After finishing design school six months ago, Erin Angelo left her tragic past behind in the States and started a new life in Milan, Italy. Burying the grief, silencing her demons, and living a life without any real attachments has worked well for her so far. But when Erin secures her first real job as a budding clothing designer, her controlled world is shaken to its core by the mysteriously sexy director of the local symphony.
Alek Dostov is a man who knows what he wants and how to get it. He’s successful, hot, the son of a millionaire, and women all over the world flock to see one of his performances. For Alek, Erin represents the ultimate challenge: sexy, smart, and unaffected by his charms…or so she thinks. Just like Erin, Alek avoids attachments that leave him emotionally vulnerable. But unlike Erin, his pursuit of all things pleasurable is ruthless.
Knowing how wary they both are concerning any kind of committed relationship, Alek finds a way to pursue Erin, satisfying the intense attraction between them without sacrificing the freedom they both enjoy. Sometimes the deepest passion brings out the darkest emotions. And Erin finds herself completely unprepared for the forbidden world of the young maestro and his truths and even his secrets, as she struggles to deal with her own.
Music, passion, betrayal and forbidden love spun together in one of the most romantic cities in the world.
Erin Angelo has come to Milan to start all over. She finished her degree and is now an up and coming designer with a brand new fashion house. Her first big assignment is to design the costumes for the Milan opera house for their biggest production of the year. This production is being led by the enigmatic Alek Dostov. Already at twenty-three, he has quite the reputation. He is both a master of the symphony and a master with women. Erin has seen men like Dostov before and she is determined to not fall for his charms. But when it comes to Alek that is easier said than done.
“As I prepare to enter the front door, I make a silent vow. Love, I have this to say to you: “You tore open my heart. You made me feel pain when all I wanted to feel was joy. So now, I will remove your power over me. I’ll never kiss anyone or trust in any dream that you can take away from me. I will never believe in you, ever again.”
“Don’t you know by now, that I’d die without you?” I ask, staring down in her face. All the tears she has held inside rush forth. I throw restraint away. Fuck control. The woman I’d kill or die for hurts and she needs me even more than she probably realizes. We crush our bodies against each other and embrace, holding on to each other as the fountain’s waters wash away her tears and my fears.”