My life is a tale of betrayal.
I killed so many because they betrayed our cause, because they betrayed the Outfit.
A hypocrite. A liar. A murderer.
That’s what I am.
Five times I betrayed the Outfit. With my blood I made a vow to our cause, swore my life to it, promised to put the Outfit first. Above all else.
Five times I chose a woman over the good of the Outfit. I betrayed my father. My vow. My men.
You reap what you sow.
Would my betrayals destroy everything I swore to protect?
On our wedding day I made a vow to stand by Dante’s side.
In good and in bad times.
To love him through it all.
Growing up in the mafia, I knew the challenges in our life would be numerous. I never expected them to tear at the very base of our family, of our existence.
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Bound by the Past starts prior to any other Cora Reilly book, and extends up to the present day, following the events of Twisted Pride. Most of the book is told from Dante’s POV, but there are sections told from Valentina’s as well.
I generally hate books that are retelling a story previously known, from another character’s point of view. I think it is a cheap way to resell the same old story and find it boring. Personally, books I read tend to be more plot driven and incorporate character development rather than rely on it to move the story forward. So long-winded version short: this book was designed for a reader like me.
All that being said …
I do like Cora Reilly’s story-telling abilities. A grammar freak may have trouble reading her books, as English is not her first language and this is noticeable, but the vivid world and characters she has created keep me coming back.
I felt a little bad for Dante – aside: am I crazy for sympathizing with a fictional monster??? – for consistently rating low among all the leading men in Reilly’s universe. I felt it was an unfair comparison. Dante’s reputation was riding on being featured in one novel, Bound by Duty, and there had been several books set in each of the rival Capo’s territories.
Bound by the Past introduced readers to more of the Outfit Mafia world, and how it differs from La Famiglia or The Camorra. It was good to see events from another perspective and see how Fina’s departure from this family affects those left behind.
I do not recommend reading this book as a standalone. Readers should have at least read Bound by Duty, if not all of Reilly’s Mafia novels. Proper reading order (IMHO, proper is chronological within cannon to prevent spoilers) is as follows:
- Luca Vitiello
- Bound by Honor
- Bound by Duty
- Bound by Hatred
- Bound by Temptation
- Bound by Vengeance
- Sweet Temptation
- Twisted Loyalties
- Bound by Love
- Twisted Emotions
- Twisted Pride
- Twisted Bonds
- Twisted Hearts
- Bound by the Past
- Twisted Cravings (not yet released)
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