*A portion of the proceeds of this title will go to Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida.*
We learn who we are when we're pushed to our limits.
Federico Renard is a rising champion in the world of road cycling. Lately, his whole world is upside down: his fiancée has ceased all communication, his enigmatic former team captain has returned to the sport in a whirlwind of media attention, and now Federico no longer leads the team. All before the Tour d'Europa – the longest, hardest, and most rewarding cycling race in the world – has even gotten underway.
Abigail White is shooting the Tour, taking a mid-life stab at the photojournalism career she'd dreamed of before marrying. Unfortunately her husband, Charles, is making the project anything but enjoyable. Worse yet, Abigail suspects the distance between them comes from his secret long-distance love affair with an associate back home in England.
When Federico comes to Abigail's assistance after a crash at a stage finish, the fleeting encounter is innocent enough. As time passes and chance keeps bringing them together, they find themselves struggling to resist the temptations the other provides. The cost could be too great – his place on the team and her marriage are both at risk – but it's difficult to hold back for the sake of coming out ahead.
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About the Author
An aspiring writer from the age of eight, Kimberly Menozzi began writing her first stories instead of paying attention in school. While her grades might have suffered, her imagination seldom did. She managed to keep most of her stories together for years, then lost them after a move when she left a trunk full of papers behind. (She meant to go back and get them, but circumstances prevented her from doing so.) So, she started over again. And lost those, too. After a trip to England in 2002, she began work on A Marginal Life (Well-Lived), inspired by the music of Jarvis Cocker and Pulp. The novel was completed in 2003, and is undergoing rewrites with hopes of publication in the near future. Also in 2003, she met and fell in love with an Italian accountant named Alessandro. She married him in 2004. This necessitated her arrival in Italy and she has lived there ever since. After several months of working for language schools and writing blog entries for her family in the US to read, new story ideas began to develop. Finally, in 2007, she began work on a new project, inspired by her love/hate relationship with her new home. The novel Ask Me if I'm Happy was completed in 2009. The novel was released November 15th, 2010, and in May, 2011, Kimberly released both the US version of Ask Me if I'm Happy, along with Alternate Rialto, a prequel novella. Her latest project, a novel set in the cycling world titled 27 Stages, was released in April 2013.