The Exiled Jeweler
by Susie Warren
Emilia Berceto’s beauty captures the attention of a well-known Italian billionaire, Alex Armanti, when she attends a gala at his mansion in Los Angeles. Images secretly captured of her partially nude are released to the tabloids and her overly protective family sends her far away.
Four years later, Emilia continues to live a secluded life designing custom jewelry for the wealthy. Her family needs her to return home to California when their jewelry empire is near bankruptcy. When she returns, she must face the man who caused her downfall and is threatening to reveal her secret if she is to save her family’s jewelry empire.
Driving through Los Angeles traffic did nothing to ease the tension building in Emilia’s spine. She had put on a vintage black sleeveless dress for the dinner meeting with Alex, but as she shifted the car through traffic, she began to worry it was too short. Was he expecting her to join him for a formal dinner or a business meeting? She had decided to put her hair up and added a simple marble necklace given to her recently by her cousin, Isabel.
Her mind replayed a recent conversation she had had with Isabel. Her cousin had adored the engagement ring that Emilia had crafted for her fiancé to give to her. She couldn’t quite believe Isabel had met the man of her dreams and was set to be married in a few short months. For some reason, Isabel had sent her the marble orb necklace with a short note that said: This necklace brought me luck, may it do the same for you.
She needed a little luck. Emilia pulled up to a gated Malibu mansion and pushed the button. The gates opened and she parked her SUV in the circular driveway. Forcing herself to step out, she tugged on the material of her ornate black dress and hoped it gave the appearance of quiet elegance. She rarely left her shop in Florida except to run along the beach or every so often attend an art opening or the theatre. She avoided any type of gala or party that required small talk or mingling. Unfortunately, having to meet with Alex Armati caused her palms to tingle and a slightly nauseous feeling to erupt in her stomach.
It had been four years since she had been to this mansion. Memories of that fateful night crowded around her, causing her heart to accelerate.
Why had she agreed to meet him here? Emilia had no desire to revisit the past with him. Alexander Armati couldn’t be trusted. He sought her out that night and had made sure that she was at the right angle for a photographer to capture images of her barely dressed but somehow leaving his face out of the frames.
She remembered him offering her a drink and inviting her out into the garden. At first, she had wanted to escape the heat and oppressive quality of the party, but soon she was hanging on his every word.
Alex opened the massive wooden door before she had the chance to ring the doorbell.
“You didn’t leave me much choice.”
“There is always a choice, Emilia.”
She made eye contact and wished she hadn’t. His closeness made her feel unmoored, almost as if she were a boat drifting helplessly out to sea.
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Susie Warren writes contemporary romance. Besides being an avid reader, she spends much of her free time crafting intense and complex stories about falling in love. When she is not writing, Susie works as an administrator in a small, independent school while caring for three teenagers and keeping tabs on her inventor husband. With the launching of her first book, The Forgotten Heiress, she has slowly begun to navigate the social media realm.
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The Rosa Legacy Series
The first novel in The Rosa Legacy series, Ruthless Perfection, started with the idea of a traditional Italian mother who wanted her only daughter happily married. The mother, Carla Rosa Neri, along with her two sisters, Francesca and Marie, had emigrated from Italy as young girls and each went off to create a dynamic and successful family.
Each of the sisters had an only daughter and they made sure the girls spent time together. They attended the same boarding school in the northeast and visited each other’s homes in the summer.
Carla Rosa married into the Neri family with a long history in the Carrara marble industry. Her daughter, Isabel Neri, being a filmmaker and wanting to honor her grandfather’s legacy, approaches a reclusive billionaire, Marc Santoro, to ask permission to produce a documentary about the life of a quarry worker. Ruthless Perfection is the story of how they fall in love.
The Exiled Jeweler
Francesca Rosa married into the Berceto family with a long history in the jewelry making business. The Second novel in The Rosa Legacy series, The Exiled Jeweler, is about her daughter, Emelia, who went into seclusion after a scandal tore the family apart. Emelia is a talented jewelry designer who lived a sheltered life and was drawn into a passionate encounter with her family’s rival, Alexander Armati at a gala. Outside in the garden, photographs were taken on them and sold to the tabloid press. Her family was shocked and embarrassed and sent Emelia off to Florida. Four years later, she returns when her grandfather has a heart attack and her parents are deciding to sell the family business.
The Convenient Wedding
Marie Rosa married into the prominent Montgomery family, with a successful background in politics. Her only daughter, Lucia, is fascinated by politics and becomes a campaign aide. The opportunity to work on a senate campaign in Connecticut draws her into the middle of a scandal. Anderson Adams is a dark horse in the senate race yet convinces Lucia to play along with a strategy to save his campaign. The third novel in The Rosa Legacy series, The Convenient Wedding, is the story about how they reconcile their public image with their private life. The Convenient Wedding will be available in February 2015.
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