Kate Andretti is married to the Mob—but doesn’t know it. When her husband uproots them to Italy, Kate leaves everything she knows behind. Alone in a foreign land, she finds herself locked in a battle for her life against a husband and a family who will “silence” her if she will not do as they wish. When her husband tries to kill her, she accepts the protection offered by a wealthy businessman with Mafia ties. He’s not a mobster, he claims. Or is he?
Enrico Lucchesi never wanted to be a Mafia don, and now he’s caught in the middle of a blood feud with the Andretti family. His decision to help Kate brings the feud between the families to a boil. Attacks from without and within push them both to the breaking point, and soon Enrico is forced to choose between protecting the only world he knows and saving the woman he loves.
Holy moly! I thought Malavita was good, but Ms. Delamar blew it out of the water with Revenge. Honestly when I first read the blurb I wasn’t sure of what to expect. I loved the relationship that developed between Enrico and Toni and could not understand why he was being paired with another woman. I didn’t see how the author could pull it off, especially as I was looking forward to seeing how Enrico and Toni’s relationship continued to develop. And yet she did with a jump forward in time that worked flawlessly.
Revenge takes place many years after Malavita and the story is written in such a way that despite her absence from the book I felt the love between Enrico and Toni that continued to strengthen over the course of their marriage – between his grief and the promise he made her, there was no doubt in my mind as to the depth of their love for one another. Because of this, it made Enrico’s interest in Kate acceptable and left me cheering him on despite the lies and obstacles that stood between them. At the same time, I was torn between rooting for Kate to be swept away by Enrico and understanding her refusal of her heart when she knew he was keeping secrets from her. Without giving too much away, when circumstances put Kate under Enrico’s protection he is afforded the opportunity to get to know her better and vice versa. Quickly the spark of attraction between the two is fanned into a blazing fire and while both worry that the other will break their heart, neither can resist being together. And it was hot.
But the relationship between Kate and Enrico was not the only heat the novel delivered as Carlo used the incident between his nephew and Kate as an excuse to declare war on Enrico. As Revenge is a romantic suspense novel about mafia families, there is no shortage of deaths – some were heartbreaking and some were well deserved. Despite this, I was still surprised by the level of deception that occurred in the book, but found the revelations in the Epilogue to be the most jaw dropping of them all. Revenge was an excellent addition to the Blood and Honor series and I look forward to reading Retribution to find out where the story goes from here.