Bound By Hatred

Bound By Hatred

Bound By Hatred

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“Bound By Hatred,” the third entry in Cora Reilly’s “Born in Blood Mafia Chronicles,” has stirred varied emotions among its readers. The story of Gianna Scuderi and Matteo Vitiello is a complex web of passion, defiance, and the struggle for autonomy within the confines of mafia tradition.

Gianna, determined to avoid her sister Aria’s fate of a loveless arranged marriage, makes for a captivating heroine. Her initial portrayal as a fierce and independent woman who cherishes freedom resonates strongly with readers. However, as the narrative unfolds, some found her unyielding toughness grating, and her persistent harshness towards Matteo became a point of contention. Despite this, her character’s complexity and journey evoke a mix of admiration, frustration, and sympathy.


Matteo, on the other hand, undergoes a significant transformation in the eyes of the readers. Initially seen as a stereotypical player, his humorous, straightforward nature gradually endears him to the audience. His role as a balancing force to Gianna’s chaotic persona and his growth into a more likable and sexy character has been well-received.

The relationship between Gianna and Matteo is the core of this book. Their tumultuous romance, filled with sizzling chemistry and biting repartee, captivates the readers. The dynamics of their relationship, which oscillate between intense passion and deep-rooted conflict, create a narrative that is both exhilarating and exhausting.

I appreciated the inclusion of Luca and Aria from the previous books, providing a sense of continuity and satisfaction for those invested in their story like I am. Moreover, the humor interspersed within the darker elements of the narrative has been a welcome addition for many.

The portrayal of the mafia world by Cora Reilly continues to be a standout feature. The depiction of family dynamics, power struggles, and the weight of traditions within the mafia backdrop adds layers of depth and realism to the story.

However, the book’s ending has been a divisive aspect. While some may find it fitting and in line with the series’ dark themes, others might feel it contradicted Gianna’s character development and aspirations, leaving a sense of dissatisfaction.

“Bound By Hatred” is a rollercoaster of emotions and not without its controversial moments. It’s a testament to Reilly’s skillful storytelling that the book evokes such strong reactions and discussions among readers. This installment is not just a continuation of the Born in Blood saga (which I loved) but an expansion of the emotional and moral complexities within the mafia romance genre.

For those who appreciate a tumultuous love story set against a backdrop of crime and power, “Bound By Hatred” is a compelling read.

Bound By Hatred

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.