Twisted Cravings by Cora Reilly

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Mafia meets illegal street racing in this action-packed standalone in the Camorra Chronicles!

As the youngest brother of the notorious Falcone clan, Adamo grew up surrounded by blood and violence. Drugs soon became his way of coping.

Becoming a Made Man like his brothers was his destiny but never his passion. When he becomes the organizer of his family’s successful illegal street races and one of their thrill-seeking drivers, he finally asserts his own path in the harsh mafia world.

His purpose isn’t the only thing Adamo discovers on the fuel-soaked roads he calls home…

​Dinara Mikhailov is the only female race driver and hard to ignore. Not only because of her flaming red hair and ruthless driving style, but also because the Bratva princess is allowed to drive in enemy territory.

Soon Adamo and she find themselves entangled in a passionate game that goes beyond the race track. Yet, both haunted by events in the past, their dark cravings put everything on the line.

As what they crave the most, comes with a brutal price.

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• MY REVIEW •

My my. Adamo’s quite a bad influence… 🙈🙉🙊

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I wanna say it’s what I was anticipating… but it wasn’t. Well… not completely. I was of two minds during and after reading it.

Whilst I was giddy with the initial premise of the book — I mean c’mon, mafia meets illegal racing?? Umm. Yes please! It wasn’t what I had expected. Yes, there’s the mafia side of things and elements of the illegal car racing but it felt more or less a means of bringing in the Bratva more so into what was initially the Italian mafia world, as suppose to having the majority of the storyline center around Adamo and that race world he found solace in. Don’t get me wrong, I’m as intrigued by the Russian mob as much as the next fan of this world, but I just would’ve loved a lot more of that racing scene… and in detail.

It started strong with an opening scene to Adamo’s world since we last heard of him in the previous books and to be honest I was wondering if I was going to see him as all grown, broody and oh so swoon-worthy… orrrrrr if I was still going to picture him as an adolescent, still reckless, and still finding his place in the Camorra.

I’m going to be in the minority here but I definitely did not see him like I do Remo, Nino or Fabiano… or even Savio. 😅 Despite now being a young man, I just couldn’t believe it… ugh… he just wasn’t believable enough to be all grown up and a full-fledged Made Man in my books. He didn’t completely come off as a Mafioso. Put aside the Camorra and his family, you would think he was just a wealthy guy with connections, who runs illegal car races and who happens to be a nifty driver. The darkness the supposedly surrounds him wasn’t obvious. I didn’t feel it, it didn’t leap off the pages, and I wasn’t convinced whenever it was demonstrated. Which wasn’t as much as I thought it would have been considering the brutal events of his past.

I really wanted his story and his struggles to be delved into a lot more than what was provided. There was just something missing that didn’t give his story the oomph I was hoping for.

But! In saying that…. do I love Adamo? Yes. No doubt. He may not be as gritty and yeah okay… not as hardy as his older brothers but he certainly had remarkable qualities that I was happy to see a Falcone brother possess. Traits in which I did find myself grinning at seeing whenever Adamo effortlessly displayed it. (And I’m not talking about his talents with his hands, mouth or dick).

In some ways I think Adamo’s personality is one of my faves from the Falcone brothers. He seems to have a lot of the traits I loved from all of his brothers within himself. And in general I loved seeing the contrast of relationships Adamo had with each one of them. Not to mention his relationships with the extended Falcone clan.

Now—What can I say about Dinara Mikhailov? She’s spunky, I’ll give her that. If you know me or have read any of my past reviews concerning heroines in Mafia worlds, that I would absolutely pick a chick who’s independent, can stand up for herself, kicks ass, and doesn’t back down easily over a meek, damsel in distress type any day… (Ooh wait now that I think about it… there is one exception though). *waggles brows*

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Dinara caught my attention right after she stole Adamo’s. 🤭 Her style alone is winning! *chef’s kiss* Add in her determination and how she holds attention, and next thing you know, you’re hooked and invested in seeing her story unravel.

As someone who’s read quite a few DARK reads, what you discover about Dinara in this book can so easily be tough to get through. I don’t know what level of darkness Cora had intended for Dinara’s story (and I can’t speak for others) but in my opinion her story wasn’t difficult to read. There was a sense of detachment—I don’t know if it was me and I couldn’t quite connect with it, or if it was Dinara herself and how she came across whenever her past was brought to light. Either way, it didn’t come across as dark as some of Cora’s previous mafia books.

