed it.

I’m not gonna lie, the first 30% to 40% was a MESS. I didn’t like how Cassio and Giulia got into their first intimate scene together on the first night after their marriage. It was highly uncomfortable, absolutely un-sexy, and honestly quite manipulative. I don’t see why he didn’t take the hint Luca gave him. Oh wait, bcs being a gentleman with a little compassion and not shove your little sword inside a frightened 18 year old virgin’s hole is a weakness!

I had a hard time with Cassio’s character, but he redeemed himself in the second half of the book. He’s hard on the outside which is why him calling Giulia ‘honey’ was a little jarring to me. On the other hand, I liked Giulia’s character. She’s the kind of person who knows what is expected of her and instead of being a brat about it, she finds ways to make it work for her.

To sum up, I enjoyed this book despite all the cringe fest. What I adored most about it was definitely all the cute moments with the kids. Aside from the ‘bloody sheets’ tradition, I liked the sunshine/grumpy dynamic between the leads. The book gets a little tedious after the reveal of Cassio’s backstory, but it picks up again a couple chapters during the ending phase.
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949 reviews1,851 followers
March 17, 2020
3.5 ⭐️

Here goes..

- I’ve been waiting for this book for months. I’m a fan of the mafia universe Cora has created and these were characters we got a glimpse of in previous books. There was a sense of familiarity and a need to know more of them. And we did!

- Was it everything I wanted or expected? Yes and No. Yes, because I expected their dynamic to be similar to what I read and No, because I had expectations for more conflict and well, more badass mafia stuff I suppose. But then again, that’s my own failing, because even without guns and bloodshed this was a solid read.

- This is a book that analyses the progression of an unlikely relationship. Heavily influenced by their age (she is barely 18 and he is 31) the characters try to build trust and form a bond. This is set against a mafia background, which means there are constraints placed on them as individuals and as a couple. They didn’t choose each other and the circumstances in which they got married weren’t really welcoming of a romantic scenario.

- The book is not explicit when it comes to violence, I could call it tame in that regard, and as I said before, this is strictly about the relationship between the leads and how it develops over time, so I’m gonna judge it from that angle, because you can’t judge a fish for its ability to climb a tree.

- If you expect certain mafia tropes to appear, don’t hold your breath. I mean, yes, there is talk about the place of a woman in that world, there is constant surveillance and bodyguards for her, and he is often away spreading mayhem or you know counting dough, whatever mob bosses do but apart from that you won't get much else.

- Giulia - the heroine was the opposite of what a virginal 18 year old betrothed to a mafia boss usually is. She took everything in stride. She wasn’t naive nor did she have over the top ideas (good or bad ones) about what her married life or fiancé would be. She had a goal to make herself comfortable in her new life. She didn’t cry or lament, and also didn’t have unrealistic expectations which I think, in the end is what worked in her favour.

- Their whole relationship progressed at a slow, easy pace and we got to see it change through small slice of life moments and seemingly inane conversations which bridged the gap between them. This book was kind of a testament to the fact that you don’t need big catalyst-like dramatic moments for things to advance in the story. There are some slightly dramatic scenes but nothing too much. To some, the whole story might seem hugely anticlimactic because when you read : mafia, age gap, arranged marriage together in a description you think drama but this was more about the ability to make a relationship work against the odds those descriptors bring.

- Both Giulia and Cassio were solid leads. I was surprised at how Cassio was portrayed because there was such a big contrast between his work and personal facade. He was this capable, ruthless guy as a mob boss but at the other end of the spectrum, in his personal life, he was less mature and capable to deal with things than Giulia. I suppose his early examples of how a relationship looked like shaped his attitude. He had no tact in approaching his new bride and kept blaming his own misgivings on the fact that he was a realist whereas she was an optimist.

- On a final note I want to reiterate that this did not read like a mafia story but more like a close look at the progression of a relationship set within that world. This has little to no angst.

- It was good. I enjoyed it. Did it blow me away? No. Is this the kind of thing I would re-read? No.
Twisted Pride and the Camorra mafia still remain my favourites to read about over and over if the mood strikes. Maybe it has to do with the fact that girls there seem to do more with their lives than be housewives in the Camorra. I have nothing against that kind of thing, but I just like it when women are asked about their interests and when they are given proper consideration as individuals (not just their place as a wife) by their romantic interests. I realise they don't ask or try to do anything more either but it still rubs me the wrong way. The Famiglia as opposed to the Camorra mafia, that Cora writes, seems very entrenched in its beliefs when it comes to women and I wish the men would be aware of that and give their partner choices.

This book filled a gap, because now we have the story of two people that intrigued us before. Would I recommend this? Yes, but I would make the stipulation that this is fairly light story, so don’t be fooled by the tags attached to its description.
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1,123 reviews17.7k followers
November 24, 2022
1 star for the kids in this book and the lack of other stars representing the lack of everything else that lacked in this story.

I mean, you can take this review with a grain of salt. Dark/mafia romances are just not my thing. But I’m in this generous mood where I’m giving tropes - is mafia trope? - I previously despised another chance. This also extends to authors who’s first book didn’t work for me. First book meaning the first book I read by them, it doesn’t necessarily mean their first published work.


