Waste of Worth by Bethany-Kris
Published by Self-published on January 9, 2017
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DeLuca Duet, Part One
Ask anyone and they will all say the same thing about just who Dino DeLuca is. A criminal, the son of a traitor, and a mafia Capo who can’t be trusted. His past has shaped his life, creating demons he can’t escape from that live in his mind day and night.
He is all too aware of just how people see him.
Closed off. Cold. Different.
He doesn’t care—keeping people out means no one can get close enough to hurt him again, and he already has one too many monsters with their claws stuck in his back that he’s still fighting off. His walls are so high, no one is climbing over them. Or so he thinks …
Karen came into his life like a spring shower, her light shining through the darkness and making him see something other than the hell that surrounded him for so long. She doesn’t know who he is or what he has done to become the man he is today. If he can help it, she’ll never know, and his monsters will never hurt her.
She sees his differences as beauty. She never asks for more. She is perfect.
The problem with happiness for Dino DeLuca is that his monsters don’t mind taking away what makes him happy. After all, what isn’t given cannot be kept.
These lessons will be the hardest he has ever learned.
AUTHOR’S NOTE: The DeLuca Duet is a two book tale following the same couple through their journey. It is a standalone Duet that can be read independently with a HEA ending.
My mind is a buzz and that’s with thinking I know the outcome of the DeLuca Duet. It’s spinning because there’s a voice inside my head saying ‘you have no idea’. This is what suspense is all about, your inner Nancy Drew surfacing, heart is pumping overtime and you can’t sit still. What do you do? You sit down in front of a keyboard and put your thoughts into a review!
‘Nobody said being a made man was fun or easy. It was far from it.’
Dino DeLuca was a silent character who I grew to love and admire in The Chicago War Series. He bares the weight of his siblings like a badge of honour, never once doubting his reason for doing so. It is, after all, easier to bare your own pain than to witness others suffer when it can be avoided.
Karen never lowered the camera as she came closer. “You’re a perfect subject-haunted, alive, beautiful, and real. What more could I ask for?”
The mysterious Karen had me intrigued. We know she exists but how Dino kept her so well hidden is the story we get to visit in this duet. She is a beautiful, gentle soul appreciating life through the lens of her camera. A honed talent that extends to seeing beyond Dino’s cold appearance. Karen has her feisty side too. Full of attitude when she thinks it can be entertaining or necessary and the perfect distraction for a man with far too many worries.
‘The Outfit was not about honor and family. It was death, blood, and power.’
While this is a romance, it doesn’t romanticise the life Dino leads. He obeys and shows respect but that doesn’t mean he embraces their life. He simply is trying to survive the only way he knows is possible and this includes keeping his relationship with Karen a secret. It is a task Karen accepts and Dino insists upon. It’s a facet to the story but the main angle is Dino’s battle to maintain his sanity while keeping his loved ones safe and out of his uncle’s reach.
The story is raw, sensual and harrowing. All the time I was reading I was thinking there has to be a way for this to work. Being the first book in the duet, the last chapter leaves you hanging. Fortunately the first chapter from then next book is included, calming my nerves enough to slow the endless thoughts circling my head.
5 Shining Stars!
P.S. The first three chapters are available as a sample on Bethany-Kris’ website with the option to purchase this eBook directly from her as well!
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