May 11, 2014

Sunday Smooch - Back in the Italian's Bed - Annie West

Welcome to another LoveCats DownUnder Sunday Smooch!

Today we have a smooch from  Annie West but first 

... the two winner of last week's Sunday Smooch Giveaway is Tammy Yenalovitch.

Can you please contact lsmackay(at)ts(dot)co(dot)nz  to receive your copy of  A Father For Her Baby.

And now for today's Sunday Smooch from Annie's 'Back in the Italian's Bed':

It’s love at first sight for Jenna when charismatic hotelier Fabrizio Armati sweeps her off her feet in Venice. That chance encounter sparks a sizzling affair that lasts until she discovers Fabrizio sees her as no more than a convenient, expendable mistress. Then her world falls apart.

Six months later Jenna tells herself she’s moved on. Until Fabrizio walks into a meeting to find her working for his greatest rival. She’s about to discover just how far he’ll go to get her back in his bed.

When revenge turns to passion, will surrender be on his terms, or hers?

Scene set-up

Six months ago Jenna walked out on Fabrizio, the man she adored, when she discovered he could never return her feelings. Now working for his rival, Jenna is showing Fabrizio around the luxury boutique hotel he's negotiating to take over. She has just discovered that far from accepting her earlier decision to leave, Fabrizio searched Rome for her when she walked out on him.


     Jenna pressed the heel of her hand to her thumping heart, trying to take in the enormity of what Fabrizio had revealed.
He’d searched, actually combed Rome for her?  
She felt light-headed, trying to grapple with such a foreign concept. It didn’t make sense. None of it did.

‘But why? Why go to so much bother?’ Wonderingly she met his gaze and caught a flash of something unfamiliar in those dark pewter depths.
‘Why?’ His lips twisted cruelly on the word. ‘You have to ask why?’ He shook his head, staring down at her as if he’d never seen her before.
A sudden jerk of his arm tugged her off balance. She fell against him, breast against hard, male heat, her hand splayed over superfine wool and powerful muscle.
‘Because of this.’ His head swooped down like a bird of prey on its target. The action was so swift she just had time to register shock before his mouth crashed into hers, forcing her head back. He gathered her in, one broad hand cradling the back of her skull. Dimly she realised he surrounded her, his legs planted around hers, shoulders blotting out the evening light, his body, his hands and mouth all she could feel.
Joy rose. Scalding, sudden, incandescent joy, at being within Fabrizio’s embrace again.
Her body reacted instinctively, her lips parting hungrily under the pressure of his, her body softening against his taut frame. Her hand crept up to plunge in the crisp hair at the back of his head.
Yet somewhere amidst the overload of sensation, her brain tried to assert itself.
‘No,’ she gasped against his mouth. ‘I don’t—’
‘But you do, don’t you, tesoro?’ His whispered, fervent words tracked a line across her cheek, to her ear and down her throat, making her shudder and her nipples peak with erotic pleasure. ‘You do want this. You want me, just as I want you. It’s always been like that between us. You can’t hide it.’
She was melting, the core of her liquefying under the double assault of his words and his magic touch. Any minute now and her legs would give way completely. She grabbed his shoulders and hung on.
‘Jenna!’ His voice was sharp and demanding, dragging her heavy eyes open. ‘You want me, don’t you?’
He looked so fierce, so war-like, her insides gave a little quiver of fear, even though she knew he’d never physically hurt her. He looked like a man goaded almost beyond the limit of his control.
She shook her head, dazed by the impressions bombarding her, and his hold tightened. He crushed her against him.
‘Say it, Jenna.’ His lips found the secret place below and behind her ear and she shuddered with need. A moment later she caught the sound of fabric tearing and his hand was on her breast, hot and delicious through the fragile lace of her bra. ‘Say it.’
Lust and longing. Curiosity and almost…fear at his harsh expression. That wasn’t anger or simple lust in those crystalline depths but something unfamiliar.
She thought of him searching for her, worrying for her, and her anger melted. Recklessness fired her blood at the realisation this would probably be the last time she felt this vibrant passion. With a sigh of defeat, she gave in to the inevitable.
She’d run from him but she’d never truly escaped.
Fisting her hands in his hair, Jenna pulled his head down and nipped him on the earlobe. His start of reaction was like a bolt of lightning zapping through all her erogenous zones. Always it had been like that. His pleasure was hers.
‘I want you, Fabrizio.’ The words emerged strong and true. ‘Just like you want me.’

If you want to read the rest of Fabrizio and Jenna's story, 'Back in the Italian's Bed' is available now for just 99c. Here are links to buy it from Amazon and Barnes and Noble. If you haven't yet bought a Mothers' Day gift, this might be just the thing!

