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They say the truth can set you free, but it can’t undo the past.
A past filled with secrets, lies, and heartache.
Zeno De Rossi unleashed a bomb when he told me the truth about our families.
He thought an explanation would bring us closer.
But how can I trust a man who has kept so many secrets?
How can I love a man who has caused so much pain?
Uncertainty haunts my every thought, but I may not have the luxury of choice.
In yet another cruel twist of fate, I’ve drawn the attention of a monster.
A man obsessed with ruining me.
I see no option but to put my life in Zeno’s hands.
Like it or not, he’s the only one who can keep me safe.
But will my heart be safe from him?
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“You take my breath away, Luisa Banetti.”
I’m not wearing anything too crazy—a flowy blouse over a black cotton skirt. It’s dinner on a Monday night, after all. But one look from Z makes me feel like the most beautiful woman on the planet. That’s the difference between him and his brother. Even before I knew about Nevio, flattery from him always felt discounted because of its abundance. When someone doles out compliments and attention like candy, it’s hard to tell what’s genuine and what’s simply a habit. With Z, he only ever speaks with honesty when he does deign to comment on a subject.
“Glad I can return the favor,” I breathe, my eyes drifting to his lips.
“Fuck,” he groans before his mouth descends on mine.
His body presses me against the car, teasing my nipples with the warmth of his chest. The kiss is passionate but brief. When he pulls away, I can feel the effort of his restraint.
“I told myself I wouldn’t devour you until after dinner … or at least the first course.”
My smile has a life of its own. “If there’s anyone who has mastered the art of self-restraint, it’s you.”
“I’ve never been challenged like this.” He reaches for the door handle behind me and maneuvers me to the side to open the door.
“I have faith in you,” I say coyly before easing into the passenger seat. I catch Zeno’s responding grunt before the door clicks shut and quietly giggle to myself as he walks around to the driver’s side.
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Jill is a Texan, born and raised. She manages the hectic social calendars for her three active children and occasionally spends an evening with her dashing husband. Aside from being an author and a mom, she's a travel junkie and loves to read when she is not lost in her own stories.
With Jill’s books, you can count on confident heroines, plenty of steamy tension, and deliciously assertive leading men. There are no guarantees in life, but with her books, you know everything will work out in the end. However, a perfect ending would not be nearly as satisfying without a seemingly insurmountable challenge. Jill loves to add plenty of adversity in her stories, creating unforgettably dynamic characters and sneaky plot twists you will never see coming.
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