by Susie Warren
Emilia Berceto’s beauty captures the attention of a well-known Italian billionaire, Alex Armanti, when she attends a gala at his mansion in Los Angeles. Images secretly captured of her partially nude are released to the tabloids and her overly protective family sends her far away.
Four years later, Emilia continues to live a secluded life designing custom jewelry for the wealthy. Her family needs her to return home to California when their jewelry empire is near bankruptcy. When she returns, she must face the man who caused her downfall and is threatening to reveal her secret if she is to save her family’s jewelry empire.
A uniformed maid opened the door and invited her in. Leaving her suitcase in the foyer, she stepped further into the house. Her mother was on the phone in a formal sitting room and motioned her to come in.
“Emilia, I’ve missed you more than you know.” Her mother moved forward and hugged her tightly.
“I’ve missed you, mama.” Her mother was the same. Stylish. Impeccably groomed. Calm.
They hugged for another minute before her mother stepped back and looked at her critically. “I don’t know why you dye your beautiful hair.”
“It’s odd to come home to a different house.” Emilia glanced around the opulent setting and didn’t recognize anything.
“This house is in a gated community so we have complete privacy.”
“The house is beautiful, Mama.” She knew how much her mother craved privacy. A memory surfaced of wanting to go to the beach with her friends and her mother insisting that her photograph could be taken and that one of her parents needed to go along with them. As she looked at the beautiful interior of the house, an old feeling of being trapped flashed through her.
“I’ve had your room freshened up so you can get settled.”
“I can’t stay here.” She met her mother’s gaze and tried to soften her words, “I need to be closer to the ocean and will probably stay with Nonno until I find a place.”
“I don’t understand. Why wouldn’t you stay here? This is your home.”
Emilia straightened her spine as she decided how much she should say. “This is your home. I need more freedom. A gated community and a meticulous mansion feel suffocating to me. I’d rather be out in the world.”
“You need protection. As the heir to the Berceto fortune, there are those who would take advantage of you.”
An image of Alexander Armati flashed in her mind. Had he taken advantage of her? At the time, she willingly sought his attention and fell into his embrace without a thought of the images being captured on film.
She shook her head. “I’ve been on my own for years, mama.”
Her stomach was in knots. She said quietly, “Maybe I should go and see Nonno?”
Susie Warren writes contemporary romance. Besides being an avid reader, she spends much of her free time crafting intense and complex stories about falling in love. When she is not writing, Susie works as an administrator in a small, independent school while caring for three teenagers and keeping tabs on her inventor husband. With the launching of her first book, The Forgotten Heiress, she has slowly begun to navigate the social media realm.
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The Rosa Legacy Series
The first novel in The Rosa Legacy series, Ruthless Perfection, started with the idea of a traditional Italian mother who wanted her only daughter happily married. The mother, Carla Rosa Neri, along with her two sisters, Francesca and Marie, had emigrated from Italy as young girls and each went off to create a dynamic and successful family.
Each of the sisters had an only daughter and they made sure the girls spent time together. They attended the same boarding school in the northeast and visited each other’s homes in the summer.
Carla Rosa married into the Neri family with a long history in the Carrara marble industry. Her daughter, Isabel Neri, being a filmmaker and wanting to honor her grandfather’s legacy, approaches a reclusive billionaire, Marc Santoro, to ask permission to produce a documentary about the life of a quarry worker. Ruthless Perfection is the story of how they fall in love.
The Exiled Jeweler
Francesca Rosa married into the Berceto family with a long history in the jewelry making business. The Second novel in The Rosa Legacy series, The Exiled Jeweler, is about her daughter, Emelia, who went into seclusion after a scandal tore the family apart. Emelia is a talented jewelry designer who lived a sheltered life and was drawn into a passionate encounter with her family’s rival, Alexander Armati at a gala. Outside in the garden, photographs were taken on them and sold to the tabloid press. Her family was shocked and embarrassed and sent Emelia off to Florida. Four years later, she returns when her grandfather has a heart attack and her parents are deciding to sell the family business.
The Convenient Wedding
Marie Rosa married into the prominent Montgomery family, with a successful background in politics. Her only daughter, Lucia, is fascinated by politics and becomes a campaign aide. The opportunity to work on a senate campaign in Connecticut draws her into the middle of a scandal. Anderson Adams is a dark horse in the senate race yet convinces Lucia to play along with a strategy to save his campaign. The third novel in The Rosa Legacy series, The Convenient Wedding, is the story about how they reconcile their public image with their private life. The Convenient Wedding will be available in February 2015.
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