I am Nicu, the savage heir of the Romanian mafie Lupu clan.
I love rules: following them, imposing them, enforcing them.
As the last son of the Lupu clan, I would never dishonor our name or tarnish our reputation. But Jewel is neither mafie, nor a virgin.
With no rules to temper my savage nature, it's no hold's bar when it comes to her.
And the fact that she's my fiancée's best friend?
Means absolutely nothing to me.
I made a terrible mistake, hooking up with my best friend's fiancé. Those frosty blue eyes and dominant nature were a deadly combination I couldn't resist.
Not only do I loathe the traditional mafie culture he comes from, but guilt over my mistake is eating me up inside.
I threw him out, swearing to myself that it would never happen again.
There's just one problem…he won't leave me alone.
I have a stalker on my hands, only I'm not sure I hate it.
Growing up in New York City, I used to walk the hot pavements in the melting heat of the long summers, and dream. Uptown to downtown, eastside to the westside, and underground to catch a subway racing out into the boroughs.
During my wanderings, my magic pencil spun out fantasies full of romance, with first meetings, heartbreaks, and reunions. Sometimes my boy crush (unrequited, of course) starred as the hero.
I grew up, and after a stint in art school, became a lawyer 'cuz a woman's got to make a living. I came from parents who fled to France as refugees, and as an attorney, I dedicated my work to helping survivors of trauma and persecution.
I believe in them. In their grit, in their determination to hold on, to pull through and, somehow, someway, to keep themselves intact, body and soul.
Perhaps that is why I am drawn to writing stories of men and women who live through heart-rending pain, desperate yearnings and, ultimately, reach a place of redemption.
For a long time, I fought the urge to veer off the expected, safe path until I couldn't go on unless I took a chance and made a change. I began to write, stopped, and began again. Finally, I gave in and here I am.