The Argentinian’s Demand by Cathy Williams

There’s nothing like an office romance, is there? The heroine of Cathy Williams’ latest Presents wants nothing more to do with her soon to be ex-boss, but he has plans of his own. Read on to find out more about The Argentinian’s Demand.

demandWhat the bad boy of the business world wants…

When billionaire Leandro Perez’s indispensable and alluring assistant Emily Edison resigns and lets him know what she really thinks of him, he’s furious. He won’t let her off easily. If she wants to go, she’ll pay the price—two weeks in paradise at his beck and call!

…he gets!

Trapped by Leandro, Emily’s fragile plan to marry a suitable man to bring security to her family is threatened. And as their attraction gives way to a craving that’s impossible to deny Emily will have to make the ultimate choice—duty…or desire?

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Emily Edison stared resolutely ahead of her as the elevator purred upwards to the twentieth floor, disgorging employees along the way. It was the morning rush at Piccadilly Circus, in the towering glass building where she worked in the heart of London. She rarely experienced this because she rarely came to work later than eight in the morning, but today…

Slim fingers tightened on the neat leather satchel at her side. Inside the bag her letter of resignation felt like an incendiary device, waiting to explode the minute it was released from its fragile containment. When she tried to imagine how her boss would take this she felt slightly sick.
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Poll: How should the hero win the heroine’s heart?

There are a lot of ways a guy can win over the girl of his dreams, but which one do you prefer? Let us know in our poll, and if your favorite isn’t here, head over to the comments and let us know what we’ve missed!

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The UK Editors take a leaf from the Presents Heroine’s Playbook!

by Associate Editor Pippa Roscoe

One thing that we especially love about Presents is the amazing locations that the heroines find themselves in. And with summer holidays just around the corner, I’ve been looking into where our very own editorial heroines have been jetting off to. We might not have heroes with private jets, but we won’t let that stop us from leading a glamorous and global lifestyle!

Laura in Mexico for Holiday Blog

Last month you heard about Laurie Johnson’s fabulous honeymoon in Hawaii. Safe to say we were all a little green-eyed over that one! Presents’ very own Laura McCallen has been doing her best to out-glob-trot us all with trips to Mexico and Budapest. Not content with just the one trip, Charlotte Mursell has been to France THREE TIMES (and provided us with a beautiful photo as proof!)

Charlotte's France Picture

While Linda Fildew stuck closer to home, heading to the heady heights of Scotland’s Edinburgh, Sheila Hodgson has visited the delights of Egypt and Sardinia (but not to be outdone, specifically reminded me of her trip to Malaysia last year).  Bryony Green made us all jealous when she set off for Cape Town and kept us updated on the wonders of South Africa via twitter.

Julia Williams is looking forward to a gorgeous holiday in Crete and Barcelona has proved to be a very popular destination for the editors in the UK with both Clio Cornish and Kathryn Cheshire enjoying lots of tapas and even more sangria!

AnneMarie Ryan will be visiting family in America, which does count because it’s a very glamorous setting to us Brits! Nic, also spending time with family, is heading to the sunny climes of Italy.

As for me, some of you may have seen my tweets from Toronto – from the amazing food in Montreal, to the fabulous shopping at Young and Bloor and the giddy excitement of meeting the Canadian editors. (Ladies, I did try to keep my eye out for an alpha hero, but sadly I was too busy having fun!)

Pippa in Canada For Holiday Blog

And whilst we’re warmed by the happy memories of holidays past, we’re heated by the anticipation of holidays to come!

Australia and New Zealand – keep an eye out for our very own Flo Nicoll who’s packing the sun screen and can’t wait to see you all!

And batten down the hatches Texas, because the UK editors are on their way for the RWA!

But in the meantime, ladies, if you could be whisked away to an exotic location, where would it be and why?!

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Finding Those Sicilians Irresistible!

by Michelle Smart, author of Taming the Notorious Sicilian

Regular readers of this blog will (hopefully) recall a post I did back in March about standing at my kitchen sink when a snapshot of a scene came into my mind. That snapshot was of Grace walking into her kitchen to find Luca, the husband she was in hiding from, there. That snapshot became the basis for What a Sicilian Husband Wants and, by extension, the Irresistible Sicilians trilogy. At the time though, I wasn’t thinking that far ahead! Pepe and Cara’s story, The Sicilian’s Unexpected Duty, evolved naturally but it was Francesco, the nemesis of the Mastrangelo brothers, who really demanded his own story.

Ahh…Francesco…

What can I say about him? Devilishly dangerous are the two words that spring to mind. Whereas Luca flirted reluctantly with the gangster lifestyle, Francesco Calvetti has seemingly embraced it. He’s a man feared by all, his power assured. But he has demons, secrets from his past that have been revealed and that he has sworn to avenge. His thirst for revenge is consuming him and the last thing he needs are distractions, especially of the female kind!

