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.
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Smashwords book reviews by Dana Delamar
on July 08, 2012
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
In a word: Page-turner. Once I started this book, I didn't want to put it down and had to force myself away from it to get other (urgent) stuff done. I wasn't quite sure what I was getting into with this book. The story starts off with a bang when Angela is attacked by a vampire and left for dead, and I was pleasantly surprised that I couldn't predict what would happen next. I don't want to spoil all the twists and turns the story took, so I'm not going to detail the plot. You'll just have to read it yourself to find out what happens after Angela is bitten!
The book is very well-written, at times even lyrical, and enough detail is provided to make the settings and the characters come to life. There are a few typos here and there, but they don't detract from the experience (I'm *very* picky on this point). The author also makes good use of dialect to let us "hear" one of the main characters (which is very tricky to do right), though there were a couple times when I had to stop and re-read some of that character's dialogue to get the gist.
My only complaint is that I would have liked some more insight into Angela; she's so wrapped up in what's happening to her that we get very little info about her past. Whether she had friends, a boyfriend, etc., is never addressed, and the fact that she was a photographer never comes up again in the story after the first few pages. We learn the barest amount about her family, but I would have liked to know her better, but perhaps we'll get those details in the next two books.
Although the story is complete in itself, it appears to be only the first installment in a trilogy, and I'll definitely be going back for more.