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Deathless & Divided

(The Chicago War #1)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  4,096 ratings  ·  409 reviews
Lies and love. This is how a war starts.

A life for a life. That’s the mafia way. Damian Rossi owes his life to a man who is ready to collect. That payment comes in the form of an arranged marriage to the daughter of another leading family in the Chicago Outfit. He’s ready to follow through, even if that means making sure Lily knows she’s his.

Lily DeLuca isn’t being given a
ebook, 245 pages
Published September 7th 2015 by Bethany-Kris
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Bethany-Kris Sorry, no. There are four War books. Deathless & Divided. Reckless & Ruined. Scarless & Sacred. Breathless & Bloodstained. Each book features a differ…moreSorry, no. There are four War books. Deathless & Divided. Reckless & Ruined. Scarless & Sacred. Breathless & Bloodstained. Each book features a different couple. At the end of each book, it is a HEA situation for the couple involved but there are always unresolved issues with the Outfit that carry on to the next couple. We see all the couples throughout the series. We'll get the big final HEA with an Epilogue in the last War book. (less)
Bethany-Kris The Chicago War has nothing to do with the Marcello kids. Some of the Marcello kids aren't even born when the War takes place. It starts slightly befo…moreThe Chicago War has nothing to do with the Marcello kids. Some of the Marcello kids aren't even born when the War takes place. It starts slightly before Dante talks to his brothers about trouble in Chicago.

Completely different family. <3 (less)

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This book is so much more than a romance. It’s a well-written and gripping story about the Mafia lifestyle and politics. It's a story about the war between the four Chicago crime families that are falling apart due to mistrust, deceit and betrayal. But most of all, it's a story about two lonely souls who are fighting to survive the madness. Both of them victims of circumstances. Both of them deprived of parental love and affection because of the Mafia way.

There is no insta-love in this book and
Sasha elle a.k.a. Mrs. Liam Callahan!
*4.7 Bethany can take my Nutella jars*

DEAR LORD have mercy on me. And mercy isn't something the Chicago outfit knows of. From hidden motives and false perceptions the Chicago Outfit is playing a game that will cause war whether it's through blood or a game of minds, la famiglia is about to give a whole new meaning to family

Lily DeLuca at age 22 has had more freedom on her hands than normal mafia girls do and by normal I mean as normal as being a part of the La famiglia of the Chicago outfit
Pavlina Read more sleep less blog

I enjoyed this story a lot!I was hooked from the beginning and I couldn't stop reading because I wanted to know what would happen next!There is suspense,action,a sexy hero and hot moments!I loved the MAFIA concept and the love story!This story is about lies,hate,betrayal,revenge,trust and love.Generally it has everything you need in a story!


Damian works for "the outfit", he does what the boss asks him but apart from this he owes Dino.Now it's time to do something for him!He must marry
S.M. West

”No one was deathless in this world.”

This girl absolutely loves a great mafia story! To this day, The Godfather is still among my top three fave movies so, I'm discerning when it comes tales about La Cosa Nostra...Bethany-Kris, knows how to write kickin' mob tales!!

I discovered and became a fan with her Filthy Marcellos series and I must say, it just gets better and better. This story revolves around the Chicago Outfit run by four Italian families: Trentini, Rossi, Conti and DeL
Aug 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mafia-men
I know all my Mafia Sluts (You know who I'm talking about :P) really loved this book but it didn't blow me please don't shun and/or throw rocks at me :P


I know this author writes good mafia books but unfortunately for me they aren't doing much. I liked the story and the characters but usually when I'm reading about my mob gods I can't seem to put the book down and that wasn't the case here...


I can't really put my finger on the facts I didn't like but bottom line is that I didn't feel
Christine Wallflower & Dark Romance Junkie
4.5 Deathless Stars!

No one was deathless in their world.
Even the innocents couldn't be saved.

Yep. I'm pretty sure it's impossible for Bethany-Kris to write a book I won't enjoy! I'd probably read her grocery list at this point, she's right up there with JM Darhower when it comes to writing a good Mafia romance! Deathless & Divided is the first book in a spin-off of her Filthy Marcellos series, and let me just say this the Marcellos will forever be close to my heart and if I'm going to compar
Aug 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Amanda by: Snow
5 'mafioso' stars

Thanks to Snow for recommending this awesome read to me. Damian Rossi is the closest mafia hero to Corrado Moretti that I've ever read. And you know how much I love Corrado. Lots! And Damian actually got one upper hand because this book has better sex scenes in it.

This book has
1. a low profile mafia hero
2. a reluctant principessa
3. arranged marriage
4. mafia politics
5. revenge plot

Damian Rossi is a made man of the Chicago Outfit. He is loyal, honorable, quiet, observant and dead
Edited after re-read January 2019:

Deathless & Divided was even better the second time around so I'm upping my rating to 5 stars. I've decided that I will read this author's shopping list.

