Book Review | Bound By Duty

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Dante – The Boss – Cavallaro’s wife died four years ago. On the verge of becoming the youngest head in the history of the Chicago mafia, Dante needs a new wife and Valentina was chosen for the role.
Valentina lost her husband, too, but her first marriage had always been for show. When she was eighteen, she agreed to marry Antonio in order to hide the truth: that he was gay and in love with an outsider. Even after his death, she kept his secret, not only to preserve the honor of a dead man, but also to protect herself. But now that she’s about to marry Dante, her castle of lies threatens to crash. Dante is only thirty-six but already feared and respected in the Familia, and he’s notorious for always getting what he wants. Valentina is terrified of the wedding night that might reveal her secret, but her worries prove unfounded when Dante shows her the cold shoulder. Soon her fear is replaced by confusion and indignation. Valentina is tired of being ignored. She’s determined to get Dante’s attention and desire, even if she can’t get his heart that still belongs to his dead wife.


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The second of my mafia holiday reads I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to get round to reviewing it, it does kind of make me wish I was back on holiday though.

What I liked…

Valentina was smart and independent, as much as she could be in the Outfit, her determination to try and win over Dante and make a better life for herself was interesting and her loyalty was admirable.

There was a lot of tension in this book, not just from Valentina worrying about Dante finding out her first marriage was a sham but there was some additional drama which really got me a lot more invested in the story.

Getting to see some of the characters I met in book one.

What I didn’t like…

The only real thing was Dante’s cold nature, it worked pretty well for most of the book but there were a few points that I felt like he should have started to thaw a little.


A great continuation to the series, if you like a little more action in your romance especially with a hot alpha male and a feisty but loyal female then I’m sure this will be for you.


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