Hello everyone! How are you guys doing? If you weren't aware, I've been trying a blog schedule of posting every Wednesday and Saturday of the week. This is the schedule I've found works best for me over the last almost two years of book blogging here and on other platforms. I need you guys to hold me accountable to that in the future though. And today, as I stock up on writing posts, I've come to you with another Dark Romance Couples As Taylor Swift's Reputation Lyrics. In this post, I'll be talking about Cora Reilly and LJ Shen books.
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Bound by Honor by Cora Reilly
Description: A modern mafia fairytale.
Born into one of the leading mob families in Chicago, Aria Scuderi is a mafia princess known for her beauty. What many consider a gift means her doom when she’s forced to marry Luca Vitiello to bring peace between two mafia dynasties. Luca is the future Capo of the New York Famiglia, a man known for his brutality—and for crushing his cousin’s throat with his bare hands.
Aria is terrified of marrying a monster like him. He may be one of the most sought-after bachelors in New York, thanks to his good looks, wealth and predator-like charisma. But Aria knows the bad boy aura isn’t just a game; blood and death lurk beneath Luca’s striking gray eyes and arrogant smile.
In her world a handsome exterior often hides the monster within; a monster who can just as easily kill as kiss you.
Yet, there’s no escaping the arranged bond, much less a man like Luca. He’d follow her to the end of the world.
Her only chance to survive in a marriage with Luca is to gain his affection and work her way into his heart—even when rumor has it that Luca doesn’t have a heart to begin with.
A mafia princess known for her beauty given to a monstrous man.
Even monsters have a heart.
She has every intention of working her way into his.
Luca: I've made mistakes, and made some choices that's hard to deny // After the storm, something was born on the fourth of July // I've passed days without fun, this endgame is the one // With four words on the tip of my tongue, I'll never say - Endgame, Reputation
Aria: Inescapable, I'm not even gonna try // And if I get burned, at least we were electrified // I'm spilling wine in the bathtub, you kiss my face and we're both drunk // Everyone thinks that they know us, but they know nothing about - Dress, Reputation
Playing With Fire by LJ Shen
Description: A broken boy on the path to destruction.
A scarred girl without direction.
A love story carved in secrets, inked with pain and sealed with a lie.
Grace Shaw and West St. Claire are arctic opposites.
She is the strange girl from the food truck.
He is the mysterious underground fighter who stormed into her sleepy Texan college town on his motorcycle one day, and has been wreaking havoc since.
She is invisible to the world.
He is the town’s beloved bad boy.
She is a reject.
He is trouble.
When West thrusts himself into Grace’s quiet life, she scrambles to figure out if he is her happily-ever-after or tragic ending.
But the harder she pushes him away, the more he pulls her out of her shell.
Grace doesn’t know much about anything beyond her town’s limits, but she does know this:
She is falling in love with the hottest guy in Sheridan U.
And when you play with fire—you ought to get burned.
Grace: You squeeze my hand three times in the back of the taxi // I can tell that it's going to be a long road // I'll be there if you're the toast of the town babe // Or if you strike out and you're crawling home - New Year's Day, Reputation
West: This is why we can't have nice things, darling // Because you break them, I had to take them away // This is why we can't have nice things, honey // Did you think I wouldn't hear all the things you said about me? - This is Why We Can't Have Nice Things, Reputation
Sweet Temptation by Cora Reilly
Description: The first time Cassio met his fiancée, she called him ‘Sir’.
After losing his wife, Cassio is left to take care of two small children while trying to establish his rule over Philadelphia. Now he needs a mother for his children, and someone who can warm his bed at night.
But in a traditional world as his, choosing your wife is duty not pleasure.
Rules have to be followed. Traditions heeded.
That’s how he ends up with a woman—a girl barely of age. She might not be what he and his children need, but she’s wicked lovely and a sweet temptation he can’t resist.
Giulia always knew she’d marry a man her father chose for her. Only she never expected to be given to someone much older.
Suddenly she’s supposed to be a mother to two small children when she hasn’t even held a baby in her life.
Giulia quickly realizes that Cassio isn’t interested in a relationship on equal footing. Her mother always warned her that men of power like Cassio don’t tolerate insolence; yet, tired of being treated as a nanny and clueless child-bride, Giulia decides to fight for her vision of a happy family.
Giulia: I-I-I see how this is gon' go // Touch me and you'll never be alone // I-Island breeze and lights down low // No one has to know - Ready For It, Reputation
Cassio: Ocean blue eyes looking in mine // I feel like I might sink and drown and die - Gorgeous, Reputation
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