Revenge: A Mafia Romance (Blood and Honor, #1)

Revenge: A Mafia Romance (Blood and Honor, #1)

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by Dana Delamar
     
 

*** Revenge was a double-finalist (Romantic Suspense and Best First Book) in the 2013 Booksellers' Best Awards! ***

A woman on the run. A damaged Mafia don. A rival bent on revenge...

Mafia don Enrico Lucchesi struggles to preserve a fragile truce with the Andretti family. But when Kate Andretti flees from her abusive husband, Enrico won't leave her…  See more details below

Overview

*** Revenge was a double-finalist (Romantic Suspense and Best First Book) in the 2013 Booksellers' Best Awards! ***

A woman on the run. A damaged Mafia don. A rival bent on revenge...

Mafia don Enrico Lucchesi struggles to preserve a fragile truce with the Andretti family. But when Kate Andretti flees from her abusive husband, Enrico won't leave her in jeopardy. Can he save her without reigniting the bloody feud between the families?

Excerpt:

Enrico raised a hand in greeting to Kate, and she returned his wave and started descending the steps. She headed straight for him, her auburn hair gleaming in the sun, a few strands of it blowing across her pale cheek and into her green eyes. With a delicate hand, she brushed the hair out of her face. Enrico's fingers twitched with the desire to touch her cheek like that, to feel the slide of her silky hair. A small, almost secretive smile crossed her features, and he swallowed hard. Dio mio. He felt that smile down to his toes.

She stopped a couple feet from him. "Signor Lucchesi, it's good to see you, as always."
He bowed his head slightly. "And you, Signora Andretti." He paused, a grin spreading across his face. "Since when did we get so formal, Kate?"

She half-turned and motioned to the doorway behind her. And that was when he noticed it--a bruise on her right cheek. Merda! Had someone hit her? Tearing his eyes off the mark, he followed her gesture. A tall, sandy-haired man, well-muscled and handsome, leaned in the doorway, his arms crossed. "My husband, Vincenzo, is here."

Enrico's smile receded. He looked back to Kate. "I'd like to meet him." And if he did this to her, he's going to pay.

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Sensuality level: Hot (RT Book Reviews scale)

WARNING: This book contains graphic language, sexual situations, and violence.

Dark Mafia Romance, Dark Gritty Romantic Suspense, Mob Romance, Mobster Romance, Organized Crime

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Editorial Reviews

http://www.theromancereviews.com/viewbooksreview.php?bookid=5104 - CozyReader TheRomanceReviews
"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." (5 stars, Top Pick) -- "The Romance Reviews" (TRR) site
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/292742742 - Kayla Shantee
"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!" (5 stars) -- "Bengal Reads" blog
http://www.rtbookreviews.com/book-review/revenge - Donna Brown
"The first book in the Blood and Honor series ... gets things off to an explosive start." (4 stars) -- RT Book Reviews
http://romancenoveljunkies.com/Dana_Delamar.php - Davia RomanceNovelJunkies
"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" site
http://readingbythebeach.blogspot.com/2012/02/review-revengeblood-and-honor1-by-dana.html - Julie ReadingByTheBeach
"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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940013699366
Publisher:
Dana Delamar
Publication date:
01/02/2012
Series:
Blood and Honor , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
306
Sales rank:
87,292
File size:
701 KB

Meet the Author

Dana Delamar is the author of the "Blood and Honor" romantic suspense series, which is set in Italy among the Calabrian Mafia. An avid traveler who loves to learn about different peoples and cultures, Dana often sets her books in exotic locales. She grew up in the Midwest and Pacific Northwest, and today makes Seattle her home. She's an omnivorous reader with overflowing bookshelves and a passionate love of "Supernatural," "Firefly," "True Blood," "Mad Men," and a zillion other TV shows. Where she finds the time to sleep is a mystery.

When she's not writing, Dana is zipping off to visit new locales, dreaming about her next trip to Italy, or narrowly avoiding car accidents while she conjures up exploits for her characters. You can visit her at www.danadelamar.com.