Individually, both Dinara and Adamo are likable leading characters. For two people who knows nothing else but the mob life, they both have such softer personalities in comparison to the other couples. There’s an evenness in their relationship that was somehow calming to see. There was no sense of dominance with either one of these two, making it seem like they’re on equal footing with one another. But of course, things are never all that simple. Adamo and Dinara prefer to keep their turmoil to themselves, hence why they seem less blaring, and why they have a pull towards one another. Twisted Cravings is definitely a bang-on title for their story. They feed each others’ cravings that they can’t find anywhere else or weren’t being provided for by the people who were closest to them. As much as I perked up every time they danced around each other and their feelings, the further their relationship developed, the more I questioned: How healthy is their relationship? 🤔

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Dinara and Adamo are similar in so many ways having similar vices and coping mechanisms to get them through and connecting that way. Their relationship is a seesaw of emotions where it could go very bad, very quickly with just the smallest trigger. You can’t help but be on edge seeing how things will go down between them.

This book had some new elements that were thrown into what I consider staples of Cora’s in her Mafia world, and I was digging it! It was both refreshing at times and at other times unsurprising yet simply comforting. I always love seeing how Cora will expand her already vivid world building, and one thing that never fails to get me hooked for more are the secondary characters that make appearances or ones she introduces that seem to hold my attention as much (if not more) than the characters in the foreground. This book was no different. It was also interesting to see how certain dynamics and environments have altered over time.

🤐 If I could, I would shout it from the rooftops who I was swooning over in this book, what scenes had me ooh-ing and ahh-ing, and the eye-catching tidbits I noticed here and there where the Falcones are concerned. All in good time. All in good time.

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Twisted Cravings is as much Dinara’s story as it is Adamo’s and told from both their points of view. It’s a slower-paced story, in comparison to the previous books in the series, and despite the sensitive subject matter and trigger warnings this book contains, it’s nowhere as gritty either. With Adamo and Dinara being young, this had a lighter, more NA vibe to it… although the smuttiness is very much present.

I wanna say it’s a pretty straight forward storyline. The first part gripped me, it slowed down in the middle, but by the final third of the book it picked back up and finished strong! There wasn’t much plot twists, but there were a couple of moments that had me taken aback. Look forward to some lighthearted banter, some Falcone charm, and vodka! 🙌

As much I thought I would come away from reading this book loving all the romance. I actually ended up loving the family interactions more. There’s such strong family bonds in this one that I couldn’t get enough. In a cruel world like theirs it was so satisfying to see somewhat of a normal familial relationship included.

Overall, a great addition to the Camorra Chronicles. Adamo’s story has been very much anticipated and in terms of seeing him finally have his happily ever after, it certainly doesn’t disappoint! This book can easily be a bit too topsy-turvy, but when it did reach those highs, those moments were completely epic! This book has such heart. And there were parts that had me sitting up in attention and daydreaming of the future and what’s to come!

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I don’t think I need to say this but I will anyways—It’s a must read for any fan of Cora’s and the Camorra Chronicles. If this was to be the absolute final book in the series, I can happily sigh with contentment that all my Falcone babes found their haven.

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Thank you to Cora Reilly and Emily Alice for the opportunity to read an advanced copy!

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Read my reviews for The Camorra Chronicles!

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📕 Book One: Twisted Loyalties by Cora Reilly

📕 Book Two: Twisted Emotions by Cora Reilly

📕 Book Three: Twisted Pride by Cora Reilly

📕 Book Four: Twisted Bonds by Cora Reilly

📕 Book Five: Twisted Hearts by Cora Reilly


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Twisted Hearts by Cora Reilly

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Savio Falcone has a few non-negotiable rules when it comes to girls.

They need to be hot as f*ck.

Spread their legs without much prompting.

And leave as soon as the fun is over. Preferably minus any bitching or tears.
With his easy-going bad boy attitude, a last name that rules over Las Vegas and a body to die for, girls have always been at Savio’s disposal.

Unfortunately, the hottest girl in Vegas comes with a price Savio isn’t willing to pay. For Savio to get Gemma he’d need to seal the deal and put a ring on her finger. Settling down is out of the question, no matter how hot a piece of ass waits at the altar.

Gemma Bazzoli has had a crush on Savio from the first moment she came face to face with his arrogant smile, but for him she was always his best friend’s annoying little sister—until her hard-earned curves catch even his attention.

But Savio likes it easy, and Gemma is anything but. When she’s promised to another man, Gemma resigns herself to the fact that the man she’s wanted all her life, doesn’t want her badly enough.

