Blog Tour & Review: Waste of Worth (DeLuca Duet, Part One) by Bethany-Kris

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Waste of Worth: The DeLuca Duet, Part One

by Bethany-Kris
DeLuca Duet #1
Publication Date: January 9, 2017
Genres: Adult, Mafia, Romance, Organized Crime

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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.

Closed off.
Cold.
Different.

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.

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four-stars
MY REVIEW:

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

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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.

Too well.

Author’s Note: The DeLuca Duet is a standalone duet with a HEA ending that can be read independently.

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ABOUT BETHANY-KRIS

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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About Bethany-Kris

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.

King (King #1) by T.M. Frazier@TantorAudio

King  (King #1) by T.M. Frazier@TantorAudioSeries: King #1
on 2015-06-17
Pages: 302
AmazonNarrator: Molly Glenmore, Rob Shapiro
Homeless. Hungry. Desperate. Doe has no memories of who she is or where she comes from. A notorious career criminal just released from prison, King is someone you don't want to cross unless you're prepared to pay him back in blood, sweat, sex or a combination of all three. King's future hangs in the balance. Doe's is written in her past. When they come crashing together, they will have to learn that sometimes in order to hold on, you have to first let go. King is the first book in a two part series. Tyrant is the name of the second book due out August 2015.
four-stars

Interesting! I thought the writing and character building were really good. I thought the story was well done. It wasn’t a lovey-dovey relationship like I tend to prefer but it was real.

We start off learning how young Brantley “King” met his smart mouth partner Samuel “Preppy” and the forging of friendship. Now King and Preppy are adults, running a criminal enterprise as well as a tattoo parlor. In comes a young girl who has no memory of her past, and goes by the name “Doe” and wants protection from the streets while she figures out who she is. The story unfolds and we learn both Doe and King are much more than meets the eye.

This story wasn’t really a love story though it had a romantic love story as part of the plot. I thought it was more about survival, sacrifice and loyalty. Sure it was steamy but it also had non consensual sex, drugs and murder. It was dark, but really well written because the characters are complex. King and Preppy weren’t just evil thugs, so it was hard to just write them off as bad people. Doe couldn’t remember much about herself, but there was a conscientious effort to respect the “Her” she couldn’t remember.

I liked that Doe wasn’t a pushover and that King wasn’t a complete neanderthal as some alpha males take the caveman act to extremes. They had great chemistry and it didn’t feel forced. I liked the makeshift family thing they created. Then the mystery of who Doe is began to unfurl, and I knew that it was game time.

This one ended in a big cliff hanger so I am going to begin book 2 soon.

*Special Thanks to Tantor Audio for the audiobook given in exchange for an honest review.

Review: Sempre Redemption (Forever, Book 2) by J.M Darhower

Review: Sempre Redemption (Forever, Book 2) by J.M DarhowerSeries: Forever #2
on December 16th 2013
Pages: 416 pages
AmazonNarrator: Carla Mercer-Meyer
In this thrilling and sexy follow-up to Sempre, two young lovers struggle to keep their relationship intact after they become deeply enmeshed in the dangerous mafia-run crime ring they once tried to overthrow.

Haven Antonelli and Carmine DeMarco have been through a lot. Haven was taken in by Carmine’s father, and with his family’s help, she escaped a gruesome fate. However, saving Haven from the dark intentions of a mafia family cost Carmine a steep price: he was forced to swear loyalty to them.

Now, still passionately in love, Carmine and Haven must face the fall-out of Carmine’s forced service, as Haven discovers terrifying secrets about the family that enslaved both her and her mother—and why she matters so much in this intricate web of lies
five-stars

I loved it as much as book 1. I felt like I was watching a movie on HBO. A lot of drama.
But I have to say Corrado stole this show. He stayed consistent and was true gangsta to the end.

This book picks up after Carmine DeMarco pledges loyalty to Salvatore (salamander to those who don’t respect him) and La Costa Nostra in exchange for Haven’s protection. When it’s time for him to report to work (from Durant, NC to Chicago, IL), Carmine decides it’s best for Haven if he lets her go. That way she won’t be tainted by what he knows he will have to do for La Costa Nostra, and he will be giving her freedom to live her own life on her own terms.
This book details their individual journey to make peace with the choices others made for them, and the ones they made for themselves. Of course, in the background the puppet masters continue to maneuver the pieces making individuals think they have control of their own lives and choices, when it is clear higher forces are at work.
The truth about Mara DeMarco’s death has a profound effect of both Vincent and Corrado, as we see those men attempt to get justice for what what stolen from them. Dominic and Tess and Dia stay the same, but in this book we see the wear of the crown isn’t necessary the most powerful player. No, it’s behind he scenes man who is truly the Don of La Costa Nostra.

I hate to say it but Carmine doesn’t grow up that much, but Haven truly comes into her own. She restores him like he restored her in book 1. There was never a doubt in my mind as to their future, it was only a matter of how they got there. I loved the names Carmine called her “la bella ragazza” or “Tesoro”. I also love Corrado calling Celia “Bellisima”. It had a sweet sound and one thing I found out about the DeMarco-Moretti men, when they love, they go all in! It’s Sempre for them.

Great story, great audio. I felt satisfied with the conclusion of this one. Carmine and Haven were just meant for each other.

*Special Thank you to Gallery Books via Edelwiss for an e-ARC of this book.