Cora Reilly ~ By Virtue I Fall ~ Blog Tour / Excerpt




A summer fling in Paris.

Only two things stand in Anna’s way.

Santino’s iron will.

And…her fiancé


By Virtue I Fall, all-new steamy and action-packed dark mafia standalone romance from USA Today bestselling author Cora Reilly, is available now!







Love is an inconvenience Anna Cavallaro doesn’t have time for.


She only has one goal: to become a fashion designer. Chicago’s elite already copies her style religiously, not least because she’s the daughter of the city’s notorious mafia boss.


When she’s accepted at a world-famous fashion institute in Paris, her father’s condition is to take her bodyguard along.


Anna definitely wouldn’t mind a few weeks of no-strings-attached fun with her brooding protector.



Santino Bianchi became the Outfit’s enforcer because he liked the thrill of the hunt and kill.


Babysitting his capo’s daughter is an honorable assignment he can’t refuse. His thoughts about Anna? Not so honorable.


Santino’s ignored Anna’s persistent flirting for years. Now, far away from home boundaries begin to blur. But Santino doesn’t have any intention to be the reason for a failed engagement and the ensuing scandal.




A summer fling in Paris.


Only two things stand in Anna’s way.


Santino’s iron will.


And…her fiancé.







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“I wanted to surprise you.”


“I am surprised,” I said, laughing nervously.


I motioned toward our balcony. “Why don’t we sit outside? The weather’s still nice.”


Clifford glanced at Santino then nodded. “Sounds like a good idea.”


Just like Clifford, I was eager to get away from Santino who looked ready to kill my fiancé. And not just that, I felt strangely guilty toward Santino. As if I were cheating on him by talking to Clifford when it should be the other way around.


“You don’t look happy. Am I interrupting anything?” Clifford asked with a glance toward Santino as we sank down on the chairs outside. Because it was getting dark and only March, the temperature had dropped considerably from my stroll with Santino earlier. I shivered but rather freeze to death than bear the strained atmosphere with Santino and Clifford in one room.


“Of course not. I’m just busy with fashion school, that’s all.” I wasn’t even that busy yet. Most of my courses so far were introductory because the Spring semester was only about to begin.


Clifford gave me a boyish smile. Maybe it was because I spent so much time with Santino but Clifford seemed too young. “That’s why I came on a weekend. I thought surprising your fiancée like that was a good start to a marriage.”


It probably was for a love marriage, which ours decidedly was not. The man I was close to falling in love with watched us from the sidelines and would never be my husband. And I feared that the man who’d become my husband and I was supposed to love, would never own my heart, not in the way Santino already did. It wasn’t love because I wouldn’t allow myself to feel that way, but my heart was definitely beating for Santino in a way that wasn’t healthy considering my planned future.




About Cora

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.


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