This was nothing at all like I was expecting. See, I adore BK's writing because the hero is always so totally in to his girl to the exclusion of all else. Damian got there eventually but it took a while for them both to get to the romance, but with very good reason .... can you say arranged marriage. In their sh


BR with the Mafia Ladies!!!

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So people this book was FANTASTIC!!!
Yes I know I say that with nearly every mafia book I read but hear me out.
When you read a book there are certain things it needs to have for it to be a successful read. And "Deathless & Divided" had them!

- Sexy and mysterious hero ✔️
- A heroine who is not annoying ✔️✔️
- action ✔️
- suspense ✔️
- romance ✔️
- scorching hot scenes ✔️
" Your family is what you make it. the family is the people who protect and love yo
A Great Mafia Romance

I really enjoyed this Mafia love story. There was just enough action and suspense to keep me wondering what was coming around the corner. Meanwhile, there was a sweet and sexy love story that kept me engaged.

The heroine, Lily DeLuca, has no interest in returning to her Mafia roots. Since her parents were murdered years ago, she has sought to escape the lifestyle she was brought up in. Raised by her brother after the death of her parents, she's been granted the freedom to roa
6 phenomenal DEATHLESS stars

It is OBLIGATORY material for any mafia read lover

It's easy to say I LOVED the book. Period.
It's HARD for me to put the words out there to show just HOW MUCH!
BUT I' gonna try and DO my best...

Book 1 in Chicago wars series involves four families of the Chicago mafia outfit – Trentini, Rossi, Conti, DeLuca – surrounded by greed, passion, betrayal, vengeance = WAR

in the mixture of all that, two souls be
Lorraine Lesar
Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
He did very bad things and did them so very well....

A debt is a debt.
....and in the world of the Cosa Nostra, no matter how long it’s been, when a debt is called have to pay up!

They underestimated him - that was fun.
With a 20 year prison sentence being dangled in front of him, Dino DeLuca has to get his Family, business affairs and old scores settled.
So he calls in a 10 year old outstanding debt from “The Ghost”.
His terms were simple. Marry his 21 year old sister, Lily DeLuca. It looks
Jessica ❥Chatterbooks Book Blog❥

Bethany-Kris has been recommended to me many times (especially by my girl, Natalie), and I'm so glad I finally picked up one of her books! I'm excited to have found a new mafia romance author I like and to read more of this series! 😍
Natalie ✩★ The Biblioholic ★✩
When it comes to mafia romance, Bethany-Kris brings it!

Lily was a little hard to like at first but Damian was easy to love. I loved how disciplined he was. He was a killer/hitman for the mob and had no qualms about his jobs. No conscience. No shame. No regrets. And yet he had so much heart, especially when it came to Lily. I loved the lengths he was willing to go to in order to protect her. I loved his stillness, his silence, his observations and his intellect. I loved how he loved Lily.

~Nichole~  Sizzling Pages Romance Reviews
I loved so much of this. I think I am going to be hooked on this authors books. I couldn't help picturing Sonny Corinthos from General Hospital as Damian and the original Carly as Lily. I loved how loyal and possessive Damian was except for the whole ( I don't care who sees us.. I want them to..) that always bothers me. I want him to want absolutely nobody to see what's his. That's the ultimate perfect alpha. So to me that small bit and some really dragging parts kept me from 5 stars. I'm left w ...more
XxTainaxX Curvy and Nerdy
Sep 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Audiobook review. This story was refreshing because the lines between good and bad, right and wrong were blurred. I was absolutely hooked by the plot and the mechanics of this Chicago mafia world. The characters were fleshed out very well. Their personalities, motivations, and actions were carefully crafted to fit a bigger piece into a puzzle I’ve yet to figure out.

Damian was a man who thought he knew his place in the mafia world but soon found a different purpose. Lily couldn’t control her own
Aug 19, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2-stars, mafia-mc
2.5 Stars

This was pretty meh. I couldn't have cared less about the two MCs, especially Lily. I didn't think she was "stubborn". I thought she was whiny and annoying.
I didn't think it was possible to love this book and these characters even more than I already do, but thanks to amazing narration it took this book and my love for it to a whole new level.

