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Deathless & Divided by Bethany-Kris The Chicago War #1 
Publication Date: September 7, 2015


Lies and love. This is how a war starts.

A life for a life. That’s the mafia way. Damian Rossi owes his life to a man who is ready to collect. That payment comes in the form of an arranged marriage to the daughter of another leading family in the Chicago Outfit. He’s ready to follow through, even if that means making sure Lily knows she’s his.

Lily DeLuca isn’t being given a choice. Forced home to marry a man she doesn’t know and back into a life she’d rather forget, her world is full of half-truths, buried pain, and uncertainty. But Damian is nothing like she expects. His motives aren’t clear. Her beliefs are being tested.

When it comes to this world, no man can be trusted. Someone is ready to flip the Chicago Outfit on its side all for the promise of something better. But no one runs a clean game and these men play for keeps. When blood begins to paint Chicago red, four families will be divided by loyalty, hatred, and revenge. There is no hiding. There is no safety.
No one is deathless.
No one.


“Why would you do this to me?” Lily asked.  
Betrayal stung the back of her tongue as bile spilled into her throat.  
Dino tricked her. He said nothing about marriage or anything of the sort when he told her it was time to go home.  
Of course, he didn’t, her mind taunted. You would have run 
She still could.  
Dino seemed to pick up on her inner dilemma. “Your accounts have been frozen. You will not receive another penny of your shares or inheritance until you are married to Damian Rossi.”  
“A Rossi.”  
“He’s a good man,” Dino said. “And if I didn’t pick you a husband, Lily, Ben was going to. I’m on a one-way train to prison for the unforeseeable future very soon. Theo will have little to no control at his age, especially where you are concerned. That would mean your welfare and choices are left to Ben. Is that what you want? Because if you think for one minute he would consider anything that you wanted, you are sorely fucking mistaken. Ben wouldn’t care—he’d use you for his gain and nothing more. Even if that meant marrying you off to an abusive prick or a man twice your age.”  
“I’m a human being. I am a free woman, Dino,” Lily snapped back. “I can make my own decisions about my life without anyone’s input. I will marry who I want, not who you deem appropriate for me.”  
“You know that’s not true. You might have liked pretending for the better part of your life like you’re not involved in la famiglia, Lily, but we both know better. Please understand why I did this.”  
She couldn’t.  
“Go to hell.”  
Dino barked out a bitter laugh. “I’ve already got one foot in the door, Lily. I’m just biding my fucking time while I wait.”  
Lily spun fast on her heel and pushed past Dino, needing to get away from him. She only took two steps before coming to an abrupt stop against the form of a familiar but still strange man.  
Lily’s hands splayed across the man’s chest as she squeaked in surprise, not even realizing he had intruded on her moment with her brother. She felt her cheeks heat up because not only had he heard a very private conversation, but she was touching him, too.  
He didn’t seem to mind.  
The same steel-blue gaze that had regarded her earlier at the church looked Lily over once again. She swallowed hard, feeling the bands of his muscles roping across his pectorals under her fingertips jump. His lips pulled into a smirk that looked entirely too wicked for Lily’s liking.  
Getting a close up look at this man was bad for Lily’s insides. He was fit with a body built like a boxer’s. The black suit he wore hugged his over six-foot frame perfectly and it only seemed to add to the confident, cool air he sported. A strange disinterest colored his features, but in his eyes, it seemed like he was looking straight through her.  
She glanced down between their bodies, noting he stood relaxed and seemingly unbothered by the situation they were in. Even his hands were tossed into his pockets as if he were waiting for something and not like Lily was touching him.  
His nonchalant attitude only added to his dark, mysterious demeanor.  
Lily still didn’t know how he managed to slip down the hallway without her or Dino noticing or why he was as quiet and still as he was now. What game was he playing?  
Who in the hell was this man?  
Lily’s heart beat a little harder in her chest, remembering the name Dino uttered earlier.  
Damian Rossi.  
Lily blinked.  
His voice was a dark tenor dripping with richness. The one word slipped from his mouth without his lips even needing to move. She had the pleasure of hearing many accents in her travels, but his was something else entirely.  
“Damian,” Dino said, bringing Lily out of her stupor. “Good to see you finally arrived.”  
“Ran over a nail in the church parking lot and came out to a flat tire.”  
“Ah, I see.”  
Lily stepped back from Damian. His gaze didn’t move from her for a second, not even when he talked to her older brother like they were old friends.  
Were they?  
“Hello,” Damian said again. “Lily.”  
Lily snapped out of whatever daze she was in. “Hello.”  
“It’s Damian,” he murmured.  
“I know who you are.”  
Damian lifted a single, dark brow high. “Oh?”  
“You don’t seem pleased,” he said quietly.  
“That I’m forced to marry a man I don’t know and don’t want to know?” Lily asked bitterly. “I’m sorry to disappoint you, Damian.”  
Damian’s smirk grew into a grin. “You know me.”  
“You do,” he interrupted before she could argue the point further. “Just not that well.”  
Lily blew out her frustration in a breath of air, gritting her teeth. Resolve steeled her spine straighter and she reminded herself of what her brother asked her to do. Turning, Lily faced a stone-faced, unbothered Dino.  
“I will make nice and play good at this dinner,” she said.  
“Thank you,” Dino replied.  
“But I’m not marrying that man.”  
Dino’s expression didn’t waver. “It’s not your choice.”  
“I am not marrying him, Dino!” 
“Yes, you are,” Damian said.  
The words rolled over Lily’s skin like liquid gold. She could feel the pulse of his breath on the back of her neck.  
This would be a great deal easier if she didn’t find him attractive.  
And why the hell was he agreeing to this, anyway?  
“In two months, whether you agree or not, you will be my wife, Lily DeLuca.”  
Lily couldn’t help it; she shivered.  

