Forced to the streets after her mother dies, Carina Gallo is desperate to survive and find her long lost sisters. Consumed with locating his missing brother, Count Luciano has forsaken his needs. When he catches beautiful and vulnerable Carina stealing from him, he takes pity and cares for her until she's strong enough to work off her crime. Carina is forever grateful to Luciano, yet fears he will learn of her wicked secret and condemn her to burn. Will Luciano and Carina find a way to feed the mutual passions they share, or will heresy and obsession with lost family destroy them both?
Carina sighed inwardly, truly amazed by the beautiful sight of her first lover. Count Ruggero's long, well-proportioned legs reminded her of sturdy pillars. Her gaze drifted over the healing wound on his forearm then shifted to the blaze of desire turning his eyes dark gold. A thrill shivered through her body…until their monumental differences returned to afflict her conscience.
"You know not what you are doing, my lord."
"No, angel. I know exactly what I am about to do."
"But you and I cannot. You are a count. I am merely a peasant."
He propped his hands on his hips. "Think you it matters to me?"
"It should, my lord. I am not worthy of your attention, amorous or otherwise."
He showered her with a promising smile and stepped forward to help her remove her chemise. "When you and I are wearing naught, tell me of our differences, save for the obvious."