Title ~ “Revenge”
Author ~ Dana Delamar
Series~ Blood and Honor
Book # ~1
Format ~ebook via Kindle
Rating ~5 Stars
**DISCLAIMER** A copy was provided to me in return for an honest review
Short Recap ~ 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’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 reluctantly let Kate work.
I’m not usually the kind of person who will seek out a book that talks about the Mafia – I’m not a fan of ‘stuff in boxes’, etc, however, in this case, I’m very glad I took the chance and read it. The amount of research that Dana did was impressive. The way she captured the language, the way that the Mafioso works in that area, the ‘code’ that some of the more ‘respectable’ Mafioso stick too and the visuals of the area are fantastic.
Enter the twists and turns of this compelling novel.
Dana weaves a wonderful story of love, passion, treachery, ‘old code’ and lies that I stayed up until after midnight reading, to finish, ‘one more chapter’. 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. The 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’, comes alive with each page.
The intricacies of this novel are expertly woven by new author, Dana Delamar. Not only does Dana capture life as a Mafiso, she also takes the reader on a seductive journey as Rico & Kate, fight falling in love, when falling in love is not what either of them had planned.
You watch the main characters grow, they fight, they 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; “Retribution”.
[review updated 4/2013/]