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★★★★★ stars

This book has left me speechless in all the best ways. It took me a little over two hours to read it, but I enjoyed every word of it. As a connoisseur of organized crime romance novel I can't believe I've never read any of Bethany-Kris's books before. I'm so glad the brightly colored cover of this book caught my interest and then the blurb ensnared me. 

Lily DeLuca does not want to return home, but she heeds older brother Dino's summons and comes home, only to find out she's been promised in marriage to Damian Rossi, a man she doesn't know. Damian is willing to do what's needful, but isn't counting on his attraction to Lily and Lily is also taken by surprise at how much she finds herself liking Damian.

As things tends to happen in a crime family, trust is tenuous and all it takes is for one attack from an unknown entity to start pulling loose the threads that ties these four crime families together. No one is safe as the bodies start piling. I've got to tell you for someone like me who loves to read books like this one, I had no idea what was going to happen next. I was just as stunned as the characters when the story took a turn. Lily was shaken by revelations and so was I.

I think part of what made this book so great was how the story focused on Lily and Damian, yet also included what was happening in between the Chicago Outfit families as well. It was incorporated in way that never let you feel you were reading two stories in one. I loved getting to know Lily's friends and other members of the family. Another part of the book I really loved was how it tapped into a wide range of emotions. It wasn't all tears and fears. There were moments of lightness and happiness as well. 

I loved how Damian and Lily were together. Granted the way they were getting married wasn't ideal, but I think they really suited one another. I loved how Damian softened when he was with her. For a man who'd always been alone and a shadow, he really took his duty of keeping Lily safe and happy to heart. There were some moments when I really felt Lily's pain like it was my own. I understood her fear, anger, and confusion and also understood why things had been kept from her.

Honestly, I can't wait to read more about the people I met in this book, whether it's Lily and Damian or others. I have a feeling this series is just getting started and this first book has really set the tone for the others. There's mayhem, romance, violence, and death in this book plus secrets and manipulation. It all comes together to tell a story that will leave your heart racing, you on the edge of your seat, and left wanting more. 

*Thank you to the publicist for providing a copy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for them in any manner.*

About Bethany-Kris
Bethany-KrisBethany-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. To keep up-to-date with new releases from Bethany-Kris, sign up to her New Release Newsletter here:



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