A mobster seeking redemption. A woman on a mission. A powerful enemy ready to pounce…
Antonio Legato has always been an outsider, even though he’s moved up in the Lucchesi mob organization. When he falls in love with Bianca Lucchesi, Antonio may at last become part of the family, but he’s hiding an ugly secret about her father’s death. Telling Bianca the truth will pit blood against blood and annihilate the family he loves.
Bianca Lucchesi is on a mission to help her brothers ruin Antonio so they can take their rightful place in the organization. As assistant to the don’s wife, Bianca seduces Antonio while pursuing her brothers’ revenge. But her loyalty is divided—she and Antonio share a secret that he’s unaware of. She longs to tell him, but fears he can never forgive what she’s done.
When Bianca and Antonio learn that her brothers have rashly allied with a cunning enemy who is plotting against the Lucchesis, can they heal the family’s wounds before everyone they love is destroyed?
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I love this series. Every time I read another installment, I am profoundly grateful that the author submitted a review request to the blog because I may have never discovered it otherwise. Now isn’t that a depressing thought? I also have to commend the author for having the foresight to include the Cast of Characters in the beginning of each book because it has been integral in me keeping the players straight, especially when a few months pass in between books. It usually takes me a couple of chapters to get back into the swing of things, and the Cast of Characters is an invaluable tool to me being able to.
In Redemption, we finally learn more about Antonia, Enrico’s foster son who became the capo of the Luchessi family in the previous novel. Specifically, why Dom hated him so much – and no, I won’t tell you why. I will tell you that it involves Dom’s daughter, Bianca, and a secret romance between them when they were in high school. As Sandro, Dom’s son, tries to discredit Antonio for taking what he sees as his birthright – being Capo – Bianca is strongly encouraged by her brother to use her feminine wiles to obtain sensitive information from Antonio. We learn that Sandro is just as big of a misogynistic pig as his father was, and he has no idea of the history between Antonio and Bianca. Sandro also proves that he is his father’s son in his willingness to manipulate and coerce others (including his siblings) and to make ill-advised alliances to get what he wants. But as Antonio and Bianca spend time together, secrets, lies, and betrayals from the past are revealed, trust is tested, and love begins to bloom again. And because Delamar is an accomplished storyteller who can not only spin a tale but weave it intricately, this all takes place while Lorenzo makes major maneuvers to place himself as the head of all the families of the ‘Ndrangheta. There is so much going on in this installment, I was glued to my Kindle.
As with the previous installments in the series, characters die – some important Family members, some not. I cried for at least one of them and was glad to witness another’s demise. There are no babies born in this installment, but we do have at least one expecting mother and plenty of children afoot – and this is an important aspect that helps balance out the novel. Lorenzo’s machinations are exciting and nerve wracking to witness, and I found myself frustrated by how well he struck out at the Luchessis in such a way that Enrico knew it was him, but was unable to prove it and had no recourse. And this is merely the plots that we know about because by the end of Redemption it’s clear that he has more in the works. Even knowing that Enrico and his allies are on alert, events in this installment have once again resulted in major alliance changes. By the turn of the final page, I found myself wondering who is underestimating whom and dying (not literally) to know who is going to survive, who is going to die, and who is going to come out on top. I cannot wait to read Reckoning.