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.
The narration was horrible, with no sense of context, tone or inflection. I think the story was much better than it came across, although the cliff hanger made me want a refund on this free book.
The narration was so overly dramatic, I really couldn't tell if the content was decent or not. Update: I'll never know. I finally gave up after realizing there were three more volumes. There's hi way I could make it through them so I've decided to cut my losses.
Say something about yourself!
This was obviously another author trying to replicate the popularity of FSOG and failing horribly. Not only was the miserable ass of a "Dom" so much less sympathetic than Christian, the wilting boo-hoo poor me "sub" was even more pathetic than Ana. Though I should have expected it, I hoped that there'd be at least a half decent ending to the first book but, no... a cliffhanger. As much as I prefer to finish a story, I won't be buying any more of these books.
It was good and I enjoyed it. With the exception of an error where the narrator used the voice of the guy to say something by the female. She did a good job.
Overall a good story. Typical Melody Anne stories which I enjoy.
No. She did an ok job. Some of the characters sounded very similar.
I didn't like the fact that this book had a cliff hanger. In fact the first 3 books end in a cliffhanger. I didn't like all the women in these four books going back and forth so much about if they loved the guy or not! It was ridiculous. One minute they are telling the guy no and then end up in bed with them the next minute.
I got no sense that Rafe could ever have any redeeming qualities because the reader made him sound like a filthy old evil, vile creep. I couldn't picture him as attractive, but as a short, hunched over, old Egore, and it was hard for me to connect the kindness he showed for his family to the gruff and discussing dirty evil monster that the reader forced me to picture.
I love this story. I have even read it on my own, but I did not particularly enjoy the narration. The mail portions of the story sounded more like a villan. I expected the voice of the Alpha male to sound sexy, instead he sounded like a bad guy. Granted he is, but he's also a sex symbol who should sound like one. Sorry, it's just the way I feel.
I have to hand it to Rafe,the guy sure is determined and relentless when it comes to pursuing Ariana.You would that a successful,hot and wealthy businessman wouldn't resort to all the trouble.If some one treated me like Ariana has treated Rafe,I would take the hint and go find a new conquest.The syory is very sexy and good,but the narrator isn't very good.She's too theatrical.
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