Bound By Duty

Bound By Duty

Bound By Duty

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“Bound By Duty,” the second installment in Cora Reilly’s “Born in Blood Mafia Chronicles,” has garnered considerable acclaim for its in-depth character development and engaging storyline. Following the tale of Dante Cavallaro, the Capo of the Outfit in Chicago, this book distinguishes itself from its predecessor and has won over readers with its unique blend of emotional complexity and mafia intrigue.

This story captivated me even more than the tale of Aria and Luca, which I also enjoyed greatly.


Dante stands out as a commanding alpha male who leads with authority without resorting to cruelty towards his wife, striking the perfect balance of power and compassion. His leadership of the Outfit is executed with such precision and effectiveness that he earns genuine respect from his followers. Additionally, the opportunity to delve deeper into the dynamics of Valentina and Bibiana’s relationship was a highlight, offering an enriching layer to the narrative. Moreover, the poetic justice served to Bibiana’s husband was satisfying.

Dante and Valentina, the central characters, are portrayed with great depth and nuance. Dante, who is still grieving the loss of his wife to cancer, is often perceived as a ‘cold fish.’ Yet, as the story unfolds, his character reveals layers of complexity. His decision to remarry, driven by the demands of his position, leads him to Valentina, a woman hiding significant secrets from her first marriage. The development of their relationship is a highlight of the novel, with readers appreciating Dante’s subtle show of attraction and eventual openness towards Valentina.

Valentina, as the female main character, is particularly lauded for her strength, resilience, and intelligence. Her evolution in the story as she navigates her marriage with Dante and the world of mafia politics is seen as a standout aspect. Her character not only adds a strong female perspective to the narrative but also provides a foil to Dante’s initially cold demeanor.

One of the major strengths of “Bound By Duty” is its world-building. Reilly’s portrayal of the mafia world, especially the dynamics within the Chicago outfit, is compelling and immersive. The intricate web of relationships and the pressures of tradition within mafia families are explored in detail, providing a rich backdrop for the story.

Comparisons to Daphne du Maurier’s “Rebecca” have been drawn by readers, highlighting the novel’s success in creating a suspenseful and engaging narrative. This parallel underscores the book’s ability to blend classic storytelling elements with a contemporary mafia setting.

“Bound By Duty” is not just a continuation of the “Born in Blood Mafia Chronicles” but a significant expansion of its universe. The series’ interconnectedness, with this book focusing on the Chicago outfit as opposed to the New York focus in the first book, has been praised. This expansion has excited readers about the potential directions in which Reilly could take the series.

The novel is highly recommended for fans of the first book and those interested in character-driven mafia romances. Dante’s character arc, in particular, has been highlighted as a compelling reason to continue with the series. Valentina’s portrayal as the favorite female main character of the series so far has also been a draw for readers.

I’m eager to acquire the subsequent volumes in the series!

“Bound By Duty” surpasses expectations by delving deeper into its characters’ emotional landscapes while also expanding the intricate world of mafia politics and family dynamics. It’s a must-read for those who appreciate a blend of romance, complex character development, and an immersive mafia setting.

Bound By Duty

Dante Cavallaro’s wife died four years ago but her memory still haunts him. On the verge of becoming the youngest head in the history of the Chicago Outfit, Dante needs to remarry or risk appearing weak. Valentina is chosen for the role. She, too, lost her husband, but her first marriage has always been for show. Even after her husband’s death, Valentina carries the weight of his secrets with her— to protect the honor of a dead man and herself. With her wedding to Dante, her castle of lies threatens to crash. Valentina fears the wedding night might reveal her secret, but her worries prove unfounded when Dante ignores her. Soon, her fear turns to confusion and anger. 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.