Raffaello (Rafe) Palazzo takes what he wants with no regrets. Arianna (Ari) Lynn Harlow has led a charmed life until tragedy strikes her family. He’s looking for a no-emotions attached mistress, she’s looking for redemption. They are not a pair that should ever work, but undeniable attraction and devastating tragedies bring them together in the city by the bay where he fights to keep their relationship nothing more than an enjoyable way to meet his needs, and she battles to not lose herself in him. Spending time with Ari starts cracking the hard shell that Rafe has built around his heart, but he denies the affect she has on him until it’s too late to stop the inevitable conclusion that their relationship is headed for. Rafe once believed in happily ever after, coming from a large Italian family. He’s got the Midas touch, since every endeavor he tries turns to gold. That all ends when his wife walks out the door and leaves him blindsided. His devastation quickly turns to steel when he decides no woman will fool him again. From that point on he treats relationships as nothing more than business transactions where both party’s come out mutually benefited. Just when Ari has sunk to the lowest she’s ever been she finds an ad in the paper announcing a job that’s too good to be true. It turns out she’s right. She makes it through the intense rounds of interviews only to find out the job is for a mistress to the powerful Rafe Palazzo, owner of Palazzo Enterprises. Rafe gives her a day to think about whether she wants the position or not, and she’s sent on her way, only to find out her mother’s near-terminal position has taken a turn for the worse. Her mom’s only in the hospital because Ari messed up, and her mother’s the one who paid the price. Is Rafe her savior, or will he take her with him straight to the depths of hell?
Paperback: 348 pages
Publisher: Gossamer Publishing; First edition (April 29, 2013)
This is different kind of series for Melody Anne and I loved it! Rafe is cynical and used to getting what he wants. He’s decided that after having his heart broken by an unfaithful wife that he has no use for love. So he treats all his relationships with women as a business transaction. Arianna desperately needs a job to help pay for her mother’s medical needs, which she blames herself for. So she applies for job that she finds too good to be true. She finds out during the interview that Rafe is looking for a well-paid mistress who has to be at his beck and call whenever and wherever he needs her.
Even though Ari is in desperate need she tells Rafe she will not be his paid mistress. Rafe continues to pursue her and she can’t resist him so matter how hard she tries. Rafe doesn’t want to admit it but he’s beginning to have feelings for Ari just as she also developing feelings for him.
Ari learns that Rafe has been manipulating situations all along in order to get what he wants. He’s decided that he’s giving Ari long enough to surrender to his offer. He now lays down an ultimatum where she has to decide to give in to him or lose. Who wins and who loses? Starting 2nd book “Submit” so I can find out? Melody Anne never disappoints with her books!!!