Bound by Vengeance (Born in Blood Mafia Chronicles #5) by Cora Reilly

Bound By Vengeance by Cora Reilly
Series: Born in Blood Mafia Chronicles #5
on January 20, 2017
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GrowlHe’d never had something to himself, never even dared to dream about owning something so precious. He was the unwanted bastard son who’d always had to content himself with the leftovers of others. And now they’d given him what only a few weeks ago had been out of his reach, someone he wasn’t even allowed to admire from afar, one of their most prized possessions. Thrown at his feet because he was who he was, because they were certain he would break her. He was her punishment, a fate worse than death, a way to deliver the ultimate punishment to her father who had displeased them so greatly.
CaraShe had always been the good girl. It didn’t protect her.She didn’t know his real name. People called him Growl to his face, and the Bastard behind his back. Both were names he couldn’t possibly have chosen for himself. His eyes were empty, a mirror to throw back her own fear at her. He was a brutal hand of the Las Vegas Camorra.And now she was at his mercy.

Beauty & the Beast ⭐️

To tell you the truth, I wasn’t looking forward to reading this one, just because I didn’t understood who this Growl person was, who Cara was what was their connection to the Chicago or NY mob families. 

It was a surprising story, a lot different from the others in the series. Cara is the daughter of some casino manager in Las Vegas, connected of course to the mafia there – the Camorra. She was supposed to marry a financial-something guy, but then her father betrayed the Boss and she was given, as a punishment, to the monster, the mafia enforcer whom everyone feared and despised, Growl. 

Stockholm Syndrome at its best, of course Cara starts developing feelings for Growl. To be honest, she was attracted or curious about him since the moment she saw him first, at a party way before her life turned upside down by her father’s mistakes.

Growl, on the other hand, is indeed a monster, another man made of stone and full of cruelty, but one who easily acknowledges that Cara’s the best thing that could ever happen to him. He knows he doesn’t deserve her and never will, but he’s selfish enough to keep her forever, caring for her, protect her and even love her towards the end.

“I was a monster. Would always be. But I could appreciate something precious, something as valuable as Cara, and I would never destroy it. I wasn’t good, or even decent—there was nothing gray about me. I was all black, but I was trying to be good to her. Never as good as she deserved, but as good as I was capable of. It wasn’t enough—I realized it every day. I would never be enough.”

Once you know his story, you get why he is the psychopath monster he shows to be. Again, call me crazy, but I think I would have be drawn to his darkness as Cara was. 

Yes, this book is also poorly edited, full of mistakes.
Yes, the events are horrific and hard to swallow. 
This is definitely not a fairy tale and it doesn’t make you feel good.
Even the ending is not pink enough to cover all that black.
Do I care? No. I couldn’t put it down and that’s all that matters.

PS: if you’re wondering what’s the connection with the other characters from the previous books in the series, here it is: Cara’s mother is actually Luca’s aunt, Salvatore Vitiello’s sister. She run away from NY to Las Vegas to marry the love of her life, becoming part of the Las Vegas mob family and therefore an enemy to the NY one.