“He turns and holds my face in both hands, staring me in the eyes with an expression of firm resolve. “I want you to know that I will do anything to keep you safe … anything.” He drops his hands like he’s surrendering to some cemented truth and continues in an even, slow tone that’s laced with sadness. “You and I may have grown up in the same town, but we came from different worlds.”
From a small Long Island community to the shores of Lake Como and the French Riviera, treachery and revenge follow Alicia and Chase as they struggle to survive and maintain their all-consuming desire.
Sheltered by wealth and a close-knit family, fashion designer Alicia Cesare is not prepared when Chase Reardon steps into her life and awakens her passion.
Ex-marine and real estate developer Chase Reardon is fraught with turmoil from a violent childhood. Stalked by the leader of a Russian cartel, he controls all aspects of his life as a way to stay alive.
When physicality morphs into deep love, Chase is determined to protect Alicia from his past … but a past never stays buried.
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About the Author
C. J. Pastore lives in Manhattan with her husband and two children. When not pounding the keyboard, she enjoys jogging, hiking, reading, and traveling. Immersing herself in other cultures, laughing, eating and drinking with the local populace are favorite pastimes. She holds true to Anne Frank’s belief that “people are really good at heart,” and deems that whether walking in your own neighborhood or traversing the globe, the kindness and well-meaning wishes of others can be absorbed and reflected.
As a former writer of curriculum and teacher mentor, C.J Pastore has published articles in TESOL Journal and Social Studies and the Young Learner. Essays on the global rights of Children have been published in The Citizen. Captive of a Commoner, Book I in the Commoner series, is her first foray into the world of romance writing.
To learn more about C. J., visit her online at www.cjpastore.com.
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