I’m giving away TWO special Forbidden Arrangement Swag Boxes to celebrate the fact that Forbidden Arrangement is out in less than a month.
The Case: Casually bump into Valentina Ford. Take her out. Be a jerk. And then she’ll go running off to daddy’s perfect match. Easy peasy.
The Mark: Valentina Ford, 28, headstrong, too beautiful for her own good, enjoys trashy reality tv shows. Has a wild side.
The Problem: The second I meet Valentina Ford, she kisses me. And I know nothing about this case is going to be easy.
I’m Sam Valenti. The eldest of the Valenti Four. Yes, I have three other brothers who are even crazier and hotter-headed than me. The teachers just loved us in school. I run The Valenti Brothers Fix-It agency. There is no problem too big or small that we won’t attempt to fix. I’ve found cheating husbands, lost dogs, and even procured a recipe book from a little old lady for a large culinary corporation.
But now I’ve gotten my weirdest case yet. I have to date an impertinent sassy brunette. But there’s a twist, I have to be the biggest jerk she’s ever dated. It’s an unusual case, for sure, but one that I’m willing to take on, for the money he’s offering. It should be a piece of cake.
But then I meet Valentina Ford and I know instantly that nothing about this case is going to be easy. Not one single thing.
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The wind caressed my neck as I made my way down a sidestreet on my hot red Ducati Panigale V4 R. A yellow cab honked at me as I zipped past him towards the bar. I loved riding my bike; even in New York City. I stopped outside the Tied Hog Bar and parked next to a harley. I grinned as I got off of the cool metal and took my helmet off, running my hands through my short dark hair. I checked out my reflection in the window as I made my way inside. Stefano had convinced me to wear a blue dress shirt, to bring out the blues in my eyes and tight black jeans. He said women were attracted to men that looked like bad boys so I had to dress like one; which I thought was moronic. All of us Valenti men were bad boys. It didn’t matter what we wore.
I pushed the door open with my left hand and adjusted my helmet under my armpit as I looked around for Valentina Ford. Hamilton hadn’t given me a photo. He’d said if I was a detective worth my salt, I’d figure out which woman she was. The bar was loud and full of young professionals who were busy trying to out impress each other. Pop music was playing through the speakers and I decided to grab a drink before I got to work. I made my way past a group of guys and felt a hand on my shoulder. I turned around in surprise.
“Can I help you?” A pretty brunette with hazel eyes and long hair grinned at me and then back at her group of friends, who were all cheering her on.
“Hey Danny,” She said, reaching up to give me a hug.
“Sorry, I think you’re confused.” I shook my head as I took in her face. She really was quite beautiful.
“Oh Danny, I’ve missed you so.” She said with a giggle and then she wrapped her arms around my neck and leaned in and gave me a long warm tender kiss. Her eyes were sparkling as she pulled back.
“Uhm…” I stared at her wondering what the hell had just happened.
“Sorry,” She winked at me. “That was a dare.” She pointed back towards her friends. “Lindsay over there is getting married and tonight is her bachelorette party.”
“Oh, no worries.” I said, understanding now what was going on. “You have a nice night, M’am.”
“You too, Danny.” She blew me a kiss and then turned around and walked over to her gaggle of giggling friends. I smiled as I made my way back toward the bar. My lips were still tingling from the kiss. That had been a nice way to start the night. The girl had been pretty, almost captivating. But I couldn’t think about her. I needed to concentrate on meeting Valentina; wherever she was.
“Hey,” I approached a bored looking man that was standing behind the bar, idly cleaning a glass.
“How can I help you?” His eyes looked glazed and I was pretty sure that he was high.
“Can I get a corona?” I tapped my fingers against the wooden bartop and looked around. “I’m waiting on a blind date.”
“You and half the crowd.” He grabbed a bottle from the fridge.
“Oh this is a pickup spot?”
“I guess.” He shrugged as he handed me the bottle. “That’ll be $18.”
“What?” My jaw dropped. “For a corona?”
“Welcome to Williamsburg.”
I rolled my eyes and pulled out a twenty. “I don’t suppose you know Valentina?”
“Nope.” He shook his head. “I know Valentino though.”
“The designer.” He rolled his eyes and looked me up and down. I could tell he was sizing me up and finding me lacking.
“Never heard of him.”
“Surprising.” He took the twenty and I watched him put it in the register, take out a $5 note and put it into his pocket. Hmm. I debated saying something, but then changed my mind. I didn’t know if he was ripping me off or his boss and frankly at this moment I didn’t care. I leaned back against the bartop and looked around. My phone beeped and I grabbed it from my pocket.
Stefano: You found your new wifey yet? I rolled my eyes as I stared at Stefano’s message. Sometimes he was an asshole.
Sam: You get your ass beat yet?
Stefano: Dad wants you to know that we’re all expected for Sunday dinner with his new main squeeze.
Sam: ARGH. Do I have to go?
Stefano: All four brothers are summoned.
Sam: How many girlfriends do we have to meet?
Stefano: Well, if he has thirty years left, that’s about thirty more.
Stefano: He invited Sienna as well.
