Italian Affair: An Affair Novel [NOOK Book]

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Free-spirited sex therapist Brianna Ballantine has four days to find a fiancé so she can inherit her birth mother’s Italian villa. Commitment is not on the agenda. Writing her sex therapy book and signing legal papers are. And once all is said and done, she’ll return home to Scotland.

For finance guru Tomas Richards, relationships have been a bad investment—give him stocks and shares any day. When Tomas offers a marriage of convenience to help Brianna secure her inheritance, ...

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Free-spirited sex therapist Brianna Ballantine has four days to find a fiancé so she can inherit her birth mother’s Italian villa. Commitment is not on the agenda. Writing her sex therapy book and signing legal papers are. And once all is said and done, she’ll return home to Scotland.

For finance guru Tomas Richards, relationships have been a bad investment—give him stocks and shares any day. When Tomas offers a marriage of convenience to help Brianna secure her inheritance, the sizzle between the sheets promises an affair to remember, despite family complications at every turn.

But Tom must convince Brianna to stay, and make this Italian affair a lifelong commitment.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781622661374
  • Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
  • Publication date: 6/10/2013
  • Series: Entangled Indulgence
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 175
  • Sales rank: 116,128
  • File size: 3 MB

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Annie Seaton lives on the beautiful east coast of Australia, where she loves sitting in her writing chair, gazing at the ocean and writing romance. She is a true romantic at heart and loves a happy ending.

Annie lives with her husband, and "Bob" the dog and her two white cats, in a house next to the beach in a small coastal town in New South Wales. Their two children are grown and married and she loves spending time gardening, walking on the beach and spoiling her two grandchildren.

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  • Posted December 29, 2013

    After having his heart broken again stoic Tomas is leaving Austr

    After having his heart broken again stoic Tomas is leaving Australia for a carefree life in Italy. Then he meets the beautiful crazy Brianna and everything changes. Read this fun, fast paced, sexy story to see what happens. You won't be sorry. I recommend it for everyone.

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  • Posted December 9, 2013

    Witty, beautiful and totally off the wall Brianna has met her ma

    Witty, beautiful and totally off the wall Brianna has met her match! Those Richards brothers are all handsome and mouth watering delectable. Tomas is the quiet type... making him totally opposite to Brianna.

    Fate again is working her charm with these two. I found this story not only entertaining, but totally engaging and sexy. Only Annie Seaton can weave a story like this. These two characters will stay with you after reading this story. I love her writing style and hope to read more of her books. Thank you Annie for a wonderful story!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2013

    When Scottish girl Brianna finds she has inherited a property in

    When Scottish girl Brianna finds she has inherited a property in Italy she feels she will finally be able to get a feeling for the mother she never knew. The catch? She must be married to inherit it. Lucky for her she meets a kind, if a bit uptight, Australian guy, Tom, who for his own purposes agrees to help her out.

    While at times I craved a bit more character development, this may have been because I liked both Tom and Brianna and wanted to see their personalities shine through even more. The story itself has just the right pacing so that the reader can enjoy the beautiful Italian setting.

    And enjoy it I did! Descriptions of the villa she has inherited which brought me into the beautiful Mediterranean sunshine; attention to the details of food and drink; the portrayal of sounds which remind the reader they are in a living place.

    A whitewashed villa sprawled down the hill at the end of the
    road. The vista of the sea formed a scenic backdrop to the waves
    breaking gently on the pebbled beach far below them.
    "Is this it?" He strode down the hill and caught up to Brianna,
    who stood at a locked wrought iron gate. Tom peered over the
    top of the intricately scrolled metal into a paved courtyard with
    a small fountain in the middle. Wind chimes tinkled and the soft
    sound of the cascading water greeted them from inside. (excerpt from- Italian Affair)

    All of this allowed me, for a brief time, to travel to Italy and watch as the two main characters became the Italian versions of themselves... still quirky and unique, but a bit softer around the edges and more passionate about their own lives.

    (Note: I was provided a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review)

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  • Posted July 23, 2013

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    Italian Affair by Annie Seaton: Brianna, adopted at birth, has n

    Italian Affair by Annie Seaton: Brianna, adopted at birth, has never felt like she truly fit in with her family. She has searched for her birth mother to no avail, much to her disappointment. Italian Affair begins when Brianna has made her way to Australia from her homeland Scotland, to finish writing her sex therapy book. She has just got there when she receives a letter from her birth mother's lawyer...it has bounced around the post following her. When she finally receives it she has just days to get to the island of Lipari in Italy to claim the inheritance left to her. There is just one catch to the inheritance of her mother's home though...Brianna must be married. Brianna is as single as they come though, but without a though she heads to Italy, thinking somehow she'll pull this off.

