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Malavita: Blood and Honor, Prequel [Kindle Edition]

Dana Delamar
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Book Description

Dark Mafia Romance, Dark Gritty Romantic Suspense, Mob Romance

*** 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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SENSUALITY LEVEL: Hot (RT Book Reviews scale)

CONTENT WARNING: While Malavita is not as hot as the rest of the Blood and Honor series, it is a dark, atypical romance that contains graphic language, sexual situations, and violence. You have been warned.

READING ORDER:

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

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Excerpt:

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?


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: #3,972 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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15 of 15 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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13 of 13 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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10 of 10 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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bravo...Fantastic Read! June 25, 2013
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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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. I’m often let down by mediocre writing right off the bat, so it was pleasantly surprising when I dug into Malavita. Dana Delamar has obviously learned her craft well. Her writing is crisp and descriptive without being overly dramatic.

Her main characters, Rico and Toni, were well-developed, though their dialogue felt a bit stiff at times, and, to me, didn't ring true to their ages—they felt much older—but they were likable and I cheered their romance on. I will say, being that Rico was more or less trapped into an arranged marriage with Toni, and his first impression of her was not all that flattering, that it seemed a bit unrealistic that Rico would fall in love as quickly as he did, especially given his history and those he left behind in London, but he’s young, so I went with it. I just would've preferred it to develop a bit more over time. Toni had always had thing for the dashing Rico, so her infatuation was entirely believable.

Malavita is much more romance than suspense. The affair between Rico and Toni is set within the background of two warring Italian organized crime families. Personally, I would have loved to see this part of the story more up front rather than running in the background. It would have benefited from being more developed. I think the details of the feud were the one part of the plot I had a bit of an issue with. There just wasn't enough detail there for me to feel truly vested, and it was resolved way too easily and quickly, but, from what I understand, it all comes back in later books in the series. My hope is that the author further develops and explains all the history and bad blood lurking there.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars This book might be okay for a kid to read ...
This book might be okay for a kid to read. I think I'm a little too old to relate to this book.
Published 2 days ago by Loretta Djalatta
4.0 out of 5 stars Four stars for its entertainment factor!
I was eager to get back to this book whenever I was interrupted by something else that needed my attention. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Jan
4.0 out of 5 stars Malaria: Blood & Honor
I found this to be a very interesting story. It gives you an idea of how the Italian Mafia works. It is a page turner.
Published 7 days ago by Anita
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
did not get past 2 chapters
Published 11 days ago by maria martin
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read
My heart jumped in my throat diring the first chapter and stayed there until the end. The natural attraction between young adults and the fude between the two families created... Read more
Published 13 days ago by Fran Coffey
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read and very saucy
Good read and very saucy
Published 29 days ago by diane
5.0 out of 5 stars Malavita
This book was very intriguing and heart stopping at times. It was nice to have a book with action and romance.
Published 1 month ago by Jo Gibbs
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Need to read the others
Published 1 month ago by N. Dufresne
3.0 out of 5 stars Definitely worth a peruse!!
A good start to explain the upcoming series!!
Published 1 month ago by Warburton
4.0 out of 5 stars Revenge and Love
Too many undercurrents to this story to truly enjoy it. Lies, deceit, secrets, murder, arranged marriage with a Twist, family lost, and blood feuds come at you on every page. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mary Anne Johnson
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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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