An Albanian immigrant finds love and danger while working at the estate of a wealthy banker in this debut romance.
Vera Sava is desperate. Despite earning top grades in medical school at the University of Milan, she finds that her employment outlook in Italy is dismal. She moves to Geneva, but soon, with no job prospects and a temporary visa set to expire, she finds that she’s running out of options. At the suggestion of a friend, she takes a position as a housekeeper for Sebastian Horn, an American-born scion of a banking dynasty. Although she works diligently and the staff warmly welcomes her, Sebastian regards her with nothing but contempt. Vera soon learns that he had a difficult childhood, due to a distant father and unstable mother, and that he lost his young wife in a car accident that left him with a severely injured leg and a dependence on alcohol and painkillers. She also discovers that his antagonism toward her masks an overwhelming attraction, and they embark on a passionate romance that’s fraught with danger. After someone makes an attempt on his life, she becomes worried that he’ll discover the scandal that caused her to flee her native Albania. As their romance deepens, the secrets from their pasts threaten to tear them apart. Dangelico’s debut romance hums along at a brisk pace thanks to a pair of engaging leads. Vera is an intelligent, sympathetic heroine who’s wary of falling in love again after a betrayal by a man who claimed to love her. Sebastian is tremendously successful, but neither his looks nor his tremendous wealth can shield him from life’s pain. Dangelico does a fine job of showing how the initial antagonism between them gradually evolves into a cautious, but fiery, romance that crackles with erotic tension. They’re surrounded by a well-drawn cast of supporting characters, including Sebastian’s longtime housekeeper, Marianne Arnaud; and Paisley, Sebastian’s bitter former lover.
A fast-paced, erotic tale that should satisfy fans of Fifty Shades of Grey.