    Brianna ends up seated next to Tom on her long flight to Italy. Tom has always been a rule follower, organized and business obsessed. He has finally had enough of how his life has been and is moving to Italy to run the boat business he bought from his aunt. Brianna and Tom are total opposites...she can't believe he's wearing a suit and making lists, and he can't believe how unorganized and unplanned her trip is! They rub each other the wrong way, but also the right way and they are both intrigued by the other.

    By coincidence or fate, they are both travelling to Lispro. They decide to travel to their final destination together, Tom agreeing to help Brianna out at the lawyers with translation...and by pretending to be her fiancee. Things move very quickly though, and quicker than either of them can think they are getting married. Of course, it's only a temporary arrangement so that Brianna can inherit her birth mother's house. It also gets Tom out of his match making aunt's clutches, and he gets to help a beautiful lady out. Soon though, they both feel things are spiralling out of control. What's supposed to be a business arrangement takes on a whole new meaning when the heat between them can't be denied. In a twist that differs from many romantic plots, it's Brianna who's happy to have a no strings attached friends with benefits relationship...something Tom is not comfortable with. They manage to settle into a fun, 'temporary' relationship...and soon Brianna is becoming more organized thanks to Tom, and he is becoming much more relaxed and laid back.

    The more time they spend together, the more their feelings are growing for one another. Neither one of them is ready to admit it to the other though, and when Tom has to leave and go home because of a family tragedy, both of them miss each other more than they'd thought they would. Still, Brianna is determined to make a clean break now that Tom's gone, and disappears before he comes back to Lispro and the life they've created together. Tom is convinced they belong together though...now if only he can help Brianna see this too.

    I loved meeting Brianna's big Italian family with her, and the different personalities from her doubting Grandfather to her welcoming aunt. Annie gives us just enough background of both Brianna and Tom that you definitely don't have to read the first book in this series before reading this one (I didn't).

    Italian Affair was a funny, sweet romance and I found myself really hoping Tom and Brianna would see they were meant to be together! Brianna is fun, spontaneous, and has a big heart. She is open and honest about most things...except when she is in denial about her feelings for Tom! She's very comfortable with her sexuality which I loved! Tom is the organized, more rigid minded hero...but something about Brianna makes all that go out the window and he finds himself relaxing and following his heart more and more. I really think Tom and Brianna bring out the best in each other! Things moved really quickly with Tom and Brianna...at first for show until it started growing into more...and I think things like this could happen!

    I also loved Annie's descriptive writing of Lispro and the villa, the streets, the coffee shops...I could easily feel like I was there!

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  • Posted July 3, 2013

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    I really enjoyed this retreat to possibilities: Brianna is one o

    I really enjoyed this retreat to possibilities: Brianna is one of those people that no matter how she can frustrate you, her charm and zest for life is infectious and contagious.   Tomas needs to encounter someone to shake up his life and pull the very large stick out of his butt, and teach him to let go and enjoy opportunities. 




    From his first, and very judgmental encounter with Brianna in the airport, the need to reach in and shake him was irrepressible: finding them as seatmates on a long flight from Australia to Italy gave us an opportunity to see him as reserved and not so rigid, even when he does all he can to stop Brianna’s attempts at conversation. 




    Arriving at Lipari and his taking over the arrangements for Brianna was very ‘white knight’, far from appearing as helpless, the emotional toll for Brianna was starting to wear at her, and her occasional breaks in composure, if not gung-ho attitude made her more appealing.  When Tomas breaks character and indulges in one of the first impulsive acts of his life, his attempts to make the wedding to this stranger a memorable moment.  And as they come to know one another, in close proximity, the sexual tension is palpable.  What’s more amusing is the gradual but palpable sense of his relaxation and her attempts to weave more structure into her life.  




    Although the conclusion was rather rapid and neatly tied up the ends, it felt a bit hurried, even as I was cheering the couple to that happy ever after.  The particular additions of Brianna’s biological grandfather’s acceptance and apology, and her scenes with her adoptive mother who knew Brianna’s birth mother were both touching and important to lead to the conclusion, and were beautifully written.  Seaton has a smooth style that incorporates emotions, dual character arcs and beautiful scenery with clever dialog, palpable emotions and some steamy sex.  This book is a perfect afternoon getaway that will have you searching the travel sites after turning the final page. 




    I received an eBook from Entangled Publishing for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility. 

