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Malavita: Blood and Honor, Prequel [Kindle Edition]

Dana Delamar
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*** Malavita was a quarter finalist for the 2014 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards! ***

"I just love Dana's writing, the plot is very well thought out, fast paced and full of action, and as I've said before with her work, every word is relevant. The story has everything, romance, revenge, 'blood', 'honor', suspense, action, you name it this book covers it. Dana Delamar is definitely an author to watch." - Jane, Lindsay and Jane's Views and Reviews blog

A son determined to avenge his family. A daughter desperate for peace. Two fathers intent on destruction... 

Enrico Lucchesi never wanted anything to do with the Mafia. But when his brothers were murdered, he accepted that he would someday be the next don. However, he doesn't accept that he must marry the daughter of the man who killed them. Enrico will never trust an Andretti, never mind love one. The Andrettis are up to something with their so-called "truce"--and Enrico must avenge his siblings. But will his dark secret spell the end of his vengeance--and possibly the Lucchesis? 

After Antonella Andretti's father tries to destroy the Lucchesis, she persuades him that an alliance--achieved by her marriage to Enrico, the "golden boy" she's loved from afar--would be in everyone's best interests. As her wedding day approaches, people close to her father start dying, and her fiancé's behavior is suspect. When she learns Enrico's true feelings about her--and what her father's actual plans are--will Antonella damn their families to eternal war, or will she broker a peace that might destroy her heart?

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Antonella reached the terrace before Enrico did and plopped herself onto a bench in the shade below a large tree. She grinned up at him in triumph. "Told you I'd beat you," she said when he arrived. 

He leaned over her and gripped the lacy metalwork that supported her back, caging her in while he caught his breath. "You were distracting me."

"How?"

"I couldn't take my eyes off you," he murmured. Leaning closer, he made his request. "Let down your hair," he whispered in her ear, letting his breath wash over her skin, making her shiver. 

She hesitated, then reached up to the base of her neck and loosened the tie holding everything in place, lightly shaking her head to let the thick waves fall free. When it tumbled around her shoulders, he smiled. This close, he could see every lash that fringed her large liquid eyes, eyes that looked away from his with sudden shyness. He gently took hold of her chin and made her look at him.

He studied her face, every inch of it--the flawless olive skin, the high cheekbones, the lush tremble of her lips, the long slope of her nose, the slight bump in it--and he realized something. Antonella Andretti was beautiful. Not in some fairytale princess way. But in a real way. Although her cheeks grew pink under his scrutiny, she didn't break eye contact this time.

The molecules of air between them seemed to thicken, time slowed down, his heart ceased to beat. All he wanted in that moment was to kiss her. He started to close the distance, mere centimeters between them--

She slid out from under his left arm and dashed out of reach. "Catch me if you can, Enrico Lucchesi!"

This time she took off across the grass, heading uphill toward the house and a loggia with three vine-covered arches. 

Had she known what he'd been about to do? Did she not want to kiss him? Or was she just making him work for it?

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Sensuality level: Hot (RT Book Reviews scale)

WARNING: This book contains graphic language, sexual situations, and violence.


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Reading order: 

Malavita (Prequel)
Revenge  
Retribution 
Redemption 
Reckoning -- available 2014

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Editorial Reviews

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"I just love Dana's writing, the plot is very well thought out, fast paced and full of action, and as I've said before with her work, every word is relevant. The story has everything, romance, revenge, 'blood', 'honor', suspense, action, you name it this book covers it. Dana Delamar is definitely an author to watch." - Jane, Lindsay and Jane's Views and Reviews blog

"From the very first page I was sucked into a world of revenge, family bonds, bloodshed, romance and I was hooked!" - PattySue, Amazon reader

"...once i got started with Malavita, I could not, would not put it down. The storyline is captivating from the beginning.... Not only do you have a fantastic love story, but the mob is involved...I felt dirty (in a good way) just reading it. Written expertly. Exciting, fun, action, suspense, love, honor, loyalty....just fantastic!!" - Liz Cabrejos, Amazon reader

From the Inside Flap

The Blood and Honor five-part romantic suspense series is set in Italy among the underworld of the Calabrian Mafia. Each story features a hero and heroine forced to make difficult choices in a world where vendettas are quick to erupt and burn for generations; where family ties, both blood and criminal, drive every decision; and where passions flare up and threaten to blaze out of control.

Reading order: 

Malavita (Blood and Honor, Prequel)
Revenge (Blood and Honor, #1)
Retribution (Blood and Honor, #2)
Redemption (Blood and Honor, #3)
Reckoning (Blood and Honor, #4) -- available 2014

Product Details

  • File Size: 475 KB
  • Print Length: 164 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Dana Delamar; 2 edition (June 4, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00D8DDZWG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,217 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars SALIVATING FOR MORE MALIVITA July 23, 2013
Format:Paperback
Malavita is fairly short book that allows you to finish it in one night, but be prepared for little to no sleep!
Evidently it is a prequel to a series i have yet to read but as a stand alone it is top notch. Love, murder, mafia family, fast-paced, and hooked from page one- can i say more? Sure. But read it for yourself and you'll be begging for more....an awesome writer has chosen an awesome subject to delve into and characters that come alive on a printed page.
I gave it 4 stars because there is no 4.5 option...
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
**DISCLAIMER** I was provided a copy in exchange for an honest review.

