Fragile Longing by Cora Reilly EPUB & PDF – eBook Details Online
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- Authors: Cora Reilly
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“I can’t marry you.”
My fiancée’s words echoed in my head. Peering down at the engagement
ring she’d given back to me, I tried to pinpoint my emotions—a potent
mixture of fury and shock. The ring mocked me where it lay in my palm.
Serafina had hardly been able to stand my closeness when she’d uttered those
I’d known Serafina for as long as I could remember. Long before I’d met
her, her name had been whispered reverently among the boys and even the
men in our circles.
The regal ice princess’s beauty featured in many fantasies.
Like magpies drawn in by a shiny object, many wanted to possess her.
When she’d been promised to me at the age of fifteen, I’d reveled in the
admiration and jealousy of my fellow Made Men. I’d won the sought-after
prize and could call her mine.
For years, I’d counted the days to our wedding.
Everything had seemed to be working in my favor. I had been about to
become the youngest underboss of the Outfit with the Capo’s niece, the ice
princess, as my wife. I’d felt invincible.
Many consider arrogance and pride a sin, and I was punished harshly for
Days before I was supposed to take over from my father as Underboss,
my little sister Emma was in a car accident. Now, she was trapped in a
wheelchair with no future ahead of her. The mafia world wasn’t kind. Girls
and women who had obvious flaws were cast aside and deemed unworthy,
doomed to a life in the shadows either as spinsters or stuck in a marriage with
the first scum who accepted them.
On the day of our wedding, Serafina was stolen from me, kidnapped by
our cruelest enemy: the Camorra of Las Vegas.
When their Capo sent her back to us, she wasn’t the same girl I’d known.
She was lost to me, broken, and I couldn’t fix her.
My meticulously planned future was in shambles. I was left with a
disabled, heartbroken sister and a dying father. Left without a wife.
I closed my eyes after ending the call with my father. He insisted that we
needed to demand a bond with Cavallaro’s family. He wanted the connection
to the Capo, and though I agreed, moving on from Serafina so soon after
losing her cut me like an acid blade.
Life had to go on, though, and I had to appear strong. I was young. Many
expected me to fail at the task of ruling over Indianapolis. They were waiting
for that moment, for my fall from grace. I curled my fingers into a fist around
the ring and went in search of my Capo and Serafina’s father.
Ten minutes later, Serafina’s father Pietro Mione, her brother Samuel,
and our Capo Dante Cavallaro met with me in the office of the Mione
mansion to settle the matter of the broken wedding bond. The matter would
cause a riptide of rumors regardless of what we decided today. It was too late
for damage control.
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