Bound by Hatred by Cora Reilly

bbhhPages: 312

Goodreads Rating: 4.06 / 5 stars

My Rating: 3 / 5 stars

Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance, Dark

Publication Date: April 28th 2015

Publisher: Self published

Summary (Goodreads):

When Gianna watched her sister Aria getting married to a man she barely knew, she promised herself she wouldn’t let the same thing happen to her.

Matteo – The Blade – Vitiello set his eyes on Gianna the moment he saw her on his brother Luca’s wedding, and Rocco Scuderi is more than willing to give his daughter to him, but Gianna has no intention of marrying for any other reason than love. A few months before the wedding, Gianna escapes her bodyguards and runs away. She has enough money to flee to Europe and begin a new life. But staying undetected when the mob is searching for her is a challenge that takes everything, especially as one of their best hunters and assassins is after her: Matteo Vitiello.

After six months on the run, Gianna finally settles into a tentative routine in Munich, but then Matteo and a couple of her father’s soldiers find her with another man.

Despite her pleads they kill her boyfriend, and Gianna is forced to marry Matteo. Her emotions alternating between guilt over having dragged an innocent into her world and hatred toward Matteo, Gianna is determined to make life hell for her husband. But Matteo is a master at mind games and their struggle for power soon turns into hate-fueled nights of passion.

Book three in the Born in Blood Mafia Chronicles. This book can be read as a standalone.

My Review: 

Review also posted on Goodreads

I’m most excited about Gianna Scuderi and Matteo Vitiello’s story. Their hatred and banters for each other made me more curious. These two got the angst, they brought a lot of sexual tension and individually, their characters have great potential.

Gianna Scuderi is a feisty heroine. Being betrothed to Matteo Vitiello drives her mad because she wants freedom and live a normal life. She ran away for six months, which is reckless and when found, she’ll face a punishment. Matteo craves the hunt and he’s determined to bring her back as his wife. He wants to marry her for what she is and he’ll never let her go. He’s patient whenever she’s bitchy but easily explodes when someone hurts her.

Unfortunately, the story lacks depth and has more sex scenes. There are times I’m tired of Gianna holding back her feelings to Matteo. Damn girl, he gave it all for you. She’s so stubborn and defiant. I still like this book but I’m a bit disappointed.

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