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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.
Beverly Preston deserves a standing ovation. The Italian had me captured from the first page. It was seductive, shocking, promising, witty, and yet so unpredictable! I fell in love with Hope and Antonio. They are alike in more ways than they realize. They have so much love to give, yet are so afraid of commitment. Beverly wrote with so much eloquence. Her words were affecting and appealing with the perfect delivery of each and every significant scene.
Hope Tidwell is focused on one thing, her career. She doesn’t need anyone, especially a man to make her the woman she is. She thinks her life is complete, but that is not the case. A surprise gift appears that she can’t say no to. Hope learns how to be open to love and everything that comes along with it.
Antonio Giovanni has met his match in Hope.. He is hot, a winemaker, and did I mention he has an accent. They have had a strictly sexual agreement for over 5 years, and are satisfied with that (but I’m not ;). When Hope faces a tragedy, Antonio is there for her in so many ways. He is so compassionate and stands by those he cares about. When he comes back into her life, he is definitely surprised. Who knew a surprise could cause so many emotions? He is shocked at her new look and starts thinking about his feelings for Hope. Can he expect her new change? Is it love or lust?
I read this book two times in less than a week because it was just that good. The characters were so fun to read about and be introduced to. I experienced so many feels while reading. I was in tears because of what Hope had to face, but also proud of the way she overcame it. She was always strong and determined, but when she was forced to make tough decisions she went with what she knew was right no matter how tough it was. I loved Antonio from the very beginning.Yes, you will experience some jealousy towards Hope because she gets know this man. He was confident and sexy and always stood up for what he thought was right. It was amazing to read about his relationship with Hope and seeing them have a realization about their true feelings. I had a glass of wine in honor of them and can’t wait to read more from Beverly.
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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.
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