Thursday, January 12, 2017

Blog Tour ~ #Review ~ Waste of Worth by Bethany-Kris

Waste of Worth: The DeLuca Duet, Part One

by Bethany-Kris
DeLuca Duet #1
Publication Date: January 9, 2017
Genres: Adult, Mafia, Romance, Organized Crime


Synopsis: 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. 
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.



This is the first book I have read by Bethany-Kris and it will not be my last and not only because the story is unfinished. There is a certain depth to this story. It is not just about Capo Dino DeLuca and the girl he meets by complete chance, Karen Martin. It is about one man's demons that haunt his every move. 

Dino is well and caught up in the mafia but it's not really a place he longs to be. His every move is monitored and decided by his uncle and when he doesn't do things exactly how he should bad things tend to happen. Karen comes in and brings a sort of peace to Dino he has never had before but he is overly cautious of getting involved with anyone for fear of what could happen. But there is just something about this photographer that calls to him and he keeps coming back. 

There were times that I felt the story was moving a bit slow and I was eager to get to find out where we were going to be stopping this part of the story. I was drawn into this tale though, I felt for Dino and wanted so much more for him as he did for himself. We are left at an interesting point in the story and I am really interested to see where it is going to pick back up. Things are left unsettled and in the midst of a crisis. I also hope that in the next part we get a more from Karen. While I feel like we got a good sense of who she is, her emotions and inner thoughts are not out there for the reader. We spend much of our time seeing who Dino is and the lengths in which he will go to protect his family. He is part broken, part fighter, part made-man, part brother and protector; he is quiet and doesn't add much to conversations but he is calculating and caring too. I look forward to February when we get to see the rest of this story unfold. 



Worth of Waste: The DeLuca Duet, Part Two


Synopsis: 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.
Too well.
Author’s Note: The DeLuca Duet is a standalone duet with a HEA ending that can be read independently.


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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