This book came to me by the author, Dita Selby, for an honest review.
Before we get started with that, you'll notice to the left I have a photo of the uber sexy David Gandy. We all like visuals of our alpha males in these tales and my mind almost immediately created the alpha of this book, Lorenzo Moretti to David Gandy. Now onto my review ...
Let me give you an overview (without spoilers) of the story ...
Maestro Lorenzo Moretti is a world famous conductor currently enjoying the off season in Italy. Lorenzo is in his early forties and quite the known ladies man. He has a parade of women he hits up whenever he's in certain parts of the world but never settled down. He tried settling down in his twenties with a woman named Victoria. Their marriage was over faster than it happened because once they told Victoria parents, her father made her choose between her trust fund or Lorenzo. Since then relationships are something that do not interest him, with his busy schedule, it's near impossible as well. Lorenzo hasn't forgotten about Victoria and often wonders what happened to her. He knows she married someone much older after she got pregnant but that's all he know.
Maurizio Alfieri, Lorenzo's old teacher, contacted him about teaching a promising student, Eva Courtenay, this summer. He can't quite understand why Eva needs his instruction since she's off to the conservatory after the summer and has been studying in Milan with Alfieri. He senses an ulterior motive may be in place but again, remembering all that Alfieri did for him, he's willing to take Eva under his wing.
When Eva and Lorenzo first meet there's an immediate electricity, something he has never felt before with another woman. Eva can't quite believe the energy between them either, especially seeing as she's been a fan girl of Lorenzo's since as far back as she can remember. Whenever she would bring up Lorenzo to her grandparents, her grandfather would either change the subject or make a comment. Eva was shipped off to boarding school while her mother lived with her new husband, which broke the heart of her father. Her mother and stepfather died in a car accident and her father drank himself to death so she ended up living grandparents.
After a very sensual music lesson, Lorenzo asks Evie to dinner later that night. She agrees and goes back to her apartment to get ready only to find out that she had been lied to by the person subletting it. The landlord comes by to fix the apartment for his new tenant and offers Evie some help if she provides him with some pleasure first. Not knowing who else to call, Evie calls Lorenzo, he immediately comes by and rescues Evie, stating that she'll live at his place for the remaining summer.
Once Evie has packed an overnight back and her attire for dinner, they head back to Lorenzo's to get ready. Evie comes down in a very tight sexy black dress and they head off to dinner. The sexual tension between them in palpable during dinner and Evie soon finds Lorenzo's foot caressing her foot and leg under the table. While flirting and playing footsie during dinner, Lorenzo asks Evie about her family and herself. There's not much to tell but she offers up the past about her mother being non-existent for most of her life, her father being heartbroken, and living at boarding school with the occasional holiday trips to her grandparents.
Evie mentions how her grandparents lived in Milan, fairly close to the conservatory and how her grandfather was in the Foreign Affairs. Lorenzo immediately stops caressing his foot on Evie as his mind catches up ... He knew someone who's father was in the Foreign Affairs, that lived in Milan, her name was Victoria, the woman who he fell in love with but was forced to annual their marriage when her parents found out.
Lorenzo asks what her grandparents last name's are and when she says 'Smythson' he feels all the blood drain from his face. Lorenzo states, more than asks, “They had a daughter named Victoria, didn’t they?” to which Evie replies, “she’s my mother."
Will Lorenzo and Evie be able to have a future after he finds out she's the daughter of his once, yet brief, wife Victoria?
This book was very enjoyable to read! Dita is very good with her character development and keeps the story line flowing. I was pleased to find out the story develops all the way through and doesn't just abruptly end like most shorter books tend to do. I immediately fell in love with Lorenzo! He's so sexy and confident, he could run his piano playing fingers all over my body any day! Evie's character I thought was beautiful portrayed, she's a young, innocent, curious girl but she's not dumb. She's been forced to live alone most of her life and while she is seeking the love of someone, she's not just throwing herself at the first man who shows her attention. I don't know anyone who wouldn't want to be in Evie's shoes and be on the receiving end of playing out a sexual fantasy with their favorite actor, musician, or in her case, conductor. I liked the mention of other supporting characters in the book but since this is a short story I was glad that they were just background and not focused on too much. They were they to help fill out the story but weren't interrupting the tale of Lorenzo and Evie.
This book would be great to read if you're in between series or need a fun break from something you're already reading. I would love to hear more of Lorenzo and Evie's story ... so Dita, if you're listening, a second book would be welcome!