I’m thrilled that my story, Riviera Rendezvous, is in the Entice Me boxed set with authors I admire and whose stories I enjoy reading.
This story is dear to my heart in many ways, perhaps because Amalie’s story reminds me of my own experiences many years ago.
In her recent blog post on September 29, co-author Denysé Bridger touched a chord of truth when she wrote about our ability to recognize what we are meant to know once we find our destiny and see what fate has in store for us.
I thought about how this wisdom applies to the heroine in Riviera Rendezvous. Amalie Pallas has worked as a dancer on a cruise ship for months, trying to steer clear of trouble in the form of a staff captain who thinks he is a law unto himself. Trouble finds her anyway when a dangerous dilemma forces her to flee the ship in a foreign port half a world away from home. She faces the prospect of disembarking in a foreign land with little money and no real friends.
Fate intervenes when Xandros Xenakis comes to her rescue with a highly original proposition. He is not entirely a stranger. He’s the shipping agent who has boarded the docked ship every Saturday for months. Soon they began to search the crowds for each other, each aware of a magnetic attraction that pulled them together and begged for more.
Amalie has yearned to know Xandros better for months. Now she’s got to decide—disappear into the sunset for a weekend with a man she hardly knows, or refuse his offer and lose the chance to see if he really is the one for her.
Should she listen to her heart and intuition or fear for her safety? Such situations can be dangerous, and some women have disappeared forever by throwing caution to the winds.
Amalie must decide if she’ll accept the hand Fate held out to her and face her destiny. No matter which choice she makes, a risk is involved.
Amalie drove off into the Italian sunset with Xandros, to the French Riviera where adventure awaited...
What would you do if you were in Amalie’s sexy sandals? Trust your gut and take off with a man who makes you sizzle, or play it more cautiously? There are no wrong answers. Do you have a personal fate and destiny story to share?
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GEMMA JULIANA is a multi-published author who writes love stories of all kinds, from contemporary to paranormal. She has a penchant for romantic international settings, whether real and fictional. Gemma lives in a cozy cottage in Texas with her very own hero, teen son, and a dog who rules them all. Chocolate and coffee nourish her muse and fuel her creativity. She enjoys traveling for research and spending time with family and friends. Gemma loves hearing from readers and making new friends.
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