Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Revenge by Dana Delamar

Revenge (Blood and Honor, #1)Revenge by Dana Delamar

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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!

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