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By Sin I Rise: Part One (Sins of the Fathers #1) by Cora Reilly


Maddox – Mad Dog – White hates everything the name Vitiello stands for, after he witnessed his father and his men getting butchered by the Capo of the Italian mob in their territory. Raised by his uncle, the president of the Tartarus MC, Maddox is destined to follow in his footsteps. Now their chapter is on the rise again, but for their ultimate triumph they need to destroy the Vitiello empire. And what better way to do it than to steal the spoilt Vitiello princess and break her piece by piece until her father begs for mercy.

Known as the spoilt princess of New York, Marcella Vitiello grew up in a golden cage. If your father is the most feared man in New York, people gift you with reverence.

Destined to marry the boyfriend approved by her father, Marcella is sick of being treated like an untouchable porcelain doll. 

She resents the life forced upon her by her family until everything she took for granted is ripped from her. Where she’s now, her name doesn’t bring awe, only pain and humiliation.

If you’ve grown up in a high castle, the fall is all the deeper.

Sins of the fathers have a way of catching up…who’s going to bleed for them?

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I love mafia romances and I love MC romances, but when you put them together…Holy cow!!!!!  

When a mafia princess is kidnapped for vengeance upon her father, the bond between captor and captive leads to an uncompromising sacrifice that neither of them imagined.

I wished I could be like that, not giving a damn about what people thought of me, but that was a luxury I couldn’t afford, pretty much the only one.

Marcella Vitiello is the ultimate spoiled mafia princess who loves her family and she has a target on her head. Being kidnapped and thrown into a dirty dog kennel with a bunch of bloodthirsty dogs is bad enough, but it’s the hatred and revenge in the eyes of the bikers that have her blood going cold. All, except Maddox White. She sees more in his gaze. An attraction that will be her saving grace and her downfall.

It was ironic that it fell upon me to protect my worst enemy’s offspring.

Maddox has hated Luca Vitiello most of his life after seeing him slaughter Maddox’s father and other Tartarus MC members when Maddox was only a child. When he agreed to kidnap Marcella Vitiello he expected to exchange her for her devoted father. But Maddox’s uncle has other nefarious ideas for Marcella meaning Maddox will have to protect her with his life. Will he go against the club to save her or will his revenge for her father choose her fate?

Marcella is a strong, arrogant warrior who is ballsy as hell! Her dignity is savagely tested by Maddox’s uncle and president of the MC, but her bravery is unwavering as the mafia queen she was raised to be. In fact, her test for Maddox’s devotion to her after he sacrifices everything to save her from being tortured is shocking and one of the most outstanding gestures of love I’ve ever seen. Maddox is an antihero who has a perfectly good reason to hate Luca Vitiello after he massacred his father, but he’s adamant that Marcella doesn’t deserve to be harmed because of her father’s choices. His respect for her courage and her strength as well as his willingness to lay down his life for her is commendable. I do have a problem with Maddox’s character though. He’s not rough enough for the MC life and he falls way too fast for the “beautiful princess”. It is hard to see how he could fit into her life. Their worlds are so different. Just when it looks promising, there is a cliffhanger. Sigh!  

There are great supporting characters apparently from books in the Born in Blood Mafia Chronicles including Marcella’s parents Luca and Aria, her Uncle Matteo, and enforcer Growl. In addition, Maddox’s brother Gray plays an important part in the story.

I recommend this unique and dark revenge romance filled with kickass characters, extreme sacrifices, and forbidden love.  I can’t wait to read the conclusion to their story.

Thank you to Ms. Reilly for giving me the opportunity to read this book with no expectation of a positive review.


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Cora Reilly is the author of the Born in Blood Mafia Series, The Camorra Chronicles and many other books, most of them featuring dangerously sexy bad boys. Before she found her passion in romance books, she was a  traditionally published author of young adult literature.

Cora lives in Germany with a cute but crazy Bearded Collie, as well as the cute but crazy man at her side. When she doesn’t spend her days dreaming up sexy books, she plans her next travel adventure or cooks too spicy dishes from all over the world.

Despite her law degree, Cora prefers to talk books to laws any day.

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