Bound by Hatred (Born in Blood Mafia Chronicles #3) by Cora Reilly

Bound by Hatred by Cora Reilly
Series: Born in Blood Mafia Chronicles #3
on April 28, 2015
Pages: 196
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When Gianna watched her sister Aria getting married to a man she barely knew, she promised herself she wouldn’t let the same thing happen to her.
Matteo – The Blade – Vitiello set his eyes on Gianna the moment he saw her on his brother Luca’s wedding, and Rocco Scuderi is more than willing to give his daughter to him, but Gianna has no intention of marrying for any other reason than love. A few months before the wedding, Gianna escapes her bodyguards and runs away. She has enough money to flee to Europe and begin a new life. But staying undetected when the mob is searching for her is a challenge that takes everything, especially as one of their best hunters and assassins is after her: Matteo Vitiello.
After six months on the run, Gianna finally settles into a tentative routine in Munich, but then Matteo and a couple of her father’s soldiers find her with another man.
Despite her pleads they kill her boyfriend, and Gianna is forced to marry Matteo. Her emotions alternating between guilt over having dragged an innocent into her world and hatred toward Matteo, Gianna is determined to make life hell for her husband. But Matteo is a master at mind games and their struggle for power soon turns into hate-fueled nights of passion.
Book three in the Born in Blood Mafia Chronicles. This book can be read as a standalone.

Hate to love ⭐️

Oh, how I’ve waited to re-read Gianna & Matteo’s story! 

Gianna, this snarky, sassy woman who doesn’t know when to shut her mouth, always hated the mob business and its Made Men, traditions, rules and everything. Her biggest dream was to run away and live a happy and free life. More so, when she found out Matteo wanted to marry her.

Matteo is just as dangerous as the two previous heroes in the series, his brother Luca and Chicago’s Boss – Dante. The difference between them is that Matteo is just as hot-headed as Gianna, funny, full of cockiness and arrogance. Born hunter, the minute Gianna says she won’t ever marry him or love him, of course he takes it as a challenge to prove her wrong. 

I loved their banter, their glares and the chemistry between them. 
I loved how Gianna stood up for herself and fought really hard to make her dreams come true. 
I loved how she always had the courage to speak her mind.
I loved Matteo for not giving up and for loving Gianna, despite their cat-and-mouse chase and games.

The only thing I didn’t like was Gianna’s stubbornness, especially towards the end, when she refused to acknowledge her true feelings about Matteo.

I still enjoy this series a lot and will continue to read the rest, but I don’t feel like they’re 5⭐️ material.