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Luca was heartache waiting to happen.
On the surface, he appears well-dressed and professional, but behind those impassive black irises, I can sense something dark and ruthless. He’s unlike any man I’ve come across in my life. With my wealthy upbringing, I’ve been around any number of affluent, powerful men, but Luca is different. Enigmatic. Overwhelming. He wears an air of secrecy like the latest fashion trend.
I’m not one of those girls who seeks out the bad boy—I have enough issues to deal with in my life without adding his brand of trouble. Problem is, a chance elevator malfunction put me straight in his crosshairs, and now, he won’t let me walk away. The most disturbing part—no matter how dangerous he may be, there’s a mutinous side of me that doesn’t want to run. As if I ever had a choice….
They say you don’t know what you’ve lost until it’s gone, but that wasn’t true. I knew exactly how devastating it would be to lose Sofia, and I did it anyway.
She doesn’t think I have the right to walk back into her life. Too bad. I’m not the same playground protector she grew up with. I’ve grown into a hardened, selfish man, and her tears won’t deter me. Now that I’ve had a taste of her, I can’t get enough. I want to burry myself inside her – cage her in my arms and never let her go.
Sofia slipped through my fingers once before, and I won’t let it happen again.
Nico was the solid ground that kept my life from falling into chaos…until that ground slipped out from beneath me.
He didn’t just break my heart, he destroyed it.
That was seven years ago. Seven long, life-altering years. Now, he’s come back trying to pick up where we left off, acting as if nothing has changed. He’s in for a surprise because I’m not that same little girl he left behind. He thinks he can bully his way back into my life, but he doesn’t have any clue what he’s up against.
Once Nico was gone, this little ladybug sprouted wings and grew teeth – she cast webs and made new friends while she hid in the shadows, nursing her heartache. Angelic Sofia became exactly what she was meant to be – a Genovese. In the Genovese family, our spines are tempered steel, and secrets run through our veins like blood.
The big bad wolf can huff and puff all he wants, but he’ll never get inside these walls.
It was supposed to be business.
Two families, one wedding, zero emotion.
My father’s mafia outfit had saved my life.
I owed them everything.
An arranged marriage was hardly a sacrifice when I would have already been long dead had it not been for them.
I would give up my independence for the Lucciano Family.
I would bind myself to the man whose family tore my life to pieces.
Matteo De Luca was vicious claws sheathed in refinement and class.
He saw my untamed independence as a challenge.
I saw his alluring authority as a threat.
There was a ruthless storm that raged in his oceanic gaze. A majestic tidal wave of temper and domination looking to break on my rocky shores.
He would annihilate me.
Rip open my layers until all my pretty secrets were scattered at his feet.
The worst part? I wanted to experience whatever it was Matteo had to offer, and I hated myself for it.
I wanted to launch myself at him.
To kiss him. To kill him.
To end the debilitating torture of the unknown.
The moment our paths collided, our lives were altered irrevocably.
Taking us from enemies allied by a strategic marriage to something dark and consuming.
Something that tasted like obsession.
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Within a year of self-publishing her first book, Jill Ramsower quit her job as an attorney and dedicated her days to churning out romantic adventures. She likes to think of her books as contemporary romance with a touch of fantasy—at its core, her writing is about the connection between two people. Sometimes that connection involves a little magic…
With Jill’s books, you can count on confident heroines, plenty of steamy tension, and deliciously assertive leading men. There are no guarantees in life, but with her books, you know everything will work out in the end. However, a perfect ending would not be nearly as satisfying without a seemingly insurmountable challenge. Jill loves to add plenty of adversity in her stories, creating unforgettably dynamic characters and sneaky plot twists you will never see coming.
Jill is a Texan, born and raised. She manages the hectic social calendars for her three active children and occasionally spends an evening with her dashing husband. Aside from being an author and a mom, she’s a travel junkie and loves to read when she is not lost in her own stories.
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