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Revenge: Blood and Honor Series Book 1 Paperback – January 1, 2012
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"The first book in the Blood and Honor series ... gets things off to an explosive start." (4 stars) -- RT Book Reviews
"I was drawn into the story from the absolute beginning, unable to put the book down. The dialogue was simple perfection..." (4 stars) -- Reading by the Beach blog (full review posted below)
"...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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The Blood and Honor Mafia romance 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.
Malavita (Blood and Honor, Prequel) - PG-13 (optional -- you can start with R-rated Revenge instead)
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I've visited Florence, Italy, and the descriptions in this book brought back amazing memories of the charismatic Italian people, gorgeous vistas, gardens, history, art and more. The mafia, nope. That's all part of this book, but it reads like you're one of the Families and relevant to know the inside secrets, in detail. The old codes, bloodlines first, no drugs & prostitution, money laundering is a legit way of living as is protection. People protecting their businesses by paying the Mafia to watch over them, keep them out of harm from dangerous enemies. Add in romance, betrayal, mystery and this is a clear winner! 100% recommend and looking forward to reading the next 4-5 books in this series.
I have to admit I didn't think I was going to be able to get into this book. The amount of characters in the beginning was over whelming. Once I got everyone straight the story took over and I found myself drawn into it. I couldn't put it down. There are so many twists and turns, you just never knew who to believe or trust. I fell in love with Enrico. What a fantastic man. The characters were fantastic. They had depth and growth so much emotion. The book was well researched. There is quite a bit of violence as you would expect with the story line but it only adds to the dimensions of this book. Looking forward to reading the other books in the series.
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.
This was my first book by Dana Delamar, but definitely won’t be the last. I can’t wait to read the rest of the series; a peek at the descriptions confirmed these are all characters I want to know more about. Dana does an excellent job of developing the characters, they are complex and intriguing. This was a well thought out story. Developments were always in character and not artificially created, sacrificing character integrity for the plot. The book was also very professionally edited, a real treat as this is not always the case.