This book just wasn’t it. It was all so underdeveloped. And the writing felt beyond mediocre.

Am I setting unrealistic expectations when I want dark/mafia romances to have compelling character arcs and violence that’s gruesome but not stupidly gory with a world that’s well-built AND for it to have the best kind of sex scenes?

I think I’m setting the bar just right.

Surprisingly, I still want to read some of the authors work, because generous spirit and all that and see what this mafia/dark romance world has to offer. And to find out once and for all whether it’ll actually work for me or not.
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Author 10 books363 followers
February 2, 2022
Re-read audio style.

Both narrators; Wen Ross and Kai Kennicott are new to me and they both hit it out of the park. Which is great considering it appears they do a lot of books together. I’m definitely looking forward to listening to more of their wonderful voices.

I first read Sweet Temptation about a year and a half ago. I originally gave it 5 stars and I can easily say I loved it as much now as I did then. It���s such an effortless read, full of great characters, spice and just enough angst to keep it interesting.

This one is light on the mafia so if you’re looking for gritty, gory and raw you’re barking up the wrong tree. But if you want good character growth, sweet romance and just all around good feel. You’ve come to the right place.

Original Review

There is nothing sexier then a man who's barely evolved from Neanderthal, caring for a young child. I don't think I could have ever imagined a mafia boss caring for children, let alone changing diapers.

And the emotional roller coaster was crazy good. I laughed, I cried, this is everything I could ask for in a good romance. Plus, I'm really starting to dig these mafia romances.
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485 reviews80 followers
February 3, 2020
Sweet Temptation is hands down a masterpiece and one of the best books Cora Reilly has ever written and I don't say this lightly, trust me, since Twisted Pride has been my top favorite until now. Cassio, Giulia and the kids have stolen a piece of my heart and left a permanent mark on my soul. I had very high expectations for this story and I'm more than happy to report that they've all been surpassed! If you're a huge sucker for the single parent, arranged marriage and age-gap tropes like me then this Mafia romance will be right up your alley. This book can be read as a complete standalone without having any knowledge about Cora's previous work. So if you aren't acquainted with her Born in Blood and Camorra Chronicles series than you will be totally fine picking this one up. But be warned, once you aquire a taste for her great writing style and addictive Mafia bad boys you won't be able to stop. Mark my words!

This must-read is tragic and devastating at times but also heartbreakingly beautiful and deeply touching. Cassio is in his early 30ies when he loses his wife and is now a single parent to his son Daniele and daughter Simona. He knows that he has to remarry since his small children need a step-mother. Choosing a wife as a man in his position is a duty and not pleasure. So Cassio ends up with pretty, lovely but barely off age Giulia who is completely overwhelmed with the situation and the expectations thrown her way. Maybe she isn't the mother-figure his children need, but she is definitely the woman he craves.

This story had a slightly different feeling to Cora's other Mafia books because she put the focus on the main protagonists and their development and growth as individuals and as a couple. There's a mind-blowing huge twist she came up with that left me speachless and with my jaw on the floor.

Cassio Moretti is a Made Man who is refreshingly different. Yes, he rules over Philadelphia with an iron fist and is well known for his brutality and coldness. But that's only his professional face he needs to keep up as an Underboss in order to be respected by his men. At home he is the loving and doting father and caring and loyal husband. He is without a doubt the most compelling hero Cora has ever written in my eyes. His arranged marriage to Giulia was supposed to be a union between Philadelphia and Baltimore and give his children a new mother. But this broken man got so much more out of it than he has bargained for. His new wife's brand of honesty, her patience and understanding have breathed life into him again.

Giulia Rizzo is the proverbial heroine of this story. She showed strength, backbone and willpower. I was deeply impressed by her. Giulia took on a difficult and challenging task for an 18 year old by marrying Cassio knowing that she now had to take care of two small children, warm her much older husband's bed and be the mistress of the house. She didn't have any experience but she was determined to make her marriage work and gain the kids' love and trust. Giulia was very clever and outspoken. She didn't bow down to everything her husband demanded. She chose her battles wisely. In the Mafia world which is dominated by men she had to learn the subtle art of getting her will with a smile and kindness.

I've absolutely adored Cassio and Giulia. These two were made for each other. Two halves of a beating heart. Their interactions with Daniele and Simona, who were both adorably cute, were so endearing and precious. They both loved them unconditionally and never left out an opportunity to show them how much they cared. Their strong family bond made me teary-eyed and emotional!

Sweet Temptation is pure perfection from the first till the last page. I strongly encourage you to pick up this fantastic story and let the intriguing characters put you under their spell. Cora, my queen, I once again bow deeply to you and your unsurpassed talent. I'm giving this gem 6 stars!!!
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402 reviews576 followers
March 31, 2022
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Read #5: 30th March

original review:

Oookayyy.... so its been only 6 day since I first read this book, but honestly it seems so much longer, I mean I expected there to be a difference of at least a month or two but whatever. But maybe its just because I've got a lot of free time and I've been on a reading spree of trying to complete a book every day.

'Sweet Temptation' is a standalone, full-length romance novel by Cora Reilly.

