Prima Ranieri seeks retribution for her family’s death and the loss of home and land. Her plans go awry when the handsome heir of the powerful Massaro family returns home. After only one glance, Prima’s attraction to him undermines her furor at those she blames for her plight. After a fifteen-year absence, Antonio Massaro returns to Palermo to a war between his family and the evil Falcones. His refusal to accept his rightful position as head of the Honored Society carries serious consequences. The welfare of the people in Palermo is at stake. But one look at the beautiful woman Prima has become costs him his heart. She’s a deadly distraction…one that jeopardizes her life as well as his own.
Review: This is the second book by Ms. Corti-Petska that I have read. I find them to be wonderfully enjoyable stories although they are not something that I would normally choose to read. Having said that I am glad that I found them because I have fallen in love.
Ms. Corti-Petska’s stories are rich in history and make it so much easier to understand the history than those stogie old history books. Besides it is always more enjoyable with a little bit of romance added in.
Prima Raneri wants retribution for the deaths of her family and the loss of home and land. Angry and who wouldn’t be, she is ready to take on anyone that gets in her way including the mob. With the mob comes gorgeous Antonio Massaro.
Antonio has been away for some fifteen years. In that time little Prima has grown into a headstrong but beautiful women. One he finds himself attracted to. In order to protect her he must marry her to keep her from the clutches of the evil Falcone family.
His father is a deaths door and wants him to take his place as head of the family. Antonio is not happy with what that entails.
Antonio and Prima start off on the wrong foot with a marriage of convenience; there is passion but not love at first. Antonio can’t get it out of his head that Prima possibly has bedded half the men around, but the chemistry brings him to the brink of wanting her. Prima didn’t want this at first but has fallen in love with Antonio.
They must learn to trust each other, and forge ahead together to bring the families together. If they do this they will find that they are in love and that what they once thought to be true was not really the case.
Through betrayal, misdeeds, a small child, marriage contracts, family that had been a secret; they survive and come out stronger for it when they learn to work together.
Ms. Corti-Petska has done it once again with a very lovely tale of strong women and the men who love them. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series. I look forward to it.