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Review – Binding Rose by Ivy Fox

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Binding Rose; Mafia Wars
(An interconnected standalone within a series)

Publication Date: January 7, 2022

Genre/Tropes: Reverse Harem/Dark/Mafia Romance

Author: Ivy Fox

Review Rating: 5 Gold Stars



A wickedly and sinfully good book. Ivy did a great job, even if this was her first jump into the mafia realm, she’s no stranger to RH, and these men are usually not the sharing kind. Ivy really worked her magic on capturing that spirit while still creating a unique story that totally fit. It was emotional and hit all the feels for each character.

First and foremost, I need the rest of this series, because…hello!! It was delicious.
The concept, the writing, the plot, the entire romance story…everything was excellent! All the interconnected links to the other mafias; whether bratva, cartel, etc…is intertwined and all twisted up. I desperately need to get my grubby little hands on the other books as I’m intrigued and completely invested in this world!!

Now back to this book specifically, the Kelly men, who are made men with the Irish mob are each unique and Rosa Hernandez, a woman from the Mexican cartel, is the perfect woman to stand by their side.

I love a well written reverse harem where the woman fits so well with each man and is able to adapt, or more appropriately, be herself with each man’s individual personality.

Colin Kelly is this big, giant, stoic soldier who pretty much turns into a marshmallow for Rosa. He’s the beautiful, poetic intellectual half that she needs, while also making her feel safe and secure.

Shay Kelly is the youngest, making him the playful, outgoing Kelly. His affection is exactly what Rosa needs in the lonely world she’s just stepped into, but Rosa is also everything Shay needs for his needy affectionate personality.

Lastly we have Tiernan Kelly, the current head of the Irish mafia. He’s cold, calculating and wants nothing to do with his new bride. However, Rosa continues to shock him with how fierce she is and deserving of the seat by his side.

I loved all the connections and information to the other mafias. I am totally invested and completely intrigued by the rest of this series. I want to know more and even though the other books are written by other authors, I’m sooooo there! Very well done and I’m excited to seek out and finish this series.


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.

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