(A Rinaldi Romance Book 5)
by Emily Jane Trent
Release Date: October 17th, 2014
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/books/1120563571?ean=2940150663138
Gianni Rinaldi was introduced in the Touched By You series, the endearing romance of Tanner and Natalie.
Gianni was the owner of GR Showroom, and showcased Natalie’s fashions. He was a source of jealousy for Tanner, although his relationship with Natalie was strictly professional in the Touched By You series. But he was deeply involved in his own romance, which you can now read about in “Leah’s Seduction.”
The story unfolds over a series of novellas. Each is an episode in the ongoing tale of seduction into the secrets of the fashion industry, and the temptations of love.
A holiday trip to Tuscany offers a romantic respite from the pressures of New York, and Leah feels closer to Gianni. At the end of her patience, she demands to know what is behind the locked door. Still emotionally withdrawn, Gianni is backed into a corner. If he doesn’t tell Leah, he knows he will lose her.
Days in a cozy villa in Tuscany make Leah unwilling to go back to New York with Gianni’s dark secret still between them. When Leah’s frustration is too much, she gives Gianni an ultimatum at the risk of losing him completely. Will her demand cause him to abandon her, and devastate them both?
Wanting Leah more every day, Gianni is hit unexpectedly with all the emotions she held inside too long. Faced with having to reveal his past or lose Leah, he has to make a tough decision. Will he finally talk about the locked room?
“Having been away in the romance of Tuscany, it was difficult to let go of the intimacy they had found there. The pressures they had escaped would return, and the room in the condo that Gianni refused to talk about would still be locked. As would his heart. Leah couldn’t tolerate the emotional distance between them, which she knew would resurface once they were home.
Nor could she bear to see Gianni shoulder the burden alone any longer. The private moments they had shared in the quiet valley had bonded her to him in a new way. The pleasures he had bestowed allowed Leah to feel the depth of raw need. And she was more desperate than before to break through to him.”
That locked room has driven me batty! The secret is finally out... I will let you discover it by yourselves..
Gianni also drives me crazy. He is still so removed although you can tell he is now so involved with Leah he would regret the loss of her. As he opens up a little to her, we get to discover why he is so reluctant to allow love to come to influence the "sex play".
One Dom once intimated to me that it is very hard to properly perform as a Dom if you are emotionally involved with the sub. It is not that Doms are heartless or do not some emotional link to the sub... this link is critical if they are to anticipate the subs needs and avoid hurting the sub. But falling in love with the sub makes it difficult for the Dom to remain neutral in his handling of the most edgier of the scenes. To this I say you cannot link so deeply to someone without your heart being involved. Maybe it is because I am a woman, but this power exchange cannot be achieved to its full extent unless you not only trust but intimately know the other person. If you are playing sex scenes, emotions come into play... and love is not too far behind. Whether this becomes a forever love or a temporary attachment is to be determined, but emotions are always involved. My opinion, developed from exchanging ideas and reading, not personal experience (too bad!).
In Part 5 we discover some disturbing facts that I have a feeling will come into play later on in this story. Foreshadowing? I still love the way Emily Jane Trent is guiding us through this story . I am still willing to extend my hand and have her guide me by the hand.
Emily Jane Trent is a true romantic at heart. She writes steamy romantic stories about characters you'll get to know and love. If you like a love story with sex scenes that sizzle and a story that involves you both intellectually and emotionally, you'll find her books are for you.