Review: Dangerous Innocence by Cora Reilly

May 18, 2023

Series: Five-Leaf Clover #1

Aislinn Killeen is a good girl. When her sister goes missing during a trip to New York, Aislinn leaves her hometown Dublin behind to search for her. She finds shelter with her uncle, a priest in the city's biggest Irish-catholic parish and also the confessor for the Irish mob. Her investigations soon lead her to the criminal underworld and one of its major Lorcan Devaney.

Lorcan Devaney’s reign is brutal, his temper feared, and his patience non-existent.
Aislinn is sure he’s the man who knows what happened to her sister. She realizes too late that attracting the attention of a man like Lorcan is a horrible idea. When secrets from her family’s past are revealed, she’s forced to marry the man who might be responsible for her sister’s disappearance.
Will she find her sister and escape the unwanted marriage, or will she be the second Killeen to disappear?

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

Dangerous Innocence is the first book in Cora Reilly's brand-new Five-Leaf Clover series, diving into the world of the Irish mob. I was really excited to read this mafia romance and couldn't wait to meet the new characters. The story started off strong, and I was hooked to see how it would unfold. Aislinn caught the eye of mobster Lorcan, and before she knew it, they were married. Lorcan was swoon worthy, and I couldn't get enough of him.

Aislinn was a strong and loyal character, and I admired her determination to find out what happened to her sister at the start. But as the story went on, it started to get a bit frustrating. I ended up liking Lorcan more than Aislinn. In the first half of the book, I would have given it four stars without hesitation. However, a particular trope emerged and decision was made in the second half that failed to align with Aislinn's personality which made me lower my rating to three stars.

Furthermore, the plot's development failed to generate the excitement I had anticipated. Regrettably, the story lacked significant occurrences and failed to deliver the thrilling momentum I had hoped for. Although I harbor reservations about the upcoming main character in the next book, I'm still planning on reading it, as I am curious to see how the series progresses.

About 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 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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