ARR~ Book Review “Malavita” by Dana Delamar

Title ~ “Malavita”
Author ~ Dana Delamar
Series~ Blood and Honor
Book # ~prequel
Format ~ebook via Nook
Rating ~5 Stars

**DISCLAIMER** A copy was provided to me in return for an honest review

Short Recap ~ A son determined to avenge his family. A daughter desperate for peace. Two fathers intent on destruction…

Enrico Lucchesi never wanted anything to do with the Mafia. But when his brothers were murdered, he accepted that he would someday be the next don. However, he doesn’t accept that he must marry the daughter of the man who killed them. Enrico will never trust an Andretti, never mind love one. The Andrettis are up to something with their so-called “truce”–and Enrico must avenge his siblings. But will his dark secret spell the end of his vengeance–and possibly the Lucchesis?

After Antonella Andretti’s father tries to destroy the Lucchesis, she persuades him that an alliance–achieved by her marriage to Enrico, the “golden boy” she’s loved from afar–would be in everyone’s best interests. As her wedding day approaches, people close to her father start dying, and her fiancé’s behavior is suspect. When she learns Enrico’s true feelings about her–and what her father’s actual plans are–will Antonella damn their families to eternal war, or will she broker a peace that might destroy her heart? {recap from goodreads.com}

As most people know, Dana and I are friends; as a friend Dana asked me to Beta read this prequel several months ago, and I had to sit on my review until she gave me the green light to share. Trust me, it was hard sitting on such a great novel.

Once again, Dana has drawn her reader into the world of the Mafia, this time, she transports her reader to the very beginning, when Enrico and Antonia meet and fall in love. In this much anticipated prequel, Dana does NOT let her reader down.

Watching how Toni and Rico go from basically being enemies to eventually falling in love, the reader understands more about Rico and why he does what he does in “Revenge” and “Retribution”, at the same time, you also want them fall in each other’s arms and ignore their families strife and just do what THEY think is best and stop playing around. The love scenes are as intense as the action scenes as they leave the reader on the edge of their seat and wanting more. Unlike in some novellas in this genre, the love scenes and action don’t feel forced or out of place, they are natural and realistic.

With a delicate undercurrent of what happens in the following novels, I was compelled to read late into the night finishing, ‘Malavita’.

Dana grabs her reader’s attention and doesn’t let go until the very last page; and even then, she leaves you wanting to read ‘Revenge” (if you haven’t already – shame shame shame on you… go READ it) and the follow up, “Retribution”.

Once again, Dana has captured my heart and attention with her larger than life Mafioso characters and brings them to a whole new level and depth in her much anticipated prequel.

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