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  • Posted June 13, 2013

    I love marriage of convenience romance novels. They usually turn

    I love marriage of convenience romance novels. They usually turn out not to be convenient at all. This is book two in the series but can be read as a stand-alone. I will definitely be going back and reading book one so I can find out about the first brother’s marriage. I can’t wait for Alex’s book. He definitely deserves love.

    The chemistry between Brianna and Tomas was amazing. I don’t know how or why the fought it. Well, I kind of get it. Tomas has been burnt before and I think Brianna has never really felt loved . I mean she was adopted, so her birth mother couldn’t have loved her too much, right?

    These two burned up the sheets and fought it meaning more. Once Tomas realized he was in love, he was all in and he wasn’t stopping until he convinced Bri she loved him too. They were perfect for each other. He was crazy organized and constantly making lists. She was a fly by the seat of your pants type of girl. Opposites really do attract in this case, and fit each other perfectly.

    An Italian Affair was a short, sweet novel. I definitely recommend it.

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  • Posted June 13, 2013

    I¿ll tell you, people, after reading this wonderful book, I felt

    I’ll tell you, people, after reading this wonderful book, I felt like taking a holiday to Lipari Island. Oh my, it sounds just wonderful. Annie Seaton has such a marvellous and vivid way of describing the characters and the location, you feel as if you are right there on the journey with them.

    In this, the second of the Affair series, we revisit the Richards brothers – this time, it’s Tomas. He’s the straight-laced finance guy, a planner to the core, a lover of lists. He makes a break from his life by taking over his aunt’s marina on his mother’s home island of Lipari. At the airport and on the flight, he encounters Brianna Ballantyne, a vibrant sex therapist/writer from Scotland.

    Brianna has come halfway across the world and back to find out more about her birth mother. Upon arriving in Sydney, she discovered that her now-late mother has left her a villa on Lipari, but she has a limited time to claim her inheritance.

    It turns out there is a provision in her mother’s will that Brianna needs to be married to inherit the villa. Knowing no one and with a very tight timeline, Brianna asks Tom to act as her fiancé. Somehow they end up actually tying the knot, and this kicks off a set of events that neither was expecting……..especially falling in love.

    Sometimes, marriage of convenience stories can seem a little far-fetched or silly, but I didn’t get that with this one. Each finds the other attractive (and admits it), but there are no instant declarations of love. The attraction builds after the marriage.

    Tom and Brianna has such a wonderful chemistry, and you can believe that this could be real. Ms Seaton does a wonderful job of building the tension between them, a tension which at times sparks from the pages of the book. If you want to know what I mean by that, check out the scene after the dinner at Nonno’s. Hot!!

    I love that Tom has respect for what Brianna does for a job, and doesn’t come over all giggly when she tells him what her book is about. Take note, fellas, that’s sexy in my book.

    I particularly loved that only hints of the Scottish were dropped with Brianna. Those of you who read my reviews regularly will know that books written in some bizarre faux-Scots dialect get me irritated. So, thank you, Ms Seaton, for allowing your readers to use their imagination here.


    This was such a lovely story and when the HEA comes, it is tied up romantically without being too sickly sweet. I am very much looking forward to the next instalment in the Affair series, Outback Affair, which is Alex’s story.

    My rating: 4.5 out of

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  • Posted June 11, 2013

    Brianna isn't the type to settle down. She wouldn't even be cons

    Brianna isn't the type to settle down. She wouldn't even be considering marriage if it wasn't the only thing standing between her and her inheritance. Brianna has four days to find a husband or lose the only link she has to the mother she never knew. Tom doesn't know the first thing about spontaneity. He's spent his life playing by the rules, planning his every move, and he has decided it's time to cut lose. But his first impulsive move will change his life forever-- he offers to marry the beautiful stranger he met on the plane to Italy.

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The vivid descriptions of Italy had me longing to visit and share a bottle, or two, of red with the true-to-life characters. It was an easy, satisfying read—perfect for the summer. I haven't read the first in Annie Seaton's Affair series, but after reading this, I certainly will!

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  • Posted June 11, 2013

    Perfect Beach and Poolside Read Annie Seaton writes characters

    Perfect Beach and Poolside Read

    Annie Seaton writes characters and books infused with the feel-good factor, and after reading Italian Affair, I felt as if I’d been on a week-long vacation.

    I fell in love with the Richards men in Holiday Affair and couldn’t wait to read about all of their romantic adventures. This time we get to read about Tom, a stuffy, efficient business man who’s used to being behind a desk and being in complete control. He’s unsettled with his life and decides he needs a change of direction, so he travels to Lipari Island off the Amalfi Coast to take over his aunts failing marina. On his flight to Rome, he meets scatter-brained sex therapist Briana Ballantyne who just happens to be on her way to Lipari Island, too.

