Fragile Longing by Cora Reilly ~ Review & Teaser (#CoraReilly)

Cora Reilly is not an author I've tried before, but I'm so glad that I did. This was a pretty good introduction to her work, and I am certain I will pick more up from her in the future.
Fragile Longing
Title: Fragile Longing
Author: Cora Reilly
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: September 28th 2020

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Sofia knows how it feels to be the consolation prize.
Too young.
Not blond.
And definitely not an ice princess.
Her sister is—was all those things. Perfection. Until she wasn’t. Until she ran off to be with the enemy and left her fiancĂ© behind.
Now Sofia is given to Danilo in her sister’s stead, knowing she’ll never be more than second best. Yet, she can’t stop longing for the love of the man she’s been crushing on even when he was still her sister’s.

Danilo is a man who’s used to getting what he wants.
The sought-after ice princess.
Until another man steals his bride-to-be. Danilo knows that for a man in his position losing his woman can lead to a loss of face.
Wounded pride.
Thirst for revenge.
A dangerous combination—one Danilo can’t leave behind, not even when a girl just as precious takes her sister’s place to placate him. Yet, she’s got one flaw: she’s not her sister.
Unable to forget what he’s lost, Danilo might lose what he’s been given.

I have read a few Mafia reads over the years, and this was quite a pleasant read for my first Cora Reilly book. She built a world that was a bit complex, and created characters with their own issues and thrust them together, and some how they fell for one another.

I liked seeing both sides to their developing relationship and how difficult it was for both of them over the years that they knew one another. Sofia always like Danilo, but he had eyes for someone else when they were young. Over time, the circumstances changed and the more time they were around one another the easier it become.

I liked that this read wasn't too heavy on the Mafia side, so it wasn't as dark as some books that I have read. There were a couple of unpleasant moments, but Sofia and Danilo eventually built a connection and their passion for one another was undeniable.

This was a good read, but I felt that I was missing something. After a bit of research, I realised that Sofia's sister had her own book in the Camorra Chronicles. If I had read this book, some of the story might have made a little more sense.

When these two finally got on the same wave-length, they had some series chemistry!! 

“... I can’t think about anything else than the taste of your lips, Sofia. I can’t wait to kiss you again.”
I squeezed his shoulder, pressing a bit closer. “What are you waiting for?” Surprised by my own courage, I laughed.
“If I kissed you the way I want to kiss you right here on the dancefloor that’ll cause the scandal of the year,” Danilo said dryly.

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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.

Cora Reilly

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