Hannah’s Bliss by Dania Voss
He knew he didn’t deserve her, didn’t fit in her world. But the moment he laid eyes on her, he knew she was his.
Rocco Moretti had a rough start in life. Abused by his parents and abandoned when he was six years old, he’s spent his life trying to prove his worth.
After barely getting out alive while deployed in Afghanistan, he’s settled into civilian life – for the most part. He’s convinced himself being a devoted brother, uncle and associate at Dixon-Shaw Security is all he deserves.
Hannah Hailey has been professionally unfulfilled at her mother’s successful event planning firm for far too long.
Bullied into a relationship with a man her mother considers suitable, Hannah is miserable. Richard Hayes is an arrogant, cheating, bastard she despises.
When Hannah and Rocco meet, their chemistry is undeniable, and sparks fly.
Hannah believes she doesn’t have a chance with the sexy Italian Marine, but is captivated by his seductive charm. Rocco knows Hannah is way out of his league, but is spellbound by the dark-haired temptress. He’s determined to have her at all costs.
Can they build a real future together or will pressure from Hannah’s well-to-do family tear them apart?
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Hannah stood frozen in place, mesmerized in a corner of a small empty banquet room at Cucina Antonetti’s with Rocco, the much-too-sexy-for-his-own-good former Marine. Jake and Cassie’s wedding had gone off without a hitch—mostly. Everyone in attendance had been stunned, herself included, when it appeared Jake had changed his mind about getting married.
Unfortunately, it wouldn’t have been the first time she’d witnessed a bride or groom being left at the altar. Jake had been committed, though. When he’d seen his beautiful bride, he’d wanted to escort her to the altar himself. And it had been fun to watch the groomsmen alternate wearing the black top hat throughout the ceremony. She was thankful Patty hadn’t uttered one criticism and was back at their corporate office in Oak Brook working on another event. She had the night all to herself—and because of this ridiculous scheme—with Rocco.
“This ploy you and Joe came up with is silly. We don’t need to do this.” She winced when Rocco applied the botanical cream she’d used on Luke, to her bruised arm. Damn it was cold when it first made contact with the skin. No wonder he had thought she’d hurt Luke and grabbed her wrist.
Like a fool, she’d pulled away, when what she had really wanted to do was feel his hands all over her. Heat and pleasure pulsed through her veins as he now gently, almost seductively tended to her bruises. Her nipples tingled and beaded painfully. She was grateful for the light padding in her bra cups or he’d clearly see the effect he had on her. The man exhibited such raw sensuality, seemingly without effort, and she was at a loss as to how to react.
She’d gotten a glimpse of the tattoos that peeked out from under his suit jacket sleeves and shirt cuffs. She wondered how far up they went and how much of his warm, Mediterranean-toned skin was covered in ink. The man made Richard look like an idiot. Like a boy pretending to be a man.
“Maybe it is silly. But since you wouldn’t let me shoot Richard the Dick, we’re doing this. Joe’s on board with our plan.” He surveyed his handiwork. He nodded, seemingly pleased with himself, put the cap back on the jar, and tossed it in her event travel bag on the table beside them.
“That’s not saying much. Joe hates Richard.” That much was true. On a personal level, she didn’t care for Richard either.
“So do I. Stop making excuses for him, Hannah.” Rocco’s intense dark-brown gaze made her shiver. She could get lost in those eyes. “A real man doesn’t hurt women and children. A real man takes care of his family. He treats them with respect. He does everything in his power to make them happy.”
She sighed, knowing Richard hadn’t been and would never be any of those things to her. And even if he’d tried to be more the like man Rocco had just described, like the man she believed the Italian standing in front of her was, she felt nothing for Richard. She never had. Not like she did for the man she’d just met that day and who looked at her with such deep emotion and resolve she’d follow him anywhere. Where did that thought come from?
“Well, yes, I don’t disagree with you. But how does pretending you’re my date to this wedding and putting on some PDA display in front of Richard help matters any?” That was the brilliant plan Joe and Rocco had come up with when she’d refused to allow Rocco shoot Richard for being a dick.
“It’s payback for his mistreatment of you. Even though it’s obvious he doesn’t care about you, his ego will get in the way and he’ll be jealous of all the attention I give you. You’ll see. And you’ll feel better exacting a little revenge. Unless you want to get back together with him?”
He looked at her expectantly, as if daring her to admit she still wanted Richard.
“No way. I told you and Joe. After the wedding, I’m telling my mother I’m not interested in Richard and she and his mother need to figure out another way to work out their joint venture ideas that doesn’t include me and Richard together.” She and Richard were over. Her mother had no right to put her daughter in such a precarious position and she’d have to get over her disappointment once Hannah put her foot down. Enough was enough.
She was rewarded with a seductive smile and thought she felt wild need pass between them. It couldn’t be. This was all supposed to be an act.
“Good,” he whispered. Her heart raced when he removed the pins holding up her hair. “Your hair has been trying to escape this bun all day. Time to set it free, as it should be.” She heard herself moan when he massaged her scalp and ran his fingers through her loose dark, wavy locks.
She preferred her hair down, but Patty insisted that the female planners at the firm put it up at events as she believed it portrayed a more professional image. Just another thing, among many, mother and daughter disagreed on.
When he leaned in close and she felt his body heat, a delicious shudder shot through her. Her body lit up with a burning need like she’d never felt before with any other man. She thought her heart would beat right out of her chest.
“You feel it too, don’t you, bellissima?”
Too tongue-tied to speak, she nodded. Yes, she felt it. It was unexpected, but she would go with it. Richard had made her feel so unattractive and unworthy. Rocco made her feel beautiful and desirable. When he flicked open the top two buttons of her white silk blouse, she instinctively reached for his belt buckle.
