“Francesca, we have two sons,” Quentin Deverell responded, weary from fighting what had been apparent almost from the start. “It is only right that they should share in the responsibility for the company as well as in their inheritance.”
“But Collin isn’t cut out to be an executive, darling,” his wife told him. “Don’t try to make him into something he’s not. Let Justin run the company. Perhaps Collin could have an equal amount of stock, a seat on the board of directors–“
“And allow my son to throw away his future dashing around the world playing Errol Flynn?” Deverell asked incredulously. “No–I won’t hear of it!”
“But, if it’s what he wants–“
His look silenced her. “I don’t believe even Collin knows what he wants at this point,” he said stiffly. “But I do think it’s time he began to accept responsibility.”
This is a story of love, intrigue, family and a little revengeful adventure thrown in. You’ll be captivated by the storyline right from the beginning as the two main characters, Ashley and Collin, pull you into their respective lives.
Abby Giannini is the Italian daughter of a father who works in the grape fields in the Napa Valley. She’s nobody special there, but she wants to be special. She wants money and prestige. She wants the fancy ball gowns and the social recognition. She wouldn’t be able to get that where she comes from. Abby decides that her paintings are good enough, and that they can bring her the recognition she desires, but she’s not sure that her name alone will bring her that. She decides to change her name to Ashley Gordon, a more American sounding name, and heads to San Francisco to make a name for herself.
Collin Deverell comes from a rich oil family, something that he’s not sure he wants to be a part of. His twin brother on the other hand, wants this company more than anything. He’d do anything for the oil company. Anything. Collin makes a deal with his brother after the tragic deaths of their parents, and they finally agree on something…that Justin (his twin) will run the company as long as Collin gets the family’s collection of artwork and jewels.
Ashley meets Brandon Hollister, a man who comes from wealth and prestige and have very high expectations for their son. Brandon and his parents don’t exactly see eye-to-eye, so when he brings Ashley to meet his parents, the hostility is apparent. They try to talk him out of marrying Ashley, but he won’t hear anything of it. In fact, as soon as they get home they are married and they find out that she is pregnant.
When a plane crash takes the life of Brandon away from her and their son, the true colours of Brandon’s parents shines through. When her world with Brandon collapses, they do the unthinkable and fight Ashley for the custody of their grandchild using information the Hollisters come up with from their many connections.
I don’t want to give away everything, but when Ashley and Collin meet, Collin has been learning the tricks-of-the-trade when it comes to theiving, trying to get back what rightfully belongs to him. And, Ashley is still trying to get back her son, and between the two, a love grows.
This book will leave you wanting–no, needing–to cheer on the two thieves as they recover what belongs to both of them.
This book deserves more stars, but I can only give out five. So, five it is!