This book revolves around Giulia Rizzo, the young, new wife of the widowed Cassio Morreti who Is also a single father of two adorable children (Danielle and Simona). Cassio is almost twice Giulia's age but he needs a wife to take care of his two small children and a person to warm his bed at night so agrees to marrying Giulia a little after she becomes of age (18).

The first time I met the girl I was supposed to marry, she called me sir.

Cassio doesn't like many things about Giulia and wants her to change. He wants her to dress more 'lady-like' and apply loads of make up so that she looks older. He also tells her to refrain from wearing anything that consists of sunflowers *blasphemy* as he hates how much she loves them. But not soon after he realises that maybe she wasn't what he needed in a wife, but she was good for him and his children and exactly what he craved.

Maybe she wasn't the mother my children needed. But fuck she was what I craved.

I really loved this book and its family dynamics and the mystery surrounding Gaia's death. I am ashamed to admit that this was my first age-gap romance. Which is because I tend to stay far away from them after an atrocious experience with them once. But this book was just so amazing that I started reading more age-romances after, and let's just say I'm a fan, not to mention I was stupid for not trying them before.

Anyhoooo, this book may not be like normal mafia romances with their blood-pumping, exhilarating rides, but I still loved it so very much and I would definitely recommend it. The character development in this book was shown really well.

The way Giulia turned into a mother overnight and how Cassio started getting used to her quirky ways. Again, it may not be like the normal mafia romances but that just made me love it more.
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759 reviews1,393 followers
January 16, 2021
4 Kind of Chaos Stars ⭐

Underboss Cassio Morreti is a widower and a single parent at 31. He may successfully juggle his duties for the Famiglia, but his personal life is a mess. As is the way of the mafia, it is time for Cassio to take another wife purely for the wellbeing of his children, Daniele and Simona.

Giulia Rizzo knows not to question what she's been groomed to become. Joining two mafia families through marriage is an honour and a big deal. Her wishes are irrelevant and her fate has been sealed.

Neither Cassio or Giulia are thrilled with the arrangement. He is practically wedding a child bride, and she is inheriting a much older, formidable husband and two children at 18 years old. This arrangement shouldn't work.

"This ring makes you mine."

Although technically a marriage of convenience, Giulia has every intention of making it more. Where Cassio is unapproachable and distrusting, even he can't deny the difference Giulia is providing. Between Cassio's trust issues, two traumatised children and an out of control pet dog, the Morreti household is a minefield. But they didn't bank on Giulia's commitment.

Giulia was perfect for my kids and me. Maybe because of her age because she was still youthfully optimistic, naively reckless, and daringly unconventional.

She wasn’t what I’d wanted in a wife, but hell, if she wasn’t exactly what I needed.

Giulia has given Cassio a new lease on life. Not only is she repairing his family, their shared passion is making him believe in the impossible. However it doesn't change the fact that Cassio is possessive and accustomed to ruling with an iron fist. Yet he will soon learn that a little patience and a lot of kindness can soften the hardest heart.

Sweet Temptation is my first read by Cora Reilly and I was really pleased with it. Without being overshadowed with too much mafia business, I got to experience the love story developing between Cassio and Giulia. These two couldn't be more unsuited, that I felt the author did a great job in making their marriage real. It was gritty where it needed to be, but the interactions between Giulia and Cassio's two children were the highlight.
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July 20, 2022
4.25 stars

This is one of the best mafia books I’ve read lately. I loved the age-gap, arranged marriage, and of course the kids in the book.

Cassio is an under boss and a single father after his first wife’s death. In his world, you’re married who you’re told and that’s what Giulia has always known. Giulia is barely 18 and doesn’t have any experience with children and suddenly she’s a wife and mother.

I loved watching Giulia with the children, and of course watching her and Cassio fall in love. It wasn’t instantaneous, but when it happened it was well worth the wait. I think what I loved most about this is it wasn’t too ‘mafia heavy’. Don’t get me wrong, there was a good deal of mafia stuff but there was also so much focus on the children and the couple’s relationship. This was a win for me!
Audio book source: Hoopla
Story Rating: 4.25 stars
Narrators: Wen Ross & Kai Kennicott
Narration Rating: 5 stars
Genre: Contemporary Romance (Mafia)
Length: 10h 31m

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48 reviews160 followers
June 12, 2021
This book is so chill and I didn’t expect that but It was fun and a good introduction to Cora Reilly’s books. I was feeling slumpy after my last read because it was so good and I wanted something quick to get me out and this book was in my tbr so I decided to pick it up and read it so fast.

This book is fast-paced everything was so quick and maybe this thing was a little bit annoying I wished that they would take their time to get to know each other their relationship felt a little rushed.

I liked the main character she is so cute and such a bright character and Cassio is the opposite of all of this he’s so grumpy and cold but he cared deeply for her and his children, this is one of the things I adored about this book, Their relationship is grumpy and sunshine.

There was some scene who are weird but I think it made sense at the end of the book. In this book, a lot of the previous characters in Cora’s series makes an appearance and it makes me so curious to know their story like Luca and I think I’ll read all of her backlists. Overall it was an enjoyable read and a quick one I enjoyed it♥️.
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November 21, 2021
3.5 stars

For once I actually liked the heroine more than the hero. Not that the hero did anything to make me like him less, but he was just way less developed than her. His POVs didn't convince me he was in love with the heroine all that much...but I adored his protectiveness towards the heroine and his/their kids.

