Worth of Waste: The Deluca Duet, Part Two by Bethany-Kris
DeLuca Duet #2
Publication Date: February 6, 2017
Genres: Adult, Mafia, Romance, Organized Crime
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.
Karen leaned against the metal fence, tucking her own coat closer to her body to combat the chill. She watched J as he pushed himself up to a standing position, and tried to take a step forward. In his heavy boots, he struggled and fell, catching himself easily.
He didn’t try to walk again, though, instead crawling to where the sandbox was.
Another one of his favorite spots in the park.
Knowing her son would be fine to play, and seeing as how the park was mostly empty of children, given it was school day and not even noon, she found one of the park benches to sit on and try to relax.
While her attention was on her son and making sure he didn’t wander off or stick something in his mouth, her mind was somewhere else entirely.
He should be out.
His sentence is served.
Is he out?
Those questions plagued her as she watched J throw a handful of sand up into the air.
Karen had asked one thing of Dino’s lawyer, and that was to let her know the official date of his release. She had never gotten that phone call, and for good reason. When she called the office where Mike Hardy had worked, she learned exactly why she hadn’t been contacted by the lawyer.
He was dead.
It made her sick all over.
“Careful!” Karen shouted to her son as Junior balanced on the edge of the sandbox and leaned forward, trying to grab something from the ground. “Sit down, J!”
The baby plopped down on his butt with a laugh, but didn’t turn to look at his mother. So was their routine when they came to the park—he was always trying to get into some kind of trouble, and Karen damn near had a heart attack every time. She was sure the older he got, the worse it would be for her.
She still loved him for it.
He was far more adventurous than she had remembered being as a child.
Karen wasn’t quite sure what it was that made her feel like someone was watching her, but the hair on the back of her neck prickled. Strangely, it wasn’t a bad thing. She didn’t feel … unsafe like maybe she should have.
She didn’t even get the chance to turn and see if someone else had parked in the park’s lot before she felt his presence. And she knew in an instant exactly who it was.
Maybe it was the way his shadow fell over hers, the sizeable shape swallowing her whole. He had always been larger than her, making her feel so small but so important in his world.
Maybe it was the sound of his throat clearing, something he’d done time and time again when he felt like he was inserting himself into her time and life and didn’t deserve to be there, so he tried to give her warning.
Maybe it was the way her heartrate picked up.
Or the shaky breath she released.
Karen couldn’t pinpoint exactly what it was that explained how she knew, she just did.
“I met a girl once,” he said behind her, “and she only had to talk to make me smile.”
Karen didn’t know what to say, but she knew he was talking about her. “Oh?”
“Fascinating woman, really.”
“I fucked it up, though.”
Karen blinked, her vision cloudy from gathering wetness. “You don’t know that.”
“Don’t I?” he asked softly. “I’m still trying to figure out how to tell her I’m sorry.”
Karen patted the seat beside hers on the bench. “Sit.”
Dino didn’t make her tell him again.
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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