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Binding Rose

By: Ivy Fox
Narrated by: Alexander Neal,Maeve York
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Summary

I was sold to my enemies.

You would think that being forced into a loveless marriage to ensure an alliance would be unheard of in this day and age. And in most cases, you would be correct in that assumption.

But not for me.

A cartel princess has no vote on who she can or cannot marry—much less love.

Any decision in my life was forfeited just by being born into the most powerful Mexican cartel there is.

Still, it does sting that I’m to be hand-delivered to the Irish mob and marry into the Kelly family, who my own brother has coined to be nothing more than bloodthirsty savages.

They’re animals, Rosa. Filthy, unscrupulous, vicious animals.

Those were his exact words, yet he still followed our father’s orders to walk me down the aisle, making sure I didn’t run from my obligation.

As if that was even an option.

All my choices were stolen away from me the minute I became another pawn to be used and abused at the hands of evil men.

Which leaves me to question….

Can a rose blossom in the dark?

Or will I have to rely on my thorns to protect me against the fate that’s been bestowed upon me?

Only time will tell if I’ll survive this cursed life or become another lost soul in these cruel and merciless Mafia Wars.

Binding Rose is a full-length reverse harem novel in the dark and twisted Mafia Wars world.

Recommended 18+ due to mature language, adult situations, and sensitive content.

©2022 Ivy Fox (P)2022 Pink Flamingo Productions

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Reverse harems are not for me

Poor character development and Insta love.. This wasn't for me. This wasn't even a true RH, more like a live rectangle

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Loved it!

This was right up my alley!! I loved it!! The narration and story line were really good. Highly recommend!

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Loved it

Binding Rose is the first book in the Mafia Wars series and I loved it. This Why Choose//Enemies to lovers/Mafia Romance was sinfully wicked and had me hooked from beginning to end. The characters, the storyline, the romance was so well written and I will admit it has me anxious to get to the other books in the series. Rosa was strong as she needed to be and was perfectly suited for these men. I loved that she didn't back down from Tiernan and was a force to be reckoned with. Tiernan, Collin and Shay were all distinct complex characters and I loved them all. This story was twisted, erotic and such an awesome read. I loved it and would highly recommend it.
I listened to the audible version which was narrated by Alexander Neal , Maeve York. They were both outstanding and really brought the story to life. They understood the characters they portrayed and gave them the voices to suit. They projected the correct emotions into the story and gave a great performance. It was a pleasure listening to them narrate this novel.
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Amazing Story & Listen🎧Gripping, Intense & Steamy

Wow, this is my first book by Ivy Fox and she completely blew me away with this impressive story that is original, with interesting storylines that are captivating from start to end. There are a lot of Mafia books out there, but none quite like this one, and I loved how went about preventing future Mafia wars. In a Mafia world where men rule and treat their women as a commodity, it is a way of life for them, a way to bind or strengthen the family’s power in the Mafia world. A woman born into their family knows it is her duty, she can only hope her father chooses not only what is good for the family but for her as well. But Ivy Fox puts a unique spin on the arranged marriages in this book all for the sake of keeping the peace amongst the six ruling families from around the world who do business in the States. This first book of the series of interconnected standalone novels is Rosa Hernandez, daughter of the Mexican Cartel in Mexico City, and Tiernan Kelly, the son of the Irish Mafia in Boston. Their marriage was arranged for them ten years ago, but that does not make it any easier for Rosa, who is leaving her life and family behind, to live in Boston. Her husband to be has no interest in her, which makes matters even worse and that does not change after the wedding. Luckily, some of the Kellys were more welcoming and even friendly to her. And then Tiernan does the unthinkable, he treats her like crap and then pawns her off to his brother and cousin, Shay and Colin who are sympathetic to her. Rosa is not a doormat and pushes back, Tiernan has met his match in this woman, he just doesn’t know it yet. I loved how everything played out in this book, it is a brilliantly plotted story with plenty of drama, angst, some twists and turns, thrilling and suspenseful moments, heartfelt emotions and steamy romance, reverse harem style. Ivy Fox, thank you for this amazing story and emotional rollercoaster ride.