🌻cute kids/cute dog
🌻age gap (H31, h18)
🌻marriage of convenience
🌻heroine doesn't take anyone's shit
🌻mafia romance (mostly romance based)

Yanno what I absolutely love when the hero acts like he doesn't care of the heroine until she threatens to leave him 🥰

“We’ve had sex once, girl, so the pleasure factor in our marriage has been very limited, and as far as your nanny qualities go, I’m not convinced.”
Her nose tilted up. “Then give me back to my parents, if I’m not satisfactory. Didn’t you stipulate some kind of return in the deal?”
“Over my dead body."

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229 reviews13 followers
September 14, 2022
“Solo tú me haces sentir mejor al insultarme con una simple mirada”

Sweet Temptation es un libro independiente, aunque se encuentra relacionado con todo este mundo de la mafia de la autora. Giulia y Cassio son los protagonistas, ellos aparecen por primera vez en el segundo libro de la serie de la Camorra, ahí aparecen ya con varios años de casados, pero no se les da mucha relevancia. Giulia es prima del capo de la mafia de Nueva York, Luca, y Cassio es el lugarteniente de Filadelfia.

Cassio acaba de perder a su esposa y se ha quedado con dos niños pequeños a los que debe cuidar. Como lugarteniente necesita una nueva esposa, no solo para su compañía sino también para que le ayude con el cuidado de sus hijos, ya que su trabajo le absorbe mucho tiempo.
Giulia es una chica bastante joven, acabó de cumplir la mayoría de edad, esto quiere decir que está en edad de casarse para el mundo de la mafia y como el joven al que estaba prometida falleció, los padres de ella ven una oportunidad de que se pueda comprometer con Cassio. Entonces Giulia no le queda otra alternativa que aceptar y casarse con un hombre mucho mayor que ella (exactamente 13 años), además de que él tiene fama de ser muy cruel y no solo eso, sino que debe cuidar a dos niños pequeños, una experiencia nueva para ella. Cassio no está muy de acuerdo en casarse con ella, esto por su diferencia de edad y porque siente que todavía está muy chica para una responsabilidad tan grande, pero no tiene otra opción y debe aceptarla, aunque su matrimonio haya sido por conveniencia, al convivir pueden ir apareciendo los sentimientos.

Este libro es mi favorito de todos los que he leído de esta autora, me ha encantado muchísimo, Giulia y Cassio me han fascinado, esta es la relación más dulce que he leído de esta serie de libros.

Giulia, la protagonista, me ha gustado muchísimo, ella me ha parecido tan fuerte, valiente, y con un carácter propio. Ella es la protagonista que más me ha gustado de los libros que he leído de esta autora, a pesar de al principio ser tan joven, afrontaba todo con una madurez impresionante y se propone convertir a esa familia desconocida que está muy rota en un hogar feliz. Ella tiene sus convicciones claras, decía las cosas que le molestaban directamente y sin rodeos, su humor es otro punto bastante especial de ella, siempre les sacaba su cosa graciosa a las cosas, es que he amado completamente a esta mujer.

“Solo porque ahora soy tu esposa no significa que todavía no siga siendo yo. No me convertiré en otra persona solo porque no te gusta quien soy. Elegiste casarte conmigo. No puedes moldearme en la esposa que quieres. No puedes controlar todo, incluso si crees que tienes que hacerlo”

Cassio, el protagonista, es un hombre que se muestra frio y duro (como todos los de la mafia), ama con todo su corazón a sus hijos, son la luz de su mundo, aunque Daniele, su hijo de 2 años sienta rechazo hacia él desde la muerte de su esposa, esto es algo que le cuesta un poco. Simona, su hija de 4 meses, se da únicamente con él, le cuesta aceptar a otras personas porque llora. Cuando Giulia llega a su vida, él la ve como un encarte, una “jovencita” sin experiencia, no quiere nada de ella, ni siquiera su amor. Cassio lleva consigo un secreto que lo atormenta y esto hace que centre su atención en su trabajo, con esto deja de lado su hogar, pero poco a poco Giulia va traspasando esas barreras que él ha impuesto y van fluyendo esos sentimientos.

En cuanto a la relación de Giulia y Cassio, me ha fascinado, sus sentimientos fueron apareciendo de a poco, sobre todo por parte de Cassio, que estaba más reacio a aceptarla en su vida, pero la fuerza y la valentía de Giulia se lo impidieron, ella llegó a ese hogar para llenar sus vidas de mucha alegría. Siento que esta es la relación romántica más tierna de esta serie de libros (los que he leído), a pesar de esa diferencia de edad se entendían completamente, como Giulia le sacaba sonrisas a Cassio con su juventud, y con su esencia, esta mujer ella era misma sin importarle lo que pensaran los demás, usaba sus vestidos de girasoles con una seguridad, sus sombreros todos floridos, esto es algo que a Cassio le costaba de ella, pero después entendió que así era ella y que la amaba con todas sus cosas tan extrovertidas.