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Revenge: A Mafia Romance (Blood and Honor, #1) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
KristyHeinicke More than 1 year ago
This is the first time I've read a book from Dana Delamar, so I wasn't sure what exactly I was getting myself into. Even before I started reading there was a page with translations from Italian to English, which I found good (I couldn't remember half of the meanings from High School) & I found it got my mind set on the conversations to come. I must say that I was impressed with the detailed descriptions of the country side, houses, people & food through out the book, it made me feel like I was walking around Italy with the characters. The detail of the Mafiso codes & there involvement with the people & other Mafiso fanctions was visually fantastic. Some of the scenes where a bit tense & as a female I found them disturbing, but the scenes contributed to the storyline. There are so many twists & turns in this compelling novel. Dana weaves us such a magical story full of love, lies, deception, passion, emotions, action.... Bring on the rest of the series & any others you've got published, reader for LIFE!
preciousferret More than 1 year ago
Revenge is the first book by Dana Delamar that I have read and it will certainly not be the last. Dana has given us well developed characters and an exciting plot that keeps the reader on the edge of their seat until the very end and the chemistry between Enrico and Kate is electrifying making Revenge a definite must read!!!
JannaShay More than 1 year ago
Revenge is a fast-paced, gritty, fictional depiction of Mafia life which will grab your attention from beginning to end. This story of corruption and power mixed with romance and steamy sex scenes will have you turning the pages to see what will happen next. Dana Delamar delivers a well-written, action-packed novel filled with plenty of twists and turns. She delves into the dark world of Mafia life where deception, treachery, revenge, and violence are the norm rather than the exception. Enrico and Kate, the protagonists, are well-developed and draw you into their conflict of love versus honor. If you love steamy romance, fast-paced action, and a glimpse of the lurid life of the Mafia, then Revenge is a book you don't want to miss.
paranormal_romance_lover More than 1 year ago
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. I had someone point out that this reminded them of a movie and after reading this I can now say this would make a kick butt movie! 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! This book is all about Enrico Luccshesi, doesn't that name just sound sexy? He is the head of the Lucchesi Mob, and there are many different mob groups. Well, there is a bloody war going on between the Andretti's and the Lucchesi's that stemmed from when Enrico was way younger. I will not tell you the problems that there were because you definitely want to discover them for yourself. Then you throw Kate into the mix, she is a kick butt, independent, strong woman... and she doesn't take crap from no one. Not even Carlo Andretti's (head of the Andretti Mob) nephew Vince. When Vince hits Kate, she knew she had to get away and that's when Enrico and Kate wind up crossing paths! Now for my feelings on this book. I was a little confused with the vocabulary, about who was who, and who was related to whom? But, let me tell you if you read the vocabulary list in the front of the book it will all start to make sense and then you will be in for the ride of your life. Thank you so so much Dana for asking me to review this! This exceeded my expectations, Revenge was absolutely fabulous. I have never read a book like this before so I didn't know if I would like it BUT I DID, I SO DID! And knowing this is only the 1st book??? WHAT NOW? The ending really killed me, what a cliffhanger. I would have never expected that and now will have to be tortured waiting on Book 2. I would recommend this to anyone who is a lover of romance, steamy love scenes (AND I'M TALKING JALAPENO HOT!), and action! This is an awesome book and I can't wait to see what's in store for the rest of this series. Be on the lookout for Dana guys, I know I will. And isn't this cover just so awesome? It definitely captures the story!
