Sunday, August 31, 2014

Bound By Her Ring

Luciano Morelli has perfected a plan to get revenge on his runaway wife; confronting her at the opening gala for her father’s hotel. What he didn’t plan on was the flaring of emotions the moment he sees her again. Jasmine Anderson has no memories of her husband. Her only link to him are the wedding rings she wears. Luciano storms back into her life announcing he is her husband, demanding she join him on a business trip or see her father’s livelihood crumble. Passion reignites as they rediscover what first drew them together. But more than just memories are lost. Can their bond be rebuilt or will secrets infect their already shattered trust?
Nicole welcomes you to the city of Perth in this intense novel of rekindling a whirlwind romance and marriage that was lost due to amnesia. Jasmine has lost any memory she has of the previous few months, yet she continues to wear her rings because their mere existence calms the uncertain storm of emotion that is raging inside her. Luciano (Lukas to Jasmine) has other intentions when he begins to seduce his WIFE again by having her escort him on a business trip to the city of Broome: Crush her like she did him when he found out the news. 
"She won't be my wife for much longer and I'd appreciate you not interfering with my personal life."
Cupid had different plans for these two. Lukas couldn't help but fall in love with his wife all over again while Jasmine couldn't pinpoint why she was instantly drawn to him. Lukas was a source of comfort, love and joy to Jasmine, she just wished she could remember how they got to this point. I must side with Jasmine in her frustration of everyone "leaving her to find her memory out for her own." I would be Googling myself or something. :)
There was this one moment in all their rekindling that just stood out to me. He presented his wife with a gift during breakfast and the playful banter that ensued gave me hope for the two. 
"You can rip it open you know," his dry tone telling her he was impatient for her to reveal his surprise.
"I like to savour the moment, draw it out for as long as possible."
"To torment the gift giver?"
She smiled cheekily over at him. "When the gift giver is you, yes."
The road to love in this book was not an easy one. As her memory revealed itself, both Lukas and Jasmine were hurt again. Would their love be enough to move forward and start a new life together? Jasmine and Lukas both had demons in their past, and with a very persistent father not wanting this marriage to exist - this trip to HEA would be anything but smooth sailing. 
Details about the plot? NOT from this reviewer. But, here are a few things you will get from me:
  1. Nicole writes a wonderful story of second chance at a first love, and does it with such raw, real and intense characters. You do get your HEA, but not without a few well placed bumps. 
  2. Nicole is from Australia, and I have decided that I adore reading books by authors from other countries - the language and terminology is different, and I like to learn new words and phrases. 
  3. And finally - you have another book after this to look forward to, Bound By His Desire. (This one stars Nick, Lukas' business partner and this means I am sure we will get to catch up with our favorite Italian Stallion, Luc and his wife, Jasmine.) 
Before I leave you to go and pick up this great romantic read by the uber awesome Aussie, Nicole, I want to leave you with my FAVORITE quote from this book. I adore grand gestures and this is why I find myself drawn to romances. Every girl needs John Cusack to stand outside of her window with a boombox on his shoulder confessing his love to her. And now that I have revealed my inner nerd to you, I must confess the one thing that can give a good romantic grand gesture a run for it's money, in my opinion, is a good NERDY conversation. 
"Where is Doctor Who with his Tardis?" she muttered.
"Probably morphing between one realm and another. We don't need him, Darryl is an excellent pilot. I only employ the best."

How do you NOT fall in love with Luciano right at the mere mention of morphing between realms? :) Last, but NOT least:

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