Book Review: Bound by Duty by Cora Reilly

Bound by Duty.

In Dante Cavallaro’s world, the memory of his late wife continues to linger, haunting his every step even after four long years. As he stands on the brink of becoming the youngest leader in the Chicago Outfit’s history, he faces a crucial decision – to remarry and project strength or risk appearing vulnerable.

Enter Valentina, handpicked for the role of Dante’s new wife. Though she, too, has suffered the loss of a husband, her first marriage was merely a facade, a charade for appearances. Even in her husband’s death, Valentina bears the burden of his hidden secrets, striving to safeguard the honor of a man who can no longer defend himself, as well as her own reputation.

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As the wedding day approaches, Valentina’s web of deceit threatens to crumble under the weight of the truth. She worries that her secrets might be exposed on their wedding night, but to her surprise, Dante remains aloof, seemingly indifferent to her presence. Her initial fear transforms into a complex blend of confusion and frustration.

Tired of being overlooked and ignored, Valentina resolves to capture Dante’s attention and ignite his desire, even though she knows his heart still belongs to his deceased wife. Determined to break through the walls surrounding Dante’s emotions, she embarks on a journey to claim a place in his heart, no matter how elusive it may seem.

In this captivating tale, emotions run high as two individuals bound by circumstances and duty are entangled in a delicate dance of deception, desire, and destiny. Valentina’s unwavering determination to win Dante’s affection creates a riveting tension that captivates readers, drawing them into the depths of the characters’ complex emotions and the secrets that threaten to unravel their carefully constructed lives.

As the plot thickens and passions ignite, readers are swept along on a roller-coaster of emotions, eagerly flipping through the pages to discover if Valentina’s brave pursuit will lead to her desired destination or to unforeseen consequences that could change the course of their lives forever. Dante and Valentina’s story is one of resilience, love, and redemption, making it an enthralling addition to any lover of romance and drama.

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