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Waste of Worth: The DeLuca Duet, Part One
DeLuca Duet #1
Publication Date: January 9, 2017
Genres: Adult, Mafia, Romance, Organized Crime
Synopsis: DeLuca Duet, Part One
Ask anyone and they will all say the same thing about just who Dino DeLuca is. A criminal, the son of a traitor, and a mafia Capo who can’t be trusted. His past has shaped his life, creating demons he can’t escape from that live in his mind day and night.
He is all too aware of just how people see him.
He doesn’t care—keeping people out means no one can get close enough to hurt him again, and he already has one too many monsters with their claws stuck in his back that he’s still fighting off. His walls are so high, no one is climbing over them. Or so he thinks …
Karen came into his life like a spring shower, her light shining through the darkness and making him see something other than the hell that surrounded him for so long. She doesn’t know who he is or what he has done to become the man he is today. If he can help it, she’ll never know, and his monsters will never hurt her.
She sees his differences as beauty.
She never asks for more.
She is perfect.
The problem with happiness for Dino DeLuca is that his monsters don’t mind taking away what makes him happy. After all, what isn’t given cannot be kept.
These lessons will be the hardest he has ever learned.
AUTHOR’S NOTE: The DeLuca Duet is a two book tale following the same couple through their journey. It is a standalone Duet that can be read independently with a HEA ending.
This was an emotional read and somewhat cathartic for me. Dino DeLuca was the older brother from the Chicago War series and this new series is his story. I recommend that readers start with the Chicago War series to truly understand and appreciate the sacrifices that Dino made for his brother Theo and his sister Lily. I think that knowing his past is essential to truly feeling Dino’s pain and it added so much depth and complexity for the character. Lots of feels in this book.
Dino’s family history with the Outfit is complicated and unpretty. But Dino figured out how to save his siblings from their power-hungry Uncle Ben and he made the unholy deals to do so. Now, Dino walled off his emotions and wasn’t prepared when photographer Karen Martin barged into his life
Karen moved to New York to pursue a career in photography and had no involvement with organized crime. So while Dino wants to protect her from his family’s business and himself, Dino is inexplicably drawn to her.
What I enjoyed about this book is what the reader got a chance to see Dino and his maneuverings from Dino’s perspective. In the Chicago War series, I knew he loved his siblings, but the depth of his affections and loyalty wasn’t truly understood and appreciated until this book. Dino was a man in an untenable situation and Karen was his saving grace.
Karen was compassionate, understanding and patient with the broody Dino. She brought light to his dark world and their chemistry was intense. I enjoy those push-pull relationships where the character tries to push away the object of his affections, only to return to them. Dino’s internal struggle was heartbreaking, which is another reason her persistence made me like Karen that much more
Thank you Bethany-Kris for beginning to heal Dino because he has suffered enough. I hope the next book is more good things coming into his life and adding remaining pieces to Dino’s life in the sequel.
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Worth of Waste: The DeLuca Duet, Part Two
Synopsis: DeLuca Duet, Part Two
The Chicago Mob is the same as it has always been—violent, greedy, and excessive. The Outfit families have turned their backs when they were needed the most one too many times, but Dino DeLuca didn’t expect anything different.
His whole life has been lived for the Outfit—for his family.
He has a whole new set of reasons to live and fight now.
Karen Martin makes Dino change all the rules.
He’s finally ready to show everyone just how much waste is truly worth in the mafia, and just how far one will go for freedom from it all.
He’s learned these lessons well.
Author’s Note: The DeLuca Duet is a standalone duet with a HEA ending that can be read independently.
Bethany-Kris is a Canadian author, lover of much, and mother to three young sons, one cat, and two dogs. A small town in Eastern Canada where she was born and raised is where she has always called home. With her boys under her feet, snuggling cat, barking dogs, and a hubby calling over his shoulder, she is nearly always writing something … when she can find the time.
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