Book Review | Bound by the Past by Cora Reilly

Bound by the pastPages: 335

Goodreads Rating: 4. 14/  5 stars

My Rating: ★★★★★ / 5 stars

Genre: New Adult Dark Romance, Mafia Romance

Publication Date: May 20th 2020

Publisher: Self published


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My life is a tale of betrayal.
I killed so many because they betrayed our cause, because they betrayed the Outfit.
A hypocrite. A liar. A murderer.
That’s what I am.
Five times I betrayed the Outfit. With my blood I made a vow to our cause, swore my life to it, promised to put the Outfit first. Above all else.
Five times I chose a woman over the good of the Outfit. I betrayed my father. My vow. My men.
You reap what you sow.
Would my betrayals destroy everything I swore to protect?

On our wedding day I made a vow to stand by Dante’s side.
In good and in bad times.
To love him through it all.
Growing up in the mafia, I knew the challenges in our life would be numerous. I never expected them to tear at the very base of our family, of our existence.

My Review: 

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Bound by the Past made me fall in love with Dante Cavallaro and Valentina Aresco – Cavallaro all over again. The story retells Bound by Duty in Dante’s perspective and the rest of the books in Born in Blood Mafia Chronicles and Camorra Chronicles. We get the glimpse of the past, present and future as Dante ruled the Chicago Outfit.

Out of the Capos / Mafia Leaders, Dante is the wisest and the most intelligent. Some of you thought either the Famiglia or the Camorra are stronger. To me, Chicago Outfit is the strongest. Many questioned Dante’s leadership because of his decisions. He isn’t perfect and he committed a lot of mistakes throughout and may considered as betrayal. Yet he did it for good intentions. He has morals and he can masks his emotions. At first, he’s not the best husband to Valentina but she sets him straight. We are all frustrated when he didn’t say the “L” word. He’s not a fan of PDA and likes to keep his love for Valentina privately.

Dante and Valentina are more reserved than any other couples. As husband and wife, they grew to love and support each other in the toughest times. Valentina taught him to love and I love how she pushed his buttons. Of course Dante makes up for the lost time by being a responsible husband and father to his wife and children. I swear these two are my top favorites along with Serafina and Remo (Twisted Pride).



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