Binding Rose: A Dark Mafia Romance (Mafia Wars) by Ivy Fox
I was sold to my enemies.
You would think that being forced into a loveless marriage to ensure an alliance would be unheard of in this day and age. And in most cases, you would be correct in that assumption.
But not for me.
A cartel princess has no vote on who she can or cannot marry—much less love.
Any decision in my life was forfeited just by being born into the most powerful Mexican cartel there is.
Still, it does sting that I’m to be hand-delivered to the Irish mob and marry into the Kelly family, who my own brother has coined to be nothing more than bloodthirsty savages.
They’re animals, Rosa. Filthy, unscrupulous, vicious animals.
Those were his exact words, yet he still followed our father’s orders to walk me down the aisle, making sure I didn’t run from my obligation.
As if that was even an option.
All my choices were stolen away from me the minute I became another pawn to be used and abused at the hands of evil men.
Which leaves me to question…
Can a rose blossom in the dark?
Or will I have to rely on my thorns to protect me against the fate that’s been bestowed upon me?
Only time will tell if I’ll survive this cursed life or become another lost soul in these cruel and merciless Mafia Wars.
*Binding Rose is a full-length reverse harem novel in the dark and twisted Mafia Wars world.
*Recommended 18+ due to mature language, adult situations and sensitive content.
This is from a series of authors who have clubbed together to write separate books but will all interlink.
Binding Rose is a RH (Reverse Harem, one woman with more than one man) Rosa is a Mexican Cartel bosses daughter, so she’s no shrinking Violet. She’s been made aware of her duties for many years. But the one she’s finding hard to deal with is the arrangement her father made with other bosses…..
Six bosses meet up to discuss a truce, and to honour that truce, each boss will offer up a daughter to be married to one of the other five families! That way they hope to end bloodshed. Not all the families are happy, but they’ve been given ten years until the daughters are eighteen and older, and then they will be married off!
Tiernan is the son of the Irish mafia boss, his father picked Rosa’s name out of the bowl. Tiernan isn’t happy that marriage to an enemy will be his fate! His got no intention of making his new wife’s life easy! In fact he’s going to ask his brother and cousin to “take care of her” (RH part)
It starts off a little slow, but soon takes off. I loved Rosa and her attitude. I really liked how protective Tiernan was with his sister (she to be “given up as a bride” at some point) Shay (Tiernan’s brother) is a character and I really liked him. Colin (Tiernan’s cousin) is the muscle in this trio, but with Tosa he can show another side (and it’s endearing)
I wouldn’t really say it’s a true RH, as Tiernan realises he’s not the sharing type and wants Rosa all for himself! And it’s says a DR (Dark Romance) but I’m not even sure it’s a true dark romance. But it’s still a great story, and you have to admire the author for pulling it off in just one book (most RH’s I’ve read are spread out over a couple of books)
So can this arranged marriage really work when one member really have keen and the other just wants to go home?
An enemies to lovers/arranged marriage trope that ticked all the boxes.
I’m definitely interested in reading the rest of the series, and I’m adding this author to my TR (to read) author list.