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
Liked the story but the narrator was a bit dramatic and took some time to get used to. Some of the time frames were off.
I read the book first and fell in love. However, after buying the audio book I wanted my money back. The narrator's voice was horrible. I hate to say that about someone, but she didn't do it for me. The way she pronounced the words was horrid. Wasn't the best.
Airy was my favorite. I loved Rake too.
No. I don't like her voice.
no, however I read the book in one setting.
I busy myself living life, chasing smiles, and enjoying adventures!
This genre is becoming all to familiar - poor girl, down on her luck, rich and powerful man who owns everything in the world wants to save her by employing her as his mistress to keep her while denying that's he's falling in love...you know the rest. I'm just not a fan of the over-saturation of this tired story line. Otherwise, the story is entertaining and I was compelled to keep reading the series, partly due to the cliff-hanger ending (although I'm pretty sure I can predict how this will wrap up - just like all the rest). I wasn't impressed with the narration but it was tolerable. I will likely avoid this genre for a long while after I complete this series but if you're in to the '50 Shades of Copycats' you will likely enjoy this one a great deal.
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.
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