“It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.”
― Rainer Maria Rilke
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Ah, spring! A time for new beginnings, for waking up and shaking off the long dreary winter. And sometimes the time for new loves as well.
Malavita, the prequel to my Blood and Honor Mafia romance series, is set in springtime, and for good reason. It's a story of first love, new love, blossoming in the midst of a war between two Mafia families. Can Enrico "Rico" Lucchesi and Antonella "Toni" Andretti come to love each other, despite the hatred between their fathers? Can their love bring lasting peace and end the bitter feud between the families? Can Rico avenge his murdered mother and brothers--and still marry the daughter of the man who ordered their deaths?
An excerpt from Malavita
Here's an excerpt that takes place on the lovely grounds of the Villa del Balbianello, on the shores of Lake Como.
The Villa del Balbianello - picture taken by the author
Antonella reached the terrace before Enrico did and plopped herself onto a bench in the shade below a large tree. She grinned up at him in triumph. "Told you I'd beat you," she said when he arrived.
He leaned over her and gripped the lacy metalwork that supported her back, caging her in while he caught his breath. "You were distracting me."
"I couldn't take my eyes off you," he murmured. Leaning closer, he made his request. "Let down your hair," he whispered in her ear, letting his breath wash over her skin, making her shiver.
She hesitated, then reached up to the base of her neck and loosened the tie holding everything in place, lightly shaking her head to let the thick waves fall free. When her hair tumbled around her shoulders, he smiled. This close, he could see every lash that fringed her large liquid eyes, eyes that looked away from his with sudden shyness. He gently took hold of her chin and made her look at him.
He studied her face, every inch of it--the flawless olive skin, the high cheekbones, the lush tremble of her lips, the long slope of her nose, the slight bump in it--and he realized something. Antonella Andretti was beautiful. Not in some fairytale princess way. But in a real way. Although her cheeks grew pink under his scrutiny, she didn't break eye contact this time.
The molecules of air between them seemed to thicken, time slowed down, his heart ceased to beat. All he wanted in that moment was to kiss her. He started to close the distance, mere centimeters between them--
She slid out from under his left arm and dashed out of reach. "Catch me if you can, Enrico Lucchesi!"
This time she took off across the grass, heading uphill toward the house and a loggia with three vine-covered arches.
Had she known what he'd been about to do? Did she not want to kiss him? Or was she just making him work for it?
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MY SPRINGTIME GIFT TO YOU
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