Bound by Duty by Cora Reilly
Series: Born In Blood Mafia Chronicles #2
Also in this series: Bound by Honor
Published by Cora Reilly on February 10, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Erotica
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Dante – The Boss – Cavallaro’s wife died four years ago. On the verge of becoming the youngest head in the history of the Chicago mafia, Dante needs a new wife and Valentina was chosen for the role.
Valentina lost her husband, too, but her first marriage had always been for show. When she was eighteen, she agreed to marry Antonio in order to hide the truth: that he was gay and in love with an outsider. Even after his death, she kept his secret, not only to preserve the honor of a dead man, but also to protect herself. But now that she’s about to marry Dante, her castle of lies threatens to crash. Dante is only thirty-six but already feared and respected in the Familia, and he’s notorious for always getting what he wants. Valentina is terrified of the wedding night that might reveal her secret, but her worries prove unfounded when Dante shows her the cold shoulder. Soon her fear is replaced by confusion and indignation. Valentina is tired of being ignored. She’s determined to get Dante’s attention and desire, even if she can’t get his heart that still belongs to his dead wife.
After being riveted by the first book in the series, Bound by Honor, I one clicked on Bound by Duty as fast as I could pull it up and even though I spent the entire time I was reading it asking myself “What the eff?”, I finished it. I do warn you, this review does have a minor spoiler in it, but not much of one.
I really liked Valentina in the first book so I was looking forward to getting to know her better. A widow at a young age, she married her first husband in order to protect him since evidently gay men don’t do well in the mob. Even after he’s gone she keeps his secret, not only out of loyalty but out of fear for what the reprisals towards her would be. I can respect that kind of strength and loyalty in an h. Her father arranges a marriage between her and Dante the next in line to head the Chicago mafia, leaving Val with a slight problem. Although excited that she might finally be able to rid herself of her pesky virginity, she’s not sure how to explain the fact that she’s a virgin widow to Dante? Unfortunately or fortunately, Dante is still in love with his late wife, so no explanations are needed since he doesn’t even touch her. All that strength that I admired in Val went completely out the window when Val starts throwing herself at her new husband every chance she gets, no matter how harshly he rebuffs her, or how much of a dick he was to her . I mean where the heck did her self respect go?
As for Dante, he was an asshole of epic proportions. I feel for him that he lost his beloved wife, but that doesn’t give him a pass to treat the new one that he handpicked like something nasty he stepped in. I did not like him throughout the entire book. By the time he started working on redeeming himself, I was over it. He could have started sprouting rainbows out his rear end and I wouldn’t have cared. Truly, I would have been happy if the Russians had gotten hold of him and castrated him with a rusty knife, but alas this did not happen.
Eventually Val finally has her way with Dante (this is a romance after all) but in true Dante fashion, he was an asshole about it. This didn’t seem to faze Val at all until Dante says something so colossally stupid that even she has had enough and gave him an ultimatum but this didn’t last long and she caves. Sigh.
While Val was being a doormat and Dante was being an idiot, all sorts of mob things were happening. Val’s past secrets were catching up, there were issues with the New York Mafia, mainly because Gianna was being difficult, which was threatening the truce and of course the Russians and the rest of their “competitors” were lurking around in the background.
What I was hoping would be another gritty and fascinating book about the mafia, turned into a book about a horny widow and a complete douchenozzle. I did get to see Aria and Luca and there was some mafia politics going on that I found interesting, but mostly I was just disappointed. The next book is about Gianna and Matteo. Since Gianna still gets on my last nerve, I’m not really sure I want to go there but Matteo sounds interesting so we shall see.
Spice’s Rating: 2.5 Stars
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