Twisted Bonds by Cora Reilly

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— BLURB —

Can you ever truly leave the past behind in a house full of haunted souls?

Kiara always wanted a loving family she could take care of. She never thought she’d find it with the Falcones.

Nino and Kiara both lost part of themselves in their traumatic childhood. Together they’re trying to recover the missing pieces, but they aren’t the only broken souls in the Falcone mansion; Kiara fears that not all of them can be saved. Determined to protect her new family and the future of her dreams, she’s on a mission to help each of them in her own way, even if it means stacking up secrets.

Four brothers bound together by an unbreakable bond forged in their dark past. If one of them falls, will they all?

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— MY REVIEW —

Please note: Twisted Bonds coincides with Twisted Pride. This entire series is one, big continuous story. If you haven’t read Twisted Loyalties, Twisted Emotions and/or Twisted Pride — Read them first before diving into this beauty! 😉

Okay now…..

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Twisted Bonds. Did I love it?

Yes… and no. Okay, guys. Time for some real talk here for a quick second!

I loved that this next installment in Nino and Kiara’s lives coincided with the events in Twisted Pride so you get to see what they were dealing with whilst Remo was going all berserk on us! I was so wrapped up in this story all the way up to one particular scene that broke my heart, slapped me in the face, and made me cry. I was a little over 2/3 of the way and I kid you not I was thinking at this point that Twisted Bonds could not be more perfect.

Well…

I think I spoke too soon because literally the next chapter after the snot-fest I just had the story took a sharp turn I was not expecting. I was blindsided! And honestly I kiiiiiinda wish it didn’t happen. I know I’m going to be in the minority on this topic (and possibly be banished under a rock from here on out) because everyone loves a happy ending when it comes to the Falcones, especially Kiara these days (and don’t get me wrong, I absolutely do too) but I don’t know how I feel about this turn of events. To me it seemed a little too convenient..? And I can only imagine trouble in the future.

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It’s really hard to share my thoughts fully without adding any spoilers in this review.. so I’ll just say this: I like Kiara. I do. I like that she’s soft spoken, timid, and full of love but I felt like a lot of her actions and reactions in this book were pushing my buttons. At first I could sympathize but I think it reached the point where I was waiting for Nino to.. I dunno… react back? Which is silly I know, because the dude is fresh out of those. But I was just waiting for.. something. I don’t know what that is but something was lacking.

The last third of the book had so many things happening all at once. It felt like everything was at rapid speed, problems left and right that needed to be dealt with, and here I was still trying to wrap my head around the newest development with the Falcones.

But hey, who doesn’t like a good roller coaster ride in their reads, amirite!? 😄

Despite my rambles, I do love Twisted Bonds. It doesn’t disappoint with copious amounts of family interactions and bonding. Those and the light-hearted, funny scenes were the highlights for me.

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I’ve said this quite a few times since Twisted Emotions but I adore the interactions between Kiara and Remo — and if you do too.. then you’re going to absolutely flip over some more Kiamo moments! ❤  *whispers* confession: I kinda, sorta ship them! Even though I love Nino!

I was also giddy to see snippets of certain things we all wondered about at one point or another but never thought we’d see (at least not anytime soon) were somewhat answered or touched on in this book. Yes, it’ll leave you hungry for more but it’s also just enough to satisfy any curiosity. 

Hmm. Is it just me or whenever you read a Cora Reilly book, once you finally get some answers more questions just pop up in its place?

One of the reasons why I can’t get enough of her writing. It always keeps you enthralled. It keeps you guessing, and most importantly keeps you wanting more! This was no exception.

And speaking of wanting more — Let’s talk about the ending, shall we?

It’s bittersweet. The way TB concludes I am already drooling over what’s to come in the next installments that I may just have to carry a bucket around my neck! Not gonna give specifics but… ahhhh Savio! Adamo! aaaaaand… *whispers* think Camorra/ Famiglia relations. 😊😊 I’m internally squealing in the inside with excitement for possible developments, whilst sweating on the outside with panic on what I know could possibly go wrong. Eeep.

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*breathes*

Now. I have to get this off my chest because I can’t take it anymore!

SAVIO.

FUCKING.

FALCONE!

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Just when I thought I was totally and completely happy with who I considered were my fave Made Men… BAM! Savio knocks me off my ass, picks me back up and totally gives me a shit eating grin that melted what little sanity I had left.

I can already hear Matteo sharpening his knives. Haha!

If you weren’t 100% on board the Savio Bull Ride…then I will personally guarantee you that by the end of Twisted Bonds, not only will you be online shopping for a cowboy hat, assless chaps and rope…you’ll be effing YEEHAW-ING all the way to the Twisted Hearts release!

But FYI: I call first dibs on Savio! 😝

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It’s hard not to read anything Savio says without highlighting it because I tell ya…that Falcone brother has a way with words. He clearly bathes himself in charm (with a sprinkling of sweetener on top)!

Ughhhhhh…..

*exhales*

Okay.. moving on, moving on. Without giving too much away, let’s wrap this review up! —

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Pace of the story? A little on the slow side. But when it comes to Nino and Kiara.. that shouldn’t be a surprise though, right? When it comes to their relationship, they’ve always taken it nice and steady. The pace does pick up later in the book.

What can you look forward to in Twisted Bonds? Flamingos (and an assortment of other creatures), banter, brotherhood, sisterhood, permanent markers, and booze!

Side characters? Well.. like I mentioned earlier, make sure you’re up to date with the series beforehand because you don’t want to be questioning who a character is in the middle of reading TB, or how the characters know one another.

Plot twists? C’mon. We’re talking about a Cora Reilly mafia book… do you even need to wonder? And same goes for the ending too 😉 Have tissues, chocolate, and a fluffy pillow at hand. Screw sleep!

On a scale of 1 to 10, how badly will this book leave you with a hangover? I’ll let you know once I can stop rereading it. 😛

I say this every time after reading a Cora Reilly book but that’s because it’s true.. This is another unbelievable installment in The Camorra Chronicles! You will go through a spectrum of feelings reading Twisted Bonds that will most certainly have you going a little… cray.

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This one’s a hit! In case I need to tell you guys — when August 28 comes around.. Go! Grab! Read! And remember: I got dibs on Savio! 😉

RATING: ♥♥♥♥/5

Thank you to Cora Reilly for the opportunity to read an advanced copy! 💗

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— Twisted Bonds by Cora Reilly —

The Camorra Chronicles (Book Four)

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Release Date: AUGUST 28, 2019
WILL BE LIVE ON AMAZON! NO PRE-ORDER!
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📚 Read my reviews for the series!

(In reading order)

Book One: Twisted Loyalties by Cora Reilly

Book Two: Twisted Emotions by Cora Reilly

Book Three: Twisted Pride by Cora Reilly

Book Five: Twisted Hearts by Cora Reilly

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Happy reading, guys! Catch you in my next one! Xo

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