Series: Born in Blood Mafia Chronicles Book 3
Author: Cora Reilly
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*Synopsis*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.
For six months Matteo doesn't give up looking for his runaway bride. When he finally finds her and brings her back to New York he locks her down and does everything in his power to keep her. But Gianna is stubborn and will fight 'till her last to keep her independence. But as she's fighting to stay out of the life, she misses that there is more to Matteo than just being a Made Man.
Before I even explain why, let me just say Matteo is mine! I loved him and how closed off he was but at the same time he was so open. Yes, I know that doesn't make much sense, but it also kind of does. He was closed off and kept to himself but his actions - even the extremely brutal ones - showed that he really cared. Everyone thought that he was just pursuing Gianna because she was a challenge to him, but the way he went after anyone that even dared to hurt her showed that he cared more about her than just teaching her a lesson. I loved seeing the silent and deadly side to him just as much as seeing the vulnerable side to him that came out when he thought Gianna would run again.
Gianna was completely different than the other women stuck in the Mafia life. She was bitchy and sassy and not afraid to throw some attitude around to guys twice her size. I really liked that she didn't just fall in line and start following her husbands rules and it made the story so much more interesting. When she started to fall for Matteo, a man she swore to herself she would never like, she had warring emotions swirling inside of her. I liked that we got to see her fighting her own feelings and trying to figure them out. I did start to get a little annoyed with her when she was being stubborn to the very end about her feelings toward Matteo, but it all worked out.
This is by far my favorite book of this series. The story was so different than the first two books because the characters were so unique. In the first books it was a Made Man badass with a soft side and a wife who just accepted the hardened life of the Mafia. But with this one, Matteo was badass and tough and the sweet side to him was nonexistent. Gianna never accepted just sitting back and doing what she was told and wouldn't just accept her fate like her sister, Aria did.
Bottom line, I loved Matteo of Gianna together and their story was perfect. The love/hate relationship was amazing and so intriguing that I couldn't put this book down. This will definitely be a book that gets re-read many times.