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Malavita: A Mafia Romance (Blood and Honor, Prequel) Kindle Edition
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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.
All in all, I really enjoyed Malavita. These days, with free time so scarce, it’s a major miracle if I finish any book, so it speaks volumes that Malavita kept my interest so intently. Delmar’s writing is wonderful, easy to read and follow, and she’s gifted with the ability to set a beautiful scene without over doing it. Some books that start off strong often weaken, but Malavita never did. And though I prefer suspense over romance, it was the romance that kept me riveted and turning the pages. I wanted to see Rico and Toni through to the end, because I loved them and wanted them to finally be happy. I look forward to seeing where else Delamar takes these characters, their families, and their bloody family feud.
By: Dana Delamar
This is the prequel to Dana Delamar’s Blood and Honor series and was written after the first two books. But I recommend reading this book first, since it is the background and is about the young Enrico Lucchesi, who is the hero of the first book in the series. But this book occurs 25 years prior to the first book.
The ‘Ndrangheta is “The Honored Society” and is mostly made up of the Calabrian mafia, who in this series has also branched out toward the north & Milan. There are several families in that area who are part of the mafia. There have been feuds, and alliances throughout time and it is no different for these men and their families.
The Lucchesi and Andretti families used to work closely together and the fathers, Rinaldo Lucchesi and Carlo Andretti were actually partners. The Lucchesi family as a whole adhered to The Code, no drugs, no prostitution, and no pornography. Carlo Andretti didn’t have the same belief of adhering to the old way.
Enrico Lucchesi became the heir apparent after his brothers were murdered, when he was just 16 years old. But to secure a truce and save his and his father’s lives, the last of their immediate family, he must marry Antonella Andretti, the daughter of the enemy. If the engagement is broken or cancelled, then Enrico & Rinaldo will both be killed.
Antonella Andretti has always love Enrico from afar. He was the “golden boy” while he was in school, both good looking and popular. Antonella’s family has money, but she’s never been popular or even well-accepted at school, neither has her twin brother Dario. One day, before everything went to pot, Enrico intercepted bullies and stood up for the Andretti twins. Since then Antonella has loved him. And when it goes bad between her father & Enrico’s father, she helps to broker a peace by offering to marry Enrico.
There is still distrustfulness in between not only the families but between Enrico & Antonella as well. They don’t know if they can trust each other or how their marriage will be, but they know that they have to go through with it and hope that in time, there will be love.
This is a series that I loved & have reread, and am just now writing a review. This series is well-researched, thought out, planned and executed in such a manner that it stays with you long after and is one you’ll reread.