Waste of Worth: The DeLuca Duet, Part One
DeLuca Duet #1
Publication Date: January 9, 2017
Genres: Adult, Mafia, Romance, Organized Crime
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.
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Amazon CA: http://amzn.to/2iOapQG
Reviewed by Donna ~ 4 stars
***ARC received for an honest review***
“Anything that was not given to him was always taken away.”
Bethany-Kris is fast becoming one of my go to Mafia authors, after the Seasons of Betrayal series that was co-written with London Miller, this author has been firmly on my radar. That series sucked me in hook, line and sinker and Waste of Worth is no different. It seems I have a huge back catalogue to catch up with.
Dino DeLuca was one of the periphery characters in the Chicago War series and while that series has finished it seems Dino had his own story to tell. Dino is a made man, a capo, a life he never wanted, yet has no chance of escaping. Dino was the son of a nark, his father did a deal with the devil and as such, paid for it with his life and that of his wife, leaving the DeLuca kids orphans. The DeLuca kids were brought up by their uncle, Ben, an uncle that pulled the trigger on their parents, he made their life hell under the misguided belief that he was grooming them for their jobs. Ben is an arse, and I hope that by the end of this duet he truly meets karma and his maker. To Ben, Dino was a lamb ripe for slaughter, the sacrificial pawn, the son of a traitor…a “Waste of Worth.”
Dino is well and truly broken, being the eldest, he is the one that has taken the beatings and I mean beatings in the hope of saving his siblings. Dino is the one that takes the risks, runs interference and is the brick wall that ring fences his siblings. They see him as a prick, they just see him as stifling and protective, but deep down he is happy being the bad man if it saves them from the life that he is currently
“Dino didn’t understand why he should celebrate his life when he was barely fucking living it.”
From the very start you cannot help but empathise with Dino, even though he has done bad things, you know deep down he only does them to stay alive, to be the protector that his mum and dad can longer be. He has terrible nightmares and as such is an insomniac, he comes across as unapproachable, disconnected and indifferent yet underneath his cold, unfeeling façade is a man that just wants to do right by his family. Dino has a huge heart, but it is a heart that he thinks is empty, broken, unable to love and undeserving of love in return…until he meets a photographer, Karen.
“He was always watching people walk away; he had yet to find a person he wanted to follow after.”
Karen breathes life into Dino the moment they meet, but being a made man Dino is hesitant to bring Karen into his world, more for her own protection. Karen is an outsider and outsiders are never welcome, but sometimes the heart wants who the heart wants and no matter the risks, the love, the reward is far more alluring. This is Dino and Karen’s story.
“Three little words. Spoken quietly. Quickly said, mumbled into a pillow. He loved her, too. It just wasn’t that simple.”
I seriously need book two, like yesterday! Bethany-Kris totally consumed me with this story, I was emotionally invested, the character connection was intense and the storyline was gripping from start to finish. This book has everything you expect from a Mafia story, manipulations and collusions, criminal activities, power struggles and intrigue, but most of all, underneath the dark, is the light desperately trying to break out. An unlikely love story, a love story that on paper could only end in tragedy. Will this be the mafia version of Romeo and Juliet? We don’t have long to wait Worth of Waste releases on February 6th. I for one, cannot wait.
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Worth of Waste: The 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.
Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/2j0JeSH
Amazon US: http://amzn.to/2j3Rlyd
About the Author:
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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