🎧📚🎧 And for the fantastic narration, Alexander Neal and Maeve York were the perfect cast to bring these characters and story to life. They are talented narrators and versatile voice artists who had a complete understanding of the characters they were portraying, giving each a voice that suited that character’s persona and was believable in every role they played. Maeve York nailed it as Rose, grasping all sides of her personality, including her sass and strength. Alexander Neal cover the male roles with perfection and his take was spot on, from Tiernan’s broody alphatude to a more somber Colin to a cocky yet softer Shay. Both were great at performing the roles of the secondary characters as well. They set the perfect tone for the story, captured all the characters’ emotions and projected them into their performance and had you feeling every single one. These entertaining storytellers are a pleasure to listen to. Thank you for this amazing listen.

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𝕀𝕧𝕪 𝔽𝕠𝕩 - 𝔹𝕚𝕟𝕕𝕚𝕟𝕘 ℝ𝕠𝕤𝕖

First book in a series of 6 books called "Mafia Wars", each book written by different authors.

Each book focuses about a different couple chosen for an arranged marriage, the first book focuses on a couple Tiernen Kelly from the Irish mafia and Rosa Hernandez from the Mexican mafia.

But let's go back a bit, the book opens with a huge meeting where all the mafia head of the families from around the world and their heirs are present.
After years of violence, bloodshed, and funerals, six Mafia families have found what they hope will be the solution to ensuring peace, they must find the perfect solution, and what's the best offer? As in most mafia books - arranged marriages. Each mafia head writes the name of his daughter on a note and swear in blood, each one pulls out a note that will engrave the fate of his daughter which states that ten years from this day the weddings will begin and civility and the promise of peace will be established.
When it was the turn of Teirnan's father, the head of the Irish mafia, the name chosen for his successor was Rosa, the home of the head of the Mexican cartel.

Rosa's goal? Survive this marriage and break her husband's ice walls.
Teirnan's goal? Put a ring on Rosa, keep the wedding vows and ignore the existence of his wife whom he hates.

Throughout this book the characters go through a journey, I really liked Rosa's mental strength (seriously no one knows how to deal with an angry mobster husband and she plays his game soooo good🤭😈), I liked the different nature of each of the characters - Teirnan, Shay And Colin. Each one of them added to the book in their own way.
And maybe I'm biased but I liked Shay and Colin's characters more than Teirnan🙈😂

Amazing mafia world, add to it tropes of arranged marriages, RH, crazy kinky extra spicy, a strong heroine and 3 men who will melt your heart and you got this book❤️‍🔥

I enjoyed the book very much and I am curious to find out what will happen to the other 5 families 😍 I promise to keep updating until then. Highly recommended

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Slow start but great book

This book started slow but I loved it! Give it a few chapters and then you’ll be hooked. Rosa is fearless and such a great character and I love how the story develops.

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Not what I was expecting

This has a totally different storyline to what I thought it would have. I really enjoyed the dynamic between these characters. It’s simplified to perfection. A brilliant performance from both Maeve and Alexander.
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On their knees

I loved this book Rosa has these men on their knees it takes a while but Tiernan. Shea, and Colin fall in love with her. The story was interesting having the daughters of powerful mafia men marry into families to prevent war for escalating and to preserve the families as well. I am all in on this series and how to listen to more soon. Definitely one of my favorites listens this year.

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Incredible story line!

The first of 6 intertwining books, Ivy Fox has created an original mafia war series that is spicy and filled with action. Each of the 6 families has to intermarry their daughters to keep peace amongst all of them. Rosa is the first one married, and she is quite a woman. Completely understanding her role, she is prepared for her marriage. If she could just have an heir, she will be golden. What she finds is a disinterested husband who uses her and pawns her off to his cousin and brother. But what the three find is a woman who can satisfy all their needs, is smart and the perfect fit. A little reverse harem, a dark and delicious romance and the action of the families as they find their way through this arrangement. It's suspenseful and romantic! Looking forward to the next story to see if this crazy proposition will work with every family.

