Worth of Waste by Bethany-Kris
Series: DeLuca Duet
Also in this series: Waste of Worth
on February 6, 2017
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The Deluca Duet: Part Two
The Chicago Mob is the same as it has always been—violent, greedy, and excessive. The Outfit families have turned their backs when they were needed the most one too many times, but Dino DeLuca didn’t expect anything different.
His whole life has been lived for the Outfit—for his family.
He has a whole new set of reasons to live and fight now.
Karen Martin makes Dino change all the rules.
He’s finally ready to show everyone just how much waste is truly worth in the mafia, and just how far one will go for freedom from it all.
He’s learned these lessons well.
Author’s Note: The DeLuca Duet is a standalone duet with a HEA ending that can be read independently.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
I devoured Worth of Waste in one day. The writing flowed effortlessly no matter whether the story was reflecting on the good times or the bad. Whereas my head was spinning at the end of Waste of Worth (Part One of the DeLuca Duet) with Worth of Waste, what I experienced was calm and contentment. Don’t get me wrong, I wanted more, but there was a sense of closure to Dino DeLuca’s story.
During The Chicago War Series, Dino was a character who stayed under the radar of his siblings and his counterparts within the mob. Now having finished this duet, it is evident why he did what he did. His life was full of tragedy, but it was his attempts to distance his siblings and Karen from suffering the same that set him apart.
Dino fought hard to keep Karen out of the prying eyes of his cruel uncle. With both Karen and Dino being mature characters, they were able to sustain hope in each other during the toughest of challenges. They exuded compatibility when they spent time together, finding joy in the simple art of companionship. When they ventured out on rare occasions, their appreciation of these stolen moments was heartwarming.
The story is far from smooth or sweet, and it is harsh with harrowing situations to face. There were numerous reminders of the frailty of life. Neither Dino nor Karen took their good fortune for granted. Unexpected circumstances dictated the choices they made, embracing each situation to keep their promises to each other. Their son, JD, provided the symbol of hope and light hearted moments of reprieve that mirrored Karen and Dino’s dreams for the future.
Karen’s patience was saintly. A couple of her decisions caused concern, mainly because she acted out of desperation rather than careful consideration. Her vulnerability was as endearing as her stoic stance in standing by Dino. Abiding by his wishes, accepting his fate and being the one that added the sunshine to his life. A warmth he thought would be denied to him because of his heritage.
I doubt I will ever tire of reading about the DeLuca siblings. They have all survived the horrors that would have quashed many a soul. Their memories blazoned into their hearts, fueling their resolve to find happiness beyond the clutches of the monster who remained a threat to them. The DeLuca Duet is a story I was curious but sceptical about how it would stay true to what was known. Dino’s departure required acceptance of the facts on my part. Having enjoyed both books in this series, that’s an aspect I am willing to embrace for the sake of a great story overall.
Dino’s story is unusual because it’s a mafia romance where the main characters do not embrace the lifestyle nor is it cast in a favourable light. Not that the other mafia novels are either, but hey – I get so wrapped up in the drama I willingly accept the horror and inevitable rivers of blood flowing between the romance! While the ending left me wanting more, I loved it. I’m not sure if it was good luck on not being interrupted or whether the writing enabled me to read the book in one day. Whatever the reason, this duet has been a delight to read!
Rating: 4.5 Shining Stars
DON’T MISS WASTE OF WORTH, PART ONE IN THE DELUCA DUET!
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.
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.
Bethany-Kris is a Canadian author, lover of much, and mother to three young sons, one cat, and two dogs. A small town in Eastern Canada where she was born and raised is where she has always called home. With her boys under her feet, snuggling cat, barking dogs, and a hubby calling over his shoulder, she is nearly always writing something … when she can find the time.
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