“What the hell?” Richard barked.
Startled, Hannah nearly jumped out of her skin. God, she hated Richard sometimes. Rocco looked down at her with a smirky, mischievous grin and her heart fluttered. When he winked, her heart sank.
He must’ve sensed someone had stepped into the room. She felt like a fool. This was just a part of their act to make Richard jealous. Rocco wasn’t interested in her. He was just carrying out their plan to get back at Richard. She was so stupid. A man like Rocco would never want a woman like her.
She made to button up her blouse, but his strong, warm hands stopped her. “Don’t,” he whispered.
Rocco let go of her and turned to face Richard head on. She held her breath and chided herself for wishing he was still touching her. It’s just an act. Don’t forget that.
Born in Rome, Italy and settled in the Chicagoland area, Dania Voss is a lover of all things pink and a huge fan of 80’s hair bands. She became a romance junkie in her teens. After decades of voracious reading, she published her first romance novel On the Ropes, the prequel in her Windy City Nights series in March of 2018. It was nominated as best Contemporary Romance in the 2018 Evernight Publishing Reader’s Choice Awards.
The Warrior’s Whisper was released in September of 2018 and her current romance Hannah’s Bliss, with Italian int’l model Luca Pantini on the cover, is the third installment in the series.
The Windy City Nights series takes place in and around Chicago and includes baseball, men in uniform, sexy Italians and steamy nights. Dania writes contemporary, steamy romance but at their core, her novels are about love, family, and friendship. She writes romance with heat and heart.
Dania is a member of the Romance Writers of America and the Chicago Writer’s Association.
She’s been seen on affiliates of NBC, ABC, CBS, and FOX. She’s been featured in the Chicago Tribune, the Artist First Radio Network, and has been a guest speaker for the Red Hat Society.
Where are you from? Tell us a little about yourself!
I was born in Rome, Italy and now live in the Chicagoland area. I love everything pink and am a huge fan of 80’s hair bands. I’ve been a voracious romance reader since back when Fabio was on all the covers. I had always dreamed of writing a romance novel myself one day. In March of 2018 my dream came true with the publication of my debut On the Ropes, the first installment in my Windy City Nights series.
Tell us about your book? How did it get started?
I’m thrilled that the third installment in the series, Hannah’s Bliss has just been released. The hero, Rocco Moretti and the heroine, Hannah Hailey are recurring characters in the series and they finally got their own steamy happily ever after.
Rocco is a sexy Italian American, former Marine and combat Afghan veteran. He had a troubled childhood and has a heart for service. He’s never had a serious relationship – until he meets Hannah.
Hannah works for her mother’s successful event planning firm but is miserable. She has dreams of her own that are unfulfilled. She’s let her mother push her into dating someone she despises, but when she meets Rocco and sparks fly, all bets are off.
I was lucky enough to “meet” Italian Int’l model Luca Pantini as the result of an Instagram cover inspiration challenge and he graces the cover of Hannah’s Bliss. Not only is Luca handsome, how I imagined Rocco would look, he’s incredibly nice. I’m hoping to meet him in person soon.
Where do you write? Is there something you need in order to write (music, drinks?)
I do have an office with a professional wrap around office desk and office equipment, but I actually do most of my writing in our family room seated on a comfy leather couch. I prefer quiet to music while I’m writing, although I usually have a music soundtrack running through my head with each novel, and when I take breaks I’ll listen to those songs. Diet Dr. Pepper is my beverage of choice.
How do you get your ideas for writing?
The common advice given to aspiring authors is to “write what you know” so I started my series Windy City Nights, right where I am – in and around Chicago. Chicago is a big sports town, so I created the Chicago Cobras major league baseball team and Luke Stryker their gorgeous, superstar pitcher.
We have a large military and veteran contingency in the area so I created characters who are veterans – Heath Jackson and Rocco Moretti.
I’m Italian, so the series will feature several sexy Italian men who will get their own story including Rocco Moretti from Hannah’s Bliss, restaurateur Carlo Antonetti who was introduced in On the Ropes and his brother Gino.
Italian designer House of Bellatoni will manufacture Hannah’s couture bridal gown line and you can read all about that plot point in Hannah’s Bliss.
Through Heath and Rocco’s associations we’re introduced to Kyle Asher who is a Texas Dom and he’s expanding his family of companies to Chicagoland and bringing with him a high end steak house called Golden Horns. He’s also bringing along a sexy kinky club/complex called Club Envidious that boasts a lounge, thousands of square feet of dungeon play space and private themed play rooms.
For those with milder tastes, Kyle offers a book/ladies social club called the Twisted Tea Society. You can discuss your favorite romance novels while being served refreshments by male servers wearing nothing but bow ties and a smile.
I have many other exciting story ideas and characters to introduce and develop for future installments of the Windy City Nights series that I can’t wait to share with readers.
Ideas for characters and stories can come from anywhere – the news, song lyrics, overheard conversations, something that might have happened to someone I know, etc.
I the idea for Carlo Antonetti’s upcoming story is loosely based on something that happened to a friend of mine, so you never know!
What do you like to read?
I enjoy reading many genres of romance, although I’m not able to read as much now that I’m writing. I enjoy romantic comedies, paranormal, contemporary, military, sports.
What would your advice to be for authors or aspiring in regards to writing?
Read everything you can get your hands on, especially in the genre you want to write. Learn from your favorite authors and study what makes their writing so enjoyable. Also read about the craft of writing. My bookcase is filled with craft writing books that I use every day when writing my novels. Lastly, I encourage you to be bold and reach out to authors you enjoy and ask for advice. That’s what I did. I contacted two successful authors from my publisher and they were so supportive and kind it gave me that last bit courage give this “writing thing” a try. I haven’t looked back since.