This is part of the O'Connell series and the first of the series I have read. Stefano is a wealthy Sicilian/American who fulfills a dream of buying back a family castella after making it big. He is blackmailed by an ex lover into allowing a photo shoot for a bridal magazine be held on his property. Fallon O'Connell is the super model hired for the shoot. When these two meet it is instant dislike/attraction. He thinks she is an empty headed conceited supermodel. She thinks he is a rich jerk looking for arm candy. When she is in a terrible accident that messes up her face, Stefano feels responsible and takes her to his castella to recover. They quickly find out they had interpreted each other wrongly, and the attraction takes on a deeper, intense but sweet relationship. The problem is she thinks he feels pity for her and she wants love, not pity. He thinks she will be frightened away if he declares his love too soon and doesn't tell her he loves her. A series of miscommunications turns into a brief breakup but works out with a wonderful ending. I really liked this one. The hero is all male without being an overbearing jerk. She is vulnerable without being helpless. Great characters.
When it comes to women, Sefano Lucchesi thinks he's known them all. But Fallon O'Connell is beautiful and wealthy in her own right and appears to need no one. Stefano's determined to have her, body and soul
Fallon is determined to resist! Until an accident threatens her beauty and ends her supermodel career. Now she needs Stefano's help, even if that means surrender. Because only the Sicilian's passion can heal her body and restore her soul.
After an accident threatens her beauty and ends her modeling career, Fallon needs Stefano's help because he is the only one who can heal her body and restore her soul.