Otro punto que me gustó es como los niños van a aceptando a Giulia en sus vidas, esto también es algo muy lindo de leer, como ella los llenaba de alegría, sobre todo a Daniele, que lo ayudó muchísimo a abrirse un poco más, ya que desde la muerte de su madre vivía en una tristeza inmensa y no hablaba. Loulou, la mascota de ellos, también es importante en este hogar y esta perrita ayudó mucho a Daniele.

Lo acabo de terminar y es ahora y quiero volver a releerlo, enserio se han adentrado en mi corazón. Siempre me mantuvo queriendo seguir leyendo, es que me lo terminé como en menos de un día, no me pude separar de él y tuve que dejar mis obligaciones de lado, es que este libro se merecía toda mi atención.
Giulia sin duda es la que más se queda conmigo, el personaje estrella para mí de esta historia, amé completamente todo de ella, lucha con uñas y dientes por los que ama, los protege como una leona, y a veces esa insolencia que la caracteriza en muchos momentos me sacaba una sonrisa, además que se hizo respetar y que no iba a cambiar su esencia por nadie, un personaje bastante entrañable para mí.

En conclusión, siento tanto cariño por estos personajes, se adentraron en mi corazón, su crecimiento personal, esa evolución que tuvieron todos juntos, el amor entre Cassio y Giulia que se fue fortaleciendo, la familia tan hermosa que formaron, siempre por encima de todo el amor que se tenían. Me gustó que estuviera contado desde los dos puntos de vista, es algo que necesito que tengan las historias.

“Giulia abarcaba esa palabra “amor”, ese sentimiento, en cada acción, cada sonrisa, cada fibra de su ser”
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548 reviews81 followers
March 2, 2020
Sweet, Spice & Everything Nice ⭐️

Holy Batshit, Robin! Stick a fork in me, I’m done. Cora Reilly did it again. She blew my mind with her Sweet Temptation, as I imagined she would.

I was hooked from the beginning, glued to the pages and wishing it would never end. This book had it all - alpha male hero, brave heroine and the most perfect story.

Cassio Moretti is the Underboss of Philadelphia. Single dad, as his wife recently died.

Luca made him Underboss because the two of them were alike - both irrevocably cruel, pitiless, and built like bulls.”

Giulia Rizzo just turned eighteen when she had to marry Cassio and become a mother to his children.
They weren’t prepared for each other. He hated her bangs, quirky dresses, and her obsession with sunflowers.
She feared him, but stood her ground.

”Maybe because of her age because she was still youthfully optimistic, naively reckless, and daringly unconventional.”

The fourteen years age gap between them soon vanished. Her determination to fix everything and everyone that was broken in her new house, the sassy attitude, the sizzling chemistry they shared since the very beginning are just a few of the things that make this story so incredible.

Everything turns heartbreaking complicated, secrets surface, but it was such an emotionally beautiful experience.
Trust me when I say, this is your next book hangover. You’ll become addicted and left wanting MORE.

This is definitely a standalone, but it would be a pity to miss out all the other Cora Reilly mafia novels. Each one is better than the other!

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1,493 reviews3,630 followers
June 17, 2020
3.5 Stars

Overall Opinion: This started out great for me. I really liked the arranged marriage, the grumpy underboss with the naive girl, and the girl being thrown into being a mother of two. But, then it started having some major time jumps. It skimmed things that I felt were important and lost the opportunity those experiences gave to connect with the characters more. One time jump was even 9 years later! I appreciated that the epilogue was thorough, but at that point it was just mushiness that didn’t feel like it fit with the first part of the book (I mean that mostly with the H’s behavior/thoughts).

Brief Summary of the Storyline: This is Guilia and Cassio’s story. Cassio’s wife is dead and the mob has convinced him to take another arranged wife to become mother to his two young children. Guilia has just turned 18 when she married the man that her dad has deemed one of the cruelest underbosses in the family, but she keeps a positive attitude and performs her expected duty. When things settle after the wedding, Guilia realizes that the whole family is in need of some major healing and she jumps into the job of doing just that. There are some big secrets revealed, some sexy times, and some sweet moments...and they get a HEA ending.

Point Of View (POV): This alternated between Guilia and Cassio’s POV.

Overall Pace of Story: Good. I never skimmed and I thought it flowed well.

Instalove:Not really, but I didn’t understand the quick progress into deeper feelings.

H (Hero) rating: 3 stars. Cassio. I was a little confused by him. It was like he was this tough underboss but then did a complete 180 and turned all mushy...I just didn’t get the change.

h (heroine) rating: 4 stars. Guilia. I liked her. I appreciated she stepped into her role as mother and wife even though she was so young and inexperienced.

Sadness level: Low, no tissues needed

Push/Pull: Not really

Heat level: Hot. They have some hot tension, chemistry, and scenes -- but not so much it takes away from the story.

Descriptive sex: Yes

OW (Other Woman)/OM (Other Man) drama: Not in the typical way

Sex scene with OW or OM: No

Cheating: Not between mcs

Separation: No

Possible Triggers: Yes

Closure: This had a cute epilogue with what I would call a HEA ending.

