Revenge: Blood and Honor Series Book 1 Paperback – January 1, 2012
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"...Enrico was incredibly sexy and Kate is feisty which makes for a very explosive relationship! I loved how the author incorporated the beauty of Italy and the romantic undertones of the land. The sexual intimacy for me was off the charts! ... Highly recommend this read!!" (4.5 stars) --Romance Novel Junkies (full review posted below)
"This story truly exceeded my expectations. Revenge is action packed, and when the pace picks up, it does not slow down.... Pick up this book today; it will grab your attention from the beginning. I cannot wait to read the next book."
-- The Romance Reviews (TRR) site, 5 stars, Top Pick
"Here is to a WHOOPING 5 Stars. If I had to describe this book in about 4 words it would be action-packed, sexy, romantic, and adrenaline rushing.... There were times when I was fanning myself, sitting on the edge of my seat, and so mad I had to put it down. The steamy scenes were oh so delicious!"
-- Bengal Reads blog, 5 stars
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Malavita (Blood and Honor, Prequel) - PG-13 (optional -- you can start with R-rated Revenge instead)
- Item Weight : 1 pounds
- Paperback : 290 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0984931104
- ISBN-13 : 978-0984931101
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.73 x 9 inches
- Publisher : Dana Delamar (January 1, 2012)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,571,515 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It's a story of revenge, betrayal and control between the Andrettis and Lucchesis. This story begins a year after the death of Antonella who kept the peace between the two families while alive. Enrico and Kate met and Enrico was drawn to her. After discovering that Vincenzo physically abused her, Enrico offered his protection which caused even more animosity between the two families. Of course, the relationship between Enrico and Kate immediately turned sexual. The story went downhill from there.
Kate went from a strong, smart and self-assured woman to an indecisive, seemingly stupid one, whose poor decisions put everyone around her in extreme jeopardy. Enrico was the weakest, most emotional mob boss ever. His two personal bodyguards were more alpha, assertive and strong than he was. Kate went from do I love or trust him or want to be with him if he's a mob boss to falling into bed with him at every opportunity. Enrico was so in love that he neglected his duties as a mob boss. He only wanted her to love him and was afraid she would reject him if she found out he was a mob boss. He knew he couldn't kill her as required if she found out he was mafia and couldn't accept him.
The Andretti family and Italian police were corrupt, amoral, vicious and cruel. The Lucchesi family did despicable things only when necessary to protect others. In spite of committing murders and other criminal acts, they all had good hearts. Even though the book had some drama, intrigue, graphic violence, gruesome murders and unending sex between Kate and Enrico, it just wasn't a realistic mafia romance.
I don't know that I'm interested in reading more books in this series
I'm not usually the kind of person who will seek out a book that talks about the Mafia - I'm not typically a fan of 'stuff in boxes', etc, however, in this case, I'm very glad I took a chance and read it. The amount of research that Dana did was impressive and showed. The way she captured the language, the way that the Mafiso works in that area, the 'code' that some of the more 'respectable' Mafiso stick too and the visuals of the area are fantastic.
Quick breakdown of the novel ~
Kate, a fair skinned American beauty, is living in Italy; she married Vince Andretti after a whirlwind courtship and not knowing that much about his 'family', Kate is drawn into a world that she only heard about from the news and in hushed tones. Kate's gut has told her something is 'amiss' about her husband, little does she know that he is part of the ruthless Andretti family.
Enter Enrico Lucchesi, a handsome, widowed businessman who also happens to be the capo of the Lucchesi family; he is also Kate's boss at the orphanage where Vince has reluctently let Kate work.
Enter the twists and turns of this compelling novel.
Dana weaves such a wonderful story of love, passion, trechery, 'old code' and lies that I stayed up til after midnight reading. The novel got a slow start, then once it got going you were drawn into this 'world' where people live by a different set of rules. A world where men have closed door meetings, where you might receive something in a box that belonged to someone you and love as a 'message'.
You watch the main characters grow, they fight, the love, they lie and they feel; they are well rounded and you can actually picture running into them in Italy and seeing the events unfold. The end of the book left me wanting to read the next novel. (Which is set to come out in April of 2012)
By: Dana Delamar
This is the first book in the Blood & Honor series by Dana Delamar. However, I recommend starting with Malavita, the prequel to this series. This book takes place 25 years after the prequel. The prequel shows us how and why Enrico became the man he is today. The prequel also shows how Enrico Lucchesi and Antonella Andretti first fell in love despite the arranged marriage that was part of peace truce between the two families.
Enrico Lucchesi never wanted the mafia life. But his future changed when his brothers and their mother were murdered. In order to gain a peaceful truce, Enrico had to marry the Antonella Andretti, the daughter of his enemy, Carlo Andretti. Eventually they found love, and had a long marriage, only ending with Toni’s death. Enrico has been in mourning for the last year and has not made all the best decisions for the Lucchesi family cosca. But even as he has been healing, he has noticed a woman who works for his “Lucchesi Home for Children.” But that presents its own set of problems. Kate is not only a married woman, but is married to Vincenzo Andretti, Carlo’s nephew from the U.S.
Kate Andretti moved to Italy with her husband, believing that he was taking a promotion within his family’s in-port/export business. She has no idea that her husband or his family is part of the mafia. She starts to notice things that don’t add up, along with her husband’s personality and mood changes. When he becomes violent she leaves him & seeks protection from her boss, Enrico Lucchesi, who she believes is just a businessman and he not only encourages the ruse, but actively tries to prevent her from finding out his true identity.
Enrico himself is under siege by the Andretti family cosca and so are the businesses under his protection. But what is the most devastating about the entire trouble, is that there is a traitor amongst his family. Someone from his family is feeding Carlo information, information that will enable Carlo to kill him, Kate and destroy everything that he’s worked for. Some members of his family believe that he needs to give up Kate in order to secure peace with the Andretti’s and for the benefit of his cosca, which is supposed to be his number one concern.
If Kate finds out Rico’s true identity and refuses to stay with him, then he is bound by the rules of the ‘Ndrangheta to silence her forever, but doing so will rip out what’s left of his heart. But he can’t give her up as part of a truce either, even at the cost of his cosca.
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.