Bound By Vengeance

Bound By Vengeance

Bound By Vengeance

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In “Bound By Vengeance,” the fifth installment of the “Born in Blood Mafia Chronicles,” Cora Reilly crafts a dark and gripping tale of love, revenge, and redemption. This story takes a deeper, more intense dive into the often brutal world of the mafia through the perspectives of two distinct yet equally compelling characters: Growl and Cara.

Initially, this book defied my expectations, but as the narrative unfolded, I found myself deeply connected with the characters by the story’s conclusion. There was a point early on when I doubted whether to continue, primarily because the opening chapters didn’t immediately grasp my attention. However, my admiration for the author’s previous works and her evident skill convinced me to persevere. I’m delighted I made that decision. Although this installment diverged from the series’ usual path, it seemed to lay the groundwork for an exciting new direction in future books, sparking my enthusiasm for what’s to come.


The tale possessed a “Beauty and the Beast” essence, with the main male character, Growl, labeled as a monster—a notion that almost led me to abandon the book. This label painfully mirrored my childhood experiences of being misjudged and misunderstood, creating a profound connection with Growl’s character. Cara’s journey of overcoming her reservations to embrace love with Growl resonated with me, highlighting a complex relationship dynamic that, while not universally understood, will undoubtedly speak to others who have experienced similar emotional resilience and self-discovery paths. This story offered a poignant reflection on self-worth and the power of genuine connection, showcasing its uniqueness and depth.

Growl, the bastard son of a mafia boss, has lived a life of neglect and scorn, always on the fringes of the family and the power that comes with it. His character is a fascinating blend of raw emotion, brutality, and a deep-seated desire for something more than his existence has offered him. When Cara, a symbol of purity and the good daughter, is thrust into his life as a means of punishment for her father, Growl’s world is turned upside down. His journey from a man who has known nothing but cruelty and disdain to someone capable of profound feelings is one of the most intriguing aspects of the book.

Cara’s character is equally well-crafted. Her transformation from a sheltered and innocent girl into a woman facing the harsh realities of the mafia world head-on is compelling. Reilly skillfully portrays Cara’s fear, resilience, and gradual understanding of Growl’s complex persona. Her captivity under Growl becomes a journey of self-discovery, challenging her beliefs and her understanding of right and wrong.

The relationship between Growl and Cara is intense and fraught with moral ambiguity. Their connection, born out of a situation neither of them wanted, evolves in a way that challenges the traditional boundaries of love and loyalty. Reilly navigates this complicated dynamic with a deft hand, exploring themes of consent, power, and the possibility of redemption through love.

Reilly’s portrayal of the Las Vegas Camorra adds a gritty and realistic backdrop to the story. The depiction of mafia politics, power struggles, and the notion of family honor underpinning the narrative adds layers of complexity to Growl and Cara’s story.

However, it’s worth noting that “Bound By Vengeance” delves into some particularly dark themes, including violence and captivity. The stark portrayal of these elements is integral to the story but may not be suitable for all readers.

“Bound By Vengeance” is a powerful addition to the “Born in Blood Mafia Chronicles.” Cora Reilly delivers a story that is rich in emotion, character development, and moral complexity. It’s a must-read for fans of the genre, offering a blend of intense romance, suspense, and a deep exploration of the darker aspects of the mafia world.

Reflecting on this book after finishing it, I realized its lasting impact on me. Unlike many stories that quickly fade from memory, this one lingered, leaving a lasting imprint with its vivid characters and the emotions it evoked. This book has earned a special place among those I consider unforgettable, and I eagerly anticipate the author’s next work. My heartfelt thanks to Cora Reilly for crafting a story that not only entertained me but also offered a mirror to my own experiences and emotions.

Bound By Vengeance

He’d never had something to himself, never even dared to dream about owning something so precious. He was the unwanted bastard son who’d always had to content himself with the leftovers of others. And now they’d given him what only a few weeks ago had been out of his reach, someone he wasn’t even allowed to admire from afar, one of their most prized possessions. Thrown at his feet because he was who he was, because they were certain he would break her. He was her punishment, a fate worse than death, a way to deliver the ultimate punishment to her father who had displeased them so greatly.

She had always been the good girl. It didn’t protect her.

She didn’t know his real name. People called him Growl to his face, and the Bastard behind his back. Both were names he couldn’t possibly have chosen for himself. His eyes were empty, a mirror to throw back her own fear at her. He was a brutal hand of the Las Vegas Camorra.

And now she was at his mercy.