Savio has to decide how much work he’s willing to invest, because bending the rules in his usual style might not be enough to get the girl that haunts his wet dreams.

(Can be read as a standalone)

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— MY REVIEW —

Ending 2019 with a fucking bang! Figuratively. (And in Savio’s case–Literally) 😜

“I’ll take you to the candy shop
I’ll let you lick the lollipop
Go ‘head girl don’t you stop
Keep going ’til you hit the spot, whoa”

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Ohhhhhh man.

I knew Twisted Hearts would be a real contender in knocking down Twisted Pride from top spot when Cora started teasing us with her plans. It’s a draw (just soz you know).. But damn! Twisted Hearts exceeded every possible expectation and hope I had for it. I LOVED every minute of it! Reading it was like a “punch in my heart”

When I started it, I was in no way expecting or even prepared for the impact it had on my emotions. I haven’t bawled my eyes out over anything I’ve read in… wait! I don’t even remember the last time I bawled my fucking eyes out.

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This book… ughhh… this book wrecked me. There are things in this book that I was not prepared for. If I think back on it now, I’m still in shock! I ended up being an emotional ugly mess that I kid you not, I woke up the next day with slits for eyes–they were that puffy!

When it came to Savio Falcone, I admit I automatically assumed that his book would have the most humor, the most light-heartedness, the most banter. Whilst it had all that, what leaped off the pages for me was Savio’s sincerity, his loyalty, and a side to him he rarely reveals. Not even to his brothers (unless he lets it). I, for one did not see this side to him coming.

And what I found different and refreshing in comparison to the other books in the series is that Twisted Hearts is set in different stages of Gemma and Savio’s lives, rather than seeing only flashbacks of their pasts in a mostly present day setting. It starts out with them as kids and goes all the way through to their adulthood–so, you’ll see a lot of character growth. The world-building is already set by the previous books, and whilst the mafia side of things is still present, the story centers more around Gemma and Savio’s personal lives; their day to day with friends and family.

I also enjoyed the fact that there was more than one development playing out in this book. As much as I was invested in seeing how things would go down with Gemma and Savio, I became every bit as intrigued with the side characters.. *cough* Diego *cough*..

Why, hello there!? 😉😉

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I think I need to start a list of Made Men (besides the Falcones, Vitiellos and Scuderis) that I need to keep a watchful eye on. First there’s Samuel. Now Diego!

But all fun aside.. I always love the families Cora creates in her gritty, twisted reads. The relationship that Gem and Diego have is amusing, yet endearing. It almost gives me the same sappy feeling whenever I think of Serafina and Samuel. The over-protectiveness and love is so evident that you can’t help but roll your eyes and smirk at the same time.

I love Gemma’s family dynamics. It’s crazy adorable! And I may not be Italian but I could relate to a lot of the things Gemma grew up with because they’re the same in my family. Some things were so relatable I found myself snort-laughing with agreement.

And it wouldn’t be the same without the Falcone clan being there. I always wondered how a family so unconventional, so twisted, so screwy could work so well. Never a dull moment in the Falcone household.

Oh… *whispers* and keep a lookout for a few visitors in this one! *wink wink* I know it’s cruel to tease. But… *evil laugh*

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I sometimes forget with the hardships they’ve gone through in their lives that Fabiano, Leona, Remo, Serafina, Nino and Kiara are all still quite young in age. Whilst their books read as Adult Romance, in my opinion, Twisted Hearts has a more youthful/ NA atmosphere to it. For dark romance, it almost feels like a lighter read in the sense that this story doesn’t have as much of the heaviness that the previous books had where dealing with Mafia related business was in the foreground. Definitely more swoonage!

Despite Savio and Gem being young, the sexual tension between them is alive and kicking! There opposites, so there’s a lot of push and pull between the two. And I’m not gonna lie–it was frustrating at times. LOL. Hair pulling, high blood pressure and chocolate were present whilst I was reading it.

And for someone like myself who loves Mafia romance and anything Boxing/ MMA related, having it combined into one book definitely gets extra giddy points from me! I ate up all the gym training/ fighting/ sweaty abs scenes like a hungry desperado who hadn’t eaten a meal up until now! I only hope we get more of them in the future.

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There’s just so many things about this book I could mention that pulled at my heartstrings… but I won’t! Ohhhh but I want to so badly! Damn spoiler free review! 😜

All I can say is if you love banter–this one has it in spades! Family bonding? Check. Friendships? Yup. Some ass kicking? You know it! Heartbreak? Inevitable.

