Author: Cora Reilly Published: December 14, 2014 Pages: 323
Stars: 4 out of 5
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.
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!