Safety: This one should be Safe for most safety gang readers
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443 reviews223 followers
September 30, 2020
My god. This is the first mafia romance I’m utterly in love with. First. There’s hardly any blood and gore scenes. It was heavily focused on the love blooming between both protagonist. My heart is filled with admiration of how their love grew. She came into his life and made those children hers. Not an easy task. And my god. The story behind those children. Wow. I’m a bit taken back. I do recommend this Incase you’re interested in mafia romance, less intense with the mafia part and more heavy with the romance.
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367 reviews152 followers
July 28, 2020
I started this book in the morning and finished it at noon. I was eagerly waiting for this book. Did I enjoy it?

The answer is "no"

This book was boring. There wasn't anything exciting happened in the book. I was kind of overjoyed when Cora Reilly informed Guilia will have a book. I thought this book will be cute but it turns out it was extremely boring.

Cora Reilly's book is either hit or miss for me. This book took the latter part. This book was predictable, nothing extraordinary. If you want me to summarize this book in a sentence it would be "A boring age gap romance consist of a single dad". I really wanted to like this book because I liked Guilia when she appeared in Twisted Emotions. That's why I finished this book otherwise I would have probably dropped it.

I immediately knew when Cassio tested Guilia for her loyalty that Gaia cheated. It was an easy guess and I was right. The only surprise in this book was who Gaia cheated with. It was her halfbrother. That was the only thing I didn't see coming. Other than that everything was predictable. If you read the book you will guess the upcoming events as the story progresses. I didn't find any cute scenes in the book as I expected. I didn't find Cassio as dark as I expected. I really liked Cassio's dad, for some reason I think he was right. Cassio's children with Gaia wasn't his own biologically but the product of incest between Gaia and her halfbrother. I know Cassio and Guilia are their parents in every way, blood doesn't matter. Guilia and Cassio are hiding it now but someday I think the children deserve to know. I was glad Cassio and Guilia had another baby, at least a biological baby of their own.

Another thing I didn't like was the bloody sheet tradition. It's a very serious issue and I've heard stories about how it affects girls in numerous countries. In the other books, the main protagonist somehow ditched this tradition but in this book, it happened and I immediately disliked it. I know it's a book and a different universe but still, I didn't like it.

Another major problem of this book is that the characters from other books were nonexistent. That's why I was disappointed because this book didn't have much connection with any previous books, she tried to make it a standalone so it was completely disconnected from the other books especially Camorra. Guilia was introduced in Twisted Emotions which is a part of the Camorra chronicles, I thought there would be scenes from that book or scenes with Kiara but we got none. I think Fragile Longing will also be a disappointment because it's standalone which means the author won't focus much on Camorra while the Camorra is supposed to play a huge part in the book.

I understand why the author is trying to make more standalone books, many readers don't want to read every book in the series, it's a good approach but it didn't work for this book.

This book had high expectations from many who like Cora Reilly's work. I was also one of them. But when the expectation is high the result of failing becomes easy. I think Cora Reilly should take a break or take more time investing in a book instead of jumping from one book another.
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543 reviews51 followers
February 3, 2020
OMG Cora Reilly what have you done to me?!? My feelings are all over the place. I expected a great story from you, after all you're my unquestioned queen of Mafia romance, but with Sweet Temptation you gave me much more than that. I seriously have no idea how you're ever going to top this book, because you've put up the bar so high! I'm in awe of your out of this world talent and how you easily manage to make me so invested in your stories and characters. I was already sold on Sweet Temptation because of the arranged marriage trope with a huge age gap between the two main protagonists. This is not an uncommon occurrence in the Mafia world, because spouses are often strategically chosen and not out of love. Duty might be how Cassio's and Giulia's marriage started, but it turned into something more, something so heartbreakingly beautiful and epic like no story Cora has ever written before.

After losing his wife Gaia, Cassio Moretti is left with two small children to take care for alone. As Underboss of Philadelphia he already has his hands full with ruling over his territory and protecting it from the Bratva. Duty demands that he marries again in order to give his children a mother, so arrangements are made and his bride is chosen. The barely eighteen year old Giulia Rizzo, daughter of Baltimore's Underboss Felix, Luca Vitiello's uncle. But after meeting her for the first time, he's not so sure that he's made the right choice. Giulia doesn't seem to be what he and his children need, even though she's very lovely and smells like strawberries.

Refusing to be only treated as a nanny and available body to warm her husband's bed at night, Giulia is determined to fight for more! Having no experience with small children, she's willing to learn and take good care of them and their father. But the past has thrown a dark shadow over Cassio and his kids, making it hard for them to love and trust. But sweet Giulia is ready to do everything in her power to make her marriage work and her little family heal.

There are not enough words to describe how perfect Cassio and Giulia were together, even though they both couldn't have been more different! Cassio was the serious, proper alpha who had the reputation of being one of the cruelest Underbosses of the Famiglia. He was a man who craved being in control and didn't trust easily. But he had many great qualities too. Once he allowed himself to love someone, he protected and cherished them with all his being. I loved how possessive he was in regards of Giulia. He's not like any other hero Cora has written before! And I loved him exactly because of that.

Giulia was a compassionate, young woman who was strong willed and stubborn if she wanted something. I loved how she didn't put up with Cassio's intimidation tactics and dared to talk back and taunt him! She surprised and impressed him in many ways. Once Cassio dared to open up to her and got a taste of her sweetness, he couldn't stay away from his young wife. Giulia made him feel young, happy and at peace. But the most amazing thing about her was how understanding, patient and loving she was with his children. She was the best thing that could have ever happened to them all!

