Release Day Blitz + Review: Waste of Worth by Bethany-Kris

descriptionAsk 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 rating: 5 of 5 stars

Gah!! Bethany slayed me with this one. I knew Dino's story would be sad and tortured, but man, my heart broke for him.

I love the Chicago War series and from meeting Dino in the first book, I was so intrigued by this character and wanted more. When I heard Bethany was giving us his book and a duet, no less, I was one happy girl!

While this can be read as a standalone from the Chicago War series, I'd definitely recommend you read it, either before or after. I don't think it really matters.

The De Luca's have a sad and sordid family history and Dino was the first to break the cycle. He sacrificed a lot for his family, his brother and sister, and he didn't do it to be a martyr. He did because he was selfless. When he meets Karen, their pairing is hopeful, yet also sad as she becomes very important to him and he is willing to do anything to keep her safe. Even hurt her by pushing her away.

This book has all the feels. It's beautifully written and wrought with emotion. I can't wait to see how their tale ends. I want my HEA!

**ARC generously provided by author in exchange for an honest review.**

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