Mandi Benet grew up in England and published her first piece of fiction when she was twelve. She has been scribbling away ever since as a journalist— covering everything from the Democratic Convention to the Oscars for major American national newspapers and magazines— and an author, writing women’s fiction and contemporary romance with rich, original characters. When she’s not in her pajamas engaged in her two voracious passions: reading and writing, she’s hiking the hills of Northern California with her yellow lab, Lalou (more commonly known as Her Majesty), spending time with friends and family, and desperately wishing she could sleep more.
Mandi is a member of RWA National and the San Francisco branch of RWA.
When Gaby Conte’s Italian husband, Danieli, abandons her for a young Peruvian waitress at a restaurant they co-own in San Francisco, Gaby seeks refuge in Rome with her best friend, Maria. There, she swears off romance for a long while and Italian men forever. That’s until she meets Silvio, who belongs to an old, aristocratic Roman family and lives in a palace alongside the best private art collection in Rome. Silvio, who is the cousin of Maria’s husband, is going through his own divorce. He’s gorgeous, of course, which Gaby doesn’t tell him. And arrogant and condescending, which she does. The last thing Gaby needs is more Italian trouble, but the attraction is instant and powerful, and against the backdrop of one of the world’s most romantic cities, both try—and fail—to resist the chemistry between them. But both Gaby and Silvio have made a rule never to make the mistake of trusting in love again. Will they realize some rules are made just to be broken?