This duet narration is phenomenal. Alexander Neal is all the men, each voice perfectly fitting the character. He plays the dark extremely well, pulling me in and making me listen. Maeve York is Rosa, smart, sassy, strong and passionate. These two are fantastic together, their voices complimenting the other and creating an incredible world.

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Dark rose

I enjoyed this story so much more than I expected to. The story was unpredictable and went in ways that I was thrown off by. I enjoyed the narration and the characters. I look forward to si much more in this series.

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  • CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹
  • 04-12-22

FANTASTIC STORYTELLING… ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC

Six Mafia families.. six daughters exchanged and given in a twisted marriage treaty sworn by the Heads of their wicked worlds.. and now the ten years they’ve all been waiting are up. First the Irish Mafia King and the Mexican Cartel pawn are about to meet.

I really wasn’t expecting this to be so remarkable and special. So layered and soaked in character development, delicious drama, beauty and love. So intensely unstoppable with its breathtaking chemistry and sizzling slow-burn. And so well-written the hours flew by all too quickly so I drip-fed myself the last few climactic chapters because I just didn’t want it to end. This is no ordinary Mafia arranged marriage tale and it’s a refreshingly unique experience to journey with gentle Rosa and angry Tiernan through the angst and unwanted emotions that brought in Shay and Colin into their push n pull toxic marriage. To say this is ‘just another reverse harem story’ would do this gifted author’s world-building a huge injustice.. her flawed and her sweet characters and her plot’s beautiful build of emotions drew me in from the very start until the very end. Yes there were some hot scenes included in this love story but, IMO, that’s absolutely not what this journey’s about. And Alexander Neal’s three person POV’s was five star perfection and Maeve York was good too. Each book is written by a different author.. and now I’m eagerly tracking down all that are currently available.

Worth a credit? Shhhh.. it’s worth two 😉.

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  • Ravens9308
  • 04-02-23
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Great story, accents hurt this one a little

2023 Audiobook review:

I am only gonna talk about the narration in my updated review because the story was just as good as it was when I read it last year. I thought this was going to be a tough one to be able to perform because of the various accents. I think the narrators had a lot to deal with and the accents were great at moments and then were tough for me in some scenes. So Maeve did a phenomenal job with Rosa but her accents for the guys in the chapter were not as strong, especially Tiernan's. The same would be for Alexander. He did such an amazing job with Tiernan, but he wasn't strong a lot of the time with Rosa's parts and her accent. If this had been a duet narration I would have easily given it 5 stars across the board, but because some of the accents got muffled I brought it down to a 4 stars for the narration. I still really enjoyed it, I was engaged and sucked into this world until the accent misalignments brought me out of it. They had all the right emotions and the tension and angst was done really well!

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2022 Original ebook review:

Wow, I have read a lot of books by this author and this one really surprised me! In the best of ways 😊 I really loved the premise of the shared world (I love mafia romances and reverse harems even more!) and how this story had twists and turns you didn't see coming. I loved Rosa and how strong she was, I would totally want to be her one day (or have her as a trusty wing woman!). She was stubborn, fierce, but allowed some fun times in the bedroom where she wasn't in control. Out of the 3 men, I wanted to give Colin a huge hug and not let him go. His background was so tragic and he was so gruff, but total teddy bear. I loved his random snark and one-liners haha. Shay was adorable and so flirty but loyal to Rosa. I loved the shopping and house appt scenes, made me heart so happy. Nooooow for Tiernan haha. So he was the most complicated of characters (besides Rosa) and I did appreciate his arc and seeing his journey from the start of the book to the end. I think we all wanted to shake him or smack him upside his head a bunch of times, but the glimpses of his love and devotion to his wife (by arranged marriage) was incredible to see. I loved when he bought stuff to help her feel better when she was on her time of the month. AAAAAAND don't even get me started on him in the bedroom. I loved seeing his Dom come out, and those steamy scenes were fantastic and I didnt want them to end.

