The Mafia comes to Miracle, Wisconsin…
Mo Vincent, the owner of Mo’s Place, is in agony because his soon-to-be divorced sous-chef is dating – but not him. He has his reasons for not asking her out. He did the right thing back in New Jersey, and it cost him his son, his wife, his restaurant. Now he’s found a home in Miracle. The village has accepted him, and his new restaurant is doing well. He should be content with what he has…but his heart wants more.
Chef Rosa Fabrini’s divorce is one signature away when her cheating husband returns home and expects her to forgive him. Her lawyer is AWOL, and her youngest son is demanding she take his father back. Desperate to escape the turmoil, she asks Mo to let her move into the empty apartment above the restaurant…right next to his place.
Mo can’t say no. His mind knows she’s forbidden fruit, but his heart dares to hope. Until his past shows up, and he finds out sometimes it takes a village…
“You have time before your bar opens?” Rosa’s normally rich voice quivered.
Mo closed the door behind her. She wasn’t the only one who was nervous. He felt like a kid again, which was normally a good thing. But not when he was about to have sex with a beautiful woman. A woman who he’d taken one look at and his heart felt like it grew too big for his chest.
The lower parts of his body had grown, too.
“More than enough time,” he said.
“I hope that means more than five minutes.”
He laughed until he noticed she wasn’t laughing, her eyebrows down and her mouth pensive.
“Serious as if the oven in your restaurant kitchen stopped working.”
“I guess the performance bar for good sex isn’t high.”
Laughter sparked in her eyes. “Do you need that bar low?”
He grinned, and the heaviness he’d carried with him every day for the last three years lightened. “Is that a challenge?”
She laughed. “Are you up for it?”
“I’ve been ready since the minute you told me to shut up and make love to you.”
A frown crossed her forehead, and her smile wobbled, a flash of unease on her face. Just for one second, and then she smiled brilliantly. But her eyes…they lowered, avoiding his gaze.
He gestured to the couch in the living area, the joy slipping away. “Just talking is fine. We have a few hours. There’s no need to rush into the bedroom. We don’t have to do anything now or ever…”
She put her hands over her face. “No, no, you have it wrong. That’s not it. I’m being too bossy.”
The joy surged back. He held up his hands to the ceiling in an Italian gesture that meant from my lips to God’s ears. “I love bossy women.”
Her face opened into a grin. “No one likes bossy women. Even I don’t. Bossy men, either.”
She turned from him and stepped into the living area. It was a small room that overlooked Main Street. She gazed at his brown leather couch and leather recliner as if she were seeing his apartment
for the first time.
He looked, too, trying to see his place through her eyes. Wondering what it said about him. The floor was wooden and old, and he’d stained and oiled it. He’d left the flaws in because they added authenticity. It gave him a sense of solidity. This place had survived a lot, and so had he.
There was a bookcase on two walls and a forty-inch TV he didn’t have much time to watch. He’d always been a doer, not a watcher. But right now he was content to watch her in her black slacks and red sweater. Tall and shapely and emotional, with something that pulled him to her every time he saw her. Even when she and Mike had still been together. When he’d found out they’d split up, he’d smiled all day, everyone asking him if he won a lottery.
But, no, it was just that for so long it felt as if all happiness had been shut off to him… As if God looked down at him from heaven and shook his head and said, “Not you. No special reason. You didn’t do anything wrong. But someone has to have bad things happen, and I chose you. That’s just the way it goes.”
As if for years life had been a dark cloud…
And that day a ray of light had broken through.
A ray of hope.
“Love the story and the characters the author has created for this exciting adventure… Mo’s heart gets fives glorious stars in my book!” –Guardian’s Hangout
“I honestly loved this book. The characters are absolutely realistic and the chemistry between the two main characters is a slow simmer that builds into an amazing blaze.” –Toot’s Book Reviews
“Mo’s Heart was a terrific detailed complete book, leaving me wanting to read what comes next.” –A Passion for Romance
“…this was a seriously well-rounded book. It had action, romance and suspense and I am impressed.” –Romance Bookworm’s Reviews
“I loved this book and really felt like I was dealing with a huge family not a town. It is that easy to bond with these characters and the book.” –Racing to Read
“…like a good Italian meal I was left wanting to read more and see more from the little village and characters.” –Once Upon a Book
“Fans of Robyn Carr’s Virgin River Series will LOVE MO’S HEART!” –A Tasty Read Book Review