Life for Gabriella had always been straightforward, albeit a bit boring, but a passionate, almost magical, encounter with an enigmatic stranger catapults her into evolving into stronger version of herself. Her evolution does not come without consequence, though. Gabriella learns the hard way that turning on the lights can reveal just as much ugly as it can beauty. She discovers that the comfortable relationship she’d been idling in for too long is, in fact, far more dangerous than she ever imagined and finds herself desperate for the inexplicable comfort she finds in the arms of a stranger.
A trip to the Amalfi Coast in Italy with her parents promises to be just the getaway that she needs before starting her new job. But when her father’s business deal falls through and she attends a masquerade party all by herself, she never dreams that a mysterious stranger will sweep her off her feet and change the course of her life forever.
“My whole life, leading up to this moment, I felt as though I was relying on crutches, and now I was running head-on into my future. At the same time, I couldn’t help but imagine Jonathan running beside me. I didn’t need my parents anymore, I didn’t need anyone. I was just me.”
“Just as he had so many times before, he made up for what I couldn’t say or do. “I love you,” he said softly into my hair as he rocked me gently back and forth. With his simple words, my healing commenced. He had kissed the wound and made me feel all better, or at least that I was on my way.”