I did love the storyline and family aspect of the book as well. Ivy did a phenomenal job making us fall for other characters (I looooved Ma/Saoirse - she was so funny but loving, made me feel welcomed while reading with how welcoming she was with Rosa). I am glad Niall/Pa got his stick out of his you know where. I really was sucked into the family dynamic and the story with Patrick. The epilogue made me teary-eyed and so happy, I was kinda hoping there wouldn't be an epilogue so we could get more from these characters. My favorite series by Ivy is Rotten Love and this might have topped it. I was pleasantly surprised by how much she was able to include in this standalone ❤️

I really appreciated Ivy going out of her normal writing style (while still being true to herself) and giving us an even darker love story than she has done, while still keeping with her tell-tale angst and romance. I am so excited to read the other books in this shared world and so happy they are releasing every 2 weeks, so we don't have book hangovers for too long haha. I would highly recommend Binding Rose and for those who want finished series, this is a completed standalone. Each of these books are interconnected, but have their own individual stories focusing on one of the crime families and one of the daughters of the mafia world.

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  • Kelsey Stallsmitg
  • 30-01-23

No. Just no. Misleading.

I feel like the title details are misleading. It leaves out the biggest storyline. and draws your attention on something that is only mentioned maybe 2 chapters wirth. Female narrator sounded like she had trouble with English. She would be great in other books and story lines. This didnt seem to be a very good fit for her. It was a bit distracting. Male narrator was great. When I bought the book I didn't know theeesomes would be involved which I personally strongly dislike and the scenes were just uncomfortable. Would have stopped after the first chapter but only continued because I had used a credit and felt like I had to finish it to justify using one. I HAD to skip ahead many times and even multiple chapters.. I was excited when I saw it was Ivy but am so so incredibly disappointed.

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  • Bette
  • 13-12-22

Amazing Story & Listen🎧Gripping, Intense & Steamy

Wow, this is my first book by Ivy Fox and she completely blew me away with this impressive story that is original, with interesting storylines that are captivating from start to end. There are a lot of Mafia books out there, but none quite like this one, and I loved how went about preventing future Mafia wars. In a Mafia world where men rule and treat their women as a commodity, it is a way of life for them, a way to bind or strengthen the family’s power in the Mafia world. A woman born into their family knows it is her duty, she can only hope her father chooses not only what is good for the family but for her as well. But Ivy Fox puts a unique spin on the arranged marriages in this book all for the sake of keeping the peace amongst the six ruling families from around the world who do business in the States. This first book of the series of interconnected standalone novels is Rosa Hernandez, daughter of the Mexican Cartel in Mexico City, and Tiernan Kelly, the son of the Irish Mafia in Boston. Their marriage was arranged for them ten years ago, but that does not make it any easier for Rosa, who is leaving her life and family behind, to live in Boston. Her husband to be has no interest in her, which makes matters even worse and that does not change after the wedding. Luckily, some of the Kellys were more welcoming and even friendly to her. And then Tiernan does the unthinkable, he treats her like crap and then pawns her off to his brother and cousin, Shay and Colin who are sympathetic to her. Rosa is not a doormat and pushes back, Tiernan has met his match in this woman, he just doesn’t know it yet. I loved how everything played out in this book, it is a brilliantly plotted story with plenty of drama, angst, some twists and turns, thrilling and suspenseful moments, heartfelt emotions and steamy romance, reverse harem style. Ivy Fox, thank you for this amazing story and emotional rollercoaster ride.

