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Alissa owns an Italian Bakery, called SWEET TEMPTATIONS, her specialty and renown are her decorated cakes. Her new next door neighbor is part owner of the import/export company she orders her supplies from. He is handsome, successful, and she is more than attracted until she finds out he is engaged and becomes convinced he is trying to run her out of business..
Dominic can't resist entertaining the idea of keeping Alissa as his lover while he fulfills his obligation to marry for business connections. Alissa's problems with his company draws him into investigating her allegations of a conspiracy to ruin her business. Once he gets to know Alissa, he immediately starts comparing her to his socialite finance and finds her to be his SWEET TEMPTATION. More than ever he is determined to prove to Alissa that he is an honorable business man and a worthy lover.
Will these star crossed lovers find a way to solve the mystery that keeps them from realizing their dreams?
Dominic placed his mug on the table and sat down again. He reached for Alissa’s hand. He breathed a sigh of relief when she didn’t pull away from him. His arms were stretched across the table and he looked at their hands joined together. Her fingers gripped his and his thumb was drawing little circles on the back of her hand. Sparks of pleasure ignited his body. He was amazed. Just touching this woman excited him. He’d never felt this fire with Carmella. Dominic forced his mind back on business.
"I’m sorry this happened to you, Alissa. And I’m just as sorry it happened to all the others. Naldo & Sons didn’t stay in business for three generations by cheating its customers. I hate that this has caused you so much stress."
"Well, getting the balance of my order yesterday relieved a lot of that stress," she laughed.
"Yes, but you shouldn’t have had any. No matter what you think, we are not trying to run you out of business. When we decided to open a supply house here in St. Louis, we didn’t think our new location would affect any of our customers. In fact we thought it would cut costs and be more convenient. Supplies would reach you quicker and be less expensive to ship."
"But with you across the street, people won’t buy from me when they can get the same thing from you at a better price."
"We didn’t know your bakery was across the street from our new location. At least, I didn’t."
"Why should they continue to buy from me? They can cut out the middle man and get everything from you." Alissa sounded defeated. He hated to be the cause of her unhappiness. "I’ve worked so hard to build up a business. ALISSA'S SWEET TEMPTATIONS is my livelihood. How can you destroy that?" Suddenly, as if realizing he still held her hands, she jerked away. Her chair clattered on the floor as she pushed away from the table. She paced the length of the room so quickly, her robe flared out away from her shapely legs teasing him with a glimpse of smooth pink skin. He could see her anxiety pulsing through her body. She wrung her hands and bit her lower lip. He wanted to caress her bruised lip with a kiss and erase the tension from her body.
Dominic was almost afraid to go to her. He didn’t know how she would respond. He had to do something to help her. He couldn’t sit there and watch her torture herself any longer.
"Alissa, don’t." He rose from his seat and stopped her with a hand on each shoulder. Her momentum carried her right up against his chest, intimate contact he hadn’t planned on. His body burned from his chest to his hips, the satin robe not much of a barrier between them. Her hands were pressed against his chest, and he could feel her fingers curve into fists. Her eyes were filled to the brim, and tears threatened to spill out any second. Dominic felt his whole body melt. He brought his hands up to cup her face and lowered his mouth to capture her lips. His tongue massaged her lower lip where he’d seen her teeth gnawing the tender flesh. Lost in the wonder of the moment, he deepened the kiss. His tongue probed for entry and she opened her mouth to him.
Dominic felt her surrender. Awed by her trust, his chest expanded. Her body melted into his and he let his hand drift from her face to her neck. The wrap-around robe was no barrier. Her shoulder peeked from one side, and his hand followed the opening down to caress her breast. She was so sweet. Her skin felt softer than the satin of her robe. He didn’t know how that was possible, but the contact sent shivers through his body. Reacting immediately, he pressed his swollen manhood against her soft tummy.
He was cursing his restrictive clothes, trying to shrug out of his jacket without releasing her, when Cassidy’s front paws landed on his back. As soon as the dog had their attention, he started barking and swinging his knotted old sock in invitation to play tug.