In case you're wondering if this story is all hearts and flowers, I can assure you it's not. I have to give it to Cora Reilly that she totally surprised me with the direction the story took. I never saw the big surprise coming! My jaw was on the floor and I really needed a moment to grasp what these revelations are going to cause.

Now that I've reached the end of my review, my heart hurts and my soul aches, because I'm so not ready to let Cassio, Giulia and the kids go. I loved little Daniele and Simona so damn much! Thank you dear Cora for creating this unputdownable masterpiece and giving me a new favorite book and couple of yours. I wish I could give this story 10 stars, because this is exactly how much it deserves. Bravo!
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148 reviews493 followers
April 3, 2020
Sooo, I haven’t read a Cora R book since 2015. I only got to book 3 in the bound series ( I DNF book 2 ).

I decided to read this book because It follows the same storyline as the bound series.

One question... what the fuck was this? This book is absolutely horrendous! The actual writing was mediocre and the dialogue felt like a teenager wrote it. The storyline was boring and the two main characters are bland. The gaps in time serves no purpose to the story and I felt like Cora just threw a shit together instead of taking time to work in details. If you’re looking for a good age gap this is not it, there isn’t even chemistry between the two characters.

I know I’m harsh with my reviews but I’m always honest. Yes there are things I liked about the book but sadly the negative things that stood out to me are all I can focus on!

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220 reviews124 followers
March 1, 2020
“Giulia encompassed that word “love”, that feeling, in every action, every smile, every fiber of her being.”

Yes, Sweet Temptation has the arranged marriage trope. But no, this isn’t like any other book Cora has written before. Don’t get me wrong, this is still as captivating and addicting as her other books, but the way she built the characters and the plot was somehow different and more enchanting than usual.

Giulia and Cassio’s relationship surprised me in a good way because they really had to learn how to deal with their differences in order to be a happy couple. The scenes were Giulia was trying to convince Cassio of something were endearing and funny as hell. He was frustrated with her most of the time, but you could see it was just a front because he was actually smitten with her. Their banter was simply amazing and I love that their relationship was light and carefree. Well, as light and carefree as a relationship in the mafia can be lol

Individually, Giulia captured my heart ever since the beginning and now she’s my favorite female character in the BIBMC/Camorra world. She’s just like I imagined she would be: quirky, unique, sweet, funny and so strong. Even though Cassio’s reputation scared her, she stood up to him every step of the way. Giulia knew what kind of relationship she wanted and she never settled for anything less. In a world where women aren’t allowed to stand up for themselves, Giulia’s non-nonsense attitude was truly a breath of fresh air.

My favorite thing about Giulia is that she never changed who she was to fit the “trophy wife” mold. Regardless of what other people thought, she was always sure of herself. Also, I loved that her transition from a teenager without any responsibilities to a young wife and mom happened naturally and effortlessly. Nothing about it felt forced. On the contrary, it felt like she was part of Cassio’s little family all along. Seeing her fighting like a lioness to protect Cassio, Daniele and Simone was everything. She handled every adversity with such grace and patience that it was impossible to not fall in love with her.

I have to say I was worried Cassio would be a 2.0 version of Dante, but thankfully, that didn’t happen. He was ruthless, broody and liked to control every single thing in his life, but you could clearly see that he wasn’t a bad person. He always treated Giulia and his children with the respect they deserved and even when they got on his nerves, he never took his frustrations out on them. The best thing is that he respects them because he loves them with all of his heart and not just because it’s his duty. Furthermore, the way he finally let go of the past and embraced his present and future was incredible. His growth as a husband and father is honestly one of my favorite things about this book.

I also loved that Daniele and Simona weren’t just there to fill the space. They weren’t forgotten at all and actually had more scenes than I thought they would have. That made me really happy because it’s rare to find books where the kids are treated like human beings that deserve love and attention. A nice plus is that their scenes made the book even cuter and emotional. Sweet Temptation wouldn’t be the same without them, that’s for sure.

Overall, I feel like this is Cora’s most consistent book. She found the perfect balance between developing Giulia and Cassio’s characters and their relationship as a couple and as parents. Even though the action scenes only happened towards the end of the book, I wasn’t bothered by it because this is a book focused on their family and how they started to trust and love each other. So yeah, if you like the opposites attract, grumpy/sunshine, age-gap and single parent tropes, check out Sweet Temptation on March 10th.

*ARC kindly provided by the author and The Next Step PR in exchange of an honest review
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2,733 reviews1,296 followers
February 4, 2020

AHHHH!! Sweet Temptation was absolute Cora Reilly perfection!! I was engrossed from the very first page and could not stop reading. Cassio and Giulia were exceptional. This was the perfect single dad, age/gap, arranged marriage, MAFIA story. Reilly completely blew me away because she was able to portray the fiery chemistry between Giulia and Cassio while simultaneously portraying the burgeoning emotional connection between them. This story was pure 5 STAR GOLD!!!! 

