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REVIEW - Binding Rose

Title - Binding Rose
Author - Ivy Fox
Name of Series - Mafia Wars
Series Type - Standalone
Genre - Dark RH Mafia Romance
Release Date - 7th Jan 2021
Overall Rating - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Heat Rating - 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

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.

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Mafia Wars is a shared world series. Each book in the series can be read as a standalone. A book will release every other Friday starting with Binding Rose! Pre-order the books in the Mafia World Series:

GUNMETAL LILY by Rebecca Royce:


WILTED ORCHID by Loxley Savage:

FORGET-ME-NOT BOMBSHELL by Susanne Valenti & Caroline Peckham:

BLADE OF IRIS by K.A. Knight:

My Review 💋

Star Rating : 4.5/5 Stars

POV : Multiple

Cliffhanger : None

Hero : Teiran , Shay , Colin

Heroine : Rosa

Pace of the story : Moderate (a bit fast in the middle)

Angst Rating : 5/10

Heat Rating : 7/10

Triggers Involved : Past Trauma , Humiliation

Plot Summary :

The families have always been at war. So the one solution they all decide is to get their daughters married in one of the other head families. This way each family will have one daughter to care for and they can't hurt her because their own daughter will be with someone else too. Rosa is decided to be Teiran's wife. Within the pain of losing his baby sisters to a bunch of Russian monsters and in fear of whether they'll keep her safe as their wife or not, the last he needs or wants Is a wife of his own. That is until he sees Rosa. She is nothing like the spoiled brat he had thought of her to be. Her innocence draws him in and he knows that he will have her no matter what. Only he is not the only one who wants her. His cousins want her too and a single game of domination puts too much at stake and now all of them are wrapped up in a game of life and death. No one knows what the outcome will be.

Overall Opinion :

This is the first book of this mafia world and many authors are participants in this. Each daughter's book is given to a different author and this was Ivy's book! I have to say that this was by far my favorite read by her. Teiran is just omggg. The hottest and most dominant man ever! He is everything I wanted in a hero and so much more. Not to mention Shay and Colin are perfect as well. This one is a reverse harem mafia romance which is tethering at the edge of a dark and contemporary romance.

The best part about this book is the chemistry of the characters. Especially Teiran. He had this aura around him which made him the most mysterious character for me and I elevated towards him naturally! The ending of this book was crazy and the anticipation for the side character books drove me crazy. Especially that of Iris! I am waiting not so patiently for that one lol.

Definitely recommending this book to all the reverse harem mafia romance loving people out there. it has a bit of triggers and it is slightly dark so if you want a complete contemporary romance, then this one is not that.

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