Gisele Hornsby can't believe her good fortune when she's invited to attend the royal wedding of Prince Luca of Monaforte with her brother Parker. And she's elated when she finds herself cozying up to Luca's charming and very hot royal cousin, Tomasso Romeo. Until she learns he's a cowardly commitment-phobe, and she decides she wants nothing more to do with a man who shuns simple friendship with another woman for fear of what might happen that could tie him down.
Tomasso Romeo's in need of a change. Tired of following the dreams of his father toiling in the family wine business in Tuscany, he realizes he's happiest when working with his hands, and heads off for New York to apprentice with a famed woodworker who helped to build his family's lavish corporate headquarters, a stunning tribute to craftsmanship and now a popular tourist destination.
When Parker takes a sabbatical in Italy to be with Tomasso's sister, he persuades Tomasso to move into the Manhattan brownstone in his place to keep watch over his beloved little sister. But Gisele is none too pleased with her brother's unwelcome meddling, and decides her new roommate has got to go. Before she remembers how much she'd like nothing more than to have him stay.
About the Author
Jenny Gardiner is the author of the novel Sleeping with Ward Cleaver. Her writing has appeared in Ladies Home Journal, the Washington Post, and NPR's Day to Day, and she has a column of humorous slice-of-life essays that runs in the Charlottesville, VA Daily Progress. Jenny lives in central Virginia with her husband, three kids, two dogs, one cat, and, of course, a gregarious parrot.