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(Blood and Honor #1)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  853 ratings  ·  95 reviews
A woman on the run. A damaged Mafia don. A rival bent on revenge…

Kate Andretti is married to the Mob—but doesn’t know it. When her husband uproots them to Italy, Kate leaves everything she knows behind. Alone in a foreign land, she finds herself locked in a battle for her life against a husband and a family who will “silence” her if she will not do as they wish. When her
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Published January 1st 2012 by Dana Delamar
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SueBee★bring me an alpha!★
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FREE on Amazon US today (11/25/2016)

Stand-alone book 1.

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

Kate Andretti is married to the Mob—but doesn’t know it. When her husband uproots them to Italy, Kate leaves everything she knows behind. Alone in a foreign land, she finds herself locked in a battle for her life against a husband and a family who will “silence” her if she will not do as they wish. When her husband tries to kill her, she accepts the protection offere
This is how I felt when I received this ARC

This book is about mobster families, the Luchessi's and Andretti's.


There is a longstanding feud between the two families. Carlo Andretti's daughter was married to Enrico Luchessi. Carlo blamed Enrico for her death.(view spoiler)

The feud is made worse when Carlo's nephew tries to kill his wife Kate. Enrico wants Kate so he moves to protect her from the Andretti's.


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Jan 31, 2012 rated it it was ok
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Lady Raven RAVE!

4.5 stars

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
Mar 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
This story picks up 26 years after the end of Malavita. Enrico Lucchesi lost his wife of 25 years to cancer and the truce between the Lucchesi family and the Andretti’s family seems to be over as her father Carlo now also blames Enrico for her death and wants Enrico dead more than ever.

Enrico has been deeply grieving for his wife to the point he has neglected many of his duties as capo dei capi,(Godfather). One of the businesses he oversees is an orphanage. He has been intrigued with one of the
Feb 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Stephanie by: Dana Delamar
Shelves: hot-hot-hot, have
**DISCLAIMER** Dana sent me a free copy to review; I'm so glad she did. :-)

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 'c
Feb 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
I have read this book in 3 days. This book has been well research and interesting facts about Italians and of course "mafia".I found it very interesting book but for some reason I could not connect with Kate as I would have liked to.I could not put my finger on the why.

Good job on Dana's first book and I will read the other books in the series .I am looking forward to Antonia's story.
Aug 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Longest fucking book I've read all summer omg. Or maybe it was just me, idk why it took me forever.

But this was such a good and intense mafia thriller. So much goes on in this book and some things do get confusing like their names, titles, etc. There's too many people involved and too many Italian words I don't know even though it had a little mini dictionary in the beginning but I ain't got no time or effort to keep checking back to that page on epub its too difficult ajksdljsl.

I'm glad I had
Oct 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4, kindle, to-review
Revenge by Dana Delamar

4 Stars

After an argument with Vincent, her husband, turns violent, Kate realises she has no choice but to leave him. Unbeknownst to her Vincent is a part of the Mafia and walking away from him is not going to be that easy. She turns to her boss, Enrico, for help. What Kate also doesn’t know is that he is connected to the mob too, but on the opposite side of the fence to her husband. The war between the two families, that has been smouldering for years, flares up and she is
Feb 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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 w ...more
Rachelle Ayala
Sep 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A real page turner. Revenge is a book that will hook you and not let you go. Rico Luchessi is a reluctant mafia don with a kind heart and a willingness to show mercy. Unfortunately, as he realizes, mercy doesn't beget mercy, and he has enemies from all sides.

When he rescues a battered wife, Kate Andretti, of a competing Mafia family, he borrows more trouble than he can handle. Especially since he starts falling in love with Kate.

This book was exciting from start to finish. Kate is feisty and Ric
Jan 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I got this book as a gift from the Author, at a time where I really needed a good distraction, and I thoroughly enjoyed this suspenseful read with plenty of steamy love making. It had me on the edge of my seat throughout most of the book and I stayed up way passed my bedtime to read it. I loved the characters and Dana Delamar has a wonderful way of transporting the reader to Italy with her vivid descriptions of the land. I can't wait to see where the series will take us and I for one am a big fa ...more
Mar 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I received this book for free through Goodreads First reads.
If you are into the hard-nosed, fast-paced, in-your-face, dirty, gritty, sexy, exotic, erotic, dark-side, honor among thieves, follow the code, inner workings of the Italian Mafia, then this is the book for you!! Well researched and written, Revenge will grab hold of you and not let go!
I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series.
InD'tale Magazine

This book is typical of what one would expect in a mob story: family, violence, money, sex - and it doesn’t disappoint!

Read full review in the 2012 Holiday issue of InD’tale Magazine.
Jul 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

That was freaking insane!!! Took to long to post my review. Well worth the read!!!
Sally Brandle
May 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: high-five
Heart-thumping pacing, mafia loyalties and steamy sex. This book pushed my normal heat boundary, but I desperately wanted the HEA.
Julie(Reading By The Beach)
Feb 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arr
If you are intrigued with Mafia aspects and the inner workings or gritty, dark stories than this is a book for you! Revenge is a fictional take on Mafia life in Italy that will have you questioning the line between reality and fiction, that is how well written this book is!

