The fourth book in the ‘Born in Blood Mafia Chronicles’ series, ‘Bound in Temptation’ is the story of Liliana and Romero. If you’ve read the books in this series in order, you probably remember Lily as Aria and Gianna’s younger sister. You probably also remember the crush that she’s always had on Romero, the older soldier that is Aria’s bodyguard and one of Luca’s most trusted men.
Liliana is growing up and is no longer the child that Romero remembers. Despite his best attempts, he can no longer ignore the beautiful young lady that she has become. She hasn’t grown out of her infatuation with Romero over the years, she’s only become more determined to have him.
Initially, there is a lot of push and pull between Lily and Romero. She keeps coming on to him. He keeps turning her down, while he secretly fantasizes about what it would be like to have her.
Romero does his best to stay loyal to The Family. He’s never wanted anything other than being a loyal soldier, until Lily. Now, he’s forced to betray his heart or betray his vows. I think you can guess what he’ll choose. He is only a man, after all.
I love a forbidden love story, so this one was right up my alley. Add in a dangerous guy with serious bad-boy appeal and I’m hooked! It’s no wonder that I loved Lily and Romero’s story.
While I don’t want to give too much away, I will say that Lily surprised me with her strength. As the youngest sister, she was always portrayed as the silly little girl that was left out of the grown-up conversations before. She definitely came into her own in this book. Honestly, she was kind of a little bad-ass.
Similarly, I really came to appreciate Gianna in this book. While Aria seemed more submissive and happy to be the good little wife to Luca, Gianna wasn’t afraid to stir things up on behalf of her little sister. I absolutely loved Gianna in this book!
Despite the fact that the story was predictable and like many other mafia romances out there, I didn’t care. If it works, it works. This book worked for me. I enjoyed every minute and I don’t feel guilty for it.
The only downside to this story was that there was a large amount of grammatical errors. Incorrect word usage, misspellings and other elementary grammar oversights were pretty common. It was a bit distracting at times. For such a popular series and author, I’d expect the editing to be much better.
Otherwise, I thoroughly enjoyed this story. It was predictable, but entertaining. I was left feeling happy and contented. With war on the horizon for the New York and Chicago organizations, I’m curious to see where the next book in the series will lead.