There is no doubt in my mind that Savio and Gemma’s journey was one that was well worth the wait. The highs and lows will have you pulling an all-nighter because there’s just no way you’d be willing to take a break from reading it.

Twisted Hearts is utter perfection. I couldn’t fault it. (I only wish it was longer. Hehe). Whilst getting a chance to read it early made my Christmas holidays even better, I just know Twisted Hearts will surely start the New Year off in the right direction for those waiting for its release in January!

Not long to go, you guys. YOU GOT THIS!! 😁

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RATING: ♥♥♥♥♥/5

I think I’ve asked this in almost every review I’ve written for a Reilly book: Can someone tell me why Cora likes to tease us so much with all these characters, and possible scenarios and what-ifs?!? Anyone?? Heh.. I feel like everytime I read one of her books I have to keep my eyes peeled for clues and signs of possible pairings and future plot points. And every damn time, I’m left reeling and with dozens of questions. It’s torture. Lol.

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

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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 Four: Twisted Bonds by Cora Reilly


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Twisted Bonds by Cora Reilly

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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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(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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Twisted Pride by Cora Reilly

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Remo Falcone is beyond redemption.

As Capo of the Camorra he rules with a brutal hand over his territory – a territory the Chicago Outfit breached.

Now Remo is out for retribution.

A wedding is sacred, stealing a bride sacrilegious.

Serafina is the niece of the Boss of the Outfit, and her hand has been promised in marriage for years, but kidnapped in her wedding dress on her way to church by Remo, Serafina quickly realizes that she can’t hope for saving. Yet, even in the hands of the cruelest man she knows, she is determined to cling to her pride, and Remo soon understands that the woman at his mercy might not be as easy to break as he thought.

A ruthless man on a quest to destroy the Outfit by breaking someone they are supposed to protect.

A woman intent on bringing a monster to his knees.

Two families that will never be the same.

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— MY REVIEW —

*Exhales…*

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Okay. This is probably the most anticipated book from the Camorra Chronicles since we got a taste of Remo Falcone’s crazy in Bound by Love and Twisted Loyalties.

Not only is he the Capo of Las Vegas, oldest brother of the four Falcones (excluding Ryan – sorry Ryan), total badass alpha, and has the aura of power, darkness, unpredictability and is all around loco (at least in public).. it’s safe to say there’s more to Remo than meets the eye. Much, muuuuch more! 😉

Can I just say I had high expectations of Remo. But Twisted Pride was everything I hoped for and then some. Remo is a dream! Thank you Cora for creating such a complex, hellish character! ❤

Twisted Pride hits the bullseye!

It was dark. It was twisted. It was addictive. Some parts were predictable but the good kind of predictability. The kind where you were wishing this or that would happen and bam, it did! — Which of course makes you all giddy because you half expected it to not happen, but then on the other hand it has you all chuffed, plucking invisible lint of your shoulder like “yeaah, I knew it!” Hehe.

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It was action-packed from the first chapter, guys! It just flowed! If you’re like me who’s deathly afraid of roller coasters IRL, I guarantee this will be more your speed (and no vomit bag needed either.. unless you get squirm-ish over blood and torture.. then.. hmm never mind).

The storyline was well written, perfectly executed and in my opinion one of Cora’s best. The world-building just gets better and better. I loved that you can see character growth within the book (in all of Cora’s books, really). You can visibly see how far that character has developed, grown and matured in a space of 300 or so pages.

I was hoping to see more of the brothers as a family and to see their group dynamics  — because we only got to see glimpses of it in the previous books (Cora’s so good at giving as just enough so we stay hungry for more) but I got it in spades! I live for all the Falcone brotherly moments. 

The subtle and not-so subtle ways they show each other that they would do absolutely anything for one another. The us against the world.. four horsemen.. all for one and one for all mentality. It definitely feels different from the other families we see in Cora’s mafia world. As much as I’ve always loved (and will always love) Luca and Matteo’s sibling relationship, I think the Falcone’s relationship tops even them (at least for me). There’s something about it that felt so believable; a stronger bond.. (maybe it’s because I’m one of three sisters and the ups and downs we’ve gone through together.. lol ugh who knows?)

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Honestly, if I was living in this world, I would flail my arms, yell out 🙋‍♀️ “I volunteer as tribute!” and get my ass moving to Las Vegas to join Remo and the gang! 😜

Another thing I should bring up: The humor. If you love banter in your reads then you can bet you’ll enjoy the banter in this one. The jokes amongst the boys and the unexpected words said will have you snort-laughing. Oh man, I lost count of how many times it happened to me. Don’t read this book in public, people!  

