Photo: Scott Hoover
Cover model: Josh Kloss
Cover design: Caylee Rae Photography
Cover design: Caylee Rae Photography
Release Date: December 27, 2016
Antonio Giovanni, a fifth-generation winemaker in the rolling hills of Tuscany, is the epitome of temptation. Tall, dark, and handsome with an accent sexy enough to leave a trail of women’s panties in his wake. The man wears charisma like a fine silk suit…flawless and molded to perfection in all the right places, leaving just enough mystery to make you wonder what lies beneath the faultless exterior.
Hope Tidwell, a world-renowned sommelier, is a strong independent woman who fights to have control over every aspect of her life. She makes her own money, her own decisions, her own happiness, and her own mistakes. Her existence doesn’t need to be validated by a man; she refuses to ask for anything except an orgasm, and even those she can manage on her own.
Relationships for most people are as natural as breathing. However, Hope and Antonio are two players who master the art of seduction and the fear of emotional intimacy. When tragedy strikes close to her heart, Hope is fated to do the one thing that terrifies her most.
Destiny reveals the biggest gifts often require the greatest sacrifices.
So this was my first Beverly Preston book. I can't even begin to explain why I've not read anything by her before, but I will be rectifying that ASAP.
What I liked about this story is that we're not subjected to the characters trying to forge a relationship right from the start of the book; Antonio and Hope already have a history that goes back a few years, so that makes the evolution of their relationship that much more believable. With Hope's childhood being as crappy as it was, she's absolutely against any sort of committed relationship in which there's a possibility that her heart could be broken. Antonio knows this about her and has resigned himself to accept the hook-ups they occasionally have, although he's in love with her.
Things change dramatically for Hope when she finds herself relocated to Italy due to tragic circumstances. And this is when the book takes on a whole new life of beauty, in which we get to see Antonio show Hope that there is room for love in her life and heart if she would just be open to trying it, but he does it in a way that doesn't come across as pushy or domineering. The emotions and fears Hope feels about her future were extremely well-written without being over the top cliche.
This was a beautiful story and one I would highly recommend.
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About the Author
Beverly Preston is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance. She writes emotionally rich and sinfully sexy stories about the ultimate alpha good guy; the kind of man you want to drag you to bed and put a ring on your finger. She also has a passion for strong, humorous, female characters and stories ingrained in a solid sense of family and loyalty. She lives in Las Vegas with her husband, four kids, and two golden retrievers. If she’s not spinning richly emotional stories, you’ll find her on her spin bike. Laugh, cry, and fall in love with The Mathews Family one Happily Ever After at a time.
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