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Malavita: A Mafia Romance (Blood and Honor, Prequel) by [Delamar, Dana]
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*** Quarter-finalist for the 2014 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards! ***

"I just love Dana's writing, the plot is very well thought out, fast paced and full of action, and as I've said before with her work, every word is relevant. The story has everything, romance, revenge, 'blood', 'honor', suspense, action, you name it this book covers it. Dana Delamar is definitely an author to watch." - Jane, Lindsay and Jane's Views and Reviews blog

A son determined to avenge his family. A daughter desperate for peace. Two fathers intent on destruction...

Enrico Lucchesi never wanted anything to do with the Mafia. But when his brothers were murdered, he accepted that he would someday be the next don. However, he doesn't accept that he must marry the daughter of the man who killed them. Enrico will never trust an Andretti, never mind love one. The Andrettis are up to something with their so-called "truce"--and Enrico must avenge his siblings. But will his dark secret spell the end of his vengeance--and possibly the Lucchesis?

After Antonella Andretti's father tries to destroy the Lucchesis, she persuades him that an alliance--achieved by her marriage to Enrico, the "golden boy" she's loved from afar--would be in everyone's best interests. As her wedding day approaches, people close to her father start dying, and her fiancé's behavior is suspect. When she learns Enrico's true feelings about her--and what her father's actual plans are--will Antonella damn their families to eternal war, or will she broker a peace that might destroy her heart?

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SENSUALITY LEVEL: Hot (RT Book Reviews scale)

CONTENT WARNING: While Malavita is not as hot as the rest of the Blood and Honor series, it is a dark, atypical romance that contains graphic language, sexual situations, and violence. You have been warned.

READING ORDER:

Malavita (Prequel) - PG-13 (optional -- you can start with R-rated Revenge instead)
Revenge
Retribution
Redemption
Reckoning

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Excerpt:

Antonella reached the terrace before Enrico did and plopped herself onto a bench in the shade below a large tree. She grinned up at him in triumph. "Told you I'd beat you," she said when he arrived.

He leaned over her and gripped the lacy metalwork that supported her back, caging her in while he caught his breath. "You were distracting me."

"How?"

"I couldn't take my eyes off you," he murmured. Leaning closer, he made his request. "Let down your hair," he whispered in her ear, letting his breath wash over her skin, making her shiver.

She hesitated, then reached up to the base of her neck and loosened the tie holding everything in place, lightly shaking her head to let the thick waves fall free. When it tumbled around her shoulders, he smiled. This close, he could see every lash that fringed her large liquid eyes, eyes that looked away from his with sudden shyness. He gently took hold of her chin and made her look at him.

He studied her face, every inch of it--the flawless olive skin, the high cheekbones, the lush tremble of her lips, the long slope of her nose, the slight bump in it--and he realized something. Antonella Andretti was beautiful. Not in some fairytale princess way. But in a real way. Although her cheeks grew pink under his scrutiny, she didn't break eye contact this time.

The molecules of air between them seemed to thicken, time slowed down, his heart ceased to beat. All he wanted in that moment was to kiss her. He started to close the distance, mere centimeters between them--

She slid out from under his left arm and dashed out of reach. "Catch me if you can, Enrico Lucchesi!"

This time she took off across the grass, heading uphill toward the house and a loggia with three vine-covered arches.

Had she known what he'd been about to do? Did she not want to kiss him? Or was she just making him work for it?

Dark Mafia Romance, Dark Gritty Romantic Suspense, Mob Romance, Mobster Romance

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Publisher: Dana Delamar; 2 edition (4 June 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing romantic suspense by a very gifted writer! 31 May 2014
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I was excited to dig my teeth into Malavita. It’s romantic suspense, right up my alley. I’m always a bit nervous when I first start a new book. I’m often let down by mediocre writing right off the bat, so it was pleasantly surprising when I dug into Malavita. Dana Delamar has obviously learned her craft well. Her writing is crisp and descriptive without being overly dramatic.

Her main characters, Rico and Toni, were well-developed, though their dialogue felt a bit stiff at times, and, to me, didn't ring true to their ages—they felt much older—but they were likable and I cheered their romance on. I will say, being that Rico was more or less trapped into an arranged marriage with Toni, and his first impression of her was not all that flattering, that it seemed a bit unrealistic that Rico would fall in love as quickly as he did, especially given his history and those he left behind in London, but he’s young, so I went with it. I just would've preferred it to develop a bit more over time. Toni had always had thing for the dashing Rico, so her infatuation was entirely believable.

Malavita is much more romance than suspense. The affair between Rico and Toni is set within the background of two warring Italian organized crime families. Personally, I would have loved to see this part of the story more up front rather than running in the background. It would have benefited from being more developed. I think the details of the feud were the one part of the plot I had a bit of an issue with. There just wasn't enough detail there for me to feel truly vested, and it was resolved way too easily and quickly, but, from what I understand, it all comes back in later books in the series. My hope is that the author further develops and explains all the history and bad blood lurking there.