Hm what else…? Oh yeah. There’s the steamy scenes. Can’t forget that! You can fry an egg from the heat coming off Remo and Serafina whenever they’re in the same room. There’s plenty of *cough cough* grabby hands… so you’ll get your fill (ooh… should I have used another saying? Lol sorry) #dirtyminded. The chemistry between Remo and Fina is palpable! The whole enemies to lovers/ hate-to-love trope has always been my fave in romance books and theirs was a scorcher! *fans self*          

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And speaking of Serafina. What a chick! She’s a mix of Aria’s innocence, Gianna’s courage, Liliana’s heart, Valentina’s sense, Cara’s perseverance, Leona’s street smarts and Kiara’s strength in one. She definitely has a place in my top three favourite ladies along with Gianna and Leona!

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I was waiting for a woman in these books who could defend herself. Someone who wasn’t your typical mafia princess, and my gosh she had me on the edge of my seat ready to fist pump the frickin’ air!

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OK OK! Quick Fire Questions! (Without giving too much away)

Will there be surprises? Hm. Maybe.

Will you need tissues? Yes. I didn’t cry.. but I did get teary. I needed tissues for the snot-fest that started when my eyes watered. Black heart be damned!

Is there a cliffhanger? Well, you’ll certainly be sighing once you hit the last page.

Will Twisted Pride leave you with a hangover? Oh fuckity fuck, yes!

More importantly, how graphic is it? Any trigger warnings? There’s violence, profanity and sexual content. Detailed scenes. So, readers 18+ of age only!

Three words to describe Twisted Pride? Gritty. Heated. Captivating.

Twisted Pride comes out on April 16, 2019. Hence, a spoiler free review at this time. I find it hard to write up reviews without adding spoilers, fave quotes and swooning over certain scenes so I apologise if this review is a little out of sorts. All you need to know is did I enjoy reading it? Yes. Would I recommend it? Double yes!

I couldn’t fault it and I couldn’t put it down. I actually reread it again right after the first time.. and then I read it again before I wrote this review. It’s for every reader who loves a good devilishly twisted dark romance. If you haven’t started this series and still need some convincing, read my reviews on the first two books.

RATING: ♥♥♥♥♥/5

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

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📚 Read my reviews for the series!

(In reading order)

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Book One: Twisted Loyalties by Cora Reilly

Book Two: Twisted Emotions by Cora Reilly

Book Four: Twisted Bonds by Cora Reilly

Book Five: Twisted Hearts by Cora Reilly

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Twisted Emotions by Cora Reilly

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Nino Falcone is genius and monster. As the right hand man and brother of the Capo of the Camorra, his lack of feelings is a blessing, not a curse – until his brother asks him to marry for the sake of the Camorra.

Kiara Vitiello, cousin of the Capo of the New York Famiglia, is chosen to marry Nino Falcone to prevent war with the Camorra, but what she hears about Las Vegas makes her veins pulse with terror. After her father betrayed his Capo and paid with his life, her family thinks marriage is her only chance to bring honor to her name; but only Kiara knows she’s a faulty prize given in return for peace.

A man incapable of emotions and a woman scarred by the past – an arranged marriage with the potential to unite, or destroy…

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— MY REVIEW —

 

Now. Onto my honest and spoiler free review (at least until it’s officially released on Jan 8, then I’ll spill my guts out.. spoilers and all! 😉

Twisted Emotions is the second book in the Camorra Chronicles and centers around the second oldest Falcone brother; Nino. In the first book, he was described as somewhat cold, calculating and the unfeeling one, and honestly his lack of emotion was what had me curious to read his book (more so than the oh-so hot Remo). I just needed to know what made him tick!

I don’t know how Cora manages to get us to fall in love with each one of her mafia men by the time their story is up next.. and what’s more is she always has THE perfect heroine for these powerful, possessive (but protective), swoony bad boys!

Nino was so much more than what I had originally imagined in my mind. Definitely different from the rest – One of a kind, especially in the Mafia world.

Kiarra.. *phew* what a brutal life she’s had already and she’s still such a young woman. All I can say without adding spoilers is.. We couldn’t have asked for a better man than Nino to be by her side! And vice-versa!

I couldn’t read through Twisted Emotions fast enough. I loved seeing bits of him revealed little by little and still being in awe that he is a Falcone!