As I already ‘knew’ Francesco before I started writing his book, it was a simple (ha!) case of finding the perfect heroine for him. I knew from the outset that he needed someone pure of heart, who could reach inside and touch his soul—exactly the kind of woman he swears away from, not wanting to bring them anywhere near his dark world.

While the ideas were fermenting in my head, a personal tragedy struck my family when my two-year-old nephew was diagnosed with cancer. He’s in remission now (and doing fantastically well) but there were many months when everything was on a knife’s edge, us not knowing what the outcome would be. During those months, I spent a lot of the time in the children’s oncology ward with my sister and nephew, surrounded by all these amazing people working so diligently to try to save him and all the other suffering children there. These people were like angels. There was one doctor in particular who fascinated me—she looked so young, as if she should still be in secondary education! Of all the people in all the world who should be swept away by a gorgeous Sicilian billionaire, she was the one…and so Dr Hannah Chapman was born.

Hannah Chapman is an amazingly dedicated doctor. Her whole world revolves around her job, leaving her (deliberately) no time for any kind of social life, which is just the way she likes it. All that changes when she’s knocked off her bike, and the knight in shining armour who saves her life is none other than Francesco!

In some respects, Taming the Notorious Sicilian is a reworking of the classic Beauty and the Beast with a hero who can’t find the prince he is beneath the skin until he can cast off the demons plaguing him. But his Beauty has demons of her own to face, too…

So all of this makes me wonder—who out of all the people in all the world do you think deserves to be swept away by a gorgeous Sicilian billionaire? And if the answer to that question is you, then where would you like to be swept away to?

About Taming the Notorious Sicilian:

tamingFrancesco Calvetti. He has the face of a god and a body made for sin!  

Francesco doesn’t do nice, and he doesn’t do damsels in distress. Apart from that one time. He never thought he’d see Hannah Chapman again. A woman like her, pure and untouched, has no place in his world. 

Ever since losing her sister, Hannah has sheltered herself from the world, but being knocked from her bike is a wake-up call. A call she’s ready to accept. There’s one thing left on her to-do list and there’s only one man who can help her. But will the dangerous, devastatingly gorgeous Sicilian oblige her?

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Haunted by a Dark Secret

by Janette Kenny, author of Bound by the Italian’s Contract

I thoroughly enjoy getting wrapped up in a romance that is rife with emotional twists and turns that sweep me around the world.  Add shared pasts, dark secrets and the sweet twist of revenge and I am in writers’ (or readers’!) heaven.

In my Presents out this month, I have used all of the above.  A downward spiral of bad luck forces Colorado physiotherapist Caprice Tregore to seek help from celebrated Italian ski champion Luciano Duchelini, the man she once loved, the man she swore she would never speak to again.  But he has the money and power to convert the old ski lodge she inherited into a top-notch rehabilitation center she envisions.  And, he is the only backer who is willing to help her achieve her dream – for a price!

After they grudgingly come to contract, he whisks her off to his elite resort in the Italian Alps, tossing her right back into the rich lifestyle she ran from seven years ago and bringing her face to face with the vicious ghost who haunts her memory.

Caprice is desperate to distance herself from the enigmatic billionaire until the job is done, but a chilling brush with death throws her into Luciano’s arms and in his bed.

The years had changed them:  she was no long the naïve innocent, and the fearless Alpine champion she remembered was now physically and emotionally scarred.  I loved watching how these two headstrong, proud and wounded characters came to terms with their sizzling desire, past regrets and fears, and awakening love.  I hope you enjoy their romantic journey as well.

Happy reading!

Janette

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Excerpt:

For seven years Caprice had pulled into a shell.  She was sick and tired of hiding, jumping at shadows.  She wanted to confront life again.

All she had to do was reach for what she wanted most.  Right now.

She turned in his embrace. “What if I said I’d changed my mind?” she asked.

Luciano pulled back, eyes searching, assessing.  “That’s the shock of surviving danger talking.”

“You don’t feel it too?” she asked, voice hoarse.  “I feel it,” she said, breathless.  “I want you.  Need you now.  What more can I say?”

“Nothing.  In the end you will expect more than that.  An affair, commitment.”

She shook her head.  “Not anymore.  No ties.  No promises.”

His eyes narrowed, and his hopes and desires soared.  “You want my financial backing and sex?”

“Yes.  We are bound together by a contract, there’s no changing that.  But when the job is finished, so are we.”

“Of course,” he said, his eyes dark and unreadable.

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About Bound by the Italian’s Contract:

boundbytheitalianscontractBound by business… 

Physiotherapist Caprice Tregore steels herself as she prepares to meet the man she had vowed never to see again. She needs his help, and she can only guess at what the captivating Luciano will demand in return. But the years have changed her, and she’s no longer the naive innocent he once knew….

Branded by passion? 

Luciano Duchelini needs Caprice to insure his brother’s recovery. But two months in her company shows that the tantalizing attraction he turned his back on years before is still there, and this time he’s determined to satisfy his every desire…regardless of the cost.

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