Well-developed characters help carry the story, they are perfected in their own way from sweet, endearing Antonio, rugged Ruggero, untrusting, jaded Kate, emotional Enrico and the purely evil Carlo. The relationships that are
A.R. Von
Jun 26, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first in a series of four by Dana Delamar and sounds to me like it's going to be a very strong entertaining series! This is my first time reading (instead of watching) anything pertaining to mafia. I honestly did not know what to expect and am very glad I did not put the book aside. This is one sensual, very well written (I felt as if I was in the book myself many times), action packed read. So many secrets unfold, unexpected twists and turns that have you holding your breath for the ...more
Mar 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, crime, mystery
4.5 Stars!!! - I will explain at the every end why I didn't give it 5.

Wow. First let me tell you that I was very impressed with Dana's writing. As a self-published author this book was EXTREMELY well-written. She must have had one hell of an Editor. Also this particular book had to have required mountains of research. She went to great depths to explain a completely "fictional" story of the Italian Mafia and it was exquisite.

I really appreciated the introduction of the main characters in the b
Karen Voitik
Sep 07, 2014 rated it really liked it

>Subject - book review - Revenge

> Review

>I received this book from the author and from Paranormal Romance and Authors that Rock. This is the first book in the Blood and Honor Series and is part of a boxed set entitled Killer Romances. The book ends this particular story, somewhat, but this is the mob, it is never over.

>Kate Andretti is married to a nephew of a mob boss, yet is unaware of this fact. She moves with her relatively new husband to Italy and begins working for an orphanage. The orphan
Lizzie Andrews
Feb 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What a fantastic story teller Dana Delamar is! Revenge was everything I hoped it would be! I honestly can not wait to read the other books in the Blood and Honor series.

Filled with lots of action and suspense, the plot is constantly twisting, keeping you on the edge of your seat. I loved the characters and felt sorry for Kate and Enrico. Thrust into a situation neither of them ever wanted, it is heart warming to see the way they fall in love with each other.

Enrico is still a little lost after t
Liz Cabrejos
Jun 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
WOW! Dana Delamar, what a wonderful
Journey you took me on. This is one of those books you can't put down, you want it to never end, yet you need to know what happens next. I love when you're able to get the perspectives of both main characters, and the author did an amazing job at making sure you knew & "felt" both sides of this story. Don Lucchesi, Enrico, absolutely loved his character. This man is full of honor, strength, kindness, love. He is torn by the oath he took to be the Capo of the Lu
Lady Magic
Oct 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I forget where I initially saw this book mentioned, but the plot sounded interesting, and since it was available cheaply on my Kindle I decided to give it a try. For a self-published debut novel, this book is surprisingly well done. While it would still fall into my “guilty pleasures” category, it is fairly well written and the intricate plot moves along quickly; while the writing is descriptive, it doesn’t lag unnecessarily as in some other novels. The story itself is heartrending yet satisfyin ...more
 Patches Braz
Nov 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: loved
This was a New Author to me. I am soooooo glad I gave MS. Delamar a chance.

She is AN AWESOME AUTHOR!! Can I give more then 5 Stars? Can I say how much I enjoyed this book. Can I tell everyone , even if not your normal genre, PLEASE GIVE THIS BOOK A TRY YOU WILL NOT BE SORRY.

This Book is about the Italian Mafia. Most books glaze over what they think Mafia is about, this book was so right on, and making the characters true to life. I Loved them and Hated them at same time. I was torn wanting Happy
Heather A
An enjoyable thriller. Though I did like the action parts with the mafia war more than the romance. It started off well, Kate was a smart and interesting heroine who acted sensibly when faced with a dangerous crisis. But then she goes and puts here trust in another dangerous mafia man. True Enrico was a much more honourable and much more likeable man but the whole will she won't she admit her true feelings did get a little annoying. It was a rollers coaster of back and fourth between he loves he ...more
Delilah Marvelle
Jan 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Mafia stories don't get better than this. Well executed, gritty and real, I ripped through this while holding my breath. I can't wait to read Part 2! My only gripe was with Kate. Oh, Kate, Kate, Kate. There were so many times I wanted to shake her so she'd be able to stand more nose to nose to the men around her. She had moments of it, yes, but inside, she really wasn't made up of the stuff to have made me believe she could survive everything she was going through. That said, the way she is writ ...more
Jodi Ashland
Apr 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Sensual intimacy… blood revenge… suspenseful. In Revenge, Dana Delmar fully immersed me in the mafia world and Italian culture. She had me hooked in the first few pages when Kate, an American from New Jersey, realizes her husband’s in the Italian Mafia and then tries to kill her. The suspense keeps mounting as she turns to Enrico for help, invoking a blood feud with the Andretti family. Kate and Enrico’s love affair is sizzling hot and sensual, the blood revenge is brutal. I had to keep turning ...more
Janna Shay
Jul 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Sue Stewart
Aug 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
After reading the prequel, Malavita, I immediately downloaded and started Revenge! I love the Lucchesi family! Its deep seated Italian heritage, its Code of Honor, its love of family and community. Where acts of loyalty and friendship are rewarded!. And yet vengeance and inconceivable acts of violence abound! This mix of extreme levels of good and bad generated a story that was absolutely riveting! I stayed up way past my bedtime to finish it! I loved the detailed description of the country and ...more
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Dana Delamar is the author of erotic romance, LGBTQ romance, and the "Blood and Honor" Mafia romance series, which is set in Italy among the Calabrian Mafia. Her first book, REVENGE, received 4 stars from RT Book Reviews, was a Top Pick at The Romance Reviews, and was a double-finalist for Best First Book and Best Romantic Suspense in the 2013 Booksellers Best Awards. Her second book, RETRIBUTION, ...more

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