Title: His Little Star
Author: Michelle Karise
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Cover Design: Najla Qamber Designs
Release Date: May 18, 2021
Traveling to Italy for business sounded like a dream. Three glorious weeks of sightseeing and sampling the local nightlife.
Matteo Russo caught my attention from the start.
We met at a crowded nightclub. The gorgeous older man sauntered over, plied me with liquor, and whispered illicit invitations in my ear. It’s no surprise we ended up naked and horizontal in his bed.
The next morning, I made my graceful exit with a kiss, convinced it would be the last time we saw each other.
Imagine my shock when he popped up at the office. Turns out he’s the guy that’s trying to ruin my family’s business.
My job was to use whatever tools in my arsenal to force him to capitulate.
A Roman conquered my heart.
But secrets threatened to destroy us forever.
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I carefully studied his features under the nightclub lights. His full, kissable lips led to a Romanesque nose framed by high cheekbones. A quiet lust simmered beneath the surface as he locked eyes with mine.
Panty dropper. There really was no other way to describe this man. This wasn’t a case of gin goggles. He was a bona fide hottie.
My attraction intensified under his stare. My legs turned to jelly. I needed to stabilize myself, or I would end up sprawled on the floor.
“Do not mistake me for one of the boys here.” He made a vague wave toward the younger men in the room. “I’ll be disappointed, but I promise I will let you leave in peace.”
I trailed a few fingers into his dark hair and twisted a stray curl around them gently. “Why don’t you stick around for a while and keep me company?”
“I’ve had my eyes on you since you entered the room,” he said with a wink.
“Listen, you don’t have to lay it on thick,” I said, adding a flirtatious laugh. “You had me at buonasera.”
His lips spread into a dazzling smile. “But it is true. I have a taste for only beautiful things.”
A blush warmed my cheeks, an uncharacteristically girlish reaction to his compliment. The stranger had me on edge. Get it together, Naomi. No matter how alluring this man is, be cautious with your emotions.
I stood straighter, squared my shoulders, and took a sip from my glass. It was all a vain attempt to prepare myself for what would surely be an intense roll in the sack.
He watched my movements with curiosity before he introduced himself at last. “Matt.”
“Naomi,” was all I offered. No need for last names or more details. We both knew exactly how this night was going to end.
Michelle Karise is a St. Louis native who lives with her temperamental Shih Tzu, Rooney. The sassy, Type-A personality is a member of several professional organizations, notably the Romance Writers of America.
Travel, martinis, and wit are her jam and nuance is her butter. She constructs stories featuring intelligent female leads and the confident and strong men that love them. Sometimes the hero and heroine don't behave as Michelle would like, but she is always optimistic that love will prevail.