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With all of Cora’s books, you’ll always see some OMG scenes, a few twists here and there.. and definite “I knew it!!” moments — this was no different. You get to see more of the Falcones as a “family” (dysfunctional be damned!) .. a band of brothers and less of the Mafia side, which don’t get me wrong I loved, but also left me wanting more of the action and violence … I think that’s what was missing and a good chunk of the reason why I couldn’t give this one full ratings. It felt tamer than her other books.

But if you love more romance and less of the bloodiness, killings, Mafia side then I say this one is perfect for you. If you like a balance of both like me, then you’ll still enjoy this one (I promise) but probably not as much as Twisted Loyalties.

Beautifully told. The story flowed easily and it didn’t drag on whatsoever. No skimming through pages, that’s for sure! Plenty of (good and bad) scenes that made my heart stop. I won’t lie.. a few teary moments too. But lots of laughter. I didn’t think I would snort unexpectedly, but I did. I so did! Geez. The dynamics of these brothers.. I swear.. LOL!

I don’t know how I’m going to survive the wait for Twisted Pride! No joke. This is me:

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This book gave little delicious teasers for Remo’s upcoming story and there’s so much anticipation in the air! Cora, this spin-off series is an effing hit!

RATING: ♥♥♥♥/5

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

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📚 Read my reviews for the series!

(In reading order)

Book One: Twisted Loyalties by Cora Reilly

Book Three: Twisted Pride by Cora Reilly

Book Four: Twisted Emotions by Cora Reilly

Book Five: Twisted Bonds by Cora Reilly

Book Six: Twisted Hearts by Cora Reilly


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Twisted Loyalties by Cora Reilly

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Fabiano was raised to follow in his father’s footsteps as Consigliere of the Chicago Outfit – until the man abandons him. Left to fend for himself, Fabiano is forced to fight for a place in the mafia world. As a ruthless street fighter, he quickly earns his place as the new Enforcer of the Las Vegas Camorra – a man to fear.

Leona wants to build a decent life for herself, away from her drug-addicted mother. But soon she catches the attention of a dangerous man – Fabiano Scuderi. Staying out of trouble and living a normal life are near impossible with a man like him.
Leona knows she needs to avoid Fabiano, but men like him aren’t easy to shake off. They always get what they want.

Fabiano cares about only one thing: the Camorra.
But his attraction to Leona soon puts his unwavering loyalty to the test. Is Leona worth risking everything he’s fought for, and ultimately his life?

Author’s note: Spin-Off-Series to my Born in Blood Series set in Las Vegas. You don’t have to read the Born in Blood series to understand the book.

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— MY REVIEW —

I LOVED IT! I am so freaking ecstatic that Cora has returned to writing more Mafia romances… and even better decided to write a spin off series off of the ‘Born in Blood’ series 😊 A spinoff that lives up to the original series!

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I didn’t think I would picture Fabiano any other way than as the teenage boy he was from the Born in Blood series.. but boy oh boy that quickly changed just from reading the first two chapters of this book.

I’m curious to see how Fabiano will deal with the Outfit (New York) and the Camorra (Las Vegas) war knowing he’ll be fighting against his sisters side.

Leona was THE perfect partner for Fabiano. They complimented and balanced each other so well. I felt for her.. having such troublesome parents like she did. Every time Fabi was frustrated with her parents and wanted to crack some skulls.. I was like yup! I hear ya. I hear ya, man!

She had a good, strong head on her shoulders. I liked that she was actually a practical thinker with common sense and survival instincts. (You’d be surprised by how many heroines I’ve encountered in Mafia stories where they’re supposedly independent and strong but the minute a guy comes along, they become complete doormats! Ugh). Leona is very much a likable character and honestly has become one of my faves female characters from this series.

Aaaaaaand… I can’t wait to read the rest of the series. I’m already very curious and eager to read Nino and Remo’s stories and seeing the ladies that would totally spin their worlds around! *evil laugh* Bahaha! 😁

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There wasn’t a single part of the book that I didn’t enjoy reading. It flowed so well, the plot was engaging (there was always something going on) and the characters’ mysteriousness had me desperate to know what was going on in their little Camorrista heads! 😅

This has now become one of my faves from Cora! I only wish it was longer. 😜 If you’re into dark mafia romances, then I highly recommend you read this one (and check out the entire Born in Blood series!)

RATING: ♥♥♥♥½

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📚 Read my reviews for the series!

(In reading order)

Book Two: Twisted Emotions by Cora Reilly

Book Three: Twisted Pride by Cora Reilly

Book Four: Twisted Bonds by Cora Reilly

Book Five: Twisted Hearts by Cora Reilly


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