Bound by Honor (Born in Blood Mafia #1)

Bound by honor

Author: Cora Reilly                                                                                                      Published: December 14, 2014                                                                                           Pages: 323

Stars: 4 out of 5

Synopsis:

Born into one of the leading Mob families in Chicago, Aria Scuderi struggles to find her own path in a world where no choices are given. Aria was only fifteen when her parents betrothed her to Luca – The Vice – Vitiello, the oldest son of the head of the New York Cosa Nostra to ensure peace between the two families. Now at eighteen, the day Aria has been dreading for years is looming dangerously: her wedding to Luca.

Aria is terrified of marrying a man she hardly knows, especially someone like Luca who got his nickname ‘the Vice’ for crushing a man’s throat with his bare hands. Luca might be one of the most sought after men in New York thanks to his good looks, wealth and predator-like charisma that radiates power, but the society girls throwing themselves at him don’t know what Aria does: that the bad boy aura isn’t just a game; blood and death lurk beneath Luca’s striking gray eyes and arrogant smile.

In her world a handsome exterior often hides the monster within; a monster who can just as easily kill as kiss you. The only way to escape the marriage to Luca would be to run away and leave everything she’s ever known behind but Aria can’t bear the thought of never seeing her family again. Despite her fear, she decides to go through with the marriage; Aria has grown up among predators like Luca and knows that even most cold-hearted bastards have a heart and she has every intention of working her way into Luca’s.

Review:

I couldn’t decide if the book was a three star or four. This book was captivating and the author did a great job capturing the readers attending right from the beginning. This book is about love, hate, loss, and sacrifice. It was however difficult for me to remember whose perspective the story was coming from. Some of the things that happened in the book were appalling and if I was Aria I would not have caved so easily.

This story is about the mafia and women’s roles within there culture. Aria is promised to Luca to bridge two mafia families in order to unite against a common enemy. Throughout there marriage, Luca learns what it means to be a good husband and how to love. And Aria comes to terms with what it means to be the wife of someone in the mafia.

Overall, I enjoyed reading the book and read it within a day. It was difficult to put down. But I’m not sure I am interested in the second book in this series. However, I am very interested in the third book!

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Spider’s Bite (Elemental Assassin #1)

Spider

Author: Jennifer Estep
Published: January 26, 2010
Pages: 395

Stars: 1 out of 5

Synopsis:

My name is Gin, and I kill people. They call me the Spider. I’m the most feared assassin in the South — when I’m not busy at the Pork Pit cooking up the best barbecue in Ashland. As a Stone elemental, I can hear everything from the whispers of the gravel beneath my feet to the vibrations of the soaring Appalachian Mountains above me. My Ice magic also comes in handy for making the occasional knife. But I don’t use my powers on the job unless I absolutely have to. Call it professional pride.

Now that a ruthless Air elemental has double-crossed me and killed my handler, I’m out for revenge. And I’ll exterminate anyone who gets in my way — good or bad. I may look hot, but I’m still one of the bad guys. Which is why I’m in trouble, since irresistibly rugged Detective Donovan Caine has agreed to help me. The last thing this coldhearted killer needs when I’m battling a magic more powerful than my own is a sexy distraction… especially when Donovan wants me dead just as much as the enemy.

Review:

I’m really disappointed in this book. So here is Gin, the spider, who is some kick ass assassin who doesn’t appear to have any weakness. I never thought I would say this but her character is dry! The way she thinks drives me crazy. Not only does her inner monologue continually repeat the same concept over and over but she’s boring! Gin thinks of what she wants to do and once the decision is made, then she accomplishes the goal without much struggle if any. For example: Donovan Caine. No, it’s never just Donovan, she always refers to him as Donovan Caine. So she decides she wants to sleep with him and then she does. As if it was that easy. The idea of the book was really interesting but I couldn’t get past the writing style and Gins character. Im all about strong characters but Gin was almost masculine.