Rosina is a member of RWA and the Missouri Chapter MORWA. She has been writing for 5 years having finished her first book 3 years ago. Since that time she retired to write full time and has 3 completed novels and has 3 more started. Sweet Temptations is her first published work. Rosina loves to travel, has lived abroad in both Ireland and Japan, and recently visited Italy. In addition to writing, dancing is another of her passions. She loves to garden and takes extreme pleasure in her country home where she enjoys the peace and serenity of 11 acres of woods.
In AVENGING ANGEL, Rosina LaFata repeats her specialty of creating a strong, delightfully human heroine, a hero you long to have in your own life, enjoyable supporting characters--and one whale of an exciting adventure for them. I look forward to her future books, and hope there will be many of them to enjoy. Fran Priddy
Chocolate's good for you. It makes you feel better. So, too, does SWEET TEMPTATIONS, with its heroine who raises cake decoration to a creative art, a great new neighbor to swoon over, and "the other woman" to detest--the action takes place on The Hill, St. Louis's delightful traditional Italian neighborhood, and will keep you turning the pages. -- Fran Priddy
SWEET TEMPTATIONS kept me turning the pages until the wee hours of the morning. I couldn’t put it down. I loved the action between a hero to die for and the heroine every Woman wants to be. A book you can really enjoy reading. Sharon Sandvoss
Avenging Angel is an entertaining story about Samantha Turner's quest for revenge. Rosina LaFata weaves an entertaining story that leads Samantha Turner on an exciting adventure of danger and romance. Samantha faces countless obstacles in her determined quest, but her hardest battle is one she fights within-feelings for her would-be rescuer, Nicholas MacNamee, a half-breed scout for the army. It was an enjoyable read and I would recommend it as a great way to spend a rainy afternoon. Three and a half Hearts. -- Brett Scott, The Romance Studio
Avenging Angel has everything a reader could want in an adventure romance. A beautiful, spunky heroine, a handsome, honest hero (actually more than one wonderful man shows up in the story), and characters that are clearly good and evil. It’s like reading an old fashioned western that leaves one with a satisfied feeling at the end, that things worked out exactly as they should have. I recommend this book. Four and 1/2 roses, Reviewed in August 2003 by Kris. A ROMANCE REVIEW
Sweet Temptations is an awesome book. I couldn't put it down. One minute I hated Dominic right along with Alissa, and the next we both wanted to be in his arms. The mystery and up and down romance was a delight. The humor was right on the mark. I really enjoyed this book and you will too! Five Hearts, Traci Amor, The Romance Studio
“In DOUBLE DESTINY, Rosina LaFata has crafted an extremely satisfying sequel to her historical romance AVENGING ANGEL. Interweaving themes of clashing cultures, prejudice, sibling rivalry, and a mother’s fierce desperation to protect her adopted sons and her way of life, LaFata brings us the story of White Eagle and Elizabeth, a hero and heroine who will both exasperate and endear you. If you have not had the pleasure of reading the first book in this duo, DOUBLE DESTINY can stand alone but will probably send you scurrying back to enjoy more of the MacNamee’s history in AVENGING ANGEL. That’s what it did for me. And I look forward to seeing more from this talented author.” -- Barbara Scott, LISTEN WITH YOUR HEART
I enjoyed this book very much. White Eagle is totally believable as the arrogant man who knows he’s going to be chief and expects to be obeyed without question. Elizabeth is spunky and quick with a retort, mostly unafraid of White Eagle. Red Shadow, Elizabeth’s steadfast friend and supporter, is a fully blown character, with values and ideals that often surpass his brother’s.
I really enjoyed the story, and especially the changes in White Eagle’s personality. I will look for more of Ms. LaFata’s work. -- Reviewed in July 2003 by Kris. A Romance Review Rating 4 Roses
Double Destiny: Sheer enjoyment from first page to the last. A wonderful tale of courage, honor and love!
Book Publisher: Wings ePress
No. of Pages: 210
Paper Weight (lb): 9.0
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