Tuesday, February 21, 2017


The Billionaire’s Legacy, Book 8
Harlequin Presents #3497
ISBN: 978-0-373-06037-5
February 2017
Contemporary Series Romance

Isola D’Oro – Present Day

Assigned by his ailing grandfather to find a lost painting, billionaire Alessandro Di Sione is sent to visit exiled Queen Lucia of Isola D’Oro to learn if she has it. She doesn’t, but knows it is on the island of Isola D’Oro and instructs Alex to go after it, but with the stipulation that he take her granddaughter, Princess Gabriella, with him. He agrees, but because Gabriella might be recognized as a princess in a country where she’s no longer welcome, she must pretend to be his assistant and shall dress dowdily. Even with her disguise, Alex is finding himself intrigued and attracted to Gabriella.

There is a large age gap between Gabriella and Alex, but sexual attraction doesn’t care. Gabriella’s life has been sheltered and she is a virgin, but she increasingly wants Alex to be the one to initiate her in the age-old rite of lovemaking. Alex is still pained by the circumstances surrounding the loss of his parents and feels that he has no right to fall in love and marry. Besides, Gabriella is too young. Will Alex break his vow not to give into the attraction he feels for Gabriella? What about the painting? Will they find it and discover why it’s so important to his grandfather?

As head of the family, Giovanni Di Sione is well-loved by his grandchildren, and they will do anything as his health fails. In each of the seven prior books in The Billionaire’s Legacy series, he has sent one of his grandsons to search for and bring back an item, such as jewelry, that once belonged to his “lost mistress.” Alex’s mission is to find a missing painting, but he must first talk to Queen Lucia about its location. Alex probably wouldn’t have taken Gabriella with him to Isola D’Oro if the queen didn’t require it, but once they’re on the trip, her innocence and intelligence enchant and intrigue him. Once he realizes she’s a virgin, he swears that he won’t be her first lover, but she proves too hard to resist.

Gabriella initially finds Alex hard and unlikeable, but she is also curious as to what makes him tick. Once the painting is found, then THE LAST DI SIONE CLAIMS HIS PRIZE shifts to the intense feelings that have developed between Alex and Gabriella. The queen tells them that the truth about the painting’s background will be found in New York City, which is where they head. Once there, will Alex finally give into his growing attraction to Gabriella?

Both Alex and Gabriella had painful childhoods, so in a way they should be kindred spirits. In THE LAST DI SIONE CLAIMS HIS PRIZE it takes until they almost lose one another that they realize they can’t live without each other. A charming tale, pick up a copy of THE LAST DI SIONE CLAIMS HIS PRIZE.

Patti Fischer


1)      What is your favorite part about writing about a royal scandal? I think what like most about stories about the rich and powerful is how public interest shapes their behavior. And then how behind all of that, they have the same feelings and fears that we do. If a bit more lavish of an existence while having them.
2)      What was the first book that made you cry? Probably Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers. I remember staying up all night reading that book and having to go to work at 6 that morning, with no sleep and red rimmed eyes.
3)      How long do you spend researching before beginning a book? I tend to dive right in. Sometimes there are things I need to know before I start, but I’m big on googling as needed so the info never takes over the romance.
4)      How do you select the names of your characters? Sometimes I read name lists. Sometimes if I have sibling groups I look at certain types of names (Irish names for a recent group of brothers) and other times the names just appear and they’re RIGHT.
5)      If you didn’t write, what would you do for work? My back up plan is to win The Voice. I’m practical in all ways.
6)      Do you believe in writer’s block? No. I believe in days when I don’t want to work. And sometimes those days win. But sometimes I write through them even if it feels dry. What I feel isn’t necessarily the truth.
7)      Do you believe opposites attract? I do. I think that little bit of mystery you can’t ever quite figure out in the other person keeps things exciting. And also you can kind of bolster each other’s weaknesses.
8)      What is your favorite thing about Valentine’s Day? Going out to a fancy dinner! I love nice restaurants, particularly farm to table type places or restaurants with an emphasis on local foods.

by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author
Maisey Yates

“I want that painting. It is my last Lost Mistress. My Lost Love.”
Alessandro Di Sione is renowned for being cold and unsentimental, but even he can't deny his grandfather's dream of retrieving a painting steeped in royal scandal. Yet the key to its return is the outspoken Princess Gabriella.
While traveling together to Isola D'Oro to locate the mysterious painting, Gabby is drawn to the man tortured by guilt from his past. Her innocence makes her untouchable, as Alex is convinced his Di Sione blood is tainted. But could their passion be his salvation?

MAISEY YATES is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who lives in rural Oregon with her three children and her husband—whose chiseled jaw and arresting features continue to make her swoon. She feels the epic trek she takes several times a day from her office to her coffee maker is a true example of her pioneer spirit.

In 2009, at the age of 23 Yates sold her first book. Since then it's been a whirlwind of sexy alpha males and happily ever-afters, and she wouldn't have it any other way. She divides her writing time between dark, passionate category romances set just about everywhere and light, sexy contemporary romances set practically in her back yard. She believes that she clearly has the best job in the world.

by Maisey Yates
Harlequin Presents; January 17, 2017
$5.25 U.S.; 224 Pages

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