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?
©2013 Melody Anne (P)2013 Melody Anne
Not really a bad story. Ari didn't bother me that much when I read the story but when I heard it audibly, I wanted to slap her!
ANYONE that doesn't take a loud audible breath at the end of EVERY FREAKING sentence!
Between Saska and Ari I won't, can't bear to listen to it again or the rest of the series.
I prefer the printed version, because the narrator made it impossible for me to enjoy the audio version.
It was hard for me to enjoy the book due to how it was read!! And I love this book and Melody Anne.
she ws horrible the way she spoke and made Rafe sound was horrendous. Saskia extended her words a little too much and cause me to have many headaches throughout the story!!!! My question is WHY keep it posted allow some one else to reread the book and repost it.
Bend to my will......becasue I never lose.
Please re do this book and give it the glory that it deserve!!!!!!!
Yes, yes and yes. I loved the going back and forth between the two of them. It was such a turn on to see what was going to happen next.
Rafe, cause he is so darn sexy.
The way she exspress the different characters.
I listen to Book 1 and book 2 back to back with cat naps in between. I just could not wait to see what happened next.
Melody Anne you are a awesome writer, I cant wait to see what you do next.
Narrator's voice is ok but the exaggerated over pronunciation of the final consonants in so many words is distracting and very annoying. Actually, on reflection, distraction from the story is probably a blessing as it is very predictable and the characters lack credibility.
No, I prefer to read my books instead of listening to them- Kind of like reading a book over watching it as a movie.
friendly, odd, different
Say something about yourself!
I really dislike books like this....I was SOOO in love with it during one minute and the next I was screaming at my poor iPhone! Rafe....oh Rafe...I adore you, I hate you, you are slime, you are an alpha sex God...and the ending....gesh, talk about a cliffhanger, thankfully Audible had the second book which I may have purchased and downloading while driving....oh come on....you would too if you had been left hanging like that!
Rafe Palozio is an accomplished billionaire, the prologue talks about 3 years ago when he thought he was married to the perfect woman...until he found her screwing his best friend. He decided from then on that NO woman would have his heart, romance was for fools, and any contact with a woman must be under contract and under HIS rules.
Arianna is a 23 year old who one night made the mistake of trying to be sociable and do what other people her age did...which in her case included going to a party and getting drunk. She usually just spent time with her nose in a book (no, she's NOT a virgin) or in class so this was suppose to be a nice distraction and loosen her up...but she freaked a bit and called her mom to get her and her mom was in a horrible crash. Fast forward 6 months later, she had to drop out of college one semester shy of her degree, sell her mom's house, sell her mom's business and all because her mom has been in a coma for 6 months! She needs to find a job to keep her mother in the care center, but isn't qualified for much. Arianna was discouraged that out of the hundreds of jobs she had applied for she only got 4 call backs...the last one was weird...they wanted to know her clothing size, take her picture, made her take an endurance stress test...what the heck is this job....all it said was must be available 24/7 and have zero other commitments, salary 100K a year.
This story was about a strong woman and a hurt man....can she open him to the concept of love or will he destroy her in his commitment to keep their relationship unemotional...no matter what he is feeling. Can he let her in, or will his pain keep her out?
They changed the narrator for book 2...but it isn't much better. This narrator had her timing down, you could tell who was speaking and when but the guys sounded like scratchy pre-pubescent trolls, with bad intonation...if someone says they are speaking angrily don't make it sound like they are laughing it really screws with a person's head!
All in all, glad I bought the book, and as I said I already downloaded book 2...BAD cliffhanger....worst one I have ever read I think! I swear if Rafe doesn't shape up in this second book I'm going to give up on this series...there is a lot of whining that "she is mine, it's just a matter of time....but this isn't my heart talking it's just my libido...I don't care for her, I just like it when she's happy...but that doesn't MEAN anything...etc"...but I really liked the story so I forgave it.
I rarely dislike a book so much that I can't finish it but this is the exception. Perhaps if the reader were better I could have stuck it out. The writing isn't great but a good performance could have made up for that. I found the story wordy and the characters irritating--perfect match for the reader. Just couldn't finish this.
The story is a cliffhanger and the narrating is much to whinny.
Finish it a book with no end I never liked.
She reads to fast and to whinny. She doesn't give time after a comma.
It really did anger me and disappointed me too. It could of been a real good story.
Curled up with a good book in my corner of the world on Sweet Grass Farm, it doesn't get any better than that!
This was a complete waste of time. It is a copy cat novel, no need to mention whose, but
there is also such gaping holes in the research that no one could suspend belief for that long.
Anyway, even if you are getting it for the erotic element, don't waste the credit, there isn't much and it's not very well done. It's another one of those cliff hanger endings meant to suck you into the next book, which given the content of this one, I don't care to find out.
So... I enjoyed this disturbing story, I'm not sure what that says about me, but what a total control freak Rafe is, and right now I really, really hate him!!! Will I buy the next book in the series? Of course! I have to find out how the author is going to redeem his character and let me tell you Melody has an uphill battle on that one.
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