Dana Delamar is the author of the "Blood and Honor" romantic suspense 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, received 4 stars from RT Book Reviews and was a semi-finalist in the Kindle Book Review's 2013 Best Indie Book Awards. Her book Malavita was a quarter-finalist in the 2014 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards, and her book Redemption was a finalist in the 2014 Maggie Awards and a semi-finalist in the Kindle Book Review’s 2014 Best Kindle Book Awards. You can visit her at www.danadelamar.com.
on Aug. 18, 2012 :
This was a really good read and I was quite surprised how much detailed went into the story. The only thing that really got to me was that the main male character was so all over the place... I mean I'm not even gangsta ans I cold have killed him many times because he couldn't make a decision and stick to it, may it be personal or otherwise. In a way it made his character more human. This might not be for everyone considering the slow start but if you give it a chance it really picks up and flows along well. I can't wait to read the next book, this left me wanting more
(reviewed 7 days after purchase)
on Feb. 23, 2012 :
I wish they allowed 1/2 stars, but since they don't I am giving the book the benefit of the doubt and up'ing it to 5 even though I think its more 4 1/2. I LOVED everything about this book except I felt disconnected from the 2 main characters. I liked them, but I didn't LOVE them. But I will definitely read the following books in the series. Loved the writing.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
on Feb. 12, 2012 :
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.
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)
on Feb. 09, 2012 :
**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 'code' that some of the more 'respectable' Mafiso stick too and the visuals of the area are fantastic.
Quick breakdown of the novel ~
Kate, a fair skinned American beauty, is living in Italy; she married Vince Andretti after a whirlwind courtship and not knowing that much about his 'family'. Kate's gut has told her something is 'amiss' about her husband, little does she know that he is part of the ruthless Andretti family.
Enter Enrico Lucchesi, a handsome, widowed businessman who also happens to be the 'capo' of the Lucchesi family; he is also Kate's boss at the orphanage where Vince has reluctently let Kate work.
Enter the twists and turns of this compelling novel.
Dana weaves such a wonderful story of love, passion, trechery, 'old code' and lies that I stayed up til after midnight reading. The novel got a slow start, then once it got going you were drawn into this 'world' where people live by a different set of rules. A world where men have closed door meetings, where you might receive something in a box that belonged to someone you and love as a 'message'.
You watch the main characters grow, they fight, the love, they lie and they feel; they are well rounded and you can actually picture running into them in Italy and seeing the events unfold. The end of the book left me wanting to read the next novel.
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)
on Jan. 01, 2012 :
Revenge is a fascinating love story that takes place in the dark underworld of the Italian mafia. The hero is caught between the man he was raised to be and the man he wants to become. His struggle is one we can all identify with. The heroine fights to escape the damage done by an abusive relationship and takes back control of her life. Together they overcome their pasts and the rival mafia don who seeks to destroy them both. The sexual tension and the suspense kept me on the edge of my seat. I'm looking forward to Book 2 in the series.
(reviewed the day of purchase)