Sam: What the hell? Is he really that dumb?
Stefano: Dumb and inconsiderate. Yes!
Sam: How do you know he invited her?
Stefano: Because Elise will be there as well.
I was about to type more when I froze. The gaggle of girls from earlier on was next to me and one of them had just said something I was very interested in hearing.
“So Valentina, is Shane coming tonight?”
The hairs on the back of my neck stood on edge. Valentina? As in my Valentina. I took a quick look to the side to see if I could figure out which one was Valentina. There were five of them standing there. The bride was obviously out, unless Valentina had gotten engaged and planned a bachelorette party in the last twenty-four hours.
“No, he’s not coming.” The sultry voice was recognizable. It was the woman who’d kissed me. Whoa, I was in shock. She was beautiful. Some may even have said stunning. I allowed myself a few seconds to process everything. Valentina was the woman who had kissed me. Valentina had a boyfriend or at least a man she was seeing according to her dad. If she’d kissed me, a random stranger then it didn’t exactly say much about the seriousness of that relationship.
“Oh no, I thought he’d paint us all or sing us a song.” One of the other women said and I tried not to roll my eyes. Some women were so impressed by such nonsensical talents.
“He’s getting ready for a show tomorrow.” Valentina said, a huge smile on her face. “He’s going to be trying to sell his goods in Central Park.”
I took a chug of my beer and took a step towards Valentina. “Hey Sandy.” I said stopping next to her, grinning down into her surprised hazel eyes. She blinked as she looked at me and then smiled back.
“Hey Danny,” She bit her lower lip in a flirtatious way and twirled her hair with her fingers. I noticed that her fingernails were a bright red. She liked to stand out. “Come back for some of that Summer Loving?” She winked at me and I grinned.
“I had a feeling it was a Grease reference.”
“Only the best musical film ever made.” She laughed and nodded. “So how can I help you kind sir.”
“I thought I’d come over and introduce myself, seeing as we’re intimately acquainted.”
“We are?” She tilted her head to the side and stared at my face, a capricious expression on her face. “Oh the kiss?” She giggled and shook her head. “It was just a kiss.”
“It was just a kiss?” I stared at her, shock running through my head. Since when was a kiss just a kiss? What woman could kiss a Valenti and not fall under our spell? My dad always said that the was the curse of the Valenti men, we were so potent and inticing that every women we came into contact with couldn’t help but fall for us. Granted, I hadn’t expected Valentina to express her love after one kiss, but I’d expected her to swoon or something. She was acting like it all meant nothing and I found that hard to believe because my lips were still tingling from the feel of hers against mine.
“A kiss is a kiss is a kiss, is it not?” She smiled at me sweetly. “Plus it was a dare, no big deal.”
“Hmmm,” I looked around at her friends. “So are you all participating in that dare?”
“No,” One of the other women blushed. She was shorter than Valentina with short brown hair and brown eyes. She giggled slightly as she sipped her bright pink fruity cocktail. “That was Valentina’s dare, we will all do something different.
“I see.” I smiled at her and she took a larger gulp of her cocktail.
“Not so fast, Gabriella,” Valentina warned her. “You know how quickly vodka goes to your head.”
“It just tastes so good.” Gabriella licked her lips and shrugged. She looked at me for a couple of seconds and smiled. “I heard that the more weight you carry, the more alcohol you can drink before getting drunk.”
“Gabriella, stop it.” Valentina shook her head and laughed. “You’re not even that big.”
“I’m plus-size.” Gabriella shrugged and I watched as she played with her hair self-conciously. She definitely wasn’t as skinny as a pole, but she had a beautiful curvy body. I knew some men preferred no curves, but I wanted to tell her that any real man would love her body. Plus size or not, it didn’t stop her from being beautiful.
“So what?” Valentina said. “You’re the most gorgeous woman I know.”
Gabriella beamed with happiness at the compliment. I stared at Valentina for a few seconds wanting to correct her. The most gorgeous woman I’d ever seen in my life was Valentina Ford; though I didn’t want to say that. I didn’t even want to think that. This was a case. The last thing I needed was to make this more complicated than it had to be. Hamilton had already deposited fifty grand into the agencies business bank account.
“Can I buy you all another drink?” I asked as I looked at the other women as well. I really wanted to concentrate on Valentina, but I knew the way to get in with one woman was to pay more attention to her friends in situations like this. I hated the game, but sometimes you were forced to play it.
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Omg!!! Can’t wait to see him fall on his you know what in love!!!!
Such a tease with this awesome teaser! I love the main characters names 💗 I’m so looking forward to reading this book.
Love it can’t wait to read it
Book sounds fantastic, I love the part where the girl was doing a dare and he went along with it.
Can’t wait to read this one.
Charlotte Holcomb Bryan
I loved that part too. One of my sisters and I use to make up dares for each other. Even this late in life we still do on a rare occasion. Lol
I can’t wait to read this story about Sam. His brother sound humorous. Also I know each of their stories will be just as great as Sam’s.
This sounds amazing!
Can’t wait to read this!