Once again, Dana has drawn her reader into the world of the Mafia, this time, she transports her reader to the very beginning, when Enrico and Antonia meet and fall in love. In this much anticipated prequel, Dana does NOT let her reader down.

Watching how Toni and Rico go from basically being enemies to eventually falling in love, the reader understands more about Rico and why he does what he does in "Revenge" and "Retribution", at the same time, you also want them fall in each other's arms and ignore their families strife and just do what THEY think is best and stop playing around. The love scenes are as intense as the action scenes as they leave the reader on the edge of their seat and wanting more. Unlike in some novellas in this genre, the love scenes and action don't feel forced or out of place, they are natural and realistic.

With a delicate undercurrent of what happens in the following novels, I was compelled to read late into the night finishing, `Malavita'.

Dana grabs her reader's attention and doesn't let go until the very last page; and even then, she leaves you wanting to read `Revenge" (if you haven't already - shame shame shame on you... go READ it) and the follow up, "Retribution".

Once again, Dana has captured my heart and attention with her larger than life Mafioso characters and brings them to a whole new level and depth in her much anticipated prequel.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great romantic suspense July 18, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
In 1982 Enrico Lucchesi's mother and two brothers are murdered by an order from Carlo Andretti. A couple of years later Enrico has returned to Italy from England to fulfill a marriage contract. In order to end the feud between the Lucchesi's and the Andretti's he must marry Antonella (Toni) Andretti.

The book kept me reading and turning each page to find out what happens next. Fast paced with action, suspense and romance. With secrets, lies, betrayals, murder and family feuds. A great author who kept me wanting for more between the two families. Can't wait to read the other books in this series that's sure to be as great as this book was.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bravo...Fantastic Read! June 25, 2013
By Read On
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Malavita is a an fantastic read. I love this criminal mafia world that Dana Delamar has created. I always wanted to know more about Enrico's past with his first wife Toni and this prequel did not disappoint. The writing is superb, fast paced, with lot's of action. You'll be taken back to Enrico's youth where he learns as young man what being part of the mafia family really means... having true honor, seeking revenge for your family, learning to trust & taking a chance on falling in love...with the enemies daughter. Enrico & Toni's story pulled me right in from the beginning and I was entertained & engaged right to the end. I recommend the Blood & Honor series as a must read! Job well done!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked Malavita December 30, 2013
By GM
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I started this book and could not put it down, four hours later, I had no choice. I reached the end.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great December 8, 2013
By slee
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I loved this book it was hard to put down, the story was very interesting. I would read a whole series of these books.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome December 4, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The Godfather in print. Well written. Fast paced as evidenced by action, scheming plots, family turmoil, betrayals, and love tested. Could not put it down. Will readily recommend this to my friends and avid reading co-workers. Totally committed to reading the full series. Starting next book ASAP!!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful read. November 9, 2013
By Audrey
Format:Kindle Edition
It was written very well, the plot was strong and well-supported, the action was intriguing, and the main characters were very likeable and all characters were very real; the relationships, drama, personalities, everything made them realistic.
I loved the occasional use of Italian words when no one was speaking, also, it made it a little more interesting.
Overall, one of the best books I've read in a long while.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Malavita (Blood and Honor)
This is a great story told by an author that has researched the Italian mafia very well. Considering that family is everything to Italians, to abandon his first son is a little... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Nana
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced and hard to put down
I really loved this! A great love story twisted up in a unique plot. Fast paced and hard to put down. I will be going on to the next
Published 5 days ago by ligil
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very good book.
Published 11 days ago by William R Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars great read
This is the first book in this series. It is about the mafia in Italy. it has blood feuds,lots of steamy sex scenes and a great story.
Published 27 days ago by Rose M Venticinque
4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing romantic suspense by a very gifted writer!
I was excited to dig my teeth into Malavita. It’s romantic suspense, right up my alley. I’m always a bit nervous when I first start a new book. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Nancy Thompson
3.0 out of 5 stars Predictable
Much too predictable. Found myself getting sidetracked by other things. I often put the book down and did not look to start reading it again.
Published 2 months ago by ecafare
2.0 out of 5 stars Malavita? No, Poor Writing
There is really nothing to be said about this book since there is so little substance here. A vapid plot, told in a writing style that can only be likened to that of an ungifted... Read more
Published 3 months ago by propertius
5.0 out of 5 stars great beginning can't wait to see what happens
i loved this book i'm looking forward to reading the rest. the italian parts were hard to remember but it was good. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Malavita
I enjoyed reading about the lives of the crime families in Italy, their loves and their ways of killing for honor and pride.
Published 3 months ago by Betty Ann Biasi
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
Keeps you wondering what will happen next and where the threat will come from. Who will survive and what will they have to do to stay safe.
Published 3 months ago by Becky Robinson
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More About the Author

Dana Delamar is the author of the "Blood and Honor" romantic suspense series, which is set in Italy among the Calabrian Mafia. An avid traveler who loves to learn about different peoples and cultures, Dana often sets her books in exotic locales. She grew up in the Midwest and Pacific Northwest, and today makes Seattle her home. She's an omnivorous reader with overflowing bookshelves and a passionate love of "Supernatural," "Firefly," "True Blood," "Mad Men," and a zillion other TV shows. Where she finds the time to sleep is a mystery.

When she's not writing, Dana is zipping off to visit new locales, dreaming about her next trip to Italy, or narrowly avoiding car accidents while she conjures up exploits for her characters. You can visit her at www.danadelamar.com.

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