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This was a reread for me and I loved it even more than I did the first time. Everything just worked for me in this story. The plot was good, the pacing was good, the writing was smooth, the dialogue was clever, and the setting was marvellous. I loved the details of the Venice setting and the ceremony of "marriage" to the sea. The glassmaking details were fun but not overwhelming.
Salvatore and Helena are at odds because she has inherited her dead husband Antonio's (Salvatore's father's cousin) share of the Veretti family's glass factories. Antonio was much older (it's made clear early on that he and Helena never slept together, for those who might be squicked). Salvatore starts off as an angry, vengeful man who believes that Helena is a gold-digger who doesn't deserve her inheritance, but he soon comes to realize otherwise. She challenges him and neatly turns the tables on him once or twice, and he learns that he cannot bully her into leaving Venice and eventually that he really doesn't want to. He becomes oddly protective of her, and despite himself wants her to succeed. He's still a HP hero so he resists falling in love for a time, but he's never a jerk and mellows out quite a bit before he alphas up again at the end and kidnaps the heroine to keep her from leaving.
Helena is strong without being bitchy or foot-stompingly "feisty". I liked that she's tall and voluptuous, and intelligent too - she shows that she is a fast learner but doesn't unrealistically take over the whole factory and become an overnight expert. Her flair for the dramatic makes her seem more real and not too perfect. The only thing I didn't like about her was that she could eat all she wanted and not gain weight (hey, I got issues ok?).Read more ›
Lucy Gordon has crafted a beautiful love story which both the hero and heroine giving each other a challenge......Salvatore Veretti wants what he believes is rightfully his family's Venetian glass business and the very beautiful model who was married to his cousin has inherited it! He will go to any lengths to regain back the business and to have her in his bed.
It's a battle of will and in the end it costs them both. Plain and simply it's a lovely romance, and is set in one of the most romantic cities in the world, Venice. It took me back to places I've personally visited and found memories of celebrating my own wedding anniversary.
The very talented Lucy Gordon captures the vulnerability they both have and it will bring tears to your eyes while reading their personal journey.
Arrogant Italian nobleman Salvatore Veretti is furious to hear that a young, beautiful model has inherited the company that was rightfully his. Clearly she's after the family gold! Salvatore will heartlessly reclaim what he's owed--and he'll show this impudent female just how out of her depth she is.
But after meeting naively determined Helena, Salvatore changes tactics.... No longer satisfied with throwing her out of the business, he'll take his vengeance between the sheets!
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I was born and raised in England, where I still live. I began my writing career doing features for magazines, sometimes interviewing famous people like Michael Caine, Warren Beatty, Charlton Heston, and sometimes gaining wonderful new experiences like camping out with lions in Africa. With a love of travel, I went to Venice, where I met a Venetian man. In that magical city we fell in love and got engaged in two days. Years later we are still together. What else could I be but a writer of romances? I've written over ninety books for Harlequin. Along the way I've been lucky enough to pick up a few awards. I've won the Romance Writers of America's RITA award twice, with SONG OF THE LORELEI (1991) and HIS BROTHE'S CHILD (1998), and finalled with A PEARL BEYOND PRICE (1989), FOR THE LOVE OF EMMA (1997) and GINO'S ARRANGED BRIDE (2005) , Many of my books are set in Italy, especially Venice. But I still travel a lot, and some of my recent productions have been set against new horizons such as Greece and China. Next stop, Russia. And after that - who knows? There are so many places to explore. As well as modern stories I've enjoyed writing historicals under the name Penelope Stratton. Come and meet me on my website: www.lucy-gordon.com