Review: Born in Mafia Blood Chronicles – Cora reilly





Title: Born in Mafia Blood Chronicles
Author: Cora Reilly
Genre: New Adult, Mafia
Release Date: Dec 14, 2014
Rating: ★★★★★/★★★★★


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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 with 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.
!Mature content!

Books in the Born in Blood Mafia Chronicles:
Bound By Honor
Bound By Duty
Bound By Hatred
Bound By Temptation
Bound By Vengeance




I’m terribly sorry for my unexplainable disappearance. Life got in the way…as usual. and now, with moving to a new different county in a whole different continent, my new current job and the darn reading slump (more than 5 months, can you believe this?) it’s just too much for me to keep up with. Anyways…let’s get started shall we?

This book series deserves more than a mere 5 star rating (at least, to me) I’m deeply and utterly in love…words can’t describe how much i love it. My favorite is Bound By Hatred.

I’ve read these books about years ago, so i’ll try and keep my review summarized and brief.

If you’re not aware of my love for mafia stories, now is the time lol. Cora Reilly is one of my favorite mafia authors. She is good at creating enough tension to keep the pages flipping (Although Bound by Vengeance did disappoint me…that was not what I was expecting).
Each of the books in this series are stand-alones, so they can be read separately, but you should start your read from the first book because the characters do make appearances in the rest of the other books. Each book is about two people, a couple forced to marry because of traditional mafia ways.  I like how each character is opposite to the other.



‘Being born into our world meant being born with blood on your hands. With every breath we took, sin was engraved deeper into our skin. Born in blood. Sworn in blood.’




ARC Review: Still Me – Jojo Moyes



Title: Still Me (Me Before You #3)
Author: Jojo Moyes
Genre: Romance, Woman’s Fiction, Contemporary.
Release Date:  January 30th 2018
Rating: ★★★★★/★★★★★
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Louisa Clark arrives in New York ready to start a new life, confident that she can embrace this new adventure and keep her relationship with Ambulance Sam alive across several thousand miles. She is thrown into the world of the superrich Gopniks: Leonard and his much younger second wife, Agnes, and a never-ending array of household staff and hangers-on. Lou is determined to get the most out of the experience and throws herself into her job and New York life within this privileged world.
Before she knows what’s happening, Lou is mixing in New York high society, where she meets Joshua Ryan, a man who brings with him a whisper of her past. In Still Me, as Lou tries to keep the two sides of her world together, she finds herself carrying secrets–not all her own–that cause a catastrophic change in her circumstances. And when matters come to a head, she has to ask herself Who is Louisa Clark? And how do you reconcile a heart that lives in two places?




*ARC kindly provided via NetGalley *

If you’ve read my precious reviews on Me Before You and After You you’d know how much I love this series! I was so happy to know there’ll be a third book, and you can imagine how delighted I am now that I got to read the first chapter of Still Me.

I knew I’d get into much heartache reading only the first chapter sample as i’d definitely want more while the release date is still ahead. But, honestly!! I couldn’t help myself…reading about Louisa again is like meeting an old friend you haven’t seen for ages. I miss her that much.

The opening of this book, Still me, is everything I hoped for. I’m so glad to read Louisa‘s doing okay, building a life and a new career in New York. Oh!! and we definitely can’t forget about Nathan 😉

I’m excited to read the entire book to discover what kind of new adventure will Louisa get into..and also to know about her family and Sam (her paramedic BF)


Review: Chicago Syndicate Series – Soraya Naomi


Title: Chicago Syndicate
Author: Soraya Naomi
Genre: YA, Romantic Suspense
Release Date: April 27th 2014
Rating: ★★★★★/★★★★★




The novels follow the lives of the Chicagoan mafia members: the Chicago Syndicate. Love, lust, deceit, lies & betrayal taint the relationships between the alpha killers and their civilian women. Nothing is what it seems in this sinfully sexy mafia series.




Back to you Mafia romance lovers!
I love mafia romances (who doesn’t?) and this one right here is FANTASTIC!! For Fallon, is worth the 5 stars if not more.

Fallon Michaels is copy writer. She’s a beautiful, a strong woman that is not whiney/needy.
Luca Demiliano, a mafia underboss. He had me intrigued, he was slightly hard to read at times but was sweet and sexy at the other hand.

Their relationship was sorta realistic rather than insta love, which was great! There definitely some hot smoky scenes.
The problem was that Luca hid his mafia life from Fallon (many business trips away, random texts, odd behavior..) this caused tension between them, and had Fallon wondering maybe she’d try distancing herself before getting in too deep.

This series is a romantic thriller/romantic suspense and it’s not just a lovey dovey romance. There’s always some action, mystery, drama and lots of suspense. you’ll like the excitement in here. For Fallon has that (the whole series does in fact). It’s a love story, but also a story full of secrets and unexpected surprises.


PS: Although part of the Chicago Syndicate world, For LoganBlack Hat Hacker, and The Lawyer and the Tramp are complete standalones and can be enjoyed either with or without reading the rest of the series.


