The Italian's Suitable Wife

The Italian's Suitable Wife

by Lucy Monroe

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ISBN-13: 9781426871030
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication date: 07/01/2010
Series: Italian Husbands , #2425
Sold by: HARLEQUIN
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 93,719
File size: 424 KB

About the Author

USA Today Bestseller Lucy Monroe finds inspiration for her stories everywhere as she is an avid people-watcher. She has published more than fifty books in several subgenres of romance and when she's not writing, Lucy likes to read.  She's an unashamed book geek, but loves movies and the theatre too. She adores her family and truly enjoys hearing from her readers! Visit her website at: http://lucymonroe.com

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The Italian's Suitable Wife


By Lucy Monroe

Harlequin Enterprises, Ltd.

Copyright © 2004 Harlequin Enterprises, Ltd.
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0-373-12425-2


Chapter One

HIS lips hovered above hers.

Would they make contact? They never had before, no matter how much she ached for it. He started to lower his head and her heart kicked up its pace. Yes. Oh, yes. This would be the time. But even as she strained toward him, he began to back away. His image dissolved completely as the discordant note of a ringing telephone tugged her toward consciousness.

Gianna Lakewood picked up the cordless handset still half immersed in dreamland, a land where Enrico DiRinaldo was not engaged to supermodel, Chiara Fabrizio.

Her voice still husky from sleep and the emotions elicited by her dream, she said, "Hello?"

"Gianna, there's been an accident." The sound of Andre DiRinaldo's voice brought her eyes wide-open as tension immediately tightened her grip on the phone.

"An accident?" she asked, sitting bolt upright and flipping on the bedside light almost in the same motion.

"Porco miseria. How do I say this?" He hesitated while she waited with a premonition of dread for what was to come. "It is Enrico. He is in a coma."

"Where is he?" she demanded, jumping out of bed and clutching the phone to her ear, her green eyes wild with the fear coursing through her. She didn't ask what happened. She could find that out later. She needed to know where Rico was and how soon she could get there. She started shucking out of her pajamas.

"He is in a hospital in New York."

New York? She hadn't even known Rico was in the States, but then she'd avoided news of him since his engagement to Chiara had been announced two months ago.

She hopped over to the nightstand, one leg still encased in cotton pajama bottoms, and grabbed a notepad and pen from the drawer. "Which one?" She wrote it down. "I'll be there as soon as I can!"

She hung up before Andre could say another word. He would understand. He had thought to call her even though it was the middle of the night whereas Rico's parents would have waited until morning in misguided courtesy. Because Rico's brother knew that Gianna had loved Enrico DiRinaldo since she was fifteen years old.

Eight years of unnoticed and unrequited love, even his recent engagement to another woman had not been able to dampen those feelings.

She rushed around her tiny apartment, throwing together the necessary items for her trip to New York. She considered checking into flights, but discarded the idea. It was a two-and-a-half-hour drive, but it would take longer to get to the airport, book a flight and make the plane trip to New York. She wasn't like the DiRinaldos. She couldn't command first class attention, or even hope to get on the next available flight unless an economy seat was vacant.

She didn't bother to take a brush to her chestnut-brown, waist-length hair, leaving it in the braid she slept in. Nor did she take time to throw on makeup.

She barely dressed, leaving off her bra and slipping into a worn pair of jeans, lightweight sweater and tennis shoes, no socks.

A scant two hours later she walked into the hospital and asked to see Rico.

The woman behind the information desk looked up and asked, "Are you family?"

"Yes." She lied without compunction. The DiRinaldos had always said she was family. The only family she had left. The fact she could claim no blood relation was irrelevant at the moment.

The woman nodded. "I'll call an orderly to take you up."

Five minutes that felt like five hours later, a young man dressed in green scrubs came to lead her to ICU. "I'm glad you're here. We called his family in Italy three hours ago," so just before Andre had called her, "and they won't be here for another five to six hours. In cases like this having loved ones around in the first hours can make all the difference."

Well she wasn't a loved one, but she loved and she supposed that had to count for something. "What do you mean, cases like this?"

"You know Mr. DiRinaldo is in a coma?"

"Yes."

"Comas are very mysterious things, even with all the medical knowledge we have today. There's a case to be made for the presence of important people in the patient's life bringing him out of the coma." The orderly said this with a certain acidic bite she didn't understand.

They stopped at the nurse's station and she was given instructions for her visit with Rico. She also learned why the orderly had seemed so knowledgeable about Rico's condition. He was actually the intern working with the ICU doctor on call.

