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Waste of Worth (DeLuca Duet Book 1) by [Bethany-Kris]
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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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4141 KB
  • Print Length: 254 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Bethany-Kris (Jan. 9 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01N6GKD8H
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #100,566 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Ever since meeting Dino in Deathless & Divided, I wanted to know his story and I was excited to hear that Bethany-Kris had created a duet for him.

Dino DeLuca came across as cold, detached, and unapproachable. But it was evident from the beginning of this book that Dino was a broken man. He had a huge heart filled with compassion and understanding, however, due to his past (and present), he believed himself unworthy of any good or happiness. That all started to change when Karen Martin got him to smile. The evolution of their relationship was beautiful!

If you've read Deathless & Divided, then you know that Dino, Theo and Lily's parents were murdered because their father turned snitch. Their killer: Ben DeLuca, their uncle. Ben then took guardianship over them and made their lives a living hell by the way that he brutalized them. Dino, as the eldest, took the brunt and it broke my heart. I've been wanting Ben to die a slow and painfully miserable death. Just sayin'. Nothing much has changed except that now Dino is a man and has practically shut off his emotions. Ben can't hurt him physically but loves to find ways to torture the younger DeLuca generation, especially Dino. I'm terrified of what will happen if Dino's newfound love and happiness is discovered.

In the end, Dino and Karen's world comes crumbling down and if the glimpse I got into book two is anything to go by, it's about to go down. This story has plenty of dirty deeds, manipulation, power plays, and suspense, as any good mafia book should. It also has a lot of love and a lot of heart and I loved seeing Dino LIVE!! He and Karen have to make so many hard decisions and sacrifices and I hope it is all worth it in the end. I better get a freaking fantastic epilogue for the pain I'm going through right now!! I can't wait to see how things turn out. I'm staying tuned for Worth of Waste!!

Release Date: January 9, 2017
Genre: Mafia Romance
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Dino DeLuca is one of my favorite characters to grace the pages of any novel by Bethany-Kris. Although it is not necessary to have read The Chicago War series prior to Waste of Worth, I am so glad I did. That is where I first met Dino, and I have been craving more of him ever since. Bethany-Kris did not disappoint.

This story gives a phenomenal insight into Dino, who he is, and how he got there. Bethany-Kris develops such intrigue around Dino that I literally could not stop reading. His position in the mafia demands respect and status...but does he have it? Does he want it? Is he happy in life or just going through the motions? These are all things that ran through my mind until he met Karen. Karen answers so many things for Dino. However, she enters into his world unsuspectingly of what surrounds him. What is in store for them? You will have to read to find out.

Thank you, Bethany-Kris. You have given me yet another favorite mafia couple. I highly recommend this novel to mafia romance readers.

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As soon as I received this book yesterday, I was reading and hooked.

Dino DeLuca I am seriously in love with you. I was so excited to receive this book as an ARC from the author for an honest review....I am so in love with this story of Dino and Karen... I was not expecting how the story unfolded and I was hooked to every single word of the book. Miss Bethany Kris did a superb job yet again, she has blown my mind with her creativity and her vivid imagination. The chemistry between Karen and Dino is breathtaking, it heated and its like and inferno! I was sweating and craving more as the story unfolded. This story tied everything together and provided the reader with a better understanding of the DeLuca family.
I am patiently awaiting the next part of this book, I am really excited and anxious to see what part 2 have in-store. I am hoping that its gets released soon so that I can feed my craving of more Dino DeLuca!

Anyone who has not read her work should definitely read because honestly she is one of the best author that I have read. Definitely one of my top 5.
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Bethany-Kris, shoulda’ known that this is how you want to roll, eh? LOL

If you’re not familiar with Bethany-Kris’ work, I’ll tell you now that she doesn’t like easy. She likes to put her MCs thru as much as wringer as she can and I loved her for that. So be warned, that you need to be in the right mood to read her. Probably the only reason why this didn't get the max ratings for me. Not that there was anything wrong with it. It just made me too on-edge waiting for the other shoe to drop when I wasn't prepared to be that nervous. Anyhoot, if you’re looking for fluffy, you may want to put this off. Just sayin…

This was told entirely from Dino’s perspective, and I found that I “enjoyed” that. I liked being in his head. I saw his fears first hand, what motivates him even though I question some of them. I liked how he saw Karen, which made me fall in love with her as much as he did.

Karen may feel nondescript but she’s not, if that makes sense. You only really see her when with Dino, but those times showed me she’s a h I like. She’s very easy-going but doesn’t pull punches when it came to Dino. To be that accepting of him, without strings, Dino was def one lucky dude.

The world Dino lives in is all kind of wrong, as you can expect, I suppose, in the mafia world. While most mafia stories (or specifically romance) glorifies the “good things” in it such as honor, family and tradition, this doesn’t. It’s a cruel world that once anyone is sucked in, whether by choice or not, there is no turning back. At least that’s how Dino lives it. And I don’t blame him.

How do you find then your HEA in such a world?

This is only the first book so of course their story was not finished yet.
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