Born into one of the leading Mob families in Chicago, Aria Scuderi struggles to find her own path in a world where no choices are given. Aria was only fifteen when her parents betrothed her to Luca – The Vice – Vitiello, the oldest son of the head of the New York Cosa Nostra to ensure peace between the two families.
Now with eighteen, the day Aria has been dreading for years is looming dangerously: her wedding to Luca.
Aria is terrified of marrying a man she hardly knows, especially someone like Luca who got his nickname ‘the Vice’ for crushing a man’s throat with his bare hands. Luca might be one of the most sought after men in New York thanks to his good looks, wealth and predator-like charisma that radiates power, but the society girls throwing themselves at him don’t know what Aria does: that the bad boy aura isn’t just a game; blood and death lurk beneath Luca’s striking gray eyes and arrogant smile.
In her world a handsome exterior often hides the monster within; a monster who can just as easily kill as kiss you.
The only way to escape the marriage to Luca would be to run away and leave everything she’s ever known behind but Aria can’t bear the thought of never seeing her family again.
Despite her fear, she decides to go through with the marriage; Aria has grown up among predators like Luca and knows that even most cold-hearted bastards have a heart and she has every intention of working her way into Luca’s.
So What Did I Think Of Bound by Honor by Cora Reilly?
The chemistry that Aria and Luca had was intense and sizzling sexy. They had this cat and mouse, battle of wills hate to love relationship going that quickly pulled me in. Plus there was the huge question of how they would fall for each other given the fact that they were involved in an arranged marriage to bring together their families.
Luca was hard, quite and possessive. I enjoyed seeing him softening a bit towards Aria though it took him longer than I would have liked and he could have been more passionate.
Aria was a nice girl who cared for her family deeply but she was a bit too passive. I understood her fear given who her family was and what they did, but she could have used more spunk and defiance like her sister Gianna. Aria knew what was happening to her was messed up and just let her parents and Luca dictate her actions and I needed for her to challenge them more than she did.
I really liked the backstory dealings of the family and all of the issues that they were facing and I liked that there was edge and a bit of action though I could have liked more of both. I felt the couple needed more situations for them to get each to know each other more and bond over which I felt would have liven the story more making the more exciting. Overall I really liked Bound by Honor by Cora Reilly.