She walked into the ICU unit, her eyes not taking in the medical paraphernalia surrounding Rico. All she could see was the man in the bed. Six feet four inches of vitality as lifeless as a waxwork doll. Eyelids covered the compelling silver eyes she loved so much. His face was badly bruised and one shoulder was splotched with purple as well.

He didn't appear to be wearing anything but the sheet and blanket, which covered most of his torso. His breathing was so shallow, her heart literally stopped in her chest at first because she thought he wasn't breathing at all.

She moved forward until she stood beside the bed, her lower body pressed against the metal bedrail. Her hand reached out of its own volition to touch him. She desperately needed to feel the life force beating beneath his skin. Seeing no bandages, she laid her hand very lightly over the left side of his chest. Her knees almost buckled with emotion.

The steady beat of his heart under her barely touching fingers was proof that as still as he was, as pale as he looked, Rico was still alive. "I love you, Rico. You can't die. Please. Don't stop fighting."

She didn't realize she was crying until the intern handed her a tissue to wipe at the tears sliding silently down her cheeks. She took it and mopped up without once taking her focus off the man in the bed.

"What happened?" she asked.

"They didn't tell you?"

"I hung up before his brother had the chance.

Getting here seemed more important than getting details," she admitted.

"He was shot saving a woman from a mugging."

"He was shot?" The only bandages she saw were on his head.

"It was just a crease -" the orderly pointed at the white gauze strips "- along his cranium, but he fell into oncoming traffic and was hit by a car."

"The bruises?"

"Were from the car."

"Is there any lasting damage?"

"The doctors don't think so, but we won't know until he wakes up."

There was something in his voice and her head snapped around. "Tell me."

"The nature of some of his injuries could result in temporary or permanent paralysis, but there's no way of knowing for sure until he comes out of the coma."

(Continues...)



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The Italian's Suitable Wife 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 52 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Italian¿s Suitable Wife has the intense alpha male and the fiercely independent woman that are hallmarks of Lucy Monroe books. Gianna Lakewood has always been in love with Enrico Di Rinaldo. When Rico is seriously injured, Gianna doesn¿t hesitate to rush to his side. Enrico had decided prior to his accident that it was time to get married, he became engaged to a super model. When his is paralyzed it¿s not his fiancée who he turns to for comfort and strength, it¿s Gianna. As Rico proposes marriage to Gianna after his fiancée dumps him but neither knows the others true feelings. Rico and Gianna share a passion and a love that is all consuming and will touch your soul. The Italian¿s Suitable wife is a beautifully written story. You feel like you know these characters inside and out. It¿s very emotional, funny and sexy. Lucy Monroe has another winner on her hands.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not her best-
onyx95 on LibraryThing 30 days ago
A tragic accident put Enrico (Rico) DiRinaldi into a coma. His brother had no way of contacting their parents, and it would take Andre DiRinaldi many hours to reach him. Calling long time family friend Gianna (Gia) Lakewood was the easiest way to make sure someone was with Rico in the hospital. Gia never waited to find out what had happened, she heard that Rico was in need so she jumped in her car and made the 2 hour drive to New York as quick as she could. Finding out that Rico's fiancé had only stayed for a short time angered her, Gia was determined to stay by his side till he woke from his coma. For 5 long days, Gia held his hand and encouraged him to return, she spoke of her love for him and knowing that once he woke he would want his beautiful super-model fiancé instead of her made no difference, she loved him enough to want him to wake up anyway. After waking to find that his fiancé was not the person he needed most, Rico asked Gia to marry him, she had always loved him so Gia couldn't say no. The reason for the marriage is what Gia was questioning.The innocence of Gia is so heartwarming, it was easy to connect with her. The whole family was easy to connect with, even Rico - after he dumped the super-model. I enjoyed having a villain in this one that was so easy to hate. The pride of Rico, the break down of that pride for the woman he married and the realistic effect that things said and done had on Gia were great. The sorrow, longing and even the acceptance she felt for and around Rico were well done - not teary eyed over it, but I could feel it.
MarilynS on LibraryThing 6 months ago
Rico stole my heart. This man was such a powerful character and oozed sexual charm. Waiting, waiting was Gia whose love ran so pure and deep. This was an incredible love story, one I read more than once.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a keeper!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. The heroine is so refreshingly innocent. The heroine is adorable. I loved her interaction with his brother and parents.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She basically does whatever hewants and he sort of tolerates her until the end when he realizes his being a coward but she does anything he wants to please him. Doesn't really stand up for herself at all.
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DanieDS More than 1 year ago
Great
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good little read .l would like for it to be longer but it was still good!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was good but not one of my favorites by this author. I would still recommend it but if you're debating between others of the writer's, check out the reviews and a brief outline of the book.
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