Bound by Honor (Born in Blood Mafia Chronicles #1)

And who will protect me from him?


Father’s lips thinned. “You are right. But as I see it Aria will be living under my roof until the wedding and since honor forbids me to raise my hand against her, I’ll have to find another way to make her obey me.” He glowered at Gianna and hit her a second time. “For every one of your wrongdoings, Aria, your sister will accept the punishment in your stead.

He held me against his body and his upper arm was close to my face, so I turned and bit him. He was so startled he actually released me and I tried to jab him with the knife, but he gripped my wrist.

“Did you bite me?” he asked as he stared at my teeth marks on his bicep.

“Not hard enough. There isn’t even blood,” I said. Luca’s shoulders twitched once, then again. He was fighting laughter. Not the effect I’d intended when I bit him but I had to admit I loved the sound of his deep chuckle.

“I think you’ve done enough damage for one day,” he said.

His lips brushed my ear. “Tonight you beg me to spare you, but one day you’re going to beg me to fuck you.” No. Never, I swore to myself. His breath was hot against my skin and I closed my eyes. “Don’t think because I don’t claim my rights tonight that you aren’t mine, Aria. No other man will ever have what belongs to me. You are mine.

I could make you feel good, Aria,” he murmured, his hand on my waist tightening. “You want to come, don’t you?”

Oh my God, yes. My body was screaming for it. “I’m fine. Thank you.”

Luca choked on a laugh. “You are so stubborn.

If I’d done that today, you would have lost control. The only reason why you didn’t was because I treated you like my husband, not a monster.

Just beacause I'm wearing revealing clothes doesn't mean I'm inviting them to look.

Love is something girls hope for when they don't know better, something women long for when they lie awake at night, and something they'll only ever get from their children. Men don't have time for such notions.

Make him be good to you. Make him love you if you can. It’s the only way to get through this.

Maybe love is a risk, but it’s a risk I’m willing to take and as you said, it’s not a choice. I never thought I would, never thought I could love someone like that but I fell in love with you. I fought it. It’s the first battle I didn’t mind losing.

She's a fucking rat trying to humiliate a queen...She's nothing

The last few words of the oath that men swore when they were inducted into the mafia could just as well have been the closing of my wedding vow:

“I enter alive and I will have to get out dead.

Then so be it. I’ll go where you go no matter how dark the path.

The path stretching before us was one of darkness, a life of blood and death and danger, a future of always watching my back, of knowing every day could be Luca’s last, of fearing that one day I might have to watch him receive a lethal injection. But this was my world and Luca was my man, and I would go this path with him until the bitter end.

Wherever his eyes touched my body, they branded me as his possession, the word ‘mine’ edged into my skin over and over again.

You look like shit,” Luca said.

Matteo nodded. “My tenth espresso and I’m still not awake. Drank too much last night.”

“You were trashed,

Your sister is a fucking nuisance,” Luca muttered in my ear.