LadyRavenRAVE1 More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars BRIEF SUMMARY Kate is married to Vince Andretti who unknown to Kate is part of the mob. When Vince moves them to Italy, Kate's world as she knows it comes to a screeching halt. Vince becomes this monster under the direction of his cold hearted uncle Carlo and soon Kate is fighting for her life. To try and save herself, Kate accepts help from the enemy, Enrico Lucchesi and the Andretti/Lucchesi war is on. Enrico never wanted to be in the mafia but has had to fulfill his father's duty. He is now fighting for the woman he loves, the child he never new and the world as he sees it should be. THOUGHTS Being from New Jersey, the "Soprano State" I love mafia stories! At first, I was so confused by so many characters that I even had to reread the first chapter to make sure I knew who everyone was. After that, It was an enjoyable ride.... I thought 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! Now, I will say the mob storyline is kind of weak. Enrico who has lived his life being groomed to be "capo" is he willing to throw it all away, risk his life and that of his family for Kate? I don't think so. I was waiting for Enrico to step up and play the leader against Carlo and stop whining over Kate, finally at the end we see Enrico do what he is suppose to do. For me, I am a romance junkie so I didn't mind that the mob story was kind of secondary to the romance. This is the first of a 4 book series and look forward to reading about everyone’s story! I really enjoyed this book! The research the author did is evident and the sensual overtones are scorching!! Highly recommend this read!! Story - GREAT Intimacy – VERY VERY SPICY Enjoyment - GREAT Reviewer: Davia for RNJ
Tina_a_reader More than 1 year ago
Fast paced and gritty - it leaves you wanting more. It's a romance and a mystery with some great plot twists and solid writing that keeps you turning the pages until well past your bedtime. The characters are well developed and intruiging. You feel like you've been transported to Italy and into the world of the Mafia from the very first page. I can hardly wait for the second book to come out!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
**DISCLAIMER** The Author Sent me a Copy of this book to Review I gave this 5 stars, since I could not give it 4 1/2; it's a book I know I'll read again. 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 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'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.
asgoodrich More than 1 year ago
Holy moly! I thought Malavita was good, but Ms. Delamar blew it out of the water with Revenge. Honestly when I first read the blurb I wasn’t sure of what to expect. I loved the relationship that developed between Enrico and Toni and could not understand why he was being paired with another woman. I didn’t see how the author could pull it off, especially as I was looking forward to seeing how Enrico and Toni’s relationship continued to develop. And yet she did with a jump forward in time that worked flawlessly. Revenge takes place many years after Malavita and the story is written in such a way that despite her absence from the book I felt the love between Enrico and Toni that continued to strengthen over the course of their marriage – between his grief and the promise he made her, there was no doubt in my mind as to the depth of their love for one another. Because of this, it made Enrico’s interest in Kate acceptable and left me cheering him on despite the lies and obstacles that stood between them. At the same time, I was torn between rooting for Kate to be swept away by Enrico and understanding her refusal of her heart when she knew he was keeping secrets from her. Without giving too much away, when circumstances put Kate under Enrico’s protection he is afforded the opportunity to get to know her better and vice versa. Quickly the spark of attraction between the two is fanned into a blazing fire and while both worry that the other will break their heart, neither can resist being together. And it was hot. But the relationship between Kate and Enrico was not the only heat the novel delivered as Carlo used the incident between his nephew and Kate as an excuse to declare war on Enrico. As Revenge is a romantic suspense novel about mafia families, there is no shortage of deaths – some were heartbreaking and some were well deserved. Despite this, I was still surprised by the level of deception that occurred in the book, but found the revelations in the Epilogue to be the most jaw dropping of them all. Revenge was an excellent addition to the Blood and Honor series and I look forward to reading Retribution to find out where the story goes from here. I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. Reviewed by Angela at Crystal's Many Reviewers!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent book by a great author. Very well written. Full of hot, steamy romance and edge of your seat suspense. Very intricate plot. Good character development and great chemistry. A must read. Really enjoyed and highly recommend.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Stares after revenge her eyes unreadable. I will be seeing you later, i get that strange feeling...... turns abruptly and darts off in a blur of white.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He ran off to 'Mansion' to find his mother.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
-the black tom pads in, sneezing.- So you're Revenge. -he coughs-
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Oh, dont worry about them, some of those cats in that clan are spies" grins