Oh this is going to be a juicy one!! Can’t wait to read it!!
Oh my, this sounds like it is going to be a great read. I can’t wait!
PEGGY A HUNDLEY
Sounds like a good read. Please capitalize the word harley. Should be Harley
I can’t wait read this!! It sounds amazing!
This book sound awesome! Can’t wait to see how Sam & Valentina are gonna handle each other after the truth comes out. Im also hoping that the other 3 brothers will have their own book. Very interesting to see who Sienna and Elise are🤔!
Oh wow, can’t wait!
Can’t wait to read this book!!!
Emma lee Madsen
I love this so much.
Another one of your books that I can’t wait to read!!!
I’m so excited to see what happens between Sam and Valentina! From what I’ve read, you’ve got a winner on your hands.
Want to read the whole book!
Can’t wait to read. Would love to read.❤️📚❤️📚
I am really looking forward to reading the Valenti series. Sam’s teaser definitely has me intrigued and smiling. 🥰
This sounds absolutely amazing. You’re making July so HOT!
Wow! After the little glimpse of Sam in PS You Would Be So Lucky, I can wait to see more of him! This book sounds HOT!
can’t wait for it
Definitely want to read more. I can feel the hotness already. More please x
Carol A Schmidt
Loved it, he is so going down, lol. Met his match, so to say! Cannot wait to read this.
Oh boy, he’s in trouble now!!!! There is no way he won’t kiss her again!!! He’s screwed!!!
You are one of my favorite authors and I cannot wait for Forbidden Arrangement. Thank you so much❤
Love it can’t wait to read all of them. Your books are amazing. I’ve been reading your books for years.
So excited for this! Love your books and all your passion and creativity you put into them! Thank you!
I can’t wait to read the rest of the book! Sparks are in the air!
Can’t wait to read this because I love reading books from the guy’s pov.
This sounds really intriguing and so good!
Can’t wait to see him fall hard. Love it.
Love it!!! Can’t wait to see what happens!
So excited! I love your books.
Can’t wait to read this one! Sounds as if a Valenti has met his match.
Can’t wait to see how he gets her to fall
I so related to Gabriella. Being the curvy plus sized girl in the bunch all the time made me self conscious. If I could even find a guy like Sam or Stefano.. I’d be happy.
Sounds very interesting. Fan of the Valenti brothers already.
Sounds like we are in for a wild ride with this book. Can’t wait to read
Please don’t stop writing.
Sounds super interesting! Can’t wait!
Oh, it sounds like it’s going to be so good!
Excited for this story 😊
I’ve read all your books so far and I swear they just keep getting better. So excited for this one.
Sounds amazing! Can’t wait to read it!!
Can’t wait to see how all this plays out! What a great into!
I can’t wait. I’m dying here. Looks like the start of a great series!
Looking very forward to reading this book ❤️
Really looking forward to this book and the rest of the series.
Oh my this certainly sounds promising. Adding to TBR immediately.
Martina v d veen
OMG!!!❤❤ i’m in love. can’t wait to have this book on my bookshelf.
OMG I can’t wait to read this I’m hooked already I know once I start the book I’m not going to stop until the end. Love Love your books ❤️❤️💕
Omg sounds absolutely amazing!!
Sam makes the perfect bad boy book boyfriend!!! Will I read this most definitely!!!
I love it when a book can pull you into the story from the first chapter. Can’t wait to see where this story goes!
This sounds amazing! Can’t wait to read it!
Ooooh! Love it!!!!
Sam has just met his match! I can’t wait to read this.
I’m hooked already. Can’t wait to read it!!
Oh wow I loved it. Can’t wait to read the rest of it.
waiting to see what happens
This sounds amazing
The Cover 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥
THE EXCERPT: Can’t wait!
Sounds sooooooooo good!
This book sounds absolutely phenomenal!!!! I cannot WAIT to read it!!!!!
I absolutely cannot wait until I read this!!
Wow awesome giveaway thank you so much for the opportunity and your generosity can’t wait to read this book
I think this will be a new favorite!
I can’t wait to read this! I’ve been hooked from the beginning of the blurb you enticed us with!!
Loved the teaser. Can’t wait to read.
This sounds wonderful and fun, I can’t wait to read it!!!
OMG I can’t wait for another jaw dropping read, Calgon take me away. Thank you for all of your wonderful writing and books.
Wow! I can’t wait to read this book! Sounds like another winner!
Looking forward to reading about the Valenti Brothers after finishing PS You Would Be So Lucky! Great intro to Sam!
I can’t wait for this to come out. The characters sound spicy. I love a storyline with strong female characters.
I can’t wait for this to come out! I need to see how this plays out!!!
I am so excited to read this book. Can’t wait.
This book is going to be so hood. Can’t wait to read it.
Can’t wait to read this to see the whole story.
Can’t wait to read the whole story to see how it end. Sounds interesting.
Oh!!! I can’t wait for this!!! Loved the teaser.
This looks like a great book. Cannot wait to read this book. Loved all of your books so far.
An intriguing start to a new story. I’m liking him so far – his angle was interesting. I look forward to reading it.