Everyone has had a broken heart, but not everyone has a story like this. Meet Lia and hear her story of getting over a broken heart!
Thanks Lia for taking some time out of your day. Let’s jump into things.
Who’s the man that broke your heart?
Jack the jackass. We were sweethearts for half of forever, and not long after getting engaged, I found him in bed with three other women. I had expected forever – he promised to fulfill – then tore that dream to shreds.
What makes you decide to finally break your two years of celibacy?
Ryan seemed like a great, genuine guy, and although I was wary as hell from getting hurt again, I decided I didn’t want to be sad any more. You’ll never know unless you try.
You have a room mate who happens to be your best friend. Are you guys alike or completely different and what makes you two so close?
We’re completely different, in looks, tastes in men, background – you name it. The only thing we agree on is wine and food, but it’s our opposite personalities that compliment each other. I wouldn’t trade Gwen for all the money in the world.
Tell us your favorite food and if you’re one of those girls who doesn’t eat on a first date.
Doesn’t eat on a date? Are you kidding me? Food is one of my favorite things, especially good Italian food. Put a plate of pasta in front of me, and I’ll devour it regardless of who is watching.
If you could see your ex one more time what would you say?
He is so far beneath me, so undeserving of my attention, that I wouldn’t spare him a word.
A Risso Family Novella
Release Date: February 10, 2015
Lia Risso walked in on her fiancé and three other women on Valentine’s Day. Two celibate years later, her roommate creates a profile for Lia on a dating website—without her knowledge—and sets up a date. On Valentine’s Day.
Ryan Walsh, a self-made millionaire and libertine, refuses to commit to any one woman. Tossed from foster home to foster home as a child, Ryan is on guard against becoming vulnerable ever again.
One dinner…one night of dancing and flirting with the attraction between them, puts both Lia and Ryan in danger of heart break.
They have a choice—open themselves to the possibility of hurt or walk away, never knowing what might have been.
My nerve endings stirred as the subtle scent of sandalwood wafted across the table time and again. What man used sandalwood-scented soap anymore? By the cut of his suit and the Rolex on his wrist, Ryan Walsh had money. And plenty of it. Why no expensive cologne? The chick-lure nectar of the gods his type bathed in?
He grinned again, and heat filled the empty place only Mr. Pink had seen or stroked in two years. Ryan’s attention drifted to my lips and lingered as our waiter took his time pouring our wine.
I forced myself to breathe as my treasonous nipples pebbled, begging for attention.
Damnation. I do not want this.
He was too friggin’ sexy for his own good. And by his suggestive grin and the twinkle in his eyes, he knew it too.
“Are you ready to order, Lia?” Ryan asked, his focus staying on my face instead of dipping downward like most men’s did.
Praying my voice didn’t betray my arousal, I turned my attention the waiter. “I’ll have the shrimp Fra Diavlo.”
“And for you, sir?”
Ryan spouted off a few words in Italian, never once breaking eye contact with me.
My lips twitched. Papa would be impressed.
When the waiter ambled away, a smile—a real smile, not the cocky, you-know-you-want-me ones he had offered until then—revealed straight, white teeth. “So.”
His low voice caressed my ears, and I pressed my thighs together. Thank God I hadn’t shaved. No doubt he had little trouble getting women into his bed. Or their bed. Or against a wall.
Lynn Burke is a full time mother, voracious gardener, and scribbler of spicy romance stories. A country bumpkin turned Bay Stater, she enjoys her chowdah and Dunkin Donuts when not trying to escape the reality of city life.
Her current work, the Risso Family Novellas, revolves around four siblings from Boston’s North End.
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