in , by Komal, June 28, 2020

Title: Twisted Pride
Author: Cora Reilly
Publication Date: 16 Apr 2019


Remo Falcone is beyond redemption.
As Capo of the Camorra he rules with a brutal hand over his territory – a territory the Chicago Outfit breached.
Now Remo is out for retribution.
A wedding is sacred, stealing a bride sacrilegious.
Serafina is the niece of the Boss of the Outfit, and her hand has been promised in marriage for years, but kidnapped in her wedding dress on her way to church by Remo, Serafina quickly realizes that she can’t hope for saving. Yet, even in the hands of the cruelest man she knows, she is determined to cling to her pride, and Remo soon understands that the woman at his mercy might not be as easy to break as he thought.
A ruthless man on a quest to destroy the Outfit by breaking someone they are supposed to protect.
A woman intent on bringing a monster to his knees.
Two families that will never be the same.


I was hesitant with the idea of writing a review for this book because nothing I say would convey the insane experience I had when I read this book. I can’t think straight when it comes to this book so proceed cautiously. But, here we are. So, onto the review

“Remo Falcone was indeed the cruelest man I knew, and I had to be the coldest bitch on this planet, because even still my stupid heart thudded faster when I thought of him.”

Twisted Pride’ has got extremely powerful primary characters. Remo Falcone is one of the most extraordinary grey characters ever written. With every page that I read, I saw a different shade of Remo, and Serafina, she was such a queen. He is violent, manipulative, and has psychopathic tendencies but he’s also loving, selfless, and a loyal man. She was cunning, cold, and proud. The character growth was well-developed. Serafina and Remo discovered different parts of themselves in each other and their struggle to accept those parts, their feelings towards each other was endearing. I really appreciate the fact that Cora Reilly did not make Remo perfect or a saint by the end of the book because life is about being better, not perfect. None of the characters in this book are truly innocent. I am still so conflicted about the moral conscience of these characters. 

The story is clear and concise. All the sentences were meaningful and served a purpose. The irony, foreshadowing used in some instances made the book more engaging. Serafina’s inner confusion during the second half of the book was so thoughtfully written. This book had excellent suspense, I couldn’t put it down once I picked it up. There are some unexpected twists and turns but I saw them coming. Descriptions on the setting could be more elaborate because they will help the reader picturise the story better. There was a lot of repetition regarding Remo’s twisted dark smile and his dark eyes. This novel needed additional actions Remo did to convey his cruel nature and more instances which enforce that Serafina is an ice princess. The torture sequences were vague. 

‘Twisted Pride’ is a treat for fans of dark romance. There is violence, explicit sexual content, and language. I don’t think this book is suited for all readers because one has to get rid of all their judgments and look past the grittiness to understand the brilliance of Cora Reilly’s writing. She is the queen of mafia romance, indeed. There is so much to observe and ponder. I enjoyed all of Cora Reilly’s books but ‘Twisted Pride’ resonated with me. I am eagerly waiting for a book that will surpass ‘Twisted Pride’. I have high expectations for one particular character in 'Sins of the Fathers'. I look forward to reading and reviewing more books to come. Thank you. 



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