If you were reuniting with your lover, where would you choose for your reunion? A five star hotel? A secluded cabin in the mountains? Maybe a yacht in the Bahamas or a trekking holiday to Kathmandu?

Leave a comment and go in the draw to win a copy of Annie's BACK IN THE ITALIAN'S BED.

Come back next Sunday, when the winner of today's giveaway will be announced and a smooch from Ella Carey will be posted!

Smooch Graphic by WebWeaver


  1. Annie, that's one wonderful smooch. Wow, Fabrizio, you are such a great kisser. Lucky Jenna! Loved BACK IN THE ITALIAN'S BED! Congratulations on a fabulous novella which leaves the reader with a wonderful sigh of happiness at the end. I think you tie it all up so beautifully! Hmm, a reunion with an old flame? Anywhere I don't have to do housework. Oh, dear, I'm about to lose my status as a card carrying member of the romantics club! :-)

    1. Anna - there's nothing terribly romantic about housework is there? Not what I want to be doing when an old flame came along! Especially given the sort of clothes I wear for housework! But then maybe I'd know it was true love if he was still romantic!

  2. Hi, Annie!
    You sure get around (and I don't tell that to just anybody, haha)!!! Congrats on having a new book out. Sure lookin' mighty fine, as always!
    As for your question, I'd probably go somewhere with happy memories, although I'm wondering if I'd want to go there in the first place without him....
    If I were the heroine in a romance book, though, I'd lean towards somewhere secluded, where no one else could reach us, out of cell phone and Internet range....

    1. Laney, what a great idea! For a reunion a place full of good memories would be perfect. Ah, somewhere without phones or internet. Doesn't it sound blissful?

  3. Annie

    I loved this one Fabrizio is just the best hero and Jenna is so lucky if I was re uniting with someone I would ant somewhere very seculded just the two of us and no interuptions :)

    Congrats on the release

    Have Fun

    1. Thanks for the congratulations, Helen. I'm so pleased you enjoyed this one as much as you did! Hm, secluded definitely works for me. Actually, I'm smiling as I remember how Fabrizio ensured he and Jenna got the privacy he wanted.

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    1. Hi BN. That sounds great. I'm guessing a tropical one, not a polar one!

  5. Gorgeous smooch, Annie! Fabrizio is making my toes curl -- yum. ;-)

    Today if I were reuniting with a lover I think I'd choose a yacht in the Bahamas. I've never been on a yacht (but it sounds pretty private) or to the Bahamas. Though one would hope my mind would be on things other than the scenery. ;-)

    1. Hi Michelle,

      Smiling here at your toes curling. That's quite a compliment!

      I love the idea of a yacht in the Bahamas. I've never been there either and it sounds so wonderfully exotic, doesn't it?

  6. Goodness, Annie, that was intense!

    I think I'd like somewhere isolated, but still luxurious (since this is a fantasy). So how about a five star cabin in the woods? :)

    1. Rachel,
      Well, of course you can have a five star cabin in the woods? This is about our ultimate romantic fantasy after all! Actually, I have to say that sounds gorgeous. I'm sure there are quite a few places that fit the bill.

  7. *sigh* Such a sexy scene - love it :)

  8. Hi Elsa,

    Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed it!

  9. What a sizzling smooch, Annie!!

    I have to admit I love a bit of 5-star luxury, so the Ritz on Paris would suit me just fine!

    1. Jennifer, the Ritz would be a blast!

      Glad you liked the smooch too.

  10. Smashing Smooch, Annie! I've got your story teetering on my eTBR! Cant' wait!

    I fancy a bit of five-star for pampering at the moment - maybe a nice little bed and breakfast somewhere secluded. On the banks of a lovely lake perhaps. And with an endless supply of tissues because I have a very unromantic cold at the moment. :(

    1. Sharon, I'm honoured that Back in the Italian's Bed is teetering on your TBR pile. I hope you enjoy it.

      Sorry to hear about the cold. Perhaps it should be breakfast with lots of vitamin C. Hope you manage to get some pampering in .

  11. First of all, congratulations, Tammy. Enjoy the book.

    My first choice for any romantic time away has always been a secluded cabin in the mountains. We have spent some wonderful times in cabins over the years.

    1. Hi LibraryPat! Good to hear that you speak from experience. Personally I love to read a cabin romance. Experiencing one would be fabulous!

  12. I think I need the A/C turned up after that kiss, Annie. *whew*

    Since I've never stayed in a 5-star hotel I'd pick long as he was paying for it. LOL

    Marcy Shuler

  13. Hi Marcy,

    It's a good thing we're going into cooler weather in that case!

    Ooh, a 5 star hotel sounds like luxurious fun, especially if someone else is footing the bill!