Release Blitz + Review: Twisted Emotions by Cora Reilly

The Camorra Chronicles #2

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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Dilated pupils, accelerated breathing, racing pulse, trembling, Kiara had the telltale signs of terror. I kept my thumb on her pulse point as I regarded her. She finally raised her gaze to mine, and her pulse sped up further. Her body’s reactions could have been a sign for arousal as well, but I knew they weren’t. 
“So you didn’t agree to marry me,” I pointed out.
Her cheeks flushed, and her gaze returned to my chin. “I did agree when Luca asked me, but my uncle never asked when he made the offer.”
“Why did you agree when Luca asked, then?”
Her brows drew together. “Because it wasn’t really a choice; it was disguised as one. In this life women aren’t given choices.”
I regarded her for a few moments. She seemed angry. Her anger suited me better than the submissive terror she’d displayed before. I lifted her hand, and she tensed again as if she’d forgotten about my touch. Her pulse raced against my fingertips. I showed her the ring. “I won’t tell you that you have a choice to accept this or not. We both know you will accept it like you will say yes in two days.”
She blanched and gave a small nod. “Otherwise there won’t be peace.”
“You will be my wife,” I told her. Whatever she’d heard about my brothers and me, and what was going on in Vegas, she didn’t have to fear that kind of thing. 
Her fingers shook as I put the engagement ring on. The jeweler had recommended it after I told her money wasn’t an issue. A simple gold band with a big diamond in the middle. I never understood the reason for engagement rings. She swallowed again, and I realized it was to contain some of her terror. “You realize this isn’t a death sentence.”
Dark brown eyes rose to meet mine. “Death isn’t the worst that can happen.”

**ARC provided in exchange for an honest review**

"She fought the demons of her past and made me realize that I, too, was shackled by memories, controlled by something I thought I had put past me."

I am falling more and more in love with the Falcone brothers. Twisted Emotions is Nino's story, who is the second in command to his older brother Remo (Capo of the Camorra). I am a huge fan of mafia romances, and especially the ones with arranged marriages. I was also intrigued by Nino when I met him in Twisted Loyalties, and I couldn't wait to see who could figure this complex man out. Both Kiara and Nino have gone through a tragic and horrible past, and that definitely still shows in their behavior now. Nino's mind has found a way to deal with his messed up memories, by just shutting down his feelings. Which scares Kiara because she didn't have an easy life, and doesn't know what to expect from him. His consideration for her feelings were very admirable.

"Only she could look down into the black abyss that was my soul and find something lovable in it."

I loved the slow progress of Kiara and Nino getting to know each other, even though they are married pretty quickly into the story. Nino in my opinion is a very thoughtful and would never do anything to hurt her. I loved seeing these two characters come together and grow as a couple. This story was mostly focused on their relationship, but I also wanted a bit more mafia action. Towards the end I felt that the story was a bit rushed and that there was still room for growth between the couple, especially when something happened with Nino. It happened just a bit too late into the story, so it wasn't fully explored and explained. Nino's individual character development would've been stronger if this happened midway through the story. So that was the only things I found lacking in this story, it just didn't feel complete in my opinion. However, we'll definitely see more of them in the next book, which will focus on Remo. I can't wait for this crazy guy to find someone who can handle him.

"We had both been scarred by our past, but together we fought our demons and came out as the champions. Never had a victory felt better."

If you haven’t yet started this series, start now with the first book beginning with Fabiano & Leona: 

Connect with Cora:
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 now lives in Germany with a cute but crazy Bearded Collie, as well as a cute but crazy man. When not dreaming up sexy books, she’s planning her next travel adventure, drink coffee or gin (sometimes at the same time), or doing CrossFit with her favorite guy.

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