Bound By The Past

Bound By The Past

Bound By The Past

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In “Bound By The Past,” the seventh captivating installment of Cora Reilly’s Born in Blood Mafia Chronicles series, readers are drawn into a world of loyalty, betrayal, and the complexities of love.

Dante’s life is a tale of betrayal. As a member of the Outfit, he has committed countless acts of violence in the name of loyalty to his organization. But beneath his hardened exterior lies a man tormented by his own choices. Despite swearing allegiance to the Outfit and putting its interests above all else, Dante is repeatedly drawn to women who threaten to unravel everything he has worked to protect. With each betrayal, Dante wonders if his actions will ultimately lead to the downfall of the Outfit and the destruction of everything he holds dear.


Dante epitomizes the quintessential mafia leader: respected and feared, ruthless yet composed. Known as the Ice Man, his mere name sends shivers down the spine of his adversaries. His formidable reputation, crafted meticulously since his youth, is whispered about across the nation. But beneath this hardened exterior lies Dante’s unexpected vulnerability—his deep affection for the women in his family, his secret Achilles’ heel.

This book masterfully portrays Dante, not just as a Capo but as a man torn between his duty to the Outfit and his love for his family. The narrative dives deep into the paradox of a man who can order death with ease yet struggles profoundly with personal betrayals. When secrets begin to surface, those close to him are forced to reevaluate their loyalty, presenting a complex dynamic rarely explored with such depth in mafia narratives.

Dante’s wife, Valentina, vowed on their wedding day to stand by his side through all of life’s challenges. Raised in the mafia, she understands the complexities of their world and the sacrifices that must be made to uphold their family’s honor. But when Dante’s actions threaten to tear their family apart, Valentina faces difficult choices that could jeopardize everything they hold dear.

As Dante and Valentina navigate the treacherous world of the mafia, they must confront their pasts and come to terms with the consequences of their actions. With the fate of their family hanging in the balance, they must find a way to reconcile their love for each other with the demands of their dangerous world.

Cora’s writing has fueled my obsession with the mafia genre, blending intense family drama with high-stakes criminal intrigue. Remarkably, this installment allows readers to see a softer side of Dante, especially in his interactions with his children—offering a rare glimpse of tenderness from a man of power.

The plot intricately weaves together the stories of Dante and other key characters, expanding on their backgrounds and presenting new challenges threatening their delicate power balance. The portrayal of Dante’s internal conflict and his consequential actions adds layers to the narrative, making it a compelling read.

The book is a riveting blend of suspense, humor, and emotional turmoil. It’s a story that keeps you on the edge of your seat, laughing one moment and teary the next. This book is a must-read for anyone drawn to tales of the mafia, complete with complex characters and a gripping storyline. Dante and Val’s story, along with their endearing children, enrich the narrative, making it not just about crime but about family, loyalty, and survival.

“Bound By The Past” is a gripping tale of love, loyalty, and the power of redemption. With its richly drawn characters, intense emotional drama, and pulse-pounding suspense, this novel keeps readers on the edge of their seats until the very end. It delivers a satisfying conclusion to Dante and Valentina’s story while leaving them eager for more from the Born in Blood Mafia Chronicles series.

For those enthralled by the dark allure of mafia stories, this book is a brilliant addition to the genre. It entertains and immerses you in a world where every decision can mean life or death. It’s one of the finest mafia tales I’ve encountered, a perfect blend of action and emotion that leaves readers both satisfied and eager for more.

Bound By The Past

Dante My life’s 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? Valentina 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.