Sweet Temptation was edgy, SO SEXY and addicting. We see Cassio Moretti, a newly widowed, single parent to two young children set to marry Giulia Rizzo to help raise his children. But he has no idea that his young wife has her own ideas about what kind of family life she wants to have with her new husband and children and sets to completely rock her older husband's world. 

GAH!!! I can not stop thinking about this incredible book. It was angsty and compelling and filled to the brim with mafia goodness. Fans of Reilly will recognize a fan favorite Capo and some familiar names. I completely fell in love with this standalone story as the author was able to show how the hardened and wary Cassio, falls in love with the young woman he never saw coming. Giulia's love, optimism and quiet strength was a foundation for him to rely on. I can seriously can pages and pages about how I loved this incredible story. Read this today! Bravo! 5 Stars! ~Ratula 
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657 reviews1,279 followers
December 13, 2021
[reread: 11/12/2021]

whatever shit CR was on when she wrote Cassio and Gulia’s book, and Kiara and Nino’s books... girly needs to get back on that shit ASAP before she dares touch Anna and Santino’s book.
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610 reviews873 followers
December 16, 2020
5 stars

Fuck, I loved her, even those bangs I hated in the beginning, even those horrendous sunflower dresses, even when she disrespected me by rolling her eyes. God, especially then. I grasped her cheeks. “I love you too.”
She blinked. Now it was her turn to be stunned. “What… you do?”
“You really have to ask?”
She searched my face with the same disbelief I’d felt only moments before. “Say it.”
“I love you.”
I chuckled. “I love you.”
“I love you too.”

it's crazy to think about but i’m finally caught up with CR’s mafia universe and I loved or enjoyed most of her books in this universe! Cassio (H) and Giulia’s (h) book was a story I never expected to love this much, but I still did. I was kinda hesitant to read this in the beginning cause I heard it was more tame compared to CR's other books (and I do prefer my mafia romances to be quite dark ngl), but I loved every single moment of this book.

Cassio (H):
➴ Cassio surprised me, honestly. I didn't expect him to be swoony, but he actually made me cry a few times in the book (tho I still stand by Luca being the most swoon worthy H in this mafia universe lmaoo). I simply loved his growth throughout the book and you could see the way his past affected his ability to trust and how Giulia was able to, in time, change that for him. It was also lovely seeing him slowly care for her and the way they naturally built being a family. 🥺 oh, and

Giulia (h):
➴ Giulia was such an amazing heroine. She was kind yet strong. She cared, but also knew when to stand up for herself. I loved the way she was able to fit in with Cassio's kids quickly and how, despite having that responsibility at a young age, it was quite obvious she was someone they needed in their lives for the family to be whole again. I just adored her so much, honestly! <3

the romance:
➴ what I loved about their romance was it felt so natural. Nothing felt forced or over the top, the pacing of how and why they fell in love....I believed it by the time they said ily. 🥺💖

favorite side characters:
Christian (Giulia's brother). Please, please I’m hoping Christian will have his own story! idk, I just found him interesting lmao.
Elia (Giulia's bodyguard). I wanna give this dude a hug. He’s so precious and I just? I need a book about him as well! 🥺💘
Gabriel/Daniele/Simona (Cassio and Giulia’s kids). since they’ll be part of the 2nd gen series, I’m curious how things will go down with all the secrets revolving around this family. 🤔 I’m a little nervous but also excited to see what happens in the 2nd gen series and to see more drama/mafia things/romance happening. 😌✨


my personal ranking of all the books in this universe (so far) from most to least fave:

1) Twisted Pride (Remo/Serafina)
2) Twisted Emotions/Bonds (Nino/Kiara)
3) Bound by Hatred (Gianna/Matteo)
4) Sweet Temptation (Cassio/Giulia)
5) Luca Vitiello/Bound by Love (Luca/Aria)
6) Bound by the Past (Dante/Valentina)
7) Bound by Vengeance (Growl/Cara)
8) Bound by Temptation (Romero/Liliana)
9) Bound by Honor (Luca/Aria)
10) Twisted Loyalties (Fabiano/Leona)
11) Fragile Longing (Danilo/Sofia)
12) Bound by Duty (Dante/Valentina)
13) Twisted Hearts (Savio/Gemma)
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October 7, 2022

Hace muchísimo tiempo que no me pasaba eso de empezar un libro y sin cerrarlo terminarlo en medio de lo noche. Literal lo empecé como a las 10:30 pm y lo estaba terminando a la 1:30 am. En ningún momento lo puse de lado, ni dejé de leer. Simplemente seguí y seguí hasta leer la última página en blanco.

No soy mucho de leer historias de mafia, porque suelen ser más tóxicas de lo que estoy acostumbrada. Pero Cassio no fue para nada lo que yo esperaba y es que yo AMO a esos hombres en los libros. Que para el resto del mundo son lo peor, pero dentro de la casa son un muffin. Bueno Cassio no era un muffin, pero si era un amor de hombre.

Me encantó la importancia que tuvieron los hijos de él es la historia. Me enamoré de ellos, sobre todo de Daniele, que hermoso bebé. Yo quería abrazarlo y cuidarlo. Por un momento quise hacerme niñera en un libro solamente para estar con él y ayudarlo.

Me gustó la historia, y me gustó más que si me gustara y me sorprendiera. Me hizo dormir con una sonrisa en la cara.
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