"Lorenzo wants nothing to do with his father's shady side of business, and to protect Gabriella's heart he marries her to save her father, not that his motives are all innocent, he's had his eyes on Gabby for three years and now that he has a chance to have her he's not too ashamed to take it..."
Published: Beachwalk Press on March 2012
Pages: 85 Pages
Form: E-book (from a tour for an honest review)
Genre: Contemporary Romance / Romantic Suspense
Amazon: Buy / $8.04 (Kindle) ( EU price, click to see US price )
Barnes & Noble: Buy / $4.99 (Nook)
Beachwalk Press: Buy / $4.99 (Ebook)
Excerpt: Arranged marriage...
An arranged marriage to Lorenzo Martinez, a mobster's son, might be worse for Gabriella if she hadn't live in Carlo Martinez's compound with her father most her life - and if she hadn't fallen in love with Lo since setting her eyes on a boy seven years her senior.
Still she fights tooth and nail in being married and even when Lorenzo begins to make her feel cared for she still puts up a fight, she will be no one’s charity case. She's wanted Lo all her life but she refuses to have him in a loveless marriage.
Lorenzo wants nothing to do with his father's shady side of business, and to protect Gabriella's heart he marries her to save her father, not that his motives are all innocent, he's had his eyes on Gabby for three years and now that he has a chance to have her he's not too ashamed to take it - and now that he has Gabby he has all the time he needs to make her feel something for him too.
Ella Jade writes intense, passionate and temptation filled romance! Have a you ever wondered what it would be like to be loved by a mafia king's son, the danger, the seduction, the temptation... oh yes, I've been waiting to read a romance like this! We girls love the element of danger, but we also want security, loyalty and passion and Crossfire of Love has them all! Exciting read with all the marshmallow softie emotional cuteness and the sexy as hell seduction of a woman who can't bring herself to resist.
I totally loved Gabby and Lo together, they had sizzling hot chemistry when together, and all that temptation and seduction was delicious to read. I loved Lorenzo's jealous streak too, he wanted to take care of Gabby protect her and love her and when Gabby's FBI friend Andy got in the picture it was yummy to see his temper flare. I absolutely got flutters in the bottom of my tummy with his line on their marriage not being an open one. Talk about burning hot!
I really enjoyed the plot, the suspense and threat of it - Carlos' rivaling family picked up the heat, and made things dangerous for all involved with the Martinez family, and that gave the romance and extra kick. The book was a nice mix between contemporary romance and romantic suspense - all about the romance but with a twist of danger.
With that said if you like watching arrange marriage turn from threat to lust then this is for you, and if you like your heroine's seduced slowly, passionately to love then this really is for you!
Don't miss the Guest Blog "Why I owe my erotic fiction career to my grandmother…" below from the author, Ella Jade!
Yes, you read that right. I owe it all to a woman named Stella. A little history to set the stage...
Let's go back to 1981 when Ella Jade was only eight years old. What was she doing on a typical Friday night? She was camped out on her grandparent's family room floor watching Dallas and Falcon Crest. Her parents worked in the restaurant industry, and so she and her brother spent the weekends with her grandparents. They didn't have multiple TV's in every room, no Nickelodeon or Disney Channel and definitely not a DVR to be found. They didn't have VCR's yet! And, let's not even talk about the lack of internet access or Xbox. So, while her brother played legos, she watched soap operas.
It became our Friday night ritual for many years. I couldn't wait for the weekend. I was always so consumed with what J.R. Ewing was going to do next. How was he going to outsmart poor Cliff Barnes? Oh, and I'll NEVER forget that sexy and conniving Richard Channing. Is it any wonder why I have an obsession with older men? And, my son's name is Cole ( a character from Falcon Crest ). Now, of course it took me many years to "mature" with the shows adult themes. In the beginning, I had no idea what was going on. I just knew it was something I shared with my grandmother. It's a time in my life I always look back on with such warm and happy feelings. That was our Friday night line-up until I graduated high school in 1991 and both shows ended their run.
It wasn't just a weekend thing either. As I got older, I would watch Dynasty on Wednesdays and we'd discuss it when I got to her house. I spent entire summers with her and we'd indulge in Young and the Restless and General Hospital. Even though I don't watch them anymore, Sonny Corrinthos will always hold a special place in my heart. We'd spend rainy or snowy Saturday afternoons watching American Movie Classics...Greta Garbo, Gary Grant, Rock Hudson and Grace Kelly fueled the romantic in me. Put that together with all the soaps I was watching and a writer was born. I learned how to spot the drama and the angst and figured out how to balance that with the right amount of love and the HEA. And, the cliffhanger! My favorite story element. Throw in the sex and you've got Ella Jade...Erotic Fiction Author.
Today, Stella is 82. She now sits in my family room and watches her soaps ( or "stories" as she likes to call them ) while I feverishly type in the dining room or kitchen. Occasionally, in between her naps, she'll call to me, "Are you writing another one of those dirty books?"
Yes, Gran, I am and I owe it all to you.