All in all, I really enjoyed Malavita. These days, with free time so scarce, it’s a major miracle if I finish any book, so it speaks volumes that Malavita kept my interest so intently. Delmar’s writing is wonderful, easy to read and follow, and she’s gifted with the ability to set a beautiful scene without over doing it. Some books that start off strong often weaken, but Malavita never did. And though I prefer suspense over romance, it was the romance that kept me riveted and turning the pages. I wanted to see Rico and Toni through to the end, because I loved them and wanted them to finally be happy. I look forward to seeing where else Delamar takes these characters, their families, and their bloody family feud.
2.0 out of 5 stars Mafia families, sexual attraction and "meh" 19 January 2016
By SusieQ - Published on Amazon.com
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This was just an OK read. I'm definitely glad it was a freebie; I would feel more upset it I'd paid money for this story. As a suspense story and/or a romance it fell short. Romantic scenes number about five (but there's no sex until the very end) and you know the hero & heroine aren't going to die, so there's not a whole lot of suspense. After a few chapters, I felt a little bored unless the author was describing the attraction between Antonella and Enrico. It was hard to "root" for one Mafia family over the other; frankly both families seemed equally capable of being as dirty as the other, but I suppose I give the Lucchesi family the edge on likeability because it's the hero's loss of his mother & brothers that propels this plot. Unfortunately, there was no real development in any character other than Enrico; Antonella seemed to exist in this story only to comfort Enrico, or be attracted to him, or to confront her father. They kept saying how clever she was, she could have been a female capo. I didn't see it. She was insecure about her looks, insecure about Enrico's feelings for her. On the other hand, she's only 16. But she & 18-year old Enrico both seemed much older at times so my confusion is understandable. I think more character development would have improved the story immensely and given it a boost from from a lukewarm "Ok" into a wholehearted "Ooh!"
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book 14 June 2016
By Michelle - Published on Amazon.com
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I was very happy with the purchase of this book. It was a very good read; it kept me on my toes and wanting more. There was a lot of action that made me not want to put the book down. The characters and plot were very well developed right from the beginning chapter and it made my imagination run wild throughout the entire story. The steamy intimate scenes were very well played out and did not leave me hanging or missing in any way. The length of the book was appropriate and it did not feel as though it was rushed or cut off at the end of the story. There were many surprises that I liked so that the book was not predictable so that I did not get bored. I was introduced to many different aspects of intimacy and surprisingly I really liked it and wasn’t scared away from it. By the end of the book I was really attached to the characters and wanted them to continue like a life movie. I think that this book would make a really good movie. This author really knows how to draw you in and not want to put the book down at all. I read it very fast because of it, but in a good way. I can’t wait to read another book from this author, definitely saved as my favorite author on Amazon so it will notify me when more books come out.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Give Me more MALAVITA!! 24 November 2015
By Jennifer G. - Published on Amazon.com
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Malavita (Blood and Honor, Prequel)
By: Dana Delamar
5/5 stars

This is the prequel to Dana Delamar’s Blood and Honor series and was written after the first two books. But I recommend reading this book first, since it is the background and is about the young Enrico Lucchesi, who is the hero of the first book in the series. But this book occurs 25 years prior to the first book.

The ‘Ndrangheta is “The Honored Society” and is mostly made up of the Calabrian mafia, who in this series has also branched out toward the north & Milan. There are several families in that area who are part of the mafia. There have been feuds, and alliances throughout time and it is no different for these men and their families.

The Lucchesi and Andretti families used to work closely together and the fathers, Rinaldo Lucchesi and Carlo Andretti were actually partners. The Lucchesi family as a whole adhered to The Code, no drugs, no prostitution, and no pornography. Carlo Andretti didn’t have the same belief of adhering to the old way.

Enrico Lucchesi became the heir apparent after his brothers were murdered, when he was just 16 years old. But to secure a truce and save his and his father’s lives, the last of their immediate family, he must marry Antonella Andretti, the daughter of the enemy. If the engagement is broken or cancelled, then Enrico & Rinaldo will both be killed.

Antonella Andretti has always love Enrico from afar. He was the “golden boy” while he was in school, both good looking and popular. Antonella’s family has money, but she’s never been popular or even well-accepted at school, neither has her twin brother Dario. One day, before everything went to pot, Enrico intercepted bullies and stood up for the Andretti twins. Since then Antonella has loved him. And when it goes bad between her father & Enrico’s father, she helps to broker a peace by offering to marry Enrico.

There is still distrustfulness in between not only the families but between Enrico & Antonella as well. They don’t know if they can trust each other or how their marriage will be, but they know that they have to go through with it and hope that in time, there will be love.

This is a series that I loved & have reread, and am just now writing a review. This series is well-researched, thought out, planned and executed in such a manner that it stays with you long after and is one you’ll reread.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bravo...Fantastic Read! 26 June 2013
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Malavita is a an fantastic read. I love this criminal mafia world that Dana Delamar has created. I always wanted to know more about Enrico's past with his first wife Toni and this prequel did not disappoint. The writing is superb, fast paced, with lot's of action. You'll be taken back to Enrico's youth where he learns as young man what being part of the mafia family really means... having true honor, seeking revenge for your family, learning to trust & taking a chance on falling in love...with the enemies daughter. Enrico & Toni's story pulled me right in from the beginning and I was entertained & engaged right to the end. I recommend the Blood & Honor series as a must read! Job well done!