Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Herding Cats: What Happens When Three Alpha Males Show Up

It seemed such a good idea at the time. I’d write a story about what would happen if a woman’s husband suddenly appeared after six years when she’d thought him dead. It would be a tale of anger and pain and rediscovery as both main characters (Bella and Matteo) struggled with the changes time had wrought while they’d been apart. Then the first uninvited guy showed up.

Cristoforo is the hero’s best friend and he’d been envious of the couple’s relationship from the start. When Bella was finally ready to attempt another relationship, Cristo began his campaign. He was on his way to romancing her when dammit, her husband returns.

“I didn’t abandon Bella. I had an accident and lost my memory. The fact remains, she’s my wife.” This time Matteo crossed his arms, his biceps bulging under his T-shirt. She shoved down the shiver of awareness. This was not helping. She needed to make rational decisions, not be turned on by his body.

“Bella?” Cristo ignored Matteo’s aggressive stance and turned to her. “Do you want Matteo back? Because you have options.”

Okay, those must have been magic mushrooms in the omelet because she was hallucinating. After six years alone, she now had two men to choose from?

Cristoforo strode over and took her hand in his. “I’ve wanted you for years, Bella. I’ve waited for you to be ready to love again. I know Matteo once held your heart, but you’ve changed. He’s obviously changed. You can still file for divorce. Choose a man who will stay with you…”

If that wasn’t competition enough, Bella’s ex-fiancé, the man she’d left so she could marry Matteo, also makes an appearance. Despite the broken engagement, Kai and Bella had kept in touch. And now that he’s a widower with a young child, he’s come to see if Bella is interested in resuming their relationship.

Kai strolled over, ignoring the other two men, and hugged her, swinging her off her feet. “You in a bit of trouble?” he whispered in her ear.

“Not yet. But things are definitely getting interesting.”

He put her back on her feet but kept his arm around her shoulders—protective, big brother style.

“Who’s this?” Matteo looked like he might explode.

“Kai Andersen, my ex-fiancé. Kai, let me introduce you to Matteo, my estranged husband, and Cristoforo, a good friend who now claims to want me.”

“Is this a meeting to see who gets to have you? Because if so, I’m in.”

“What?” she, Matteo, and Cristo all asked at once.

“Sure,” Kai added, gazing down at her, his face full of mischief. “We were engaged once, why not actually get married? How are we doing this? Arm wrestle? Rock, paper, scissors? Or should we just drop our pants, show our dicks, and see who has the biggest?”

She was tempted just to walk away and let them fight it out between them. Then she could decide if the victor was worthy of her. But there was too much at stake to let three testosterone-fueled men duke it out in front of the guesthouse.

Now I’ve got three men vying for the love of my heroine. All wealthy, alpha males with their own personalities and lifestyles to offer Bella. But only one could emerge victorious. To keep the peace, I’ve had to promise the other two their own books and a chance to dare to love again.

You can read all about Bella’s dilemma and eventual decision in Under the Sicilian Sky, Book 1 in the Daring to Love Again Series.

In the meantime, I’m off to check out the sky in Tunisia. Happy reading, everyone.

Under the Sicilian Sky – Daring to Love Again Book 1

Amnesia obliterates a married couple’s shared past in this poignant second-chance-at-love story.

Matteo Vanni washed up on a Tunisian beach six years ago with no clothes, identity documents, or memories, just a wedding ring to link him to his past. He’s reinvented himself as a wealthy entrepreneur, but now a knock on the head restores some of his memories, particularly that his wife Bella is waiting for him in Sicily. But returning to his native land and digging into his mysterious and sudden disappearance could cost this new millionaire everything.

Sheep farmer Bella Vanni has accepted that her presumed-dead husband is long gone, so it’s a huge shock when he knocks on her door and announces his desire to resume their marriage. She can’t trust his answers on where he’s been or why he left, and she certainly isn’t keen to walk away from the family farm she labored to save. But their mutual passion won’t be denied.

When Matteo’s freedom is threatened, Bella must decide which is most important to her: everything she’s painstakingly built or a new start on love.

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A former world wanderer, Alexia Adams writes contemporary romance stories that reflect her love of exotic destinations and diverse characters and cultures. She currently lives near Vancouver, Canada with her husband and four children and dreams of a world without housework. As a flight risk mom, romance is her escape and she can often be found with her nose in a book, pretending she’s somewhere else. Check out her website at and sign up for her monthly newsletter to find your next escape.

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  1. As characters have been known to take over, did Bella end up with the one you originally intended?

    1. She did, actually. Thanks for stopping by and commenting today.

  2. Love the complications these three men bring to the story!!


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