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- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1512191655
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- Publication Date: April 28, 2015
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- Language: English
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By: Cora Reilly
We first met Gianna Scuderi and Matteo Vitiello in book one, when their older siblings were engaged & later married. We also found out in that book that they were engaged, though we didn’t learn of Matteo’s reasoning until this book. During book 2, we learned that Gianna had run away while visiting Aria in New York and that both families were pissed and that Matteo would hunt her down. This book does go back and show several of those scenes from Gianna and Matteo’s POVs. This was the first book in the series that had dual POV & I really liked that.
Matteo was bound and determined to find Gianna and marry her, even though she had run away, been found with another man, lost her reputation as a virtuous woman and her value as a bride. Matteo thought that he could possibly work Gianna out of his system, but he found that to be false, as he kept only wanting her more. But he also couldn’t trust Gianna not to run again and had to take preventative measures.
Luca treated Gianna pretty bad, but he lost face as the boss and in his ability to control his area. He was also upset with Aria because she helped her sister and in doing so, betrayed him. This caused them tension and I also think that’s probably why Aria wasn’t able to stick up for Gianna as much as we thought she probably would.
This book could have been so much more. I was looking forward to reading Gianna’s book, but this one just missed the mark for me. Gianna was strong enough willed to run away from the mafia in search of a life of her own and for the chance to find and marry for love. That was a great concept, but personally, I didn’t feel like Matteo & Gianna had built a connection by the end of the book.
There were several grammatical errors, and then there were also errors with word usage. For example, a capo in the Italian mafia is a captain, not a boss. The boss is called boss or the Don. Also, in Italian, it’s famiglia because Spanish is familia. There were also some small & some big storyline inconsistencies. Some of the inconsistencies could have just been when the author forgot to write the in between/descriptive paragraphs or sentences.
I think it would have helped had Matteo told Gianna the real reason that he asked his dad to arrange their marriage. Gianna may have shown a little thankfulness & gratitude when she found out that Matteo saved her from a worse fate. Also, clear at 84-87%, Gianna was still debating about leaving Matteo & actually did take some steps to run away from him, even after she admitted to herself that she was in love with him. Seriously at that point, Matteo deserved someone who would fight for him as hard as he fought for her.
Omg, Matteo. I wanted to punch Gianna sometimes because Matteo was literally MAN PERFECTION and it took her forever to see it. Yeah, he was a killer, and cocky, and charismatic, but hot hot hot. I'm not even sure saying it three times does him justice; my favorite hero of the series yet.
I was actually pleasantly surprised by this one. I'd always felt like Reilly's books lacked a little emotion for me to truly connect with them, so I wasn't going into this one with much hope, but turns out, I really did enjoy it.
Gianna hates the mafia world she was raised in; she wants out more than anything. And when Matteo has her father arrange their marriage - because he's wanted her since his brother married her sister in Bound by Honor - she knows she has to get away. Her sister Aria, helps her escape to Europe.
Matteo is infatuated with Gianna. Always had been since he first saw her. Her temper and fire drew him in and he knew he had to have her. When she escapes their arranged marriage, he spends six months searching for her, until he finds her with no other than another man.
Gianna pushed Matteo away literally the entire story. She won't admit her feelings - even to herself - until the last ten percent. I understand how some readers didn't like her, but I thought her and Matteo were the perfect pair. And the conflict of the story just made sense.
And can I say HOT HOT HOT. I don't remember the other books in the series being this hot, but this one seemed to kick up the heat. It was almost one too many sex scenes.
While Matteo's and Gianna's marriage is forged on sex, those moments they begin to truly connect and get to know each other were truly perfect.
Perfect conflict, perfect hero, and a great plot. Definitely recommend to mafia romance lovers. YOU GOTTA MEET MATTEO.
"It had taken a long time but I realized I could feel free, be free, even when I was bound to Matteo."
It actually plays like a game of cat and mouse. He wants her. She wants him. Their story involves twists and tangles which make you wonder if they will end up together. She doesn't want to admit she wants him. Her sister explains what love is to Gianna and their sister, Lily.
"Love is when you feel safe in someone’s arms, when he’s the first thing you want to see in the morning, love is surrendering. You risk getting hurt but you don’t care. You are willing to give someone the power to break your heart. Love means seeing someone at their worst and still seeing the good in them, love means someone is perfect for you despite their imperfections.”
Does Gianna feel these things for Matteo? It is a great read as she tries to figure it out. Thank you, Cora Reilly. I can't wait for more.
There are some editing errors mostly in the beginning of the story. Although I know some people base ratings off such things, I did not. I think this story is worth the read and the author has great potential.