🎧📚🎧 And for the fantastic narration, Alexander Neal and Maeve York were the perfect cast to bring these characters and story to life. They are talented narrators and versatile voice artists who had a complete understanding of the characters they were portraying, giving each a voice that suited that character’s persona and was believable in every role they played. Maeve York nailed it as Rose, grasping all sides of her personality, including her sass and strength. Alexander Neal cover the male roles with perfection and his take was spot on, from Tiernan’s broody alphatude to a more somber Colin to a cocky yet softer Shay. Both were great at performing the roles of the secondary characters as well. They set the perfect tone for the story, captured all the characters’ emotions and projected them into their performance and had you feeling every single one. These entertaining storytellers are a pleasure to listen to. Thank you for this amazing listen.

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  • AudioObsessed
  • 10-12-22
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4.75 STARS ⭐️

Narration was amazing! Both narrators did a great job with the accents IMO.

As for the story… sigh I fell for the Kelly men.

Tiernan was so stubborn that at times I wanted to smack him. He was also ruthless and commanding and I wanted to do his bidding. The king meets his match for sure and I loved that Rosa didn’t just back down.

Collin had so many layers to him and I wish we had gotten more of his POV.

Shay was a trouble maker and I loved his easy going flirtatious demeanor.

I can’t wait to listen to more in this series and I hope all the books are available on audio at some point.

🎧 The Flock 🎧

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  • NikkiNik
  • 09-12-22

Best listen of the year!!!

Story was amazing and narrators
We’re outstanding. Not too dark or triggering and the characters are lovable!

I want to be a Kelly!!

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  • S. Cole
  • 08-12-22
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Binding Rose

This is the first book in the Mafia Wars series world. Each book is a stand-alone Mafia RH romance. All of the Mafia Heads have agreed to marry their daughters to ensure piece amongst the six families. Tiernen is the head of the Irish Mafia. He took his father’s place after his brother Patrick’s death. He has to Mary Rose the daughter of the Mexican Cartel. Rose is holding Tiernen to his promise to produce an heir. However Tiernen swore he would never bare children after the tragic death of his brother. So he makes a deal with his wife. If she wants a “Kelley” heir it will have to be fathered by either his brother Shay or cousin Colin. During their arrangement Rose starts to fall in love with all three men, just as they fall for her. I can’t wait to see how these books may all be tied together. Maeve York and Alexander Neal did a fantastic job narrating this book!

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  • Colfax
  • 30-11-22

ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE!

One of the all time best Mafia Romances I’ve listened to….held my interest from start to finish! Lots of drama with an incredible story line. Different than any others I’ve listened to!!! Narration was excellent!!! I couldn’t put it down and couldn’t even guess what would happen next WOW! What a story…..Worth at least 10 CREDITS 😁👏 and it sad definitely a Super HOT SEXY story Mmmmm 👍

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  • Jennie @lostinbooklandia
  • 01-02-23
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Captivating and Slow Burn Mafia Romance

Binding Rose is a thrilling, seductive, slow burn dark mafia romance. It was a captivating start to the Mafia Wars series. I could not get enough. Rosa and Tiernan’s story was full of passion, hateful intensity, angst and slow burn scorching chemistry. Add to that Colin and Shay as Rosa’s two lovers and this story just entices you even more. Rosa is sold into an arranged marriage to the Irish mob in order to fulfill a peace treaty among the six mafia families of the world. The narration by two new to me narrators was great. Alexander Neal and Maeve York were great as Tiernan and Rosa. I liked their accents but when it came to Spanish pronunciation they needed more practice. Overall, I enjoyed their storytelling and the way they kept me intrigued with all the characters emotions. I absolutely fell in love with this series and can’t wait for Iris’s story.

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  • Lexi Zieve
  • 01-02-23
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Dark mafia romance

We get this story from multiple PoVs which brought so much more depth and understanding to it. Rosa has to marry a man from an enemy organization and she gets told all sorts of things about them. This does have some threesome and multiple couplings and a lot of spice to it. There’s also quite a lot of darkness and a few times I had to pause the story to give myself a break. But it’s so good and has so many layers. I want more of this world and to see even more of the politics and machinations of these characters. There’s a good amount of suspense and heat.