Something Witchy This Way Comes (Something Witchy #1)

Something Witchy

Author: Veronica Blade
Published: September 3, 2011
Pages: 366

Stars: 2 out of 5

Synopsis:

Brainiac Tessa McClean’s newly discovered magical powers give her hope of an escape from her inadequate life. But the thrill of being a witch fades when she learns of a rival coven and begins to suspect her own coven’s objective. Evidence tells Tessa to trust one side, but instinct drives her toward the other.

When Hayden Anders, the most delinquent kid in school–and the toughest–offers self-defense lessons in exchange for tutoring, the timing couldn’t be better. Though the idea of hanging out with a bad-boy that tempting is unnerving, staying alive amidst warring witches takes priority. She vows to hold onto her values and not surrender to the bad-boy she begins to secretly want.

Together, Tessa and Hayden uncover the truth about the two factions–a truth that explains why the covens will stop at nothing to lure her to their side. Tessa has only a matter of weeks to form an alliance with one coven or the other, but the wrong decision could cost Tessa the lives of all those she loves–including Hayden. (

Review:

I really wanted to like this book but I just couldn’t stomach it by the end. The beginning was amazing! It was funny and I loved Tessa. But I can only take so much low self esteem. By the end it was like listening to someone over weight complain about how they are on a diet and shouldn’t eat the double brownie they are shoving down there face. I’m mean come on, Tessa is in high school. Relax already! I hated how she made Hayden walk on egg shells around her for fear she might break up with him. Don’t get me wrong, I really liked the first half of the book. Around 70% in, I was finding excuses not to pick up the book. Sorry, this book was not for me.

The Bloodline War

Bloodline

Author: Tracy Tappan                                                                                                 Published: December 17, 2013                                                                                            Pages: 352

Stars: 1 out of 5

Synopsis:

A car accident changes everything for Dr. Toni Parthen. Her computer hacked hospital blood test confirms she’s the carrier of a gene that’s the key to salvation for a unique race of human beings. Abducted from her hospital room to a secret, underground community, Toni is asked to do the unthinkable: procreate with a man from a race called Varcolac-a species that must consume the blood of other humans to survive. Then bizarre turns dangerous, because a new, mysterious enemy also wants her special DNA, and Toni finds herself in the middle of an all-out war to possess her. It’s the job of Jacken Brun, leader of the Warrior Class, to keep the captured women safe from a demonic race of humans who rule a neighboring part of their underground world. His challenges multiply when Toni inflames the women into mutiny, and then there’s his biggest problem…his growing desire for the infuriating woman herself. Afflicted with a dark genetic makeup, Jacken can never be with a woman. Until Toni uses her scientific ingenuity to find a way for her and Jacken to be together. But then the new enemy faction unearths Toni and drags her to their hidden lair, where they’ll inflict an unspeakable cruelty on her to gain access to her valuable genes. It will take every warrior skill Jacken owns to save the woman he loves, but only if he can find her in time…

Review:

This book is odd. The writing style was difficult to get into at first. It reminded me of JRWard Black Dagger Brotherhood series. Except in this series, the writing perspective comes from multiple characters and it is difficult to keep them straight/remember who is who.

This book is about a ‘vampire’ race who is dying out and kidnap ‘dragon’ women to reproduce with. The concept of Stockholm syndrome plays a big part in this book because these idiotic women end up falling in “love” with the men who kidnap them after a couple weeks/months, marry them, and then have there babies. As a reader, if you can get past this ridiculous notion for a story plot, then the book is alright until you get half way in. Then the writing changes and instead of reading about grown men, the immaturity levels drop to high schooler boys. And not to mention the beyond awkward sex!

The author struggles to give each character there own personality and voice. In the beginning of the book, Tappan does a nice job but again around the half way point all the characters sounds the same and have the same language/sense of humor/etc. There was also a strong Christian overtone to the story- where the good guy ‘vampires’ remain vurgins until they find there love and then mate for life. And the ‘dragon’ females have horrible unsatisfactory sex that leaves them feeling bad about themselves until of course they find there ‘vampire’ husband and then it’s amazing and perfect…. Really?!?! Overall, this book was just to ridiculous to finish.