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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.
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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)
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.