Marianne Knightly is a pen name for the author of the Royals of Valleria series, Italian Shipping Millionaires series, and Hike to Forget series. Connect with Marianne at www.MarianneKnightly.com. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.
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Proper Princess Arianna is the essence of style, grace, and appropriate behavior. After a disastrous love affair years ago that embarrassed both her and the royal family, she had vowed to stay on the straight and narrow, and she has. When a marriage is suggested to form an alliance with another country, she jumps at the chance for redemption; after all, she doesn’t believe in love anymore. However, if that’s true, why does she think of love whenever her fiancé’s brother, Finn, is nearby, bringing up feelings she had long since buried?
Finn de Bara cares little about strategic political alliances and, as second in line to the throne of Brazenbourg, he doesn’t have to. As the bad boy of the aristocracy, he doesn’t need to settle down; he saves that for his arrogant older brother, Henry. However, when Henry becomes engaged to Arianna for convenience and not love, he can’t help but be intrigued by a woman who would give up her future for her country. When the passionate nature she hides breaks through her prim exterior, Finn realizes he wants her and not just in bed. He knows his brother may make a more proper match, but can he convince her, and himself, to take a chance on each other despite the international fallout?
When Henry’s true motives are revealed and Arianna is placed in danger’s path, can Finn act quickly enough to help her? Or will Arianna need to save herself?
When fate made Lady Grace a widow, after years of a disastrous, abusive marriage, she felt a sense of relief and escape. Now, a year after her husband’s death, she’s just beginning to feel like her old self again, though she still carries the scars, both visible and hidden, of her past. Having been separated from friends and family for too long, she’s only too happy to see her old friend, Princess Catharine, on a visit to England. What she didn’t expect was a visit from her brother, Prince Marcello. When she begins to feel the first stirrings of love within her, can she overcome the horrors of her past to make a future with him?
Prince Marcello, head of Valleria's national security and defense, is still dealing with the fallout from security breaches under his watch. After long days and nights of political maneuvering in London to reclaim Valleria’s and his reputation, he takes a needed break by joining his sister on a visit to her friend, Lady Grace. What he thought would be a relaxing week becomes anything but when he begins to fall in love with her.
In the midst of blooming love, Marcello is asked to lead a secret, dangerous mission to thwart an international threat. Marcello knows he must go, both for his country’s honor and for his own. Will he survive? And, if he does, will Grace be waiting for him upon his return?
Meet the Royals of Valleria, a country as old as the fall of the Roman Empire. The current king and patriarch rules with his beloved queen. Nine children, ranging from the eldest twins to the youngest son, watch over the country they love and care for. Bound by honor, duty, and each other, follow their lives as they fall in love, face tragedies, and triumph against the evils facing them.
Rebecca Campo loves her work. Chief of Staff to Princess Catharine, her best friend and Prince Alexander’s twin sister, she travels all over the world, meets with other royalty, and lives a life she could never have dreamt possible. Having grown up alongside the royal family, she can almost forget they’re royalty; well, all except one. Prince Alexander is every woman's dream, and he seems to want her. Even after their passions overtake them, Rebecca still doesn’t believe they are meant for forever because she’s only a commoner, not a future queen.
Prince Alexander, heir to the throne of Valleria, takes his duties very seriously. So seriously, in fact, that he’s followed duty over pursuing the woman he’s loved for years. However, now it’s time for him to marry, and he’s tired of waiting. He’ll pursue her despite royal objections, and despite her own. Unexpectedly, a death threat is made against the Prince and the whole family goes on alert. What no one counted on, however, was Rebecca getting caught in the crossfire.
Luc Rossi grew up with a sad past that’s left him wanting to enjoy life to the fullest. He never thought about one woman for long until he met Angela, whose heart belonged to one of his closest friends. Will she ever care for him? And will his need to protect her against a threat end up pushing her away instead?
Angela Cantellano, CEO of her own company, had fallen in love with Dante Cellini during a business deal but had kept those feelings to herself. Now, with Dante happily married and a new father, she’s finally moving on with her life. So, why does she want to move on with Luc, the biggest playboy of them all? With her own tragic past haunting her, a threat to her company, and a shocking revelation, will she ever be able to trust again? And can she trust Luc after his own deception comes to light?
Giovanni Deluca is confident in business but cautious about love. After the tragic death of his wife years ago, he’s vowed never to love again, but one look at voluptuous Irishwoman Elise Quinn threatens his resolve. When a snow storm strands the two together in the Italian Alps, will Giovanni be able to get past the dark secrets he hides for a chance at love again?
Elise is captivated with Giovanni, who’s unlike any man she’s ever met. His presence alone has her heart stuttering and the rest of her body tingling. But Elise, inexperienced with men, has her own secrets and a past she would rather forget. Can she keep both her innocence and her shadows a secret from Giovanni? And will he stay with her once he finds out the truth?
Adrian Faselli, Italian businessman and shipping magnate, was used to dating models and avoiding long-term relationships; at least, until he got stuck in an elevator with the fair Bernadette. After a possessive kiss, they part ways … until he realizes she’s his new executive assistant! Unlike any woman he’s met before, her Irish accent and temper arouse and challenge him, and he begins to feel things long since buried within him. Can he convince her to trust him, and in them both? Or will he lose her forever?
Bernadette O’Brien stayed in Rome for a new start after a sudden and cruel break-up. A searing kiss with her new boss in a darkened elevator has her knees weak but her heart wary. Can she trust her heart to a former rake? And when an unexpected threat from her past arises, will Bernadette survive to have her happy ending?
Jen and James, spending time in the Bahamas for both work and play, are caught up once more in a web of deceit and Jen’s life is threatened. When their honeymoon is interrupted and Jen is kidnapped, will James be able to rescue her before it’s too late? And will Jen be able to break free of her kidnappers without James?
After two near death experiences, Jen and James are closer than ever, and their wedding day is fast approaching. When a ghost from their past resurfaces, will James be able to protect Jen, and will their wedding go on as planned? And will they finally put the past behind them?
Dante Cellini, owner of Cellini Shipping, avoided long-term relationships. Becoming a shipping magnate was far more important; at least, it was until he saw Sophia working in a friend’s café. Should he pursue the niece of his business partner and long-time friend? And can he open his heart enough for a lifetime with her?
Sophia Petrelli came to Florence to run from her past and seek out the uncle she never knew. When enigmatic Dante visits her uncle’s café, her world turns upside down. Dante makes her feel safe and protected, but falling for him during their week together was never part of the plan. Will he want to stay when he learns the truth about her past?
Jen and James went for what they thought was a simple hike through the Smokies. Instead, finding an innocuous gold coin along the trail set them on an adventure that tested their skills and their passionate relationship, and forced them to confront their future together.
Still recovering emotionally from their tumultuous hike of months past, Jen and James go on another hike, this time on Big Bear Mountain. A chance meeting with another couple leads to another revelation involving treasure, and Jen and James realize they must run for their lives once again. But this time, someone gets hurt. Can their relationship, and their lives, survive another adventure?