by Karin Tabke, Jami Alden

July 2008
ISBN: 978-0-7582-2559-7
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Is it the thick sable hair and chocolate eyes? Maybe it is the contrast between their tanned skin and brilliant smiles that make Italian men so hard to resist. Authors Karin Tabke and Jami Alden bring readers two more heroes to love in Italian Stallions.

From the first moment he saw her, undercover FBI agent Gabriel LaMotta wanted her. Gianna Cipriani was untouchable. The daughter of Alberto Cipriani, she was called Madonna because she was cloistered by her overprotective father, and hid her beauty in drab clothing. Now that her father was dead, Gianna would inherit the family restaurant, Ciao Bella, and with it, his debts to scumbag Fabio Tucci. Gabe and his team had tried to put Tucci behind bars for years, and this might be their last chance. If only Gianna would help them. If only Gabe could keep his hands to himself.

Theresa Bellessi has returned to San Francisco a wiser woman. Her impetuous departure ruined her reputation and convinced her that man are not to be trusted. Working for her cousin Gia at Ciao Bella, she needs to find a place to stay. Her father considers her a whore and living at home is unbearable. When regular customer Vince Mattera offers her a guest cottage in return for dog-sitting she is grateful, but skeptical. The man is clearly wealthy and capable. Why does he need her?

These stories are as hot as the sun in a Roman summer, filled with passion and strong emotions. They are fast-paced, and there is danger to add spice to the already-steamy mix. Readers will need a cold compress to recover.

Reviewed in October 2008 by Paula.