5 Superb all the stars for this one ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Sep 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: five-star-reads
5 Chicago War Stars

Bethany-Kris has sealed her fate as one of my favourite authors. I totally enjoyed this book. I liked how the book wasn't all mafia or all romance but a good combination of the two. The writing was smooth and easy to follow along with a good plot. It was easy to keep track of all the characters and where they stood amongst the three families. I thought that the author added much to the story by delving into the childhood relationships of Lily, Damian, Dino and Theo. Best of al
Elfina Renee
Jul 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Deathless & Divided: Debts never went away in the mafia. They could disappear for a short time but someone always came back to collect, eventually.) Daughters had their duties within the outfit to preserve their family names while the sons took their places in the organization, everyone has a role.
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They always say, "the road to hell is paved with good intentions." La famiglia has lost its meaning. Greed and power hungry men have taken hold, all that remains is the body count. Bethany-Kris yo
Jul 12, 2016 rated it it was ok
Deathless & Divided was not a bad book, however, it was a bad book for me. I really did try to like it. I saw that it was rated really well and a few people I follow rated it really well. So I came into this story expecting more, but I left feeling unfulfilled, and with no desire to continue reading the series despite the cliffhanger ending.

While reading, my predominant emotion was overwhelmed; I mean overwhelmed in the "oh my god there are so many characters I have no idea who these people are
✰ Liz ✰
“Your family is what you make it."

Deathless and Divided is the first book in The Chicago War Series. Offering a perfect blend of action, suspense, and passion, Bethany-Kris has crafted a world where "the family" is everything. Damien Rossi is an enforcer for the mafia. Lily DeLuca is a free-spirited Mafia Princess who has done everything she can to escape her family obligations. When Lily and Damien are forced to agree to an arranged marriage, both feel conflicted and yet drawn to one anothe
NiCoLeTa E. {Addicted To Books}
***4,5 "For you, I see nothing!!!" stars***

No one was deathless in their world.
Even the innocents couldn't be saved.

Wow!!! Just wow!!!
Literally, i'm mentally kicking myself right now for not reading a book by Bethany-Kris sooner... even though the idiotic myself was flirting with many of her books the last years... since i love mafia books so damn much!!!
Why I didn't pick them up sooner??? Why??? I'm still wondering...
At least,
Sep 09, 2015 rated it liked it
I normally like this author's books better but it was hard to root for a hero who didn't seem to have any loyalty to his supposed "mafia family". I also found it hard to believe he never got caught killing someone because despite what we are told he doesn't seem to be all that subtle or sneaky when doing it. The romance was okay but not very exciting. Honestly I was kind of bored with the story then by the end wasn't impressed by the hero when he turned on so many people (including once where hi ...more
Lea ★
Ahhhh, I love mafia romance books!

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This was awesome!
Next installment, here I come! :)
Ari Reavis
Jun 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
*ARC received from author, in exchange for an honest review*

As sad as it was to say goodbye to my beloved Marcellos........ HELLO CHICAGO OUTFIT!! Unlike the Marcellos, they're not quite so family oriented and war breaks out between the families soon enough. But underneath all the death and betrayal is a romance that neither of the lovers expected. Damian and Lily were made for each other. She helped him feel again and was the drive behind many of his decisions (whether good or bad). He helped h
Lorraine Lesar
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A re-read and if possible, I loved it even more second time round.
I’m not going to go all sesquipedalian loquaciousness on you, so I’m going to keep this short 😉. Damian is The Badian. The most damish-sexyish-dirtish-baddish-badian of all Bethany-Kris characters.
So why did I do a reread? The answer is simple...Dino.
I wanted answers. I wanted to see if I missed anything. Too see if any clues were dropped on Dino’s missing body that I didn’t pick up on the first time read.
Did I find anything? Di
Nov 19, 2018 rated it really liked it

It’s been far too long since I read a book by this author. This is mainly due to the sheer amount of books and series available.

Anyway feeling a little overwhelmed and not sure where to start I visited the authors page. I discovered it doesn’t really matter which series I start with as long as I read the books within each series in order (obviously).

So this is the book I picked and it’s good, really good.

I have to say I didn’t love it from the get go. Lily irritated me early on and it took me a
5 Good men do bad things Stars

All I can say to this amazing read is...


I had an amazing time reading this with my Mafluts! Sasha, Shanny, and Snow. Shout out to my beautiful ladies!!


Ms. Kris hit it out of the park on this one. I don't think I have one single bad thing to say or anything that seemed out of place. In my eyes, this is what a mafia-romance should be about. Family, love, death, loyalty, betrayal, war. Anything to stay on top or be offed by the opposing families. The twist in the st
Aug 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I don’t think I’ve read a Mafia themed book since like, J.M. Darhower’s By Any Other name. It’s hard to ignore a good Mafia book… I’m always attracted to those. So naturally, when I saw these I added it to my to be read pile straight away! And boy am I glad that I’ve actually read it.

I think the author has succeeded in giving her readers a world which they can get lost in. With this being the first book in this series, it would be difficult not to come back for seconds in the second part. I’m ho
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The author of too many novels to count, Bethany-Kris is a Canadian, lover of much, and mother to four sons, a glaring of cats, and a pack of 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, a snuggling cat, barking dogs, and a spouse calling over his shoulder, she is nearly always writing something ... when she ca ...more

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