Love always finds a way.
When Madeline O’Connor learns that her estranged sister is gravely ill, she leaves behind her life in Manhattan to be at her sister’s side in Italy. There, she discovers an ancient Benedictine monastery that accommodates travelers, and she decides to stay there, among the monks. Everything in her life turns upside down when she falls for Brother Anthony Lamberti, a soft-spoken Italian completely different from the men she knows in New York. Together Madeline and Anthony find love for the first time, and learn that life and love always find a way. When her sister dies, a new life for Madeline begins. A new life that she would never have imagined and yet is perfect for her in every way.
“Why are you so upset?”
Chess. I’ve had it with men who play games, she thought. Men who answer questions with questions. Who talk in riddles instead of truths. Her anger ignited into adrenaline.
She crossed the room. Wrapped her arms around the back of his neck. Pressed her lips to his. His lips opened to hers. Her tongue found his and encircled it. Slowly at first. Then more fervently. He responded and they kissed deeply. Passionately.
He pulled her to him and she felt him grow hard against her body.
Checkmate. He wants me, she thought. She knew.
They kissed long and tenderly. Reached into each other.
He pulled his face away slowly and gazed into her eyes. His look caressed her. Balmed her raw emotions. Somehow he excavated her anger, dug beneath its surface, and uncovered the love that swelled, unbidden, in her heart.
“That’s why,” she said quietly.