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Bound by Honor, by Cora Reilly

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escpes's review against another edition

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sad tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

2.0

TLDR: this book is boring as hell, practically no chemistry between the characters, felt rushed (esp with the amount of loose ends there were) and my two stars are generous.

ive seen this book recommended everywhere so of course i went to it with high hopes and it fell so short. as someone who loves dark romances and books with forced marriages (we don’t talk about it LMAO), seeing people say this was one of the best books in this genre felt like such a let down - but i think many authors mark their books as dark just bc they’re mafia so Reilly gets a pass on this ig.

honestly 75% of this book was just him practically begging her to fuck him despite her not being ready and being scared. idk if i’d call it r*pe but like the first time they were intimate was literally because she wanted to see her sister. even when they eventually did do it imo it just felt like she felt like it was her obligation for letting her see her sister and not like she genuinely wanted him. like he wanted so much from her despite treating her so badly, esp in the first 50% of the book. i could not stand him at all, and my standards for men, esp in dark romances and mafia books is so low but he is deffo not going to be my book bf anytime soon.

like when i said before there was no chemistry, i meant it. he literally treated her like shit, even when he was ‘nice’ until like the very last couple of pages. aria deserves better than him considering how much of a cunt he is. tbh he seems like the character in another book that would be the MMC’s best friend but the one that the FMC low-key didn’t like but put up with him just for the MMC.

i think dual pov couldve really added to this story. like getting to see what luca thought about aria wouldve maybe made my rating a little higher bc arias pov was low-key boring asf. also considering part of the reason for why they even had to get married was bc of the taiwanese mafia, why were the never mentioned ?!?. idk the book just had a bunch of other loose ends but those are like big spoilers. also he cheated on her, idc that they barely had a relationship i CANNOT STAND cheaters in books, i only ‘let him off’ because of their lack of relationship, but i absolutely hate luca.

i liked aria until like the last couple of pages. like she seemed pretty relatable and i understood her a lot and actually agreed with a lot of her actions but with what’s revealed at the end, the way she just low-key forgave him made me want to scream. 

tbh the most likeable person in the entire book was literally gianna, aria’s sister. her and aria’s other sister lilliana were actually pretty entertaining and the only reason this book didn’t have 1 star. like everyone else was so annoying at one point or another but they were just <3

i guess reilly suceeded though, like tbh her writing style was pretty nice so i’ll be reading the next book in the series to see if she improves bc i wanna give her another chance (or understand the hype tbh). i just don’t get how can how you write be so good but what you write be so… bad.

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lilwanderingpages's review

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dark emotional tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.75

Rating update on March 10th, 2022:
4.25 to 4.75
I'll keep what I said because I continue agreeing with everything BUT I've been thinking about the rating of this book because I'm reading of the books in the series and now that I just finished "Bound by Vengence" I can no longer keep the old rating. Now it's 4.75, I think there are only two or three books left so let's see how it'll turn out (I'm hoping for more Aria and Luca).

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Well, I've read the book already but when the audiobook appeared as a suggestion I was just like "why not?" and I don't regret a thing.

I'm growing used to audiobooks and I'm loving it. I don't know if it's because I read the book before listening but I feel like I liked it better this time.

The thing is: this book will never get five stars from me because I just HATE one part of it and I can't pretend it's not there when I'm rating it (even though I do it throughout the rest of the book).
Spoiler The fact that he cheated on her makes me sick.

While I'm writing this, I already started listening to "Luca Vitiello" - bound by honor by Luca's pov - doesn't change much about what he did because I understood what he meant even without knowing about his side on this (I'll write more about that when I finish that one). 
Spoiler All of this is just to say that there is no good reason for cheating. Hell, there's no REASON at all to cheat and make be on the cheater's side
  (I started a disclaimer but I just don't feel like it rn). 

 

Born in Blood Mafia Chronicles - reviewed:

 
0.5 - Luca Vitiello:
TSG - https://app.thestorygraph.com/reviews/57f24b82-8331-460a-bd4d-ae02fc323861
Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4561568230

1.0 - Bound by Honor:
TSG - https://app.thestorygraph.com/reviews/eb670dd1-294d-4e23-9bab-bc9c11aef33f
Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4558103572

2.0 - Bound by Duty:
TSG - https://app.thestorygraph.com/reviews/a71e2654-573c-4d41-a224-363bbfb62ba0
Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3021719736

3.0 - Bound by Hatred:
TSG - https://app.thestorygraph.com/reviews/8e3fc6be-670e-4ae3-8bf1-eba71c361dcd
Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4578787289

4.0 - Bound by Temptation:
TSG - https://app.thestorygraph.com/reviews/e0ad773e-86e3-46fc-a250-df3cc60c318b
Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4585687182

5.0 - Bound by Vengeance:
TSG - https://app.thestorygraph.com/reviews/902ff414-f764-429f-b3a2-dfcd8fd35d0b
Goodreads
- https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4593389597 


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findmeinunderland's review against another edition

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challenging dark emotional mysterious sad tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.0

Sex, violence, moral ambiguity
I loved it. 
I figured they would’ve come to a stage of obvious emotional affection a lot sooner than they did, but I’m a sucker for a slow burn. I was waiting for more playfulness like in the scene at the gym but mafias are usually more dark so it doesn’t bug me as much as it usually would, but that scene came so naturally it was hard not to want more of that dynamic, can’t wait to see if the other books provide that

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rachaelboyd's review against another edition

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adventurous challenging dark tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.25


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lh_reads's review

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dark emotional tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.5


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bookishbabbles's review

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dark tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.5

This book man... good amount of spice, the main character is extremly sexy but the plot was lacking. Left me wanting more!

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monirgzz's review against another edition

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dark lighthearted mysterious fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.0


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bookedupchick's review against another edition

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adventurous dark tense fast-paced

4.0

“Even the most cold-hearted bastards have a heart.” ♥️

Oh my goodness! This book! Luca & Aria are so perfect together. Luca gets all the praise in this book 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 IYKYK! 🥰 Mafia romances are such a blast! I love all of the passion brought on by the intensity of the situations. Loved Aria’s siblings — they are honestly the best. I can’t wait to read more of this series ✨especially Gianna’s story!

Read this if you like ⤵️

🌃 Arranged Marriage Trope
🌃 Mafia Romance
🌃 Strong Female Characters 
🌃 NYC Setting
🌃 Single POV
🌃 Series (Book 1)

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
Bound By Honor by Cora Reilly

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lanorton's review against another edition

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dark emotional sad medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

2.0

4/5 spice lots of scenes that are well written. This book would have been a 4.5/5 stars if I had stopped before the last few chapters. I really liked their growth together and how they pushed each other. 
SpoilerThen he sees no problem with not informing her weeks ago that her little sister was sold into a marriage. Also the big ending is I actually love you I don’t just want to Fuck you.
So yup ends on a fairly big Cliff hanger and not a great ending overall. 

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carolzinh4's review against another edition

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dark emotional tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

3.5


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