    Brianna needs a husband fast. There’s a stipulation in her birth mother’s Will that states Brianna must be married to inherit her villa, La Casa Bianca. So, with no other options, or men, she propositions Tom. As part of Tom’s new outlook on life, and because he’s attracted to Brianna, he agrees to marry her. As their story progresses, we see how their marriage of convenience turns into something neither of them expected.

    Overall a great beach read filled with laughter, love and sizzling scenes.

    Looking forward to Outback Affair!

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  • Posted June 11, 2013

    The cover for this book is a perfect representation of the story

    The cover for this book is a perfect representation of the story and the characters. Brianna is a cutie with a Scottish accent that prattles on when she is nervous, but she is also very sexy. And, Tomas is an Alpha male with a polished style (I.E suits and manicured nails). At first you think he is all business, but as the story progresses you see another side of him that is easy to fall in love with. This was a very heartfelt story with just enough sexiness to give it a high rating on the HOT meter. It was well-written, humorous, enjoyable, and flowed flawlessly. The author was fantastic with her descriptions to the point that I felt like I was just plopped down in every location that was mentioned in the book. She is a very talented author that I will recommend to everyone and read more from in the future.

    ~Genevieve~

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  • Posted June 10, 2013

    What an absolutely wonderful book, I loved Brianna and fell in l

    What an absolutely wonderful book, I loved Brianna and fell in love with the uptight Tomas, but what a gem and hero he turned out to be.
    Highly recommended read

    Well done Annie Seaton for another great page turner..........

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2013

    This story had the same easy-to-read, fun style as 'Holiday Affa

    This story had the same easy-to-read, fun style as 'Holiday Affair' and I really enjoyed it.
    The opening was intriguing, with a rushed flight across the world and a desperate situation. Brianna was a disorganised, independent woman with a hole in her past that drove her towards the future. I immediately liked her 'glass is half full' attitude and identified with her. Tom on the other hand was an uptight suit who just might let loose given the right exotic location and vibrant woman. I liked how Annie Seaton found fresh ways to introduce information. The descriptions of Lipari and its people were so colourful, flavoursome and rich with fragrance, that it was like taking my own Mediterranean holiday.
    The romance developed from sweet to steaming, despite Brianna and Tom's best intentions.

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  • Posted June 10, 2013

    Italian Affair by Annie Seaton Brianna Ballantyne had barely a

    Italian Affair by Annie Seaton


    Brianna Ballantyne had barely arrived in Australia when the letter from Italy finally caught up with her. She had until the end of the week to meet the lawyer on Lipari Island – with her fiance – and claim her inheritance. Only one little problem? The disorganized sex-therapist-slash-writer has misplaced the letter, doesn't know where the lawyer can be found, and doesn't even have a boyfriend.

    Okay, more than one little problem.

    Tomas Richard, hyper-organized financier, has closed his business, sold his apartment, and bought a hotel and marina on Lipari Island. With one brother married and the other engaged, Tom is ready to be a little footloose and worry-free. Then, he finds himself on a plane to Italy, next to a chattering writer who's afraid of flying and has a little problem.

    Okay, more than a little problem.

    Despite his best intentions, Tom finds himself agreeing to pose as Brianna's fiance and help her claim her inheritance. But, once they meet with the attorney, things get very complicated, very quickly. Before either of them can blink, they're standing in a church and saying vows.

    Will their marriage remain one of convenience or will two commitment-allergic people manage to find love despite themselves?

    ~*~*~

    I must point out, before I go any further, my copy of 'Italian Affair' was an uncorrected ARC. It appears that some names have changed slightly, and there were a few oopses and typos. 

    With that said, this was a wonderful way to spend a few hours. It never even made it to my Kindle. I just inhaled it, like a breath of fresh sea air, straight from the PDF.

    As a fan of romance fiction, I get a certain 'feeling' at the beginning of a novel – what's the writer going to put the main characters through in this one? Yet, there is rarely an excitement, an overwhelming sense of anticipation. Happily, 'Italian Affair' was different.

    It didn't feel like a formulaic romance, not even in the beginning. The writing was tight, the characters incredibly well-drawn, and the descriptions so vivid that I expected a sunburn after four hours on Lipari Island with Brianna, Tomas, and their families. 

    Whether you love the genre, have moved away, or never read it – 'Italian Affair' will make you happy you fired up your reader. And the ending?

    Let's put it this way – don't get too far from the tissues.

    ~*~*~

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary electronic copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own

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