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What do Italian food and Italian women have in common? They both give Dante Girabaldi heart burn and, with the exception of his mother, he vows to avoid them at all costs. That becomes impossible when the former military pilot and FBI agent’s first assignment with Deep Six East is to protect Prada D’Angelo, the Italian Ambassador of Women’s Affairs to the U.S.
Straight off the runways of Milan, the gorgeous former model and TV star turned politician has accumulated a string of enemies which includes politicians, a billionaire media mogul and even a prince. Her father wants her protected, but Prada tells him right away she is not going to let him, or idle threats, slow her down. Dante quickly sees she isn’t going to let the threats shut her beautiful mouth either and before he knows it, he is working double time to keep her safe while his team figures out who wants her kidnapped or dead.
A trip to Italy may give Dante the answers he seeks, but it will also bring Prada face-to-angelic-face with her enemies. Can he keep her safe in the most romantic, but dangerous, place in the world? Or will the magic of amore distract him and get them both killed?
Oh my, Becky McGraw has certainly started us off with a winner.
Dante is the new hire for Deep Six East, they already have a client but not the full team. So it’s Dante who gets the job. He’s pretty full of himself too, used to working alone and not with a team, he needs some attitude adjustment as well.
Prada is everything Dante is afraid of and attracted to, smart, beautiful and an Italian woman. The Italian Ambassador for Woman’s Affairs she is focused on woman’s rights in Italy, especially after a real piece of work doesn’t get jail time for his harassment and attempted rape of some co-workers. She hadn’t pressed her charges, but now she would. The man had to go down.
Unfortunately she isn’t the one who asks for protection, it’s her father. Arturo D’Angelo is a high ranking official in the Italian government looking to run for president. He also wants his daughter to wed the man he’s chosen for her, although she’s kicked him out after she finds him in bed with another woman.
The first meeting between Dante and Prada wasn’t in her office although they don’t realize it until he does make it there.
This is a favorite tantrum scene.
An hour and a cup of coffee later, he felt much warmer and calmer as he strolled down the long hallway, reading the office numbers above each door. He didn’t need to know which one was Prada D’Angelo’s, though. He heard her angry, Italian-accented voice echoing down the hallway. He stopped outside the last door to the left, which was opened a crack, to listen.
“What are you doing in my office?” Prada D’Angelo, demanded. “Who gave you permission to be in here?”
“Your assistant,” Dex replied and Dante heard his heavy sigh. “We’re the cyber-security team for Deep Six and are here to secure your office to help your bodyguard protect you.”
“Are you the bodyguards my father hired? If so, you don’t look very capable. You don’t even have a weapon, and she probably couldn’t save herself, much less me!”
Oh, his new protectee was in fine form this morning, he thought. Loaded for bear with that mouth. It took everything Dante had not to turn right back around and run out of this building and not for coffee. That duct tape might be a good first investment.
“No—we are not your bodyguards. We are support staff. Dante Girabaldi will be your bodyguard, but I guess he’s running a little late.”
Yes, he was, because he let himself be distracted by a beautiful ass.
“Well, he can run as late as he wants, because he is going to be fired as soon as he decides to show up,” she grumbled.
Dante pushed the door open wider and lost his breath when he caught his first sight of his protectee. The wildcat from the park. There was no mistaking that ass, which looked even better in a pencil skirt than spandex. When she turned a little to glare up at Dex on the ladder, he got a look at her face, and groaned. He was in deep shit, he thought, as he walked inside.
“And you are too, so don’t waste your time, or my father’s money here,” Prada said, folding her arms over her chest.
“Prada!” A shorter woman, who must be her assistant, glided into the office. “Stop being a testa dura. You know this is for the best.”
“I don’t have time for this, Guilia! You know I have things to do here. You should not have let them in here and I wouldn’t be a tough nut!” Prada shouted.
“Well, you can’t do those things if you’re dead, now, can you?” Guilia fired back, crossing her arms over her chest to stare her boss down.
“You did this, didn’t you?” Prada asked, pointing a finger at her. “You called my father!”
“Yes, I did—because I love you. We em>both love you, and you are not taking these threats seriously,” Guilia replied lifting her chin.
Prada’s eyes darted to the doorway and her mouth opened on a gasp, then pinched tight as her eyebrows crashed together. She stalked over to him to point at the door behind him.
“Get out!” she shouted, then looked back at Dex, who was making his way down the ladder. “You get out, too. All of you, get out!”
“We aren’t going anywhere, Ms. D’Angelo, but please don’t let us keep you from those important things you said you needed to get done in your office.” Dante ignored her angry glare and stepped around her.
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There are many tantrums from Prada, some tempered by Guilia her best-friend and assistant, others full blast at Dante. She is most determined and frustrating to Dante. He is insanely attracted to her especially when he realizes where he’s seen her before.
With the introduction of the new Team, I think there might be a story with Guilia and Brad, definite connection there. It’s really great to see not only Griff, but also Gray and Mickie. I should mention that Mickie is Dante’s sister and you’ll love their part in this story.
A misogynistic jerk, a Prince who isn’t yet, a father with secrets, the mafioso, some great stuff in Rome and Milan and so much more. You will be turning the pages quickly to see what happens next in this must read beginning to Deep Six East!
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New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Becky McGraw writes happily-ever-afters with heat, heart and humor. A Jill of many trades, Becky knows just enough about a variety of subjects to make her contemporary cowboy and romantic suspense novels diverse and entertaining. She resides in Florida with her husband of thirty-plus years, is the mother of three and grandmother of one. Becky is a member of the RWA, Sisters in Crime and Novelists, Inc.