Marriages are meant to be sacred but when an arranged marriage turns bloody a war is started.
Makenna Gallagher’s life is anything but ordinary. After experiencing something traumatic her life changes and not for the better. When she meets the man that she is expected to marry she knows that keeping her secrets is only going to get harder.
When Dante Bianchi sees his wife-to-be, he’s surprised. She doesn’t look anything like the sweet and innocent fourteen year old who he had agreed to marry five years ago. He looks forward to making her his.
When their wedding ends in a gunfight, he’s surprised to see his wife handling a gun with ease and when he watches her kill a man he doesn’t know whether to be angry or turned on.
Every family has secrets, but Makenna is drowning in hers. Will she sink or swim when hers turn deadly?
I will begin by saying this is my first book by this author. There were many things I truly enjoyed about this book. I love the fact that it is based on not just the mafia, but family and loyalty. There will be bonds that get shattered and we see bonds begin to grow that will be unbreakable. What is a man to do when he finds out there is more to his wife than meets the eyes? I will say Bloody Union is exactly that BLOODY…… Kenna is not your typical damsel in distress. As a matter of fact she is the complete opposite of that. Dante is the typical mafia man tall, dark, handsome. Their initial meeting takes place when they are both younger and the marriage arrangement is made. After suffering a traumatic experience her father does what he feels is necessary. Let’s fast forward a few years, and we get Kenna 2.0. Let me say she is a kicka$$ heroine who is not afraid to do what needs to be done. Dante is just as heartless and blood thirsty when those he cares for are being “targeted”. I enjoyed this book because Kenna is not a doormat. She sticks up for what she believes in and refuses to anyone knock her down. The author switched it up with the characters. Once you pick yourself up a copy you will understand just what I am talking about. It is definitely a nice change to read something where the heroine is just as strong if not stronger than the hero.
I’ve been on a mafia kick and Bloody Union by Brooke Summers seemed right up my alley. You say arranged marriage and mafia and I am there! I really enjoyed the story and was happily surprised with McKenna as a character. She’s not your typical docile, mafia princess. She’s got a backbone and a badass streak and I loved every word of it. Dante of course is tough, strong, ruthless, and all the things you’d expect from a mafia hero. He’s quite yummy and you have no complaints from me there. I loved the chemistry and dynamic between two such strong main characters, but MCKenna shined for me the most. If you’re a fan of mafia and strong heroines get Bloody Union.
“Makenna…” my father says and I turn my gaze to him. His tone is harsher than it usually is with me and I know that it’s due to the men that are sitting in his office. My father is head of the Ceannaire ar chách, the Irish Mafia here in New York. He has been since my grandfather took a bullet to the heart from the Bratva. He was lucky and survived; I don’t know how. Granda says that no way on this earth were the Russian’s going to be his downfall. He’s living life to the fullest in Dublin, Ireland where he’s the head of the Mafia. “Matteo Bianchi…”
My body tenses, I hate the Capo, have since I was twelve years old.
Nobody knows about my hatred of Matteo and no one ever will. I know the consequences of what will happen if anyone finds out the truth about that night.
My father carries on talking, “And I have agreed that our families being bonded is the only way to guarantee peace.” I hide the scoff, this is absolute bullshit, there’s no way that anything can be guaranteed. It’ll be put on hold for a while, but something is bound to piss one of them off at some stage and then all hell will break loose. “You and Dante will marry.”
I grit my teeth, I knew one day I’d have to marry, it’s the way our world works. A woman in the Mafia doesn’t have the life like a normal woman, we’re to be seen and not heard. We’re to be at the beck and call of our father and then our husband. I’ve been lucky, my father isn’t a monster to his family, unlike some of his men. From what I’ve heard most of the made men beat their women and children to submit to their wishes. Break the woman so they won’t disobey them.
I take a deep breath. “Yes, father.” My gaze moves to my brothers who are standing in the corner of the office, they are looking at me with a weird expression. Did they think I’d object? I’ve not got a death wish. I’m not stupid. I’d never disrespect my father, not in front of his men and definitely not in front of men that are our enemies.
My father nods his head, “You are fourteen, Makenna, and the wedding will take place when you are of age.” His tone is darker once again, this isn’t for my benefit, this is for the Famiglia.
“Of course,” Dante says harshly.
Matteo shakes his head, “As soon as you’re of age, we’ll have the wedding.” He turns his gaze to me, “You can go.”
My brothers tense, their hands on their guns, all of them eager to be the one to shoot him. There’s no love lost there and the tension in the room becomes thick.
“Makenna, go to your mother.” My father demands and I hold back the protest. I give my brothers a smile as I leave the office.
My mother is waiting for me in the living room. Her hands by her side and a smile on her face. She rushes over to me. “You’re finally getting married,” she says and to anyone else it would be as though she’s congratulating me. To me, I know better, she’s been waiting for this day for a long time. Waiting for me to leave the house where she knows that the secret I carry will no longer risk being spilled.