Read below for an excerpt from The Convenient Wedding, Book 3 in the Rosa Legacy series. You can purchase it at Amazon in Kindle or paperback. Or you can read it for free with your Kindle Unlimited subscription.
Later that evening, they left the hotel by limousine. Climbing out of the car, Anderson held her upper arm firmly and said in a low voice, “Just follow my lead tonight. Remember we are very much in love. And I adore you.”
Lucia turned and looked into his eyes, “I’m not sure that we are doing the right thing. This could backfire on us.” She became conscious of people watching them. They were dressed in formal attire and standing close to one another on the sidewalk, bystanders were slowing down and looking at them.
“You look beautiful, bella.” he murmured. “And I worship the ground that you walk on.” He put his hand behind her head and claimed her mouth in a show of passion. Anger flashed through her body and she bit down on his lower lip. He let go of her and stepped back. She could see a flash of indignation in his sharp gaze.
“I’m not your puppet. And I’ll not be ordered around.” Lucia contradicted him.
She could see a few reporters hanging around the entrance to the hotel, less than fifty feet from them.
Anderson planted his feet wide and stood before her. “I didn’t suggest you were. But we are in this together and you have reasons of your own not to allow our association to dissolve into tabloid fodder. Don’t push me too far or I’ll walk away without a backward glance.”
Her eyes clashed with his until he broke the standoff and escorted her into the hotel.
Read below for an excerpt from The Exiled Jeweler, Book 2 in the Rosa Legacy series. You can purchase it on Amazon for Kindle and paperback. Or read it for free with your Kindle Unlimited subscription.
Alex observed the expressions fleeting across Emilia’s face as she acknowledged him. Her shoulders straightened and she turned a pale, set-in-stone face toward him. She had been so elusive that it had been impossible to make contact with her. But making a bid for Berceto had brought her out of hiding.
The elusive heiress said something to her father. Emilia Berceto held her father in the palm of her hand. But handing her the company on a silver platter was beyond her father’s ability at this point. Berceto would be lucky if they were in business in six months.
She had refused any contact with him after that night, which still rankled him. Her parents had shipped her off to parts unknown. He would have insisted on protecting her and suing the tabloids.
He could feel his chest tighten as he remembered her spell. At the gala, he could barely keep his eyes off of her. She tempted him in a way that no other woman had and then left without a backward glance.
But he had made a mistake with her. He hadn’t known how sheltered and out of her element she had been. She had been kept hidden from view and overly protected so the press didn’t even have her on their radar. He had been shocked when he found out several days later that their moment of passion had been caught on film.
Now the Berceto Empire was rumored to be short on cash and hurting for sales. The surprising element in all of this was that Emilia, instead of being merely a spoiled rich kid, possessed a hidden talent for design and the determination to succeed in her own right.
Alex stepped closer and shook her father’s hand before turning his gaze on her.
“Emilia.” He let gaze rake over her and noticed she took a slight step back.
Her face was exquisite with the barest application of makeup. She no longer had shoulder-length brown hair; instead it had been replaced with shocking red hair reaching her mid-back. He noticed her slim build and the feminine shape of her hips and breasts. She had lost some of her shyness but still seemed self-contained and elusive.
Peter Berceto said, “I didn’t realize the two of you had met before.”
She held his gaze. “We haven’t officially.”
“Alexander Armati, I would like to introduce my daughter, Emilia Berceto.”
She held out her graceful hand. “It’s a pleasure to meet you, Mr. Armati.”
Alex could feel an awareness pass through him as he felt the touch of her hand. Banishing the memory of their past encounter from his mind to stay focused.
The maître d’ seated them in the glassed-in patio area and placed a wine menu on the table. Peter Berceto excused himself to call his brother.
Glancing at the menu, he ordered a bottle of chardonnay for the table. The server nodded politely and moved away.
Meeting her gaze, he said, “You and I have unfinished business.”
Emilia sat up straighter, twisting the cloth napkin in her hands. “I don’t want to talk about the past. My only concern is the future of Berceto Designs.”
He didn’t understand her avoidance. He had thought about her for months and months after their brief encounter. But she had refused every one of his calls. “Does your family know that I was the man in the photographs captured in the garden?”
Emilia Berceto’s beauty captures the attention of a well-known Italian billionaire, Alex Armanti, when she attends a gala at his mansion in Los Angeles. Images secretly captured of her partially nude are released to the tabloids and her overly protective and private parents send her far away.
Four years later, Emilia lives a secluded yet successful life designing custom jewelry for the wealthy. Her family asks her to return home to California when her grandfather falls ill and their jewelry empire is near bankruptcy. She must challenge the man who caused her downfall and is threatening to reveal her secret if she is to save her family’s legacy.
The Forgotten Heiress is a story about a woman who finds herself under intense scrutiny as she comes to terms with her estranged family.
The story unfolds as Olivia Grey learns who her father is when he dies in a tragic motorcycle accident and the media begins to reveal hidden family secrets. Growing up with a guardian and no connection to her family, Olivia is an outsider who gets summoned to her father’s funeral. Just beginning to make her mark on the fashion world in Dublin, Olivia needs to choose between protecting herself and seeking out a connection to the family that abandoned her while the media descends on her well-ordered life.
Fionn Lynch, the successor to her father’s empire, pursues Olivia to squash the media speculation around the family in order to save the family’s investment firm. He must convince the estranged daughter to form a connection with the family that abandoned her. Conflict arises as Fionn has to decide if his loyalty lies with the exiled daughter or the family.
In the end, Olivia is forced to confront how much she is willing to risk emotionally for the chance at love.