Review: Evercrossed, Everlasting, Everafter – Elizabeth Chandler

kissed-by-an-angel-9781442494947.in01.jpgTitle: Kissed by an Angel
Author: Elizabeth Chandler
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, YA
Release Date: March 8th 2011
Rating: ★★★★★/★★★★★
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It’s been a year since Ivy’s boyfriend, Tristan, died. They’ve both moved on—Tristan to the other side of the afterlife, and Ivy to sweet, dependable Will. Now Ivy’s heading to Cape Cod, hoping to leave the horror of last summer behind. She wants nothing more than to lie on the beach, sip lemonade, and hang out with her friends.
But then a car crash ends Ivy’s life.
As she floats to the beyond, looking down on the life she’s left behind, Tristan breathes life back into her with a passionate kiss. She wakes up in the hospital, surrounded by Will and her family, but all she can think about is the love that she lost.
But memories aren’t all that’s come back from the past. And this time, Ivy’s not sure love will be enough to save her.



Hello fellow bookworms,

As I previously mentioned on one of my previous reviews (first Kissed by an Angel trilogy post) that I haven’t given Fantasy novels and stories a shot before. But, this series has struck my interest and I’d like to read more similar works.

the trilogy had me heartbroken, not that I’m complaining or anything, but I felt like somebody has snatched my heart away. Not sure how to move forward from that (suggestions appreciated lol)

Totally bittersweet.
I enjoyed it. Actually, I LOVE it!!! I wasn’t expecting such an ending.

“I’m heartbroken” I cry
“I shall never forget you” I whisper
“what do I do with my life now?” I ask

this story brought a dramatic side out of me lol

Ivy is lovely girl, she’s strong and understanding, not to mention a beautiful person inside and out.

Tristan‘s love for Ivy run so deep, that he would do anything just to protect her and have her smiling.

Beth and Will, through there was some ups and downs in their friendship with Ivy, they remained loyal to each other.
Not sure how to feel about Will and Beth as a couple, I’m not against them that’s for sure, I’m just feeling a little bit weird lol maybe because of whom Will was with in the beginning of the story 😛 (I’ve spoiled enough, time for you to read and find yourself)


Have you read Kissed by an Angel, and this trilogy before? Do you have any suggestions on such similar Fantasy-Paranormal genres? Share with me


Review: A Thousand Boy Kisses – Tillie Cole



Title: A thousand Boy Kisses
Author: Tillie Cole
Genre: YA, Romance, Contemporary
Release Date: March 15th 2016
Rating: ★★★★★/★★★★★
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One kiss lasts a moment. But a thousand kisses can last a lifetime.One boy. One girl. A bond that is forged in an instant and cherished for a decade. A bond that neither time nor distance can break. A bond that will last forever. Or so they believe.When seventeen-year-old Rune Kristiansen returns from his native Norway to the sleepy town of Blossom Grove, Georgia, where he befriended Poppy Litchfield as a child, he has just one thing on his mind. Why did the girl who was one half of his soul, who promised to wait faithfully for his return, cut him off without a word of explanation?Rune’s heart was broken two years ago when Poppy fell silent. When he discovers the truth, he finds that the greatest heartache is yet to come.



Hello my friendly bookworms,

It has been a while I’ve been looking for a certain specific book that would turn my world upside down (masochist much?). Now, I can’t believe I’m admitting this, but this book has been sitting in my library for MONTHS. I’ve finally picked it up and read it, my heart feels so full it could burst any given moment now.
In fact, there are no proper words to describe my current state and feelings.

Poppy and Rune meet when they are five years old. They are neighbors who quickly become best friends. Poppy’s mamaw (grandma) gives her a jar to fill with kisses..1000 boy kisses to be exact!! Rune, decides, out of anyone, he’ll be the very one to give Poppy these kisses.
After spending most of their childhood/teen years madly in love, Rune gets suddenly slapped by the reality he’s got to leave to Norway (his original country) and leave his one and only Poppy behind..



“Moonbeam hearts and sunshine smiles.”



You guys, these two characters, Poppy and Rune are both amazing. Their love and devotion to each other is itself amazing.



“I closed my eyes and replayed our lives in my mind. I remembered the times I hugged him and he hugged me harder. I remembered how I kissed him and he kissed me deeper. And best of all, I remembered how I would love him and he would always strive to love me more”




A thousand Boy Kisses has this cute heart sketches

and don’t get me started on how freaking cute Rune and Poppy are 😍 I SHIP!!!! A hundred, thousand, MILLION yes to these two cuties (now THAT was my reaction before it turned sore)
Why Tillie, Why 😭😭😭
BUT, I totally understand the ending and it somewhat gave me a sense of calmness and acceptance as I’m absolutely and definitely team Poppy and Rune.


Is anybody curious enough to know how else do I feel after trudging through this thing? Anybody?


Imagine if someone re-wrote all those ugly-cry stories we read and heard about or saw as movies into one book. This is the result…all wrote down on some cute pink heart-shaped paper.

This book is very VERY well written, you could absolutely feel the connection between the characters and get attached like you never had before!

Have you read it before? what are your